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A Guide to Measuring

All you wanted to know and more

How do you measure for curtains?

1.       Fit your track or pole before measuring.

2.       Where possible, add a minimum of 15cm either side of window to allow the maximum amount of light into the room when the curtains are pulled back. Ideally when fitting a pole allow at least 15cm above the top of the window.

3.       Measure the width of the track or pole NOT the window itself.

  • If using a track you must measure from end to end.

  • If your track has an overlap you must include these in your measurements.

  • If using a pole measure the width of the pole between the end finials.

  • If you choose a goblet or tab headed curtain it is advisable to fit your track or pole 30cm (12 inches) beyond the window edge to maximise light.

4.       The following instructions will help you in measuring for your finished curtain drop:

(a) Pole - measure from the bottom of the wooden/metal ring to where you require the curtain to finish e.g.

  • To the sill (sill length)

  • Below the sill - 15cm below or wherever you prefer

  • To the floor (full length) - 1 cm above

     (b) Track - Measure from the top of the track to where you require the curtain to finish.

     (c) For eyelet curtains measure from the top of the pole and add 2.5 cm.

     (d) For curtains to be ruched on to poles with slotted heading measure from the top of the pole and add 5cm.

     (e) For tab top curtains measure from the top of the pole.

How do you measure for a pelmet?

1.       We recommend you fit a board above your window to take your pelmet - 120ml x 20ml planed wood is the best - You can then fit you track beneath this. The board needs to extend beyond the track by 2.5cm. each side. Your pelmet will be supplied with the necessary adhesive Velcro already stuck to the front of the board.

2.       For gathered pelmets with heading tape you could fit a Swish valance track which are supplied with the necessary fittings.

3.       When you have fitted your board or track measure the width from end to end and add the returns.

4.       Unless you have a specific requirement for the depth of your pelmet, we will make them to the standard depth required for your curtain drop.

How do you measure for blinds?

An important starting point is to decide whether you want your blind to be fixed in the recess of your window or on the outside of you window.

Measuring recess blinds

1.       When measuring inside the recess take the exact measurement. DO NOT TAKE ANY ALLOWANCE OFF - WE WILL DO THIS.

2.       Measure the width of the TOP of the recess and the BOTTOM of the recess.

3.       Measure from the top to the bottom lengthways on both sides of the window.

NOTE: Take into account any obstructions such as window handles and tiled areas within the recess.

Measuring outside the window recess

1.       Decide how far above the window you require your blind. Measure from this point down to where you want the blind to finish. Roman blinds should be at least 15cm above the window. This allows you to minimise the amount of 'lost' light.

2.       Measure the width of the window and then add at least 5cm each side or where you want the blind to finish.

How much fabric do I need to make a cushion?

If making a cushion in a plain fabric with no pattern repeat then you will need the following quality of fabric per cushion: 

12" cushion requires 0.4m of fabric

14" cushion requires 0.4m of fabric 

16" cushion requires 0.5m of fabric

If the fabric has a pattern repeat and you are unsure of how much fabric you will need then please contact us for further help and advice.

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