How to Measure for Curtains
Choosing the right curtains can transform a room, adding elegance and style while providing privacy and light control. However, before you can enjoy the aesthetic and functional benefits of your new curtains, you need to ensure they are the perfect fit for your windows. This requires accurate measurements.
If you're unsure how to measure for curtains, don't worry! This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Understanding Curtain Measurements
Before we delve into how to measure for curtains, it's important to understand what these measurements represent. Curtain dimensions typically include the width (the horizontal measurement) and drop (the vertical measurement).
The width should normally be wider than your window to allow for full coverage when the curtains are closed. The drop refers to how long your curtains will be, which can vary based on personal preference and style.
1. Measuring Curtain Width
Start by measuring the width of your window. Use a metal tape measure for accuracy and measure from one edge of the window frame to the other. If you want your curtains fully drawn back from the window during daylight hours, add an extra 15-20cm on each side of your window frame. This allows enough space for your curtains to sit comfortably without blocking light or views.
Next, consider curtain fullness - this is how gathered or bunched up your curtains will be when closed. We recommend a Fullness Ratio of 1.5 - 2 for all curtains. The higher the fullness ratio the more gathered and heavier the curtains will be. (The width of the curtain in our listings is the width of the panel before gathering.)
2. Measuring Curtain Height
The drop of your curtain depends on where you want them to end – at the sill, below the sill or floor length are common choices.
For sill length: Measure from the top of your track or pole down to 1cm above the windowsill.
For below sill length: Measure from top of track or pole down to approximately 15cm below windowsill.
For floor length: Measure from top of track or pole down to 1cm above floor level.
Remember that if you're using a curtain track, start measuring from top of track whereas if using a pole measure from underneath it.
3. Considering Curtain Styles
Different styles may require different measurements; eyelet and tab top curtains hang directly from poles so they should fall around 4cm below it whereas pencil pleat can hang either under poles with rings or directly off tracks so they should reach just above them.
Gives a clean look (curtains touch the sill of the window).
Gives a casual look (curtains fall 4-5 inches below the window sill).
Gives a classic look (curtains brush the floor)
Gives a romantic look (curtains lay on the floor)
Types of Headings
If you are looking for something more formal, but simple at the same time, our curtains with back tabs would be the best option. These curtains are good for bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Our curtains with installed multifunctional heading tape have loops in the back, so you can just thread the curtain rod through them, and your curtains are ready to be used! Or you can hang them with clips and rings, the metal rings will make sliding the curtains across the rod soo much easier!
Tab top curtains are as simple as it gets! These curtains are perfect for kids rooms, nurseries, play rooms. Tab top curtains have a very informal and casual feel, they are easy to slide across the rod. tabs and ties can be easily customized to fit any type of curtain rods.
Also known as tailored or pole top curtains, rod pocket curtains are the most basic curtain style with a sewn-in rod pocket at the top of each curtain panel. Rod pocket curtains work well layered under a valance, or sheer and semi-sheer curtains can be hung together, giving more character and privacy to the space . These curtains can be hung directly on a decorative or utility rod, or attached with clip-rings for an updated look and ease of movement at your window. The width of the rod pocket can be easily customized to fit any type of the curtain rod.
Grommet curtains have large metal rings punched through the top of the panel, and that's where the rod fits through. This look was popular starting in the early 2000s, and still remains one of our best sellers. This style has definite pros. as the curtains are easy to slide across the rod and they do have a beautifully consistent zig zag shape. These curtains can be used in utility rooms. sun rooms. and offices. We offer different colors for the grommets, so you can match them to the curtain rods.
Bring a touch of casual style to your living room or study with these sheer linen curtain panels, featuring ties at the top. These panels will introduce soft texture and balance to your space while keeping your room bright with natural light. Crafted from 100% European linen these sheer curtains let the light in, so it’s a perfect way to add an airy layer to your existing window dressings. Tab tops let you hang them up with the curtain rod of your choice.
The pencil pleat curtain brings texture and visual interest to a room. These fully customizable curtains look lovely gathered in one of our custom tie backs, and the pencil pleat allows them to maintain the look of fullness when hanging free. We think the structured appearance of this pleat would be fabulous in a home office or library.
This style has become so popular and we understand why. It's just so simple and clean looking! You can't see the bulky hardware of the curtain rod, and it just looks effortless staying in a perfect zig-zag shape. This is the perfect alternative to the grommet curtains because they look similar but they aren't as bulky and look very modern. These drapes will require installation of a special track and hardware to perfectly space the ripples. We offer these curtains in linen and velvet.
Pleated curtains come and go as the trends do, but as of late we are seeing this look become more and more popular. This style has a very classic and slightly formal feel to it, giving it a timeless essence. These curtains will look beautiful in master bedrooms, formal dining rooms. To hang them up, just attach rings to drapery hooks.
We love the whimsical style of these bow tie curtains. If you're looking for classic style but you also want to flaunt your uniqueness, the bow tie hanging style is a clever way to do both.
What curtains are in style now?
Curtains are a great way to add a touch of style to any room in your home. Whether you're looking for something modern and trendy or classic and timeless, there is sure to be a curtain style that fits your taste. With so many different styles and fabrics available, it can be hard to know what curtains are in style now. In this blog post, we'll look at some of the most popular curtain styles and trends for 2023.
Materials & Colors
100% Natural European linen. This linen was produced according to universally accepted quality requirements which correspond to OEKO-TEX 100 standards. This fabric certification proves that the finished textile product is free from harmful substances.
Weight: medium, +/-170 - 200 g/m²
How to Purchase
Six things to consider when purchasing our curtains
We recommend ordering our fabric samples before selecting your curtains. You will be able to see the color, sheerness, and quality of the material in person to make sure it will work in your space.
We offer different types of materials for our curtains - sheer linen, semi-sheer linen, cotton, velvet, sheer polyester. To ensure the right color, please purchase our fabric samples.
We offer different types of curtain headings:
- rod pocket
- back tabs
- tie top
- top tabs
- pencil pleat
- pinch pleat
- bow ties
Each listing description contains our recommendations on how to select the right size of the curtain panels. Please read carefully and let us know if you have any questions.
Price includes 1 curtain panel/1 piece. If you need more than 1 panel, please enter the needed size into your shopping cart and then you will be able to update the quantity of the panels in your cart.
Please note that all our curtains are made to order, every single piece is sewn individually by our team. We do accept returns of the curtains, but we do apply a restocking fee, which is 30% of the total cost. In order to avoid the return, please read each listing description carefully and follow our recommendations above.