Use a metal measuring tape (not a ruler or cloth tape).
- Width is the side-to-side measurement for the area you want your curtain to cover—no need to add for fullness, we do that!
- If space allows, extend the measurement out from the edges of the window by at least 2″- 4″ or as much as you want to allow the curtains to stack off the glass.
- If you don’t need to open and close your curtains and you simply want to dress the window, enter 24″ as the Width measurement for a decorative stationary “panel,” or 34″ as the Width measurement for a decorative stationary “pair.”
- If using a decorative rod and rings, or a decorative traverse rod with ring-type slides, begin measuring just below the rod, at the bottom of the ring (shown below).
- For utility traverse rods, begin measuring at the top of the rod.
- For Grommet style drapery, begin measuring 1″ above the rod.
- For Rod Pocket style drapery, begin measuring at the top of the rod.
- If you do not have a rod, start measuring approximately 4″ above the window or more if you have the space to add height and drama to the window.
- Three common curtain lengths: to the windowsill, to the apron, and to the floor. It’s a hot trend right now to allow the curtain to “break” on the floor—so go ahead and add an inch. Always better to go longer than to end up with “high waters”.