Measuring & Linings

Before taking your measurements, choose your curtain pole or track. As a general rule, the curtain pole or track should extend about 15cm on either side of the window frame, so the curtains can be pulled back during the day. We also recommend that it is fitted 15cm above the window or centralised between the top of the window and ceiling if this space is narrow.

To help ensure accuracy, measure with another person, always use a metal tape measure and double check all your measurements to avoid making mistakes. The following details are only a guide. Measuring the final drop for any curtain comes down to your own preference of length and finished position.

 

Measuring for Width

 

Standard Curtain Track
For standard curtain track, measure the overall length of the curtain track

Measuring width - image 1

Overlapping Curtain Track
If your curtain tracks overlap in the middle, you must measure the overall length of each side of the curtain track, including the overlapping part

Measuring width - image 2

Curtain Poles
The width of curtain poles should be measured between the finials attached to each end, as shown in Figure 3.

Measuring width - image 3

Toolkit Required

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil/Marker
  • Spirit level (eyesight will suffice)
 

Measuring the Drop

With hand finished headings we would recommend that you measure from the eye of the ring to your desired length. Ideally all hand finished heading need to hang below the ring to accommodate the pleating/return.

Measuring drop - image 1

For curtain tracks:
With pencil pleat headings we would recommend that you measure from the top of the track to your desired length.

Measuring drop - image 2

For curtain poles:
With pencil pleat headings it is your choice where you would like them to start, this might be at the top of the pole or perhaps half way down. We would recommend that you measure from the underside of the pole to your desired length.

With hand finished headings we would recomend that you measure from the eye of the ring to your desired length. Ideally all hand finished headings need to hang below the ring to accomadate the pleating/return.

Measuring drop - image 3

Sill length: If you would like them just above the sill, we recommend you deduct 1cm. If you want them to fall below the sill you can decide where you would like them to finish, radiators normally dictate this.

Full length: For curtains just off the floor deduct 1-2cm. For tipped add as much or as little as you think, perhaps 1-2cm. For puddled add as much or as little as you think, perhaps 3-10cm.

Top Tips

  • Sometimes your pole or track can be sticking, you can therefore use a silicone spray or furniture polish, which can be sprayed onto a cloth and rubbed all over the pole/track and the rings/sliders to lubricate the pole or track helping the rings/sliders run smoothly.
  • For full length curtains if your ‘drop’ measurements vary from left to right, we recommend tipped or puddled curtains.
 

Linings

Blackout Lining
Drapewell 3 Pass Blackout, Weight 240gm +/- 10%, Composition 70% Polyester/ 30% Cotton. Width 137cm. Colour Black

Interlining Lining
Weight 180gm. Composition Polyester/Viscose. 137cm wide. Colour white. Thermal Blackout sed for Roman Blinds – 3 pass Blackout laminated to a high quality fleece. Width 137cm. Colour Ivory

Standard Lining
Weight 200gm +/- 3%. Composition 52% Polyester/48% Cotton Satin. Crease resistant finish. Width 137cm Colour Ivory

 

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