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The first thing to consider when measuring for drapes is their function.
Decorative drapery treatments are used to add some color or a design element to your room and do not provide any practical function.
Functional drapery treatments help solve a problem, such as too much light, a lack of privacy or drafty windows as well as adding color or design.
Basic Measuring - If your rod is in place, measure the length of the rod, not including the finial (end pieces). Then measure the top of the rod to the floor. Record these measurements, always listing the width first and the length second.
For example: a rod that is 65 inches long and mounted 84 inches high would be recorded 65 by 84.
Decorative: 2-50 inch wide by 84 inch long flat panels or 2-25 inch wide by 84 inch long pleated panels, one to hang on each side of the window, would serve as a decorative treatment.
Functional: For flat, un-pleated panels, we recommend that you order a minimum of 2 times the width of the rod for proper fullness when the drapes are drawn closed.
For example: a 50 inch long rod installed 84 inches off the ground would need a minimum of 2 - 50 by 84 inch panels.
For pleated panels, we recommend that you match the width of the drape to the length of your rod.
Recommended: If you have a 50 inch rod 84 inches off the ground you need to order 2-25 inch wide by 84 inch long pleated panels. *
*You may want to add 2 inches to each panel for them to crossover in the middle. In addition you might want to add a “return” on each end so the panel can hide the mounting bracket. So you may want to add 8 to 10 inches to the panel mentioned above
Please read the rest of the tips and terms below before ordering.
- Drapery measurements are always recorded in inches, never in feet.
- Always measure using a metal measuring tape to ensure accuracy.
- Mount your rod on the outside of the trim both above and side to side. Add extra height and width for more drama and to make your window look larger.
- If you want your curtains to clear your windows when drawn open, extend your rod beyond the width of your window at least 6 inches on either side.
- You may also want to add a “return” which is the fabric that wraps around the bracket at each end of the rod to hide the mounting hardware.
Width: The width refers to how many cut lengths of fabric will be needed to cover the width of your window properly. Our panels measure 48 to 50 inches wide on average. Therefore, when ordering curtains the multiple for the number of width needed is 50 inches for a flat panel and 25 inches for a pleated panel. (A pleated panel starts at 50 inches and finishes at 25 inches once it has been pleated.)
For this reason, any flat panel that needs to be more than 50 inches will have a seam in order to achieve the finished dimension. Likewise, any pleated panel over 25 inches will also need a seam.
Stack: The stack is the amount of room the curtain will take up on your rod when the curtain is pushed open. A 50 inch wide panel hung on rings will take up about 8 to 12 inches of rod space on average, when pushed all the way open. For this reason we recommend that you extend your rod beyond the width of your window a minimum of 6 to 8 inches on each side so that the window will not be blocked when the curtains are pushed open. The wider the panel the larger the stack will be. A single width panel will need a minimum of 6 to 8 inches of rod to stack and a double width panel will need 12 to 16 inches of rod, etc.
Return: The return is the term used to describe the end of the drapery panel that makes a 90 degree turn and wraps around the bracket to hide the mounting hardware. On average a bracket holds the rod about 4 inches from the wall. So for a 4 inch bracket you need a 4 inch return.
Break: A break is the little bit of fabric that sits on the floor, just like the break that sits on the top of your shoe, at the bottom of a pair of slacks. The break can be created by ordering your drapes a bit longer than the length recorded from the rod to the floor. Usually 2 to 3 extra inches is enough.
For example: If your rod is mounted 84” off the floor and you would like a “break”, you need to order your drapes from 85” to 88” long.
Puddle: a puddle is a mound of fabric that sits on the floor at the bottom of your drape. If you want a small puddle you need to order your drapes 5 or 6 inches longer than the length recorded from the rod to the floor. If a larger puddle is desired you need to order your drapes from 7 to 12 inches longer than the recorded length.
For example: If your rod is mounted 84” off the floor, for a small puddle you need to order your drape 89” to 90” long, for a large puddle you need to order your drape 91” to 96” long.
Finding the perfect fit for any size window always start by taking accurate measurements. Follow our step-by-step instructions for measuring your windows by clicking the links below. Have questions? Call our expert Design Consultants at 1.866.413.7273 for assistance.