Guide to the Size Measurement of Curtains

So you know you need curtains but do not have a clue on the size of ready made curtains at the marketplace? Then you must read this article before you got the curtain of wrong size!

The very first step is to measure for your curtains. Once armed with this info you can decide what size you need. Not all ready made curtains come in all sizes but you will generally find one to suit.

Ready made curtains are sold in pairs, with the size on the pack being the measurement of one curtain lying flat. We have to stress that one thing above everything else when buying ready made curtains is to buy the right size – the more fabric you have the better your curtains will look!

IF YOU KNOW YOUR POLE/RAIL SIZE, YOU CAN USE THE HANDY CHART BELOW TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WIDTH YOU NEED:

* NOTES ON FULLNESS:

This might surprise you but to have your curtains looking as nice as possible you generally want twice the amount of fabric as the width of your pole/rail; even more if choosing pencil pleat; this will allow the curtains to gather nicely.

If you’re in between sizes we would suggest to always go up a size. Let’s say your pole is 81″ (210cm), logically you might assume that buying a pair of 66″ (167cm) wide ready made curtains is the size you want – 66″ + 66″ = 132″ of fabric which is plenty, right? Well no! – when you see curtains hanging beautifully in store you’re looking at curtains that are nearly 2 1/2 times the width of the pole, what we refer to as “fullness”. To put this in perspective we would put a 66″ (167cm) curtain on a 54″ (137cm) pole.

THE DROP OF YOUR READY MADE CURTAIN IS MUCH SIMPLER:

It’s just a matter of choosing which one is the closest to what you need. The easiest way to do this is to take a metal measuring tape up to your window and see where the drops listed below will come to, if you’re between drops you will have to choose the larger one and either have it altered or if you can, raise the pole higher to suit. The drop listed on all ready made curtain packs is approximate – so 90″ may be 89″ or 91″. This is particularly apparent in eyelet curtains as different brands may take the length from different points; some may take the drop from the very top of the curtain; some may take it from the ring itself. There’s no standard unfortunately so you won’t know until you’re ready to hang them. In an ideal world you will hang your pole or rail only when fitting your ready made curtains so you can hang it to suit the drop you have purchased.

READY MADE CURTAINS ARE AVAILABLE IN EITHER PENCIL PLEAT OR EYELET HEADING:

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Pencil pleat curtains, like the ones pictured above are made with a tape on the top, which you pull to size to create the pleats. They are then hung with hooks from a ring or glider.

Eyelet curtains are a simpler style, that has metal rings in the top of the curtains that simply slide over your pole.

If you have a pole fitted; you will be free to choose either heading so the world is your oyster as they say, if you have a rail fitted; you will be limited to pencil pleat curtains. It’s important for your sanity to note that the eyelets will be made in a colour that best suits the curtain, so a very gold curtain may have an antique brass eyelet, most will have a kind of dull pewter finish. If you already have a pole up, please don’t drive yourself crazy trying to match the colour of the metal eyelet to the metal of your pole, the eyelet is picked to match the fabric best and we assure you, you won’t even notice the difference when they’re hanging. It’s generally better to hang eyelet curtains on a metal pole as they will run smoothly and won’t get scuffed/scratched the way a wooden pole might.

READY MADE CURTAIN LININGS:

All of our ready made curtains come fully lined. This is a standard light/mid weight lining but there are a range of thermal and blackout curtains available also. The standard lining is simply to make the curtains drape better and to protect the fabric from the sun, it also gives all of your curtains a nice uniform look from the outside as across all brands it is generally an ivory colour. Blackout curtains are ideal for bedrooms as they will block the light coming through the curtains, they are also fantastic for keeping rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Be careful when buying, some curtains are labelled “blockout”, these are more of a thermal weight, which will block a good portion of the light but are not fully blackout, they will also keep rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. In any case in either “blackout” or “blockout” curtains, you will notice that it’s generally not a separate lining but a coating on the back of the fabric that does the job.

As ready made curtains are an off the shelf product you may not always get exactly what you want. You may prefer blackout or eyelet heading but the fabric you like most is only available in pencil pleat heading. Our advice is to choose the fabric you like first and work from there. Ready made blackout linings can always be added if you need that extra hour in bed. When it comes to pencil pleat – we know you think you prefer eyelets but we assure you once you buy the right size and hang them properly, pencil pleats look really well.

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