How to Measure Ready Made Curtains Easily

When measuring for curtains, you’ll be starting with no clues: a window with no track or pole and you need to figure out what size to buy. But after reading this article, getting the right measurements for your ready made curtains at home would be an easy job. However, doing it in the wrong way will leave you with an inaccurate measurement. Now let us show you step by step.


Step 1. Curtain Pole or Curtain Track?

The pole / track should extend approx. 15-30cm past either side of the window and approx. 12-15cm above the top of the window. This will help minimise the light when curtains are closed and also allow for curtains to be gathered either side of the window when open.



Curtain Width

Step 2: Start Measuring the width of your curtain track or pole

Measure from the top of the track or pole to your chosen end point

If measuring a pole, do not include the finials (the decorative ends). Measure from one end to the other…

Note: For curtain pole using rings – measure from beneath the pole to where you want the curtains to end.

Top Tip:

For the best fit your track or pole should be 15-20cm above your window, and should stretch 15-20cm wider than the window on each side.

For Example
If your measurements come to 66″ (167cm) wide and 90″ (229cm) long, you would need one set of curtains which are 66″ width × 90″ drop. (Each curtain measures 66″ width × 90″ drop which allows for double the width so the curtains will gather).
We would recommend checking the measurements a few times just to be 100% sure.

Step 3: Getting the right amount of gathering

The correct sized curtains should have a natural gather even when fully closed. To get this gather right, you’ll need to double your track or pole measurement. This number is the width measurement you’ll need to buy.

Double the length of your track or pole

Double the length of your track of pole

Top Tip:

Add an extra 2.5cm to the width measurement so your curtains will neatly overlap.

Curtain Length

Step 4: Deciding on your curtain length

There are three options to choose from:

Should end 1cm above the windowsill

Should end 15cm below the windowsill

Should end 1cm above the floor

Top Tip:

For windows over radiators, curtains should end 2-3cm above the top of the radiator so the heat does not escape behind the curtain.

Step 5: Measuring your curtain length.

Curtain track or pole:

Measuring for Curtains

Curtain Pole:

Measure from the top of the pole to your chosen end point

Measure from the eye of the curtain ring to your chosen end point

Measure from the top of the pole to your chosen end point

Top Tip:

Windowsills and floors can be uneven, so measure at 2 or 3 different points and use the smallest measurement as your length.

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