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Measuring Guide for Curtains and Blinds
Here's how the experts do it
Width Start by measuring your curtain pole or track, not the window itself. If youíre fitting a new pole or track, make sure itís somewhere between 15cm and 30cm wider than the window Ė thatís so you can draw the curtains clear of the window to let in more light. The best place to fix your pole or track to the wall is about 10cm to 15cm above the window itself.
Tracks and rails Some curtain tracks have a central overlap. Just measure this separately then add it to your end-to-end measurement for the correct total width.
Tracks
Poles Make sure you measure the pole itself and not the end ornaments!
Poles
Drop If you want your curtains to reach to the floor we recommend you measure from the track, pole or rail to one cm above the floor (A).

Itís the same if you want your curtains to reach to a window sill - measure from the track, pole or rail to one cm above the sill itself (C).

If you want your curtains to fall below a window sill measure to between 15cm and 20cm down from the sill (B). Alternatively, if the window has a radiator below it you can measure to about 3cm above the top of the radiator.
Drop
Pencil pleat and pinch pleat headings If you have a curtain pole, find the right height by measuring from the bottom of the poleís rings to where you want the fabric to finish (we recommend one cm above the floor/window still or 15/20cm below a window sill). If you have a curtain track, measure from the top of the track.
Pencil pleat and pinch pleat headings
Tap top and eyelet headings If you have a curtain pole, find the right height by measuring from the bottom of the poleís rings to where you want the fabric to finish (we recommend one cm above the floor/window still or 15/20cm below a window sill). If you have a curtain track, measure from the top of the track.
Tap top and eyelet headings
Valances Make sure you measure the valance rail itself and the depth at both ends to arrive at your final figure. Donít measure the curtain track as many valance rails are at least 30cm wider than their curtain track.
Valances