Measuring for curtains
To be sure of the best possible fit, take time to measure your window carefully. We suggest using a metal tape measure for accuracy. The first step is to decide whether you want your curtains to hang from a track or pole, both of which should be positioned 15cm (6 inches) above the window and extend 15-20cm (6-8 inches) either side.
Measuring curtain width
Measure the total width of the track or pole (excluding the finials) – do not measure the window unless it is wall-to-wall. Don't forget to allow for overlap – this is an additional measurement, normally 2.5cm (1 inch) that allows the hanging curtains to overlap in the middle when they are closed.
Measuring curtain length
Before measuring the length, decide whether you want your curtains to fall to the sill, below the sill or to the floor. We suggest that:
- Sill length curtains finish 1.25cm (1/2 inch) above the sill.
- Curtains that fall below the sill finish 15cm (6 inches) below.
- Floor length curtains finish 1.5cm (1/2 inch) from the floor (although you can create a romantic, Bohemian look by having them longer so that they actually trail on the floor).
Measuring for blinds
Inside recess fitting blind
Measure the full width and height of the window recess and we will make the appropriate deductions to ensure a perfect fit
- For both the width and drop, measure the window in 3 places as shown in the image opposite, and use the smallest measurements - we will make any deductions to ensure your blind fits perfectly
- Use a metal tape measure as cloth ones can give inaccurate measurements
Outside recess fitting blind
If you want your blind to hang outside the recess, take the exact measurements and we will make the blind to your specified size
- Measure the exact width of the area you would like the blind to overlap
- To minimise light leakage the blind should overlap the window recess by at least 7cm at the top and 5cm each side
- Remember on roller blinds the fabric will be approximately 3.5cm less than the overall width so please allow for this
- When choosing the overlap at the bottom of your blind, take into account obstacles such as radiators