Measurement Guide

Expert guides on how to measure for blinds and how to fit them to your windows. For either made to meaure or ready made blinds, it is crutial you measure and fit them correctly.

How to measure for your curtains

All measurements should be provided in cm (unless the website gives you the option to provide the measurement in mm or inches).

All our curtain are made with a 3mm manufacturing tolerance (width & drop).

Always use a metal rule when taking the measurements.

Curtains measuring video

Measuring the width

We always advise that you measure the curtain track or pole width, not the window.

If you are fitting a new track or pole this should extend 15cm to 20cm either side of the window. This will allow the curtains to be stacked either side of the window.

Curtain Poles

Measure the length of the pole between the finials (decorative ends).

Curtain Rails

Measure the length of the rail. If you have a rail with an overlap in the centre, measure the length of the rail and add the length of the overlap to this measurement.

Measuring the drop

The length of your curtains will depend on your preference. Typical length measurements are as follows.

A: Full length which is approximately 1.5 to 3cm above floor level

B: Above radiator typically 1 to 3cm above the radiator.

C: Below the window sill typically around 15cm.

Measure from the top of the track or bottom of the curtain rings for a curtain pole to the desired length of your curtains.

Tab Top & Eyelet Curtains

For Tab Top or eyelet curtains you should take your measurements from the very top of the pole.

Pencil, Pinch & Wave Pleat

Measure from the top of the track or bottom of the curtain rings to the desired length of your curtains.

Fulness or gathering

Once you have entered your curtain pole or rail width, we will calculate the amount of fabric required for your curtains. Some headings require more fullness or gathering than others so these headings will require more fabric which is reflected in the price of the curtains.

All curtains are made in increments of 1/2 widths:

Pencil Pleat 1.75
Pinch Pleat 2.25
Wave Pleat 2.0
Tab Top 1.5
Eyelet 1.5

How to measure your roman blinds

Roman Blinds measuring video

Standard Windows

Recess Size

This is the measurement you need to make if the blind needs to fit inside the window recess. Measure the width and the drop in three different positions ensuring you provide us with the smallest measurement.

We will make any necessary deductions to ensure the blind fits neatly within the recess of the window.

Recess width
Recess drop

Exact Size

An exact size blind is also known as 'pin width' or 'finished blind width'. This is the measurement you need to make if the blind needs to hang outside the recess overlapping the window. Decide how much you wish to overlap the recess at each side, we recommend at least 7.5cm at each side as well as the top and bottom so as to minimise as much external light as possible.

Measure the width and the drop in three different positions ensuring you provide us with the smallest measurement. We will not make any deductions from the measurements provided.

Exact width
Exact drop

Bay Window Measurement

Bay windows are more complex to measure and for this reason we have created useful guides to help you when measuring your bay window.

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