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How to Measure For Your New Curtains

Measuring for your magical new curtains couldn't be simpler. All you need is a metal tape measure and something to take some notes on and you are ready to go... Follow our easy, step-by-step guides below. The measurements provided must be for the entire window. Curtains will be supplied in pairs.

There are four main lengths when it comes to curtains:

1. Windowsill

As the name suggests, these are shorter curtains and end at the windowsill. They are best suited to kitchens and bedrooms where windows tend to be elevated. These curtains tend to be 1cm above the windowsill.

2. Apron

These come down about four inches below your windowsill and have a more casual feel than windowsill curtains. They are great if you have a radiator under your window as they stop heat escaping out of the window. These end 15cm below the edge of the windowsill.

3. Floor Length

These curtains drape down to the floor and are popular in living rooms where you have larger windows. They’re the easiest to maintain and to open and close. These are 1cm above the floor.

4. Puddle

These curtains ‘puddle’ on the floor and extend between 1-3 inches longer than floor length curtains. The result is a dramatic look that is effective in areas such as dining rooms and living rooms. Please note: Care should be taken around small children and pets as this could be a trip hazard.

Eyelet Curtains - Length

Always measure from the top of the curtain pole. If you decide on above-the-windowsill curtains, measure to your windowsill and take off 1cm (0.5 inch). For an apron drop, measure 15cms (6 inches) below your windowsill. For full-length curtains, measure to the floor and then take off 1cm (0.5 inch). For puddle curtains, measure to the floor and then add on 1-3 inches, depending on the effect you want to create.

Eyelet Curtains - Width

How to work out the width Work out the width by measuring your curtain track pole with your tape measure. You don’t need to include any finials if you have them. The width of each curtain panel should be as close as possible to the total width of your pole.

Pleated Curtains - Length

Measure from the eye of the curtain ring. If you don’t have a curtain pole up yet, measure 15cms (approx. 6 inches) above the window and use this as a guide for where the curtain track will be. For pleated curtains that drop to above the windowsill, measure from the eye of the ring, down to the top of the sill and take 1cm (0.5 inch) off this measurement. For pleated curtains to hang below the sill, measure from the eye of the curtain ring to 15cms (approx. 6 inches) above past the bottom of the sill. For floor-length pencil pleat curtains, measure from the curtain ring eye down to the floor and take off 1cm (0.5 inch) so they can hang nice and straight all the way through their length.

Pleated Curtains - Width

Work out the width by measuring your curtain track pole with a tape measure. You needn’t include the finials if you have them. Don’t panic if you don’t have a pole up either; as general rule of thumb, you need to measure the width of your window and add 20cms (approx. 8 inches) to each side. The width of each curtain panel should be as close as possible to the total width of your pole.

Further Information

Our curtains come with a range of lining options. When requesting a quote, you can select the lining type that's right for you. Please note that our curtains are sold as a pair. We are unable to accept a return of made-to-measure curtains.