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How To Measure Your Curtains

How to Measure for Curtains

We are filled with sheer delight at the thought of offering curtains for your home renovation! No, but seriously, curtains are a fantastic addition to the home for a number of reasons - most importantly for style and practicality. Continue below to learn how to best measure your windows and doors before heading over to our customiser to get designing!


Before you can live the luxe life with your new curtains, there are a few simple steps to ensure you order the perfect combination of curtains for your upgrade! Measuring your windows and the space around them are integral yet simple tasks, made possible with this easy-to-follow guide. Grab a pencil and a measuring tape (available in our range of sample boxes if needed) and let's get started!

To begin, there are 2 main fitting types for your curtains - face fix or top fix.

A face-fix curtain is mounted to the wall and is the perfect solution for windows with a cornice above them.

Top fix curtains are mounted to the ceiling and are a great option for walls with/without cornices, or with a bulkhead to create a dramatic finish.


To measure your face fix curtains follow these easy tips & tricks;

1. Begin by measuring the width of your window, and then add 150-300mm to either side of your window frame to account for bunching. By adding this extra measurement, your curtains will not cover too much of your window when open (e.g when ‘bunched’/’stacked’ together). If selecting curtains that open to one side only, 30% of the track width is accounted for ‘bunching’, whereas centre open curtains will hold 15% of ‘bunching’ on each side.

2. Determining the placement of your track is ultimately up to your preference! However, it is recommended that the track is positioned at a minimum of 150mm above the window frame, but no less than 10mm from the base of your cornice or roof.

3. The final step will determine the finishing look of your curtains! Do you like a sleek, off-the-floor finish? If so, simply begin at the starting point of your track height (this is where your trusty pencil comes in handy), and measure down to the floor, then select the “off the floor option” when ordering. The factory will deduct 10mm from your measurement.

If you’re after a more dramatic and opulent take with a puddled finish, simply select the ‘puddled option’ during the selection process and this will automatically add 20mm to your measurements.


To measure your top fix curtains follow these 3 simple steps;

1. Begin by measuring the width of your window, and then add 150-300mm to either side of your window frame to account for bunching. By adding this extra measurement, your curtains will not cover too much of your window when open (e.g when ‘bunched’/’stacked’ together). If selecting curtains that open to one side only, 30% of the track width is accounted for this ‘bunching’, whereas centre open curtains will hold 15% of ‘bunching’ on each side.

2. Determining the drop of your curtains is very simple. Measure from your ceiling to the floor. Make sure you measure in several positions as the floor/ceiling height may vary across the width.  

3. The final step will determine the finishing look of your curtains! Do you like a sleek, off-the-floor finish? If so, simply begin at the starting point of your track height (this is where your trusty pencil comes in handy), and measure down to the floor, then select the “off the floor option” when ordering. The factory will deduct 10mm from your measurement.

If you’re after a more dramatic and opulent take with a puddled finish, simply select the ‘puddled option’ during the selection process and this will automatically add 20mm to your measurements.


Now that you have your measurements, it's time to get started!
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