How to measure for drapes and get it right the first time. Just by following these simple steps you will avoid the most common measuring mistakes people make.
No.1 Use a wide blade steel tape measure because it will be easier to see the larger numbers and it won't bend as easily when measuring wide windows. Especially if doing this job on your own.
No.2 Try and have someone help you when you measure up. You can measure and they can write down the sizes on a pad. The width first and the length (drop) second. Then swap over and repeat the measure and check the sizes again.
No.3 Decide on your curtain style before you measure for curtains. This is so important if you want your curtains to fit exactly right. For example are the curtains hanging from under the curtain rod (pole) from rings. Maybe the curtains are to hang from the top of the rod. As with rod pocket curtains, tab top drapes.Then you have grommet drapes that finish about an inch above the rod. So as you see you need to decide on your drapery style first.
No.4 In most cases it will be so much easier to get accurate width and length measurements with your chosen curtain hardware already fitted in place over your window.
You may end up fitting the window treatment hardware slightly higher or lower. Often this is because the wall fixings are not secure enough, or because of an obstruction not noticed earlier.
Below are quick links to examples of how to measure for the different kinds of curtain styles hanging from right kind of window treatment hardware. The right way to measure each one is slightly different, so make sure you read the right one for your chosen curtain style.
How to measure for drapes on a curtain track Discover the right way to measure for a curtain track rather than a decorative curtain rod or pole.
How to measure for curtains on a decorative curtain rod or pole Discover how to measure for the best look when deciding where to install your decorative curtain rod or pole.
How to measure for grommet top curtains Very useful tips that are specifically for measuring for your new grommet drapes.
How to measure for tab top curtains Very useful tips that are specifically for measuring for your new tab top drapes drapes.