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"How To Measure For Grommet Top Curtains"

To start with there are a few simple rules I use when measuring up a window for new grommet top curtains. You want them to look good but also be practical.

Such as clearing the window when open and not draping over obstacle under the window. Things like Radiators, sofas or other furniture.

Watch the short video below and see what I recommend when measuring a window for curtains correctly. I have also listed some tips below the video to recap on the important points to remember. I also added few other things that will help you with this project.





My Quick Tips List

No.1 Fit your curtain rod at least 3 inches over the top of your window. Assuming there is room, it will look better. You won't then see the window through the grommets. I usually fit my decorative curtain rod at 3 or 4 inches over the top of the window. This allows the curtain header to sit over the wall so is not seen from outside. I think it just looks so much better.

No.2 The width of the curtain rod should be the width of your window plus 5 or 6 inches past both sides. This allows your curtain to pull back of the window allowing maximum light to enter the room.

Occasionally I make the curtain track an inch or two wider if your curtains are made of thick fabric or have heavy blackout lining.

To work out how wide each curtain panel should be (assuming a pair). You need to allow for each flat panel to be appoximately the same with of the curtain rod. Give or take a couple of inches. This allows the curtains to have enough fabric to create the pleats when hanging over your window.

If buying or making custom curtains, then you will need to allow for 4 to 5 inches between each grommet on the top of your curtain panels.

No.3 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.

No.4 Then to get the length for your new curtains. you need to hold the tape measure at the top edge of the curtain rod. Then measure down to where you want the grommet drapes to finish. Maybe to just go to the window sill or a few inches past the window sill. Alternatively down to the floor.

Then you need to allow for what I call the "upstand". This is the part of the curtain that sits over the top of the grommet ring. This can be anywhere from 1 to 2 inches deep, so add this to the other measurement. This will then give you the total finished curtain drop.

No.5 Use a pad and pen and write down each size as you measure. Then go back and double check your sizes to make sure there are no errors. Even better ask someone else to check for you.

If you are measuring for very wide or long curtains. Then I would definitely have some one help you by holding one end of the tape measure while you pull out the tape and measure more accurately.



Some examples to get you started

Curtain track width 48 inches X 2 = 96 inches

Fabric to be used width 54 inches

So 96 inches divided by 54 inches = 1.77

1.77 = Number of widths of fabric in your curtains. Now rounded up to nearest whole number 1.77 becomes 2

Finished length of your curtains 80 inches plus extra 12 inches hem allowance = 92 inches

So 2 widths X 92 inches = 176 inches total fabric required. Divide by 36 to convert to yards = 5.11 ( 5.2 yards in real money :-)

So in this example you would end up with a pair of curtains with 1 width of fabric in each panel at 80 inches long.




Curtain track width 79 inches X 2 = 158 inches

Fabric to be used width 54 inches

So 96 inches divided by 54 inches = 2.92

2.92 = Number of widths of fabric in your curtains. Now rounded up to nearest whole number 3 becomes 2

Finished length of your curtains 80 inches plus extra 12 inches hem allowance = 92 inches

So 3 widths X 92 inches = 276 inches total fabric required. Divide by 36 to convert to yards = 7.66 ( 7.7 yards in real money :-)

So in this example you would end up with a pair of curtains with 1.5 widths of fabric in each panel at 80 inches long.




Curtain track width 108 inches X 2 = 216 inches

Fabric to be used width 54 inches

So 216 inches divided by 54 inches = 4

4 = Number of widths of fabric in your curtains. No need to round up to nearest whole number

Finished length of your curtains 80 inches plus extra 12 inches hem allowance = 92 inches

So 4 widths X 92 inches = 368 inches total fabric required. Divide by 36 to convert to yards = 10.22 ( 10.3 yards in real money :-)

So in this example you would end up with a pair of curtains with 2 widths of fabric in each panel at 80 inches long.




What if your fabric has a pattern ?

This just means you need to make one more calculation to allow for this. Most patterned drapery fabric have what is called a "pattern repeat". This is for example on a floral print fabric the distance before the same flower repeats itself lower down the fabric. So from the top of that flower to the top of its twin lower down is the measurement called the "pattern repeat"

If for example you are shopping in Joanne fabric stores or browsing online fabric stores. You will see a label or details with the price, fabric width and pattern repeat. Sometimes it is identified by just P.R.

I have added an extra line into an example just below to show how to add the pattern repeat in to your calculations.


Curtain track width 79 inches X 2 = 158 inches

Fabric to be used width 54 inches with a Pattern Repeat of 15 inches

So 96 inches divided by 54 inches = 2.92

2.92 = Number of widths of fabric in your curtains. Now rounded up to nearest whole number becomes 3

Finished length of your curtains 80 inches plus an extra 12 inches hem allowance = 88 inches. However if the Pattern Repeat is greater than 12 inches. Then substitute the 12 inch hemming allowance for the pattern repeat size, in this example it is 15 inches. The total length of your curtain would be 80 inches plus an extra 15 inches for hem allowance ( the surplus would be trimmed off when making) = 95 inches.

So 3 widths X 95 inches = 285 inches total fabric required. Divide by 36 to convert to yards = 7.91 ( 8 yards in real money :-)

So in this example you would end up with a pair of curtains with 1.5 widths of fabric in each panel at 80 inches long.


If the surplus fabric from the pattern repeat is enough you could always have a go at making some simple band curtain tie backs.




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