How To Measure For Curtains  

Without getting it horribly wrong

how to measure for curtains

Discovering how to measure for curtains is much more than knowing how to read the numbers on a tape measure.

Find out what you need to know and what to avoid, so saving you a lot of heartache and expense further down the road.

This really is the area in the curtain buying process where the most mistakes in the made to measure curtain business are made by far.

I have been in this business for more than 20 years and I still get it wrong on occasion. Usually because I have been rushing or have been distracted after measuring and before writing down the sizes. So don' let that happen to you :-)

Most common errors

  • Mixing up inches with cm's
  • Writing numbers down back to front
  • Not measuring twice to be certain
  • Not writing down room/window details

So please, please and.... please againTake your time and don't get distracted. If you get this part wrong, then everything else you do afterwards is just a complete waste of your time and money. 

Your How To Measure For Curtains Check List

Just by following these simple steps you will avoid the most common measuring mistakes people make.

  • Pick your curtain style before you measure for curtains. So important if you want curtains that fit exactly right. They all measure up slightly different.
  • Use a wide blade steel tape measure if possible for easier number reading, plus less tape bending measuring wide windows. Especially if you are doing this on your own, which I recommend you don't.
  • Get someone to help by holding the other end of the tape measure. Then write down the sizes on a pad. The width first and the length (drop) second. This the industry standard. Then swap over and repeat the measure and check the sizes again.

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measuring guides

Below are quick links to examples of how to measure for the different kinds of curtain styles hanging from Curtain track and curtain poles. The right way to measure correctly for each one is slightly different, so make sure you read the right one for your chosen curtain style.

Discover the right way to measure for curtains to hang from a curtain track rather than from rings on a curtain pole.


Discover how to measure for the best look when deciding where to install your curtain pole.


Discover some very useful tips that are specifically for measuring for your new eyelet curtains.



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