Measure for Eyelet Curtains Correctly

Discover how following a few simple rules when you measure for eyelet curtains. It will save you a lot of heartache later on.

These simple rules I use when measuring up a window for new eyelet top curtains. Will make them look great and also work perfectly. 

Measure for Eyelet Curtains Correctly

Discover how following a few simple rules when you measure for eyelet curtains. It will save you a lot of heartache later on.

These simple rules I use when measuring up a window for new eyelet top curtains. Will make them look great and also work perfectly. 

Measure for eyelet curtains quick tips

 Fit your curtain pole at least 3 inches over the top of your window. Assuming there is room over the window recess, it justl looks better. You won't then see the window frame through the eyelet holes. I usually fit my curtain pole at least  3 or 4 inches over the top of the window. You can fit the pole higher for a more dramatic effect. Especially in rooms with high ceilings.

This allows the eyelet rings to sit over the wall so is not seen from outside. I think it just looks that much better.

The curtain pole width should be the width of your window, plus at least 5 or 6 inches past both sides. This allows your curtain to pull back of the window letting lots of light into the room.

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

To work out how wide each curtain panel should be (assuming a pair). You need to allow for both flat panels to be a minimum of one and a half times the curtain pole width. I personally think they look much better at double the pole width.

Give or take a couple of inches. This allows the curtains to have enough fabric to allow the pleats to look right when hanging over your window. However when having your eyelet curtains made to measure. I think closer to two times the width of the pole looks even better.

To work out the length (drop) for your new eyelet curtains. you will need to hold the tape measure at the top edge of the curtain pole.

Then  measure down to where you want the eyelet curtains to finish. That will be either to just at the window sill or a few inches past the window sill. Alternatively down to the floor my personal favourite.

You want to consider things such as being able to pull them back off the window when open and not hanging over obstacles under the window. Things like Radiators, sofas or other furniture.

Watch this short video here and and check out my tips when I measure for eyelet curtains correctly. I have also listed these tips and some others just below the video to recap on the important stuff to remember. 



Measuring the length

When it comes to measuring the length of your curtain. I personally think it's better to use a stepladder. Then measure from the floor up to the top edge of the curtain pole. More accurate in my opinion.

Then you need to allow for what is called the "upstand". This is the bit of the curtain that sits over the top of the eyelet ring. 

 This is usually between 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5cm to 4cm) deep (check with your curtain maker), so add this to the other length size. This will then give you the total finished curtain drop.

Curtain sizes

I can't stress this enough use a pen and paper to 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  eyelet 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.

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