Curtain Measuring Guide

We typically measure and fit our made to measure curtains and bespoke blinds, however we do also offer a make-up service for clients who live further afield or who are furnishings second homes or rental properties. 

Please be advised that any curtains or blinds made to a customer's own sizes are non-returnable if sizes are incorrect. We therefore recommend that you take time to measure your window very carefully.

We suggest using a metal tape measure for accuracy. 

Below is a step by step measuring guide. Please contact us if you need help taking measurements.

Curtain Measuring Guide

The first step is to decide whether you want your curtains to hang from a track or pole, both of which should ideally be positioned 15cm above the window and extend 15-20cm either side. We strongly advise that you fit the track or pole before taking measurements.


Measuring the length of your track or pole

For a curtain pole:
The measurement should be the length of the pole excluding the finials. Don’t forget to allow for the fabric to overlap - this is an additional measurement, normally 2.5cm that allows the hanging curtains to overlap in the middle when they are closed.

For a curtain track:
The measurement should be the length of the track. If you have a corded track that overlaps in the centre, measure the full length of the tracks including the overlap.

Measuring drop and heading height:

Before measuring the drop, decide whether you want your curtains to fall to the sill, below the sill or to the floor. We suggest that:

  • Sill length curtains finish 1cm above the sill
  • Curtains that fall below the sill finish 15cm below, or just above any radiator
  • Floor length curtains typically finish 1cm from the floor but if your floor is slightly uneven we recommend that the curtains rest on the floor by at least 1-2cm to help disguise this
  • Puddled curtains trail on the floor by 10-15cm and help give a luxuriant feel to your room. Ideal for bedroom curtains or dress curtains which are non-closing.

Please note: We will add extra allowances for overlaps and turnings once we have your overall sizes.

Measuring the curtain drop

For poles:
Measure the drop from the small metal ring (eye) at the bottom of each curtain ring (see diagram). This will prevent the pole or rings from being obscured by the curtain.

For tracks:
Measure the drop from the top of the track so that the curtain hides the track

Eyelet curtains:
Measure the drop from the very top of the pole.

Let us know the pole diameter so the correct eyelets are used.

Please note that we add 3-4cm allowance above the eyelets as standard.