How to Measure Curtains

A quick guide on how to measure curtains to make sure you choose the right size for your home. This is just a guide and you must consider radiators and furniture in the room.

Ready made curtains are usually sold in pairs (unless specified) and sizes are WIDTH X DROP. Measurements are normally in cm. You will need a tape measure that will be long enough to measure your window width & drop.

1. Measure the width (A)

Whether you are using a metal or wooden curtain pole, use a tape to measure the distance between the finials. Finials are the decorative ends of your curtain pole. Do not include the finials in your measurement. If you have a curtain track rather than a pole, measure the total length of the track .

2. Measure the drop (B or C)

Before starting, you need to decide where you want your curtains to finish. For floor-length curtains (C), measure from the top of where you want the curtain to finish on your track or below your pole, down to the ground. If your floors are uneven or not on a level, make sure you measure each side of the window and choose the shortest measurement. Either way it is safe to subtract 1 – 2 cm to make sure the bottom of the curtain does not catch the floor. For sill length curtains (B), we suggest either measuring 10 – 15cm below the sill, allowing for attractive hanging at a correct level.