HOW TO: MEASURE FOR CURTAINS
by Martha's Furnishing Fabrics
20 February 2020
Step One: Measure the width of your existing curtain track.
If you do not have an existing curtain track, measure the window frame from edge to edge and allow enough space either side for the curtains to be clear of the window when they are pulled open. For light weight fabrics we recommend an extra 15% of the window width, for medium to heavy weight an extra 20%, and for very heavy fabrics such as our Studio Velvet range, we would suggest 25% of your window width extra.
For Example: If your window is 200cm wide, and you want lined curtains using our vintage linen range add 20% (40cm) to your window width. You would require a track width of 240cm and this would allow for 20cm each side.
Step Two: Measure the finished drop/length of your curtains.
If you have an existing track, measure from the top of your track, to where you would like the bottom of your curtain to finish, and if you would like to add any extra for puddling. No need to add any extra for hemming, as we will add this in later. This measurement will be the finished length of your curtain.
If you do not have an existing track, you can choose where you would like your track to sit and measure down from there. The 'The Rule of Thirds' is a good one to follow when making this decision. To do this, measure the space between the top of your window frame and your ceiling and divide it by three, then choose if you would like your track to sit one third or two thirds of the way up.
Deciding your drop length:
Choosing your drop length really comes down to personal preference. Things to consider when making these decisions would be the style of your space, how much space you have for your curtains, and the type of fabric that your curtains are made out of.
For example: If your curtains are linen, we would always suggest that you include puddling in your drop length. This is because the linen fibre is extremely absorbent, and so your curtains would be prone to moving depending on the humidity. This would be very obvious if you had measured your curtains to be exactly in line with your floor, but not obvious if you had allowed for puddling.