How to measure for curtains and blinds

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					How to measure for curtains and blinds
the most important thing to remember when measuring for curtains and blinds
is to measure accurately and never assume that two windows in the same room
are the same size, they very rarely are!
Balance and proportion are an important element of curtain                It is also important to add a little extra for the overlap, on a pull
design. to add extra height to a room poles and tracks can be             cord track, (usually 10cms), and the return (the measurement from
placed nearer the ceiling and extra width can be added to each            the end of the track or pole to the wall).
window by extending the pole or track either side of the reveal.

If curtains are to be held back high (Italian dressed) into tiebacks      Measure the finished drop of the curtains
remember to add a little extra length so they can be ‘bloused’ over       take this measurement at both ends of the pole/track and also in
the tieback or ombre.                                                     the middle in case the floor is not level. If carpet or flooring is yet
                                                                          to go down remember to make extra allowances.
Length of track or pole
First measure the length of the pole (excluding the finials) or track.    For curtains on a pole
the pole or track is normally positioned midway between the               Measure from under the curtain ring to where you would like the
top of the window recess and the coving (or ceiling if there is no        curtains to fall. this is usually 4 – 6in (10 – 15cm) beneath the
coving), or, more fashionably, high under the coving.                     window sill or to the floor.

the pole or track usually extends 6” - 15” (15cm – 38cm) either
side of the recess. this measurement is usually equal to one third        Curtains on a track
the width of the pole or track to allow for the curtains to stack back.   Decide whether you would like the track to show, or whether you
                                                                          would prefer to hide the track once the curtains are drawn.
Overlap, ease & returns
                                                                          If the track is to shown; measure from the hook to the required
In order for the curtains to pull comfortably an allowance is made        length; if the track is to be hidden; measure from the top of the
for ‘ease’ this amount varies according to heading and type of            track to the required length.
track (pull cord or hand pull), but as a rough guide 3 – 4cms per
width of fabric used in each curtain is added to the overall pole/
track measurement. (i.e. a pair of curtains with 2 widths of fabric
                                                                          Hem allowances
in each will have approximately 12 – 16cms ease).                         Allow a minimum of 10in (25cms) for the heading and hems.



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Curtain Headings
Pencil Pleat (Gathered)                                             Eyelet
A 3in (7cm) tape is machined to the reverse of the curtains and     Hand sewn heading with eyelets inserted by machine.
cords are pulled to gather the curtains to the required width. We   2 – 3 times fullness.
normally allow 2 – 3 times fullness for this heading.




                                                                    Scrunch
Double Pinch Pleat                                                  Machine sewn tape set down 15cms. 2 – 2.5 times fullness.
Hand sewn heading using buckram. 2 – 2.5 times fullness.




                                                                    Gathered with Standup
Triple Pinch Pleat
                                                                    Machine sewn tape set down 5 – 10cms. 2 – 2.5 times fullness.
Hand sewn heading using buckram. 2.5 – 2.75 times fullness.




Goblet Pleat
Hand sewn heading using buckram. 2.5 – 2.75 times fullness.


                                                                      Curtain Headings to suit
                                                                      every home and every style


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