How to measure can be a daunting task. At Curtain Lab we suggest that you
- Always using a metal tape measure
- Sticking to inches or centimetres – not both!
- Having pen and paper ready
- Enlisting the help of an assistant
Start by fixing your pole, rail, track or pelmet board in place. These should be attached about 5cm to 20 cm above the window frame with the ends projecting at least 10cm beyond the sides of the window.
Take the measurements with a steel tape measure. If the window is particularly tall or wide, enlist the help of an assistant!
The Width: to work out the width of the finished curtains, measure the width of the track, rail or pole (not the window).
The Length: to calculate the drop of finished full-length curtains, measure from the top of the track (or bottom of the pole) down to the floor.
For Sill-Length Curtains, measure from the top of the track (or bottom of the pole) down to the sill.
For Apron-Length curtains, measure from the top of the track (or bottom of the pole) to the just below the sill or to the desired point.
Outer Recess – will fit outside the recess onto the surrounding wall:
- Measure the width from a to b and add 10cm to allow for the blind to give sufficient overlap each side of the window.
- Measure the length from c to d from where the blind is to start, usually 10cm above the window, and where the blind is to finish, usually, 5cm below the window.
These measurements are a suggested guide only – please adjust to suit your own individual windows.
Inner Recess – this is where the window is ‘sunk in’ to the wall. Make sure there are no obstructions, i.e. window levers, which would affect the smooth operation of the blind.
- Measure the width from a to b and subtract 1cm for clearance.
- Measure the length from c to d.
- As a precaution take three measurements for the width and length left, right and centre and record the smallest measurement.
Still not sure? Then call us on 020 8439 7977