How to Measure for Curtains?

Through the admittance of decoration and light, windows can create wonders for your room. They can set or break the pattern the room works. They even go on to add a sense of intimacy to the entire interior decoration of a room. They admit light and they stop light creating a feeling of awe to your rooms, more than you know. They make you feel comfortable evoking drama and feelings to the room.

To choose the right curtain for your room, take into consideration the amount of light, privacy, ventilation, energy and climate control you will need to make the room seem cozy. The curtains will have to be chosen likewise. The look you want to create will also have to be decided beforehand.

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To put it simply, there is a distinction in the look and feel of every curtain. Heavy brocades or velvet make way for drama and depth, while breezy and sheer fabrics only add to a comfortable casual vibe.

Here is how measuring for curtains can be done in 3 simple steps:-

  1. Assemble your tools

To take your window measurements you will in need a pencil, paper and a metal measuring tape. A cordless drill, if being used to hang the curtain rod, must be fully charged. Next decide whether you are trying to go aesthetic or casual. Decide on the type of feel you wish to add to the room, followed by the function of the window coverings and then go on o purchase your curtains.

While doing the measurements be careful and do not let the fabric tape stretch or droop. This will lead to inaccurate measurements.

  1. Decide on your mounting technique

To determine the length of the drapes, first decide the mood you want your room to have. A perfect room must always have curtains that puddle on the floor. To achieve this add at least 2-4”of additional fabric to the original length of the curtain. The fabric must always be long enough to cover the baseboard.

Next we have to hang the drapes on the wall mount. While you are preparing to do this, use a wall mount ensuring the hardware extends at least 3” to 4” beyond the window frame. It must also extend at least 4” to 6” above the trim. Next add 4-5” of fabric on either side of the window. If your window is narrow, try adding in extra fabric to the sides of the window frame. The fabric must be put in a way so as to completely cover the frame exposing just a little amount of glass.

In case you are attaching hardware on both sides of windows to tie loop backs, ensure that measurements are even on either side.

  1. Choosing the drapery rod length

When choosing the length of the rod, the measurement needs to be done from bracket to bracket. The one thing you must remember in this case is that rods are expandable and while they are offered in sizes of 10”, 11” and 12” they can be cut to a custom size or can be joined together for greater length.

For a room that has real low ceilings, the illusion of height can be added if you place the drapery rod very close to the ceiling. For a fuller layered look of the fabric, that gives you a fuller and more dramatic window treatment it is best to purchase a double rod! The fabric must be 2 to 4 times more than that of the length of the window’s measurement for a full and rich look.

A point to remember – lightweight sheer fabric gives you a lightweight treatment, so it might be essential to purchase more fabric than needed to get your desired look!

Hiring professional help

If you do not have the required expertise in measuring for your curtains, you can always hire professional help from Lerner Interiors that shall also provide you with professional guidance for choice of curtains.

Remember that curtains are something that you invest in sometimes, so it is important that it is a well informed and thought out decision so that you are able to achieve the desired results.