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How To Measure Drapes and Curtains

How To Measure Drapes and Curtains

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Measuring for drapes is not a complicated process. In fact, it is relatively easy if you simply follow the directions we provide.

The two primary categories for drapery measurements are:

   

1) When a rod exists; or

2) When a drape rod has not yet been installed.

 

One of the safest ways to “fit your drape” to any window is simply to replace an existing rod with a new one. If replacing your rod is not possible, then carefully follow our instructions as described under “When a drape rod exists”.

 

 

Rules for Measuring Drapes and Curtains

   
A.
WIDTH –is always measured and expressed first
when ordering.
HEIGHT –is always measured and expressed second
when ordering.
   
B.
Use a RETRACTABLE METAL TAPE MEASURE to ensure accuracy (ie: NEVER use a cloth tape measure or a yard stick)
   
C.

NEVER measure the existing drape or window covering.
You WILL NOT get an accurate measure this way.

 

   
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Drape or Curtain Rod Exists

 
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  The procedure for measuring an “existing drape rod”
(i.e. one you plan to keep and continue using,) “slightly varies”
depending on the type of drape rod you have above your window.

Therefore, please first identify which one of the following drape rods cover your window(s) and then follow the appropriate instructions.

 
Standard Rod
 
 
Custom Rod
 

 

 

Standard Drapery and Curtain Rods

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If this is your existing drape rod:
   

WIDTH (side to side or left to right) - Measure only across the front or face of the rod from tip to tip; DO NOT include in your measurements the brackets at each end of the rod where the drape returns back to the wall. DO NOT add in any extra for the overlap beneath the center of the rod where the master carrier(s) may cross one another.

 

 

Simple tip: Just measure the front of the rod only across the
front tip to tip for width. Factory Direct Drapes™ will
automatically add in extra material for the brackets at the ends
of the rods and overlap in the middle.

 

   

HEIGHT (up and down) - This is your easiest measurement. Place your tape measure on the top center of the rod down to where you want the drape to hang. Typically there are 3 standard heights:

 

Past bottom of window
Drapes to the floor
Floor to ceiling

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Roll Over Image to View Drape.
Roll Over Image to View Drape.

 

   

Just past the bottom of your window - In order to provide sufficient coverage for privacy and to reduce incoming light, generally measure a minimum of 4” past the bottom of the window casing.

Drapes to the floor (floor height) - If you would like your drapes to hang down to just above the floor or carpeting, measure the distance from the top center of the drape rod to 1” above the floor or carpeting.

Drapes from floor to ceiling (ceiling height)- These are drapes hanging from the ceiling down to just above the floor or carpeting. Measure the distance from the top center of the drape rod to 1” above the floor or carpeting. In most cases, “floor height” is the best choice since they offer superior privacy, light control, and insulation. Floor height drapes also “dress up” your room providing an elegant decor to the surroundings

 

 

Custom Drapery and Curtain Rods

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These are the type of drape rods with balls, finials, or decorative end caps all attached to the ends of the rods. Oftentimes, these drape rods are in faux brass, wood, or antique colors.
   

WIDTH - Measure across the front or face of the rod from end clip beneath the rod to end clip on the opposite side. That’s it!

Rule: Do not include in your measurements the decorative finials, end pieces, or the overlap at the center of the rod!

HEIGHT - On custom drape rods, place the tip of your tape measure on the top of the clip beneath the rod down to where you want the drape to hang.

Past bottom of window
Drapes to the floor
Floor to ceiling



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Roll Over Image to View Drape.
Roll Over Image to View Drape.
 

 

Just past the bottom of the window - In order to adequately cover the window to provide incoming light reduction and privacy, measure 4” past the bottom of the window casing.

Note: Again, place the tape measure at the top of the clips beneath the rod down to 4” under and past the bottom of the window casing.

Drapes to the floor - If you would like your drapes to hang down to the floor from your “custom rod” place the tip of your measurement tape at the top of the clips beneath the rod down to 1” above the floor or carpeting.

Drapes from floor to ceiling (ceiling height)- To have your drapes hanging from the ceiling down to just above the floor or carpeting, place the tip of your measuring tape at the top of the clips beneath the rod down to 1” above the floor or carpeting.

 

Drape or Curtain Rod Doesn't Exist

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This is probably the easiest and safest way to measure (in terms of minimizing errors) when you want a new drape. Although you may already have a drape rod, consider replacing it with a new one and measuring for drapes where the new rod will be placed.

When measuring for a drape where there are no drape rods, FIRST, simply measure the “width” (side-to-side) of the inside of the window opening or casing. SECOND, measure the “height” (top-to-bottom) of the inside window opening or casing. REMEMBER, the casing should be measured from side-to-side and top-to-bottom.

Once you have established the raw window width and height:

   

WIDTH - Add 6” to your inside width measurement. This is the width you need your drape.

HEIGHT - Measure as indicated below depending on the “height” coverage you prefer; just past your window or all the way down to the floor.

 

Past bottom of window
Drapes to the floor
Floor to ceiling

Roll Over Image to View Drape.
Roll Over Image to View Drape.
Roll Over Image to View Drape.
 

Just past the bottom of your window - In order to provide sufficient coverage for privacy and to reduce incoming light, add 8” to the inside height measurement. This is how tall you need your drape height to be for your new drape

Drapes to the floor - If you would like your drapes to hang down to the floor measure from 4” above the window casing to 1” above the floor.

Drapes from floor to ceiling - Measure from the top of the wall (ie: up to the ceiling) to the floor. Deduct 1” from this measurement to allow the drape to hang freely not brushing the ceiling or floor.

EXPLANATION: Standard placement is calculated on the basis that the ends of the drape rod should normally extend past the window opening/casing by 3” on both sides for the width. This should allow you to firmly anchor your drape rod into the wood window framing beneath the sheetrock.

Similarly, when a rod is anchored 4” above the window opening/casing it is firmly mounted into the wooden framing header beneath the sheet rock.

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