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How to Measure for Curtains

For curtains and valances with a pocket for gathering or shirring onto a curtain rod.

1) To Determine Width:

  • Measure the width of each window you plan to decorate.*
  • Round the measurement to the nearest inch and multiply by 2 or 3, depending on the desired amount of gathering (fullness) you want.
  • Divide this number by the width of the curtain pair, panel, or valance to determine how many to purchase. Round to the nearest whole number.

Width of Window x 2 (or 3) ÷ Width of Curtain or Valance = _________.

2) To Determine Length:

  • Measurement is from the top of the rod.
  • Popular Curtain Lengths:
    1. 63 inches-hangs to windowsill on most windows
    2. 84 inches-hangs to floor on most windows
    3. 95 inches-for use on taller windows or to puddle on the floor
  • Move rod up or down to adjust for the length of the curtain panel.

*Important Note: Because not all windows are exactly the same, measure each window separately.