Jul 13, 2010

How to Measure Your Window for Drapes

The most common question we have here at Factory Drapes is how to measure a window so you know what size drape to order. You can follow these steps to get the correct measurements for your next drape.

1.) If you already have a rod, then the width will be based on that rod. Measure the area only where the drape will be hanging. If there are any decorative pieces on the end then do not include that in the measurement of the width. Measure tip to tip for rods without decorative ends.

2.) If you do not have a rod, then add 6 inches to the total width of the window. For example, if the window is 96 inches you will want a drape that is 102” inches. This is our standard recommendation but this can change depending on the style you select and the look you are trying to achieve.

3.) For the height of the window, we recommend 4 inches above and a minimum of 4 inches below. Again, depending on what style you are going for this will vary.

4.) If you would like full-length drapes then you will want to have the drape stop an inch before the floor.

Note: Our factory will add the width needed to wrap around the side and to overlap in the center of pinch pleated drapes.

For a more in-depth details on how to measure a window for its window treatments then check out our page How to Measure.

We have also produced a video on How to Measure Drapes located. Please click here to watch it.


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