Bedding

  Common Bed Sizes
  Sheet Sets
  Mattress Depths
  Mattress Pad Depths
  Comforters
  Down Comforters
  Blankets
  Duvets
  Pillows
  Daybeds
 

Bath

  Shower Curtains
  Bath Rugs
  Towels
  Toilet Seats Sizing
 

Curtains

  Getting Started
  Space and Room Function
  How to Measure
  Curtains and Draperies
  Pinch-Pleated Draperies
  Metric Conversion
 
Measuring Tips - Pinch-Pleated Draperies
 
Step 1 - determine width


NOTE: If you are replacing existing draperies,
simply measure across the top of both panels.
Order that width.
Then, measure down the side of one of the panels.
Order that length.

 window width

At this point, we are determining the rod width which will, in turn,
determine the width of the draperies you order.

Width will depend on whether you want center-draw draperies or
one-way draw draperies. Choose one of these options and take
the appropriate measurements listed below.

for center-draw draperies
step a

Measure the window width, including frame/casing (if any).

Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

step b

Measure from the wall to the front face of the rod (known as return).

NOTE: If you do not already have a traverse rod in place, assume it will have a return of 4 inches. Then, write "4" in both spaces below.

Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".
Record your measurement again: _____ inches to the
nearest 1/8".

step c

If you intend to open and close your draperies for privacy and/or light control, the rod should be approximately 15% wider than the window. This will allow the draperies to stackback against the wall and leave space for panels to clear glass when open. Add 15% to your window width to allow for stackback.

Multiply window width (number you recorded in step a) by 0.15.

Record this number: _____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

step d

Add together the numbers from steps a through c, plus 4" for
center overlap:

step a
_____ window width
step b
_____ return
 
_____ return
step c
_____ stackback
       4"   center overlap
(so panels will not gap in center)
 
_____ Total Rod Width

 
step e
Use the Total Rod Width (from step d) to determine the width of draperies you should order.

 
If Total Rod
Width Is
Order Drapery
Width
Pleats
Per Pair
Hooks Required,
Per Pair
40" to 48" 48" to 50" 10 14
49" to 72" 72" to 75" 14 18
73" to 96" 96" to 100" 20 20
97" to 120" 120" to 125" 26 30
121" to 144" 144" to 150" 30 34


step f
Now go to STEP 2 (below) to determine length.

 


for one-way-draw draperies

Step 2 - Determine Length

window height

step a
Measure the window width, including frame/casing (if any).

Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

step b

Measure from the wall to the front face of the rod (known as return).
If you do not already have a traverse rod in place, assume it will have A return of 4 inches. Then, write "4" in the space below.

Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

step c

If you intend to open and close your draperies for privacy and/or light control, the rod should be approximately 15% wider than the window. This will allow the draperies to stackback against the wall and leave space for panels to clear glass when open. Add 15% to your window width to allow for stackback.

Multiply window width (number you recorded in step a) by 0.15.

Record this number: _____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

step d

Add together the numbers from steps a through c, plus 1"
for extension.
 

step a
_____ window width
step b
_____ return
step c
_____ stackback
      
1"   extension
(so draperies will extend past the rod)
 
_____ Total Rod Width


step e
Use the Total Rod Width (from step d) to determine the width of the draperies you should order.

 
If Total Rod
Width Is
Order Drapery
Width
Pleats
Per Pair
Hooks Required,
Per Pair
40" to 48" 48" to 50" 10 14
49" to 72" 72" to 75" 14 18
73" to 96" 96" to 100" 20 24
97" to 120" 120" to 125" 26 30
121" to 144" 144" to 150" 30 34


step f
Now go to STEP 2 (below) to determine length.

 

Step 2 - Determine Length

window height

The rod should be positioned at least 4" above window so pleats are not seen from the outside. Measure for length from where the top of the rod will be positioned to the desired length. Typically, panels hang from the rod to the windowsill, the apron, or the floor.

To Windowsill:
Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

Subtract 1/2" from this number = ______.
Order this length.
(subtracted for clearance, so the panel won't brush the windowsill)

To Apron:
Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".
Order this length.

To Floor:
Record your measurement:_____ inches to the nearest 1/8".

Subtract 1/2" from this number = ______.
Order this length.
(subtracted for clearance, so the panel won't brush the floor)