If you will not be hanging your draperies with pin
hooks on a
traverse rod,
go to How to Measure  Curtains and Draperies .
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.
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 centerdraw draperies or
oneway draw draperies. Choose one of these options and take
the appropriate measurements listed below.
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.
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.
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)
