Measuring for Curtains

measuring_curtainsCurtain length is a personal preference, however there are three basic choices, sill, below sill (approximately 15cm below), or floor length. If space allows, the track or pole is usually positioned approx 12cm (5”) above the window and 15cm (6”) either side of the window to allow the curtain to be pulled right back.

Please Note: our quotation system works in centimetres only.

Pencil Pleat and Triple Pinch Pleat

Measure from 0.5cm above the top of the track to the required finished length (A, B or D). If you are using a pole measure from the bottom of the ring to the required length.


Measure from the top of the pole to the required finished length (A, B or D). You must have a space of at least 4cm above the pole for this heading type.


Measure from the top of the pole to the required finish length (A, B or D), this will give you the total drop of your curtain including tabs. We use a standard length of 10cm for tabs, if you require a different length please advise in the order requirements box on the ‘Basket’ screen. Please bear in mind that the tabs should not finish below the top of the window.


For curtains hanging outside the window recess, the width we require is (F), the length of the track or pole (excluding the finials). If you have a track with a centre overlap, measure the total width of the track plus the overlap size.

If your curtains are to hang inside the window recess you will need the measurements indicated by C and E.

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The standard drop of a valance is 1/6 of the curtain drop. Our quotation system defaults to this, however you can override this value if required.

Measuring for Blinds

Roman blinds can be hung either inside or outside a recess.measuring_blinds

Inside Recess

When measuring the width (C), it is advisable to measure at three seperate points just in case the walls are not square, which is more common in older houses. The drop will be the measurement from the top of the recess to the sill (B).

Outside Recess

Measure the width of the window (D). The drop is the measurement from the point at which you will be fixing your blind, to the bottom of the blind when lowered (A).

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Please Note: our quotation system works in centimetres only