Measuring Up Curtains

Our range of classic and contemporary ready-made curtains is available in a selection of widths, drops and weights, making it easier for you to find a curtain to match your living space and individual taste.

If you are looking for something more tailor-made or want to add your own finishing touches, a made to order service is available in several of our stores where you can choose from over 300 fabrics, with complementary tie backs, pelmets, cushions and headings.

The Finishing Touches  

Pencil pleat and eyelet are the most common type of heading for a curtain; our ready-made curtains come in either pencil pleat or eyelet as standard. Pencil pleat lends itself to more traditional designs and styles, while eyelets are more often seen coupled with contemporary prints and patterns.

Eyelet  

Can only be used with a curtain pole, over which the row of eyelets are interweaved, creating a repeat of deep impactful s-shaped folds. Eyelets come in a variety of finishes, usually polished or brushed metal, completing the contemporary look and feel,

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Pencil pleat  

Can be used on either a curtain pole or track, offering versatility. The name pencil pleat is derived from the effect of the pleat finish, as it is reminiscent of a row of pencils stacked tightly together in a vertical row.

Further curtain headings and finishes are available to view and select as part of in-store made to order service.

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A guide to measuring  

It is very important that you measure your window carefully and correctly, to avoid buying the wrong width or drop of curtain. If you are going to be using an existing track or pole, you can start measuring up; if you are planning on buying a new fixture, you should do this first and then fit it before starting to measure up. As a guide, your pole or track should be positioned 15cm (6 inches) above your chosen window and continue 15-20cm (6-8 inches) beyond either side of the window.

Finding the right curtain width  

A common mistake is to measure the window frame as opposed to the length of the pole/track. Measure the end-to end width of your track or pole minus its finials. You should then add 2.5cm to this length, to allow for the overlap where your curtains will meet in the middle when drawn.

To achieve a full pleated effect for your curtains, the fabric needs to be wider than the length of your pole. Typically, for a nice full gather, we recommend you buy curtains which are 2 x wider than your curtain pole. For example, if your pole is 90" wide, then go for a 90" x 90" curtain which is equal to 180" of fabric.

Finding the right curtain length 

If you are hanging your curtains from a track, always start your measurement from the top of the track.

If you are using a pole and are looking to buy from our eyelet curtain ranges, always measure from the top of the pole. Measuring the required length for pencil pleat curtains that are being hung from a pole isn’t as straightforward, as you need to take into account the curtain ring. Measure from the small 'eye' at the bottom of the curtain ring, down to your desired drop length.

As a guide, if you are looking for curtains that will drop to the sill of your window, take the measurement from your pole or track down to 1.25cm (1/2 inch) above the sill. If you prefer your curtains to sit below the sill but not to the floor, 15cm (6 inches) below the sill is a good reference point. Finally, if you prefer your curtains to run from pole to floor, take the measurement to 1.5cm (1/2 inch) above the floor.

If you are still unsure take a look at our blog post on How To Hang Pencil Pleat Curtains