It will be more accurate if your track or pole is already in place but if you have to measure before fitting the pole then we suggest you accurately mark the position of pole/track on the wall and measure from that.
It is vitally important to measure from the pole or track, not from the window.
It is not necessary for you to make allowances for fabric gather as this is included in our curtain calculations.
If you are opting for eyelet curtains we will automatically add an allowance above the pole.
Measure the length of your pole between the finials (distance A) or measure the length of your track. If you do not have a pole or track, mark with a pencil on the wall the intended position of the track or pole and take measurements from there. The track or pole is usually positioned 12 to 15 cm above the window (if space allows) and 15 to 30cm (excluding the finials) either side of the window to allow the curtain to hang clear of the edge of the window.
For Pencil, Standard gathered, Pinch Pleat or Goblet headings. If you have a pole, measure from the bottom of the curtain ring (see dotted line in the diagram). If you have a track, decide whether you want the curtains to hang below the track or to cover the track – and measure accordingly.
For Eyelet and Tab Top headings measure from the top of the pole and note the diameter of the pole (we need it to work out the size of the channel for the tabs).
Decide where your curtain will finish:-
- To the window sill: measure 1cm above sill (distance B) Below sill: measure at least 15cm below sill
- To clear the floor: measure 1cm above floor level (distance C)
- To break on the floor: measure to the floor and add 3 to 5cm
- To gather on the floor: measure to the floor and add 5-15cm