We often get questions about measuring for custom draperies. DrapeStyle has a measuring guide online to help you with the process, but here are a few more tips you may find helpful:
Always measure using a metal tape to ensure accuracy. Drapery measurements are always recorded in inches (never feet) and the measurements are written down as width x length.
Mount your rod on the outside of the trim, both above and side to side, adding extra height and width for a more finished look and to keep light out more effectively.
If you would like your draperies to clear your window when drawn open, extend the rod beyond the width of the window at least 6-8 inches on either side.
For a more custom look, you may want to utilize the “return.” A return is created when the end of the drape is wrapped around the bracket to hide the mounting hardware, block out light and create a more polished look.
If you are looking to add more color or design element, and don’t really need the drapes to functions, chances are you are looking for a decorative set of drapes. I usually suggest ordering drapes 1/3 the width of the window width.
If you need to solve a problem like too much light, lack of privacy or drafty windows, you will want functional drapes. And most likely you will want to add an interlining to your draperies.
Curtains complete a room. They add warm, texture and color to any space. Here’s a few comments about this common question that we get often: Where Should I hang My Curtains? High and wide is usually the key. It gives the illusion that your room and window are larger than they are. The trend now is to hang your curtains about two inches from the ceiling. If you have very tall ceilings you may want to hang your curtains right at the ceiling or even consider purchasing a ceiling mounted traverse track.
If you are wanting the curtains to block out light, be sure that the curtain rod is high enough and wide enough to cover the window and then some. You don’t want the sunlight peaking through. Extend the curtain rod at least 4-6 inches past the window. Again, you will want to make sure that the entire window is covered, especially if you are wanting to block out the light. You may need to extend the curtain rod even further if you don’t wan t your curtains to block your view.
A few questions to ask yourself before you buy; Are they going to be decorative or functional-how wide do I really need my curtains? For decorative curtains, figure the curtain width to be 1/3 of the window width is a good rule of thumb. Will I draw these closed with my hands or should I purchase batons-oils from your hands can damage and dirty curtains fabric over time, consider purchasing batons to draw the curtains open and closed. How large is my curtain hardware-take into consideration the diameter of your curtain rod, this will affect the length of the curtains. Unless you are purchasing cafe curtains, the drape to reach the floor. If you want a more luxurious, formal look, and a few inches to a foot so that the curtains will puddle on the floor.
Most importantly, make sure your curtains are long enough, which might mean getting them custom made. Curtains are the finishing touch in any room and if they don’t look good it’s like wearing jewelry that doesn’t match your outfit. With so many different sized windows, many people are turning to custom made window treatments and they’re more affordable than you think. DrapeStyle can make any width or length curtain in any fabric you choose. We have been in business for over 15 years so we know a thing or two about custom made curtains. Everything is made here in the USA and shipped directly to you. For more information contact us.
This was originally posted by Casa Collective. This guide has some really good information that would be good to share.
THE NO-FUSS GUIDE ON HOW TO HANG CURTAINS
THE CURTAIN ROD
The standard mounting height for a curtain rod is 4″ to 6″ above the window frame.
The higher you install the rod, the taller the window will appear. To make a window appear taller, install the rod from 8″ above the window frame to as high as the ceiling or bottom of crown molding.
If you have low ceilings and want to create the illusion of greater height, install the rod as close to the ceiling as possible.
To allow more light to come in when the curtains are open, the curtain rod should extend a minimum of 3″ beyond the window frame on each side.
To make a window appear wider and more grand, extend the rod 3″ to 6″ beyond the frame on each side.
Generally, the rod should be no more than 1/3 wider than the width of the window. For example, on a 54″ window you can add up to 9″ on each side (54 x 1/3 = 18) . That means the curtain rod can be up to 72″ in length.
If you have decorative trim that you’d like to reveal when the curtains are drawn back, allow at least a 12″ extension on both sides.
WIDTH OF CURTAINS
If the curtains are just framing the window and won’t be opened, you only need 1-1/2 times the width of the window.
To ensure that the curtains look full when closed, the combined width of the panels should be 2 to 2-1/2 times the width of the window.
For more fullness, opt for three times the width.
Always round the number up when determining the width of your panels. And when in doubt, go for the wider width.
LENGTH OF CURTAINS
Floor length curtains should just skim the floor or hang a 1/2″ above it.
You could allow a break of 1″ to 3″. This break is similar to what they do for trousers. The style is great for helping to compensate for uneven floors.
To create a more extravagant puddling effect, allow for an extra 6″ to 9″ in length. Tuck the fabric underneath and “poof” it up. Keep in mind, each time you vacuum the floor you’ll have to readjust the puddling. And if you have pets, they love to curl up on the extra fabric.
To determine the measurement of floor length curtains, measure from the top of the rod to the floor. Then subtract as necessary to allow for hanging hardware. If you plan to puddle the curtains on the floor, add the additional inches needed to do so.
In kitchen and high traffic areas, consider choosing a curtain length that skims the window sill.
Cafe curtains should be installed halfway up the window and be parallel to the fixed horizontal mullion (the vertical bar between the panes of glass). The length should just skim the window sill.
It’s easier to hem curtains than to make them longer, so always round up your measurements.
If there is any one room in the house that we love to drape it would be the Living Room. We love our living rooms and the reality is that they are really more and more the showcases for our style and decor. Keep the kids out of the living room…and the dog and let your creativity go wild. Deck it out with silk drapes, lined drapes or the combination of the two. Add a rich flowing puddle so that your drapes fall gracefully on the floor. Our Installers will often spend up to 30 minutes per window just detailing and dressing the way the drapery puddle covers the floor. If you are going to choose one room to be your showcase room for your living room drapes than let your color and fabric palette loose. We often suggest a 4-6 inch puddle for your drapes if you are not going to be opening and closing the door frequently. If you are going to be opening and closing the drapes often you probably will want to avoid the puddle and just have your drapes hang just above the floor. If you have any questions on how to measure for a drapery floor puddle or just great living room drapery ideas than give one of our Designers a call.