To get the best look from your new drapery, it’s important to get an accurate measurement before you make your purchase. In this article, we will discuss how to measure windows for drapes.
There are a few basic rules for measuring drapes and/or curtains. First, it’s important that you use a retractable metal tape measure to ensure accuracy. Never use a yard stick, ruler, or cloth tape to measure your windows for drapes. Secondly, you should always measure the width of your window first and mark your measurements accordingly. Height can be measured next, making sure to clearly mark your findings. Lastly, you want to measure your windows for drapes without the existing drapes or window coverings in place. This means, remove any blinds, curtains, valances, and so on from the window before you begin to measure windows for drapes.
Do not assume that every window in the room will be the same measurement. This would seem logical, but it is not realistic. Homes settle over time, foundations vary, and accidents sometimes happen. To get an accurate measurement, you must measure every single window. Also, do not assume that the top window measurement will be the same as the bottom. Thus, be sure to measure the top and write it down. Measure the right and write it down. Measure the left and write it down, and so on. You will want to add 1/8″ to the side measurements for light blocking.
Once you’ve taken down the size of the window, you will then want to measure the wall space to the left, right, above and below the window. These measurements will tell you how much space you have for stacking. Stacking is when the drapery is pulled back from the window, or when the drapes are pulled open. Since drapes are opened more than they are closed, you will get a cleaner look by not stacking the drapes too tightly.
When taking your measurements, take into consideration that drapes should sit 4″ – 6″ above the top of the window opening or molding. If you would like to make a room appear to have a taller ceiling, have the rod for the drapes mounted at the ceiling, or crown molding level.
Finally, if you are having drapes custom made, it is best to let a professional come to your home and measure the windows. Special order or custom made draperies, cannot typically be returned if the measurements that you supplied are incorrect. However, if you allow one of their trained professionals to come and to take the window measurements themselves, you are not held liable for any incorrect readings. These companies usually do not charge for a in-home consultation, which includes measurement taking.
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