Getting custom made curtains is a great way to get the perfect fit, but only if you measure correctly! Luckily, we have easy step-by-step instructions to make sure you get all the measurement details just right before ordering your custom curtains. It can still be a little tricky so make sure to measure carefully and make sure you have a good idea of how you want your new curtains to look before you place your order. Let’s get started.
A tape measure
A metal tape measure that reads in millimetres (mm) and is long enough to reach across your entire window is ideal.
A pencil or pen
So you can write down and keep track of all your measurements.
Something to write on
Download our handy measuring sheet to keep track of your measurements.
It's as simple as that!
Measuring for custom curtains
Step 1: Do you want one curtain or two?
While some windows are best with two curtains that meet in the middle and pull off to each side, some windows will be better suited to a single curtain that stretches across the full width and pulls back to one side when open. Now’s the time to decide what’s best for your window.
Step 2: Decide how long you want your curtains to be
The standard options for curtain length are either approximately 200mm below the sill or to the floor. One thing that might affect your choice is whether or not there are any obstructions below the window like furniture or wall heaters.
If you choose floor length, there are even more options to consider, depending on the look you want. Here’s a quick guide:
- For a whimsical touch, deduct 5 to 10mm for a skim length.
- To maximise heat retention and create a substantial presence, add 10 to 20mm to allow your curtains to hang heavily.
- For a touch of luxury, consider adding an extra 200mm to let the fabric pool gracefully on the floor.
Step 3: Choose a track or rod
While there is very little difference in functionality, rods are generally more decorative, while tracks are invisible behind the curtain. Whether you choose a track or a rod is a personal choice and might depend on what’s already in place (easy!) or whether you’re going for a certain look.
TIP: Consider your preferred heading style when choosing a track or rod to create the perfect look. Read more about heading styles here.
Step 4: Time to measure
If you already have a rod or track installed, measure the full length of it, end to end. For rods, measure inside any finials (the decorative end pieces). If you don’t have a rod or track installed, measure the width of your window and add at least 600mm. (Get all the details on measuring and installing a track or rod in our guide)
Download our full measuring guide
Use our step by step guide to get accurate measurements of your windows.