Measuring for Curtains
Before you start...
Have a tape measure at hand, and a notepad to write your measurements as you go along.
Step 1 - Choose the heading type
This is a heading that uses 7.5cm tape with 3 different hook positions to suit all types of poles and tracks. Curtains are supplied ungathered so that you can gather them to the required width. We also offer a 15cm tape with 6 hook positions, particularly good for those with longer curtains making the header proportionate to the drop.
Pinch Pleats are made as 5 or 6 inch triple or double pleats. Each curtain width is fitted with 5 strong plastic, adjutsable height hooks and will arrive pleated to the correct size to fit your track/pole. Triple pinch pleats are made to approx 2.5 fullness & double pinch pleats are made to approximately double fullness.
Eyelets allow for a more contemporary look for a curtain pole as they fold into large even pleats. Six eyelet colours are available in 40mm and 50mm. There are normally 8 eyelets per width and we use double fullness. We also add 40mm of fabric above the eyelet. When measuring, please note 40mm of fabric will be added above the eyelet.
Made with a specially designed heading tape and wave glider cord. Wave curtains require 4.5cm clearance front and back. They are made to approx. 2.2 fullness and supplied unhooked. Wave curtains are only suitable for certain fabrics, (contact us if unsure) as they lend themselves to a more lightweight fabric.
Step 2 - Measure the curtain track or pole width (between the decorative finials)
The width will depend on your curtain track or pole, not the window itself. Measure from one end to the other.
If you have a curtain pole, make sure you only measure the pole itself, do not include the decorative vinyls of the pole in your measurements.
For a curtain track simply measure the full width of the track.
If your curtains run off a track, be aware that some have a central overlap – you’ll just need to measure this separately then add to your end-to-end measurements to get the correct total width.
Generally, your track/pole should extend approximately 15-30cm beyond either side of the window. This is so you can draw your curtains and let in light.
Step 3 - Measure the curtain drop to your preferred length (this may be the sill or floor)
Generally, curtains can be hung to wherever you want them to.
If you want your curtains to reach the windowsill then measure from the pole, track or rail to 1cm above the sill itself.
For curtains that fall below the windowsill, measure down approx 15-20cm below the windowsill (or 3cm above the radiator).
If opting for full length curtains, which drop down to the floor, we suggest following the same rule of thumb and measuring from the pole, track or rail to around 1cm above the floor.
However, you could allow for more fabric meaning your curtains will puddle on the floor.
Step 4 - Choose your lining
This Blackout Lining is not only designed to block sunlight, but to offer excellent thermal and sound insulation properties; thus conserving energy, dampening noise and saving money on heating costs.
This Thermal Lining is designed to reduce the amount of light coming in to a room and provide a level of insulation against heat and noise. The lining has excellent dimensional stability and a low residual shrinkage.
This Polycotton Lining combines the softness and handle of cotton with the inherent easy care, crease resistant and durability of polyester. This Lining is a twill weave for a fuller lining with an excellent drape.
This Bonded Fleece Lining uses a twill weave affording good drape ability bonded to a fleece interlining for added body, for improved body and drape. It offers improved shape retention and give headings more prominence.
Step 5 - Choose your fabric
Explore our stunning range of designer curtain and upholstery fabrics here.
From sophisticated plains to fabulous floral designs, we have an extensive collection of fabrics in a host of designs and colours.
Samples are available to purchase, so you can get a feel for the fabric and see the colour or pattern from a first-hand perspective!
Product Information & Frequently Asked Questions
- All curtains will be made with standard lining to suit unless stated otherwise.
- Alternative linings are available, curtains are also available unlined, however we do recommend you line all curtains for a more desired finished.
- Single curtains are available, if they contain a half width you will be charged the next full width price.
- All curtains wider than 127cm will require a join in the fabric.
- Curtains are pattern matched from the bottom. If multiple curtains need pattern matching then please state this on the order and it is subject to a 10% surcharge, otherwise we cannot guarantee all items will pattern match.
- When the curtains are drawn and meet in the centre of the window, side hems prevent an exact match on the leading edge.
- Curtains are supplied unpressed, creases will normally fall out when the curtains are hung. Please avoid excessive heat or pressure as this could stretch or shrink the fabric.
- We recommend that all lined products are dry cleaned.
- Atmospheric shrinkage up to 5% occurs with all fabrics. It is dependent on changes in temperature and humidity, this is not a fault with the fabric.
- Lined fabrics should not be washed as the curtain fabric and the lining may experience different levels of shrinkage causing the linin to hang below the curtain fabric.
- We recommend that all curtains are lined to reduce the effects from direct sunlight. All fabrics will eventually fade and degrade over time.
- We believe an acceptable tolerance limit of +/- 2cm on curtain make up. You will not be entitled to reject goods if they fall into the above accepted tolerance.
- All returns must be made prior agreement.
Made to measure items will take longer as we require the time to allow for the making time. Our normal lead time is 3 weeks but at busy periods such as Christmas, this can increase to 3-5 weeks. Once your order has been completed, we will notify you. If you are having your curtains delivered, we will email you with the relevant tracking details. Delivery will take 1-2 working days and a signature will be required upon delivery. Whereas if you are collecting your curtains, we will call you to say they are ready to collect.
Yes. We do have a shop which is accessible to the public. We stock more than 100,000 metres of fabric and we also have over 1,000 fabric and wallpaper books and hangers. We are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm (temporary hours due to COVID19). We are CLOSED on Sundays & Bank Holidays. We are based in Nottingham. Our complete address is Designer Fabric Store, 52 Main Street, Kimberley, Nottingham, NG16 2LY.
If you're local to our Nottingham based shop, then please feel free to visit us and obtain a curtain quote from our expert made to measure team. We also offer an interior consultancy service to our local customers where we can visit your home - please either visit us and speak to our made to measure team or alternatively you can contact us via email or phone.
We can take payment either via BACs or over the phone. We ask for a 50% deposit so your made to measure goods can be made. Once they have be completed and are ready to be sent or collected, we will then ask for the outstanding 50% to be paid.
All made to measure curtains will have enclosed a comprehensive step by step guide on how to hang your curtains.
Yes, you are able to use your own fabric for our made to measure curtains or blinds service. Please contact us for further information.