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How to Measure for Your Curtains

Measuring for your curtains is a piece of cake! No deductions, no calculations we'll do all of that for you to make sure everything hangs perfectly. Follow our simple (and we mean simple) guide below for your type of track or pole and let us do the rest.

S-Fold Curtains


Measuring for your S-Fold curtains is very much like measuring for a blind, as the track will be included with the curtains. Just follow our simple instructions below to be confident that your new curtains will fit perfectly.


Face Fitting (Recommended)

Measuring for an Architrave

This is the measurement you'll need to take if you want to fit the curtains to your window's architrave. In this case we will make the curtains to your specified size with no deductions.


tick icon Measure the width from the outer edge of the architrave to the opposite edge.

tick icon Measure the drop from the top of the architrave to where you want the curtains to finish.

measuring architrave window for S-Fold Curtains

Measuring for Square Set

This is the measurement you need to take if you want your S-Fold curtains to fit outside a window recess with no architrave, overlapping on all sides. Measure the size of the recess, then add a little extra on all sides to ensure adequate coverage.


tick icon Measure the exact size of the area you would like the S-Fold curtains to overlap. To minimize light leakage we recommend that you overlap the window recess by at least 70mm at the top and 50mm each side.

tick icon The overlap at the bottom is a matter of personal choice but please take into account obstacles such as radiators.

tick icon Use a metal tape measure, cloth ones can stretch and give you inaccurate measurements.

bay window exact fitting area for S-Fold Curtains

Bay Windows

Face fitting is also the fitting method we recommend if you have a bay window. Treat the whole bay as one big window and follow the same process as above.

measuring exact window for S-Fold Curtains
Top-Tip:

If you are replacing existing curtains and you want the same size, simply measure the width of the pole or track, and the drop from the top of the pole or track to the bottom of the curtains, and specify exact fitting, we will make your S-Fold Fold curtains the same size overall (we will send the track with your S-Fold Fold curtains, so the track will be included in the size). Please note that the spacing between folds on our S-Fold Fold curtains is approximately 9cm, so the appearance may vary slightly from your current curtains.


Recess Fitting

This is the measurement you need to take if you want your S-Fold Curtains to fit inside the window recess. Measure the full width and height of the recess [the size of the hole if you like] and we will make the appropriate deductions to ensure a perfect fit.


tick icon Measure in 3 places for both the width and the drop, use the smallest measurements.

tick icon Don't make any deductions, we will deduct 10mm from the width, and 15mm from the drop, to ensure a perfect fit.

tick icon Use a metal tape measure, cloth ones can stretch and give you inaccurate measurements.

measuring recess window for S-Fold Curtains
Top-Tip:

Check that your recess is deep enough to fit the curtains into, also bearing in mind any obstructions such as handles. The depth of the recess needs to be at least 75mm.

Top-Tip:

If you have tiles part-way up the inside of your recess then measure between the tiles for your width. Do the same for picture rails and any similar obstructions inside the recess.


Standard Windows


Measuring the correct curtain width

Measure the curtain track or pole width, not the window. If fitting a new track or pole, this should extend 150mm to 200mm either side of the window and at least 150mm above. Pinch pleat curtains have permanent sewn-in pleats; this means that you will be unable to adjust the width of the curtain once it's made. It's important therefore that you are accurate when measuring the width of the track or pole.

Curtain poles

For a curtain pole simply measure the width of the pole between any finials or end caps, that is your correct curtain width.

measure for curtain poles

Curtain tracks

For a standard curtain track simply measure the full width of the track, that is your correct curtain width.

measure for curtain tracks

Curtain tracks with overlap

If your track has an overlap in the centre measure the full width of the track (a) and the width of the overlap (b). Add the two together and that is your correct curtain width.

measure for tracks with overlaps

Measuring the correct curtain drop

Curtains can be hung either to the floor, to a sill or to below the sill. We suggest that curtains finish either;

  • 15mm above the floor
  • 150-200mm below the sill
  • 15 mm above the sill

Pencil & Pinch pleat pole heading

When using a curtain pole, measure from the underside of the decorative ring to where you want the curtain to finish at the bottom.

measuring for curtain drop with finials

Pencil & Pinch pleat track heading

When using a curtain track, measure from the top of the track to where the curtain is to finish at the bottom.

measuring for curtain drop with tracks

Eyelet heading

Our eyelet heading curtains will fit poles up to 30mm in diameter. Simply measure from the top of the pole to where you want the curtain to finish at the bottom. We will make the curtain with 30mm of fabric above the top underside of the eyelet where it sits on the pole. We add this automatically so simply measure from the top of your curtain pole.

measuring for curtain drop with tracks that overlap
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