Drapery Measurement 101
Don’t worry! You can do this! And here’s how:
The first thing you need to figure out is the total drapery width coverage that you need for your pair or piece of panels. Get out your metal tape measure and measure the width of the area that you would like covered. Don’t fret about the fullness…. that’s our job. We suggest that you hang your rod and drapery panels at least 8″ past the window width on either side to make your windows appear larger and so that your drapery has a spot to stack back when they open, maximizing your natural light. Once you have this measurement you can enter the total coverage width in the item listing, and you’re half way there.
Now you’ll need to determine the finished length of the drapery panels. It’s nice to hang your drapery as high as possible, or at least at the halfway point between the top of the window trim and the ceiling or crown. Measure from the point where you want the top of your drapery to hang all the way down to the floor (you will have to think a bit about where your rod will hang here too!), and make sure to measure to the nearest 1/8″.
If you want your drapes to “kiss” the floor (just touching), then simply enter that measurement into the total order length online under the width box in the listing for the item, and you’re ready to roll!
If you prefer your panels to clear the floor, then subtract 1/2″ from that length and enter it.
Want your drapes to break on the floor? Add an extra inch or two, and then enter the number.
Or if you would like your drapery to puddle on the floor, then add 6 to 8″ to your measured length and enter it.
If all of this sounds like too much, then simply email us the dimensions on the measuring sheet below, along with a photo of your window, and let us figure it out for you!
Roman Shade Measurement 101
Need a roman shade and need a little help?
The first thing you need to decide is how you want to mount your roman – inside or outside. If you want to inside mount your roman, check to make sure that you have at least 1″ of space inside the window trim at the top in order to mount the roman shade headrail mechanism.
For an inside mount roman, get out your metal tape measure and measure the width of the window from inside the trim to inside the trim at the top, middle and bottom of the windows (the width can vary so choose the narrowest measurment!) and make sure to measure to the nearest 1/8″. Then carefully measure the length of the window from inside the trim to inside the trim. That’s it! So easy!
For an outside mount roman, get out your metal tape measure and measure the width of the window from outside of the trim to outside of the trim, and then add 2″. This will be your finished width. Then carefully measure the length of the window from outside of the trim to outside of the trim, and then add 3″. This will be your finished length. Ta daaa!
If all of this is making your head spin, then feel free to email us the dimensions on the roman shade measurement form below, along with a photo of your window, and let us figure it out for you!