WIDTH - side to side:
Width is always the first measurement you should take.
Measure the width of your window from outside frame to frame.
Add 4" on each side of width (total 8") to ensure that the window treatment extends beyond the window frame. To give the illusion of a wider window, extend your rod a little more on each side.
HEIGHT - top to bottom:
Height is always the second measurement.
Decide where you want to place your drapery rod. As a general rule the rods are installed about 4" above the window frame or molding.
Your drapery style and hardware will determine how to take your measurements. Follow the guide below to determine where to place your measuring tape:
- Using a traverse rod: measure from ¾" above the rod
- Using a Decorative rod with rings: measure from below the rings
- Using a Decorative rod without rings:
Hidden tabs: measure from ½" above the rod
Regular tab: measure from the top of the rod
Rod pocket without frill: measure from the top of the rod
Rod pocket with frills: measure from above the frill
Grommets: measure from 1" above the rod
Measure from center of where the rod will be, to where you want the drape to hang. Determine the height by choosing between standard, floor or puddle lengths.
To give the illusion of a bigger window, you can mount your drape closer to the ceiling.
Standard: measure from the top of the rod to the floor and subtract ½". This length is recommended for styles that will be traversed.
Floor: Measure from the top to floor. This length is recommended for stationary panels.
Puddle: Measure from the top of the rod to the floor and add 8". This length is recommended for stationary panels. Not recommended for high traffic areas.
Note: The fullness of your curtains are built in so measure the width needed and Fabricville will add the additional fabric width to create your desired window treatment. The standard fullness is 2.5X for permanent pleats, rod pocket styles and 2X for tab and grommet styles. (see Fullness)