Measuring for curtains

Before taking the measurements for your curtains the curtain track or pole must be installed.  If you’re not confident to install the pole then contact us and we will be happy to help

The track or pole should extend beyond the window at either side by about 15-20cm to allow the curtains to be drawn back away from the windows in daylight.

Where possible, the curtain track or pole should sit approximately 15cm above the window.

You will need:

1. A steel tape measure
2 A step ladder
3. Something to take notes with

Measuring for the curtain width
Measure the full length of your track. If the track overlaps you must include the overlap.
Measure the full length of your pole, do not include the finials.

Straight track Track with overlap
Curtain poles


Measuring for the curtain length
Measure the drop from the top of the track to ensure it is covered with curtains.
Measure pencil pleat from the small ring at the bottom of the curtain ring on curtain poles.
Measure tab top and eyelet curtains from the top of the curtain pole.

For the correct length measure as follows:
A 1cm above the sill for a sill length product.
B the desired length for below a sill length product.
C 1cm above the floor for a floor length product.

Where to measure from

Curtain Track
Curtain Track

If you have a curtain track, measure from the top of the track to the desired length.

Curtain pole

If you have a curtain pole, measure from the bottom of the large ring to the desired length.

Don’t forget if you are not confident to measure yourself the contact MyFitter – we’d be happy to help.


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