Complete Guide To Measuring Curtains

Complete Guide To Properly Hanging Your Curtains

Alright, let’s get down to business.

While choosing the right color and fabric might be a bit challenging, but you probably have overlooked the most important step.

When properly hung, the right drapery will make an interior feel complete — though many make the biggest mistake and measure too quickly.

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes

Step 1: Before you even think about hanging curtains, it’s crucial to get accurate measurements. Here are some simple mistakes when it comes to measuring your windows.

If you measure only the inside of the window frame, you may end up with curtains that are too narrow and don’t adequately cover the entire window when drawn. Keep in mind the type of style you want and if you want the curtain rod above or inside the window.

Step 2: Many people who choose the right fabric for their home never account for the desired fullness of the curtains. Usually,  curtains that are too narrow may appear sparse when drawn, while those that are too wide can appear bulky.

Step 3: One of the biggest mistakes many come across is the window curtains. Forgetting to factor in the curtain rod’s depth or any additional hardware can result in curtains that don’t hang properly.

Step 4: When windows are off-center in the wall, it’s important to measure from the center of the window to ensure that the curtains appear balanced.

The last thing you want is to drill a couple of holes in your wall and end up making it worse than you started off with. To ensure a proper drapery installation make sure you mark the wall with a pencil and carefully drill the brackets in first.

Tips How To Measure Your Windows

Step #1: Before you even think about hanging curtains, you need the right tools handy.

  • A steel measuring tape for precise measurements.
  • A notepad and pen to jot down measurements.
  • A step stool or ladder if your windows are out of reach.
  • A level to ensure your curtains hang straight.
  • Need a drill handy.

Step #2: How to properly measure

The next, yet most important step is to start by measuring the width of your window frame.

All designers will measure the inside width of the frame, from one side to the other. For a more classic look, add an extra 4-6 inches on each side to ensure your curtains can cover the window entirely when drawn. This extended width allows the curtains to stack nicely when open.

Step #3: Make sure you cover the length of the window

The next step will be to measure the length from the top of the window frame to the point where you want your curtains to end.

This can be just above the windowsill, to the floor, or even below the floor for a dramatic look. Ensure your measurements are consistent across all windows if you’re hanging multiple curtains. Make sure your curtain rods

Now It’s Time To Drill

Once you’ve purchased the right size curtain rod and drapery, it’s time to break out the drill. But don’t freak out because once you follow these simple steps you will avoid making unnecessary holes in your wall.

Using a pencil, mark the mounting height for the brackets on both sides of the window. Ensure the marks are level with each other.

Ideally, you would want to place the rod about 4 to 6 inches above the window frame. However, you can adjust the height based on your preference and the visual impact you want to achieve.

Using a pencil, gently mark the mounting height for the brackets on both sides of the window. Ensure the marks are level with each other.

Once that is complete you drill the screws to hold up the bracket. Make sure you have enough support on the wall so the rod doesn’t hang.

Pro Tip: You can add a third bracket if needed for heavier drapes.

Final Added Touches

Place the curtain rod with the attached curtains onto the brackets. Make sure the curtains are evenly distributed on the rod.

Now if you are a perfectionist, you would want to level to ensure that the rod is perfectly horizontal. If it’s not level, make any necessary adjustments before tightening the brackets securely.


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