07 Jul

Measuring for curtains is not a difficult task and by following our step by step guide you will be able to get all the required measurements correct. Every measurement you take, write it down in the table below.


Pole or Track

Header Type

Pole or Track Width

Curtain Drop


  • You should ideally select and fit your track or pole before taking any measurements for your curtains. (You may not always be able to fit your track or pole at the exact height you would like. e.g. when trying to drill into a concrete lintel).
  • If you are fitting a new track or pole this should ideally extend 15cm to 20cm either side of the window to allow the curtains to be stacked either side of the window.
  • When you measure for curtains, always use a steel tape to take your measurements. (fabric or plastic type tape-measures tend to stretch over time and may give a false reading).
  • Every measurement you take, write it down in the table above.


(We always advise that you measure the curtain track or pole width, not the window if possible)

Curtain Poles - Measure the length of the pole between the finials (decorative ends).

Curtain Tracks - Measure the length of the rail (A). If you have a rail with an overlap in the centre, measure the length of the rail and add the length of the overlap to this measurement (A+B) For wave curtains you will only require dimension A.


Before you measure curtain length, you need to decide whether the curtains will fall to the sill, below the sill or to the floor. (If measuring to the floor, deduct 1cm to prevent dragging on the carpet)

Measuring from a pole - all headings except eyelets - For all headings except eyelets, measure from the underside of the decorative ring to where you want the curtain to finish. Using this measurement the curtain will hang underneath the pole and the pole will be visible.

Measuring from a pole – eyelets only - For eyelet heading only measure from the TOP of the pole where the eyelet will rest. The header of the curtain will stand approx 3cm above the pole (this dimension is in addition to the drop of the curtain)

Measuring from a curtain track - For curtain tracks you have 2 options. If you want the curtain to hang below the track measure from point A, if you want the curtain to cover the track measure from point B.

With the information above we will have everything we require to be able to provide you with an in-store quotation and should you decide to go ahead we will be happy to visit your home and check the measurements before the curtains are made.

For more information please contact

Unit 1, The i2 Centre, Hamilton Court, Hamilton Way, Mansfield, Notts NG18 5FB

T: 01623 422163      info@thefabricstores.co.uk            www.thefabricstores.co.uk

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