How To Measure Sheers, Curtains & Rods
Measuring for drapes is not a complicated process. In fact, it is relatively easy if you simply follow the directions we provide.
Two Primary Categories for Measuring
1. When a rod already exists
2. When a rod does not exist
When a Rod Already Exists
WIDTH (side to side or left to right): Measure only across the front face of the rod from tip to tip (end bracket to end bracket)
Important Rules: Do not include the “wrap around” (brackets at each end of the rod where the drape returns back to the wall). Do not add in any extra for the overlap beneath the center of the rod where the master carrier(s) may cross one another.
Quick Tip: Just measure the front of the rod only across the front tip to tip for the width. We will automatically add in extra material for the brackets at the ends of the rods and the overlap in the middle.
HEIGHT (up and down): This is your easiest measurement. Place the tip of your metal tape measure on top of the rod at the center of the rod down to where you want the drape to hang. You may want to choose from the standard heights shown below:
Typically, there are 3 standard heights:
1. Just Past the Bottom of the Window Opening: Measure a minimum of 4″ past the bottom of the window casing.
2. Floor Height: If you would like your drapes to hang down to just above the floor or carpeting, measure the distance from the top center of the drape rod to 1″ above the floor orcarpeting.
3. Floor to Ceiling: These are drapes that hang from the ceiling down to just above the floor or carpeting. Measure the distance from the top center of the drape rod to 1″ above the floor or carpeting.
When a Rod Doesn’t Exist
FIRST: Simply measure the “width” (side-to-side) of the inside of the window opening or casing.
SECOND: measure the “height” (top-to-bottom) of the inside window opening or casing.
Important Rule: The casing should be measured from side-to-side and top-to-bottom on the inside of the window casing.
Once you have established the raw window width and height:
WIDTH: Add 6″ to your inside width measurement. This is the width you need your drape.
HEIGHT: Measure as indicated below depending on the “height” coverage you prefer.
1. Just Past the Bottom of the Window Opening: In order to provide sufficient coverage for privacy, reduce incoming light, and hide the drapery hem from outside view, add a total of 8″ to the inside height measurement (4″ above the window casing and 4″ below the window casing).
2. Drapes to the floor: If you would like your drapes to hang down to the floor, measure from 4″ above the window casing to 1″ above the floor.
3. Floor to Ceiling: Measure from the top of the wall (ie: up to the ceiling) to the floor. Deduct 1″ from this measurement to allow the drape to hang freely not
brushing the ceiling or floor.
To Measure Bed Skirts
A bed skirt is a fast and easy way to dress up your existing bedding. The bed skirt is a small piece of fabric that covers the bottom of the bed and hides the box spring.
The bed skirt must be the same length and width as your bed
A twin size bed measures 39 inches wide and 75 inches long, while a full size bed measures 54 inches by 75 inches. The measurements for a queen size bed are 60 inches by 80 inches and for a king size bed, those measurements are 76 inches by 80 inches. You should still measure the length and width of your bed, as the measurements might vary slightly. Even an extra inch can change the way the bed skirt hangs on the bed.
The best way to determine the drop needed is with a measuring tape. Pull the mattress away from the bed and lean it against a wall. Place the measuring tape flat on the floor and lift it up until it reaches the top of the box spring. Check the measurement and you have the size needed for your bed skirt drop. The drop should completely cover the empty space under the box spring and the box spring itself.
Depending on the look you want in your bedroom, you might opt for a slightly smaller drop. If you reduce the height by one inch, the bed skirt will stop slightly above the floor. Most bed skirts have a drop of 16 inches or slightly less.
Bed skirts usually come with 5 pleats. There is 1 pleat on the center of the width, 2 on the center of the length, and 3 pleats on the 3 edges of the bed. However, the customer can increase or decrease the amount of pleats if they choose to. Just let us know and we will customize the bed skirt according to your customer’s needs.