We wrote a new blog called How to Measure Curtains that contains more information on this topic.
There is no right and wrong answer to this question. A rule of thumb is that it is always better to go higher and to go full length, no matter what sizes are your windows.
Where should curtains tops be?
Tracks look the best when they are mounted directly to the ceiling. They work perfectly with full height curtains. Rods are usually mounted between ceiling and window. If you find it hard to decide where to go. Go with the rule of thirds.
Where should curtain bottoms be?
- Floating above the floor. It creates a "breathable" floating look. If you would like to have straight curtains, this is the best option.
- Just hitting the floor. It is hard to make right but it creates a custom-made classic and tailored look.
- Puddling. Panels extend to the floor by one to three inches. It adds coziness to space. It is the best for those who are seeking European style and romantic feel. Another upside of the choice is that you don't need to worry about precision measurement in length. The downside is it is high maintenance, and if you have pets it might not be your best choice.
We offer ready-made panels in lengths from 63 to 144 inches. Measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod, then round up. You can always have the dry cleaner hem them a bit if needed. Custom-made panels are perfect for extra large windows and for tailored looks.