How to measure for curtains?

How to measure for curtains guide by loft curtains for custom drapery

How wide should curtains be?

Panel width are measured differently based on the heading styles:

French pleat and Tailored pleat style panels have 2x to 2.5x fullness built-in, so if you are ordering French pleated or Tailored pleat heading style, you should order the panels that fit your window(rod) width. They will cover your window with a nice fullness. 

Ripple fold style curtains also have fullness built-in, the total coverage width is going to be track width. You can order Ripple fold style in the ripple fold custom curtains page.

Grommet style or Rod-pocket styleTo ensure that curtain panels look ample when closed, they should have a combined width that is 2 to 2.5 times the width of the window/rod. The total drapery width should be at least 2 times the window/rod widths. If you’re hanging curtains just to frame a window and don’t intend to shut them, you can round down to 1.5 times the width. 


Stack Back Width

Stack back is the amount of space the curtains occupy when in the fully open position. We made a stack back calculator for your reference:  Click here for the Stack Back Calculator 

What should the panel height be?

Curtain rod/tracks are usually 4-6" above the top of the window. To make the ceiling appear higher, they should be closer to the ceiling. Curtains usually start below the rod/tracks.

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. Having the curtains 0.5" above the floor 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. 

All linen fibers stretch over time. We recommend puddling (1"-3") to hide any variance in your finished curtain length.

Inverted Box Pleat is a really good choice if you want the curtains to cover the track/rod when the curtains are shut, this is done by lowering the hooks on the back of the pleats. 

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We have a south facing window. It’s hot and bright in the summer. We wanted something a little heavier in fabric selection because we live on a busy street heading into town to cut down on traffic noise.The fabric is soft and offers insulation. They lay beautifully across our big window while closed. When tucked back they disappear while stacked neatly into the wall. It’s everything we were looking for. We paired it with a Kirsch Designer Estate Motorized rod. I was apprehensive and Justin answered all the questions I had making it easier to understand how the curtains would work on my rod and with fabrics. Delivered in less than 2 weeks! They were packed properly and ready to hang. I grew up with my mom in the flooring industry. I’ve always wanted a home that had designer features without having a Hollywood budget I didn’t think it was possible to get that look until I found Loft Curtains! Woohoo! In the day, night and before photos included.
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