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How to Measure for Custom Window Treatments

Single Pleat Curtain

Single Pleat Curtain

Measuring for the perfect Window Treatment is easy and rewarding.  Getting the right window treatment for your home will look fabulous and be rewarding for years to come.  We have done window treatments for TV shows, designers and many hotels and commercial spaces as well as home owners across the USA and Canada. Dealing with many different spaces for over 15 years has made us leading experts in the industry of custom window treatments.

You many not know this but there are tons of details involved with creating draperies and custom valances.  From the fabric that you select to the pleats and lining that you use, there are so many choices to make throughout the process.

Many of our clients are overwhelmed when it comes to measuring for custom window treatments.  In fact one of the biggest searches online is “how to measure for custom window treatments”.  We know that is a huge obstacle when trying taking on this job so we are here to help you overcome that fear.  It is easy!!

Whether you have a wall of windows  or a single bathroom window to dress, the formula is the same.  You can click on the link to our measuring guide or call us and we will walk you through the process.  There is no need to pay the price by going to a local workroom when  you can do it with ease right here online and save a ton of money. You will get the look that you want and feel better about not spending the extra money on the decorator charges.

One of the questions that you will need to know when ordering online is how many widths on the drapery do you want.  Just so you know, the width is how wide the fabric comes off the bolt.  Most drapery fabrics are 54″ wide.  Once we hem the sides the width will be 48″ wide.  Now 48″ is a flat width of a panel once it is spread out (un-pleated)  If you’re simply covering a small-to-medium-size window (36-54) inches wide), you’ll most likely want to go with one single-width panel on each side. If your window is wider than that you would use one and a half width panels or 2 width panels for over 98″ wide.  The double-width sizing allows for a really nice stack-back when the draperies are drawn open.

When you are selecting a style, the pleat refers to the tailoring at the very top of the panel. There are a lot of styles to select from.  If you want to stick with styles which are gender-neutral and fit for both contemporary and traditional homes, consider the single panel (seen here) or a top-pinch 3 finger traditional pleat. You’ll never go wrong with these two.  If you want to select something a bit more contemporary, go with the flat panel or the grommet top.  The grommet panel has been very popular in the past few years.  See grommet panel drapes below.

grommet panel drape


Measuring for the length would depend upon if you have drapery hardware or not already hung.  For the most part, the length is fairly simple.  If you do not have hardware hung.  Just measure from the top of the casing and add 4″ and then measure to the floor.  Keep in mind that the drape when hung on rings will drop down below the ring, so if you have hardware, you can measure from the bottom of the ring to the floor.  I like to go right to the floor but some people like to go 1/2″ above so that it does not hit the floor exactly.  Always take note if you have carpet and/or pets, you may want to go 1/2″ up from the floor.  Please refer to our guidelines on measuring for custom window treatments for the best answers to all your questions.

If you are looking for a roman shade, valance or cornice..stay tuned as we will be doing a blog shortly on how to measure for those.



Bed Scarf and Matching Pillows

Bed scarf and Matching pillow

www.fabricworkroom Bed Scarf and Matching pillows

One of the best ways to make your bedroom look like a custom designer styled bedroom is with a bed scarf and matching pillows.  Simply adding bed scarves to the foot of your bed really adds flair to your room.  However you can really achieve a custom look by adding a pop color or design bed scarf and coordinating it back to the custom pillow.  Remember any time that you select your very own fabric to make a custom product for your home, you automatically make it look amazing.  The more you match and coordinate to your personal style the better it feels.

Most upscale hotels and inns have moved towards using bed scarfs rather than bedspreads and comforters.  There are a couple of reasons.  First is cost.  A bed scarf is a fraction of the cost.  The amount of fabric and labor are greatly reduces.  The other is maintenance.  Bedspreads and comforters in a heavily used hotel needs frequent cleaning.  This is a big and expensive undertaking.  Also, the wear and tear during cleaning shortens the usability of bedding.  Hotels now use simple white lightweight comforters that are easy to clean.  The bed skirts rarely need to be cleaned and last for years.  Hotels then match the bed scarf to pillows and often curtains.

You can now use the same cost saving strategy that luxury hotels use.  For roughly the same amount of money, you can do a bed scarf, pillows and curtains for the cost of a custom comforter and pillow shams.  You get an incredible designer bedroom at a great price.

In this picture you can see how wonderful it looks by simply added a dash of color in the custom bolster and bed scarf.  It is easy to do at   We always recommend ordering free fabric samples and seeing how they look in your home.  Custom products take 2-4 weeks to make.

Here is a quick tip for folding a fitted sheet

Best Curtain to Clear the Window

We get asked this all the time – what is the best curtain to clear the window?  For those of you that are unfamiliar with this concept, we will explain.  Let’s say you have a window that is 48” wide from casing-to-casing and you want to add a pair of curtains that you plan to open and close often.  When they are closed, they will touch and overlap in the center to block all light and give you 100% privacy.  You also have a beautiful view, so when the curtains are open, they need to clear the glass completely.  Here is a formula that will help you:

  1. Measure the width of the glass only. In this case that measurement is 40”.
  2. You add 12” to the glass. That number is 52”
  3. You divide by 6. That number is 8.66” rounded up to 9”
  4. You then add 9” to each side. 40” + 9” + 9” = 58”
  5. 58” is your rod length

The simple calculation has taken the glass width and using a formula has given us the rod length necessary to create wall space on the right and left of the window where we can stack the curtain so it clears the glass when open. This formula works for most window curtain styles.

We have many customers that have the same desire, but don’t have the wall space to stack their curtain.  The rod will be smaller and the curtain will creep into the glass partially block the view and the light.  What options are available to help with this situation?

Single Pleat Curtain

We now have a Single Pleat Curtain Style that takes less wall space for stacking.  On a standard pleat curtain, each pleat has three

folds that are tacked together.  This uses a lot of fabric and the pleats tend to springboard the curtain back to the center.  On the Single Pleat Curtain, the pleat is made from a single fold tacked together.  This can stack tighter and has less of a tendency to springboard back to the center.  The Single Pleat is made using less fabric, which lowers the price as well.

You get the same excellent opening and closing functionality as a standard pinch pleat.  The single pleat has a more modern sleek appearance, but we have seen it successfully used on any fabric and in any room décor.

Finally, the Single Pleat Curtain can be installed on metal or wood decorative hardware.  You can also install it on a decorative traverse rod or a white utility traverse rod.


Single Pleat Curtain

Single Pleat Curtain


Custom Made Black Sheer Curtains for Window Treatments

Black Sheer Curtains

Black Sheer

Sheer curtains are growing in popularity as many homeowners are decorating with lighter furniture and more textures. Gone are the heavy colonial styles and fabrics. Grey tones are in and clutter is gone to keep the setting light and modern.

The question we get asked all the time is what are the choices for window treatments? If the design is modern and minimalistic most fabric window treatments can be too heavy looking. If there are curtains to open and close, the amount of fabric can overpower the design. Roller shades with the right fabric is a good option, but that doesn’t work for every situation. They are not the best choice for large floor to ceiling windows or patio doors.

What we have been recommending are pinch pleat sheer curtains. They have a very soft light appearance in a modern design. They offer great functionality and provide a degree of privacy and light control. Pinch pleat sheers can be opened and closed on a simple traverse rod costing less than $100. We recommend adding a straight cornice or valance to hide the rod.   Another great option is to hang the sheer curtains from a decorative traverse rod. They come in wood or metal with different finishes to match any décor. With a decorative traverse rod, you don’t need a top treatment to hide the rod.

With the popularity of sheer drapes growing we have been adding new sheer fabrics with texture and colors. For example, we have seen a lot of interest in Black Sheer Curtains recently. Black goes will with the grey tones now popular in design and they offer a tad more privacy and light control. We also are seeing interest in many of the new textures. Until recently, sheer fabric was all made with a similar weave. The fabric you see just about anywhere. Although this is still a very popular fabric, there are now sheer fabrics that look like linen. There are stripes, patterns and just about everything in between. The color pallet is growing every day. Sheers now come in just about any color imaginable.

If you are measuring for sheer curtains, it is very easy. If you have a simple white traverse rod, to get the right length, you measure from the top of the rod to where you want the curtain to end. Most people measure to the floor and deduct a ½”. To get the right width, you measure the distance from bracket-to-bracket. Then you add 12” to account for your center overlap and the returns on each side.

If you are measuring the length for a decorative traverse, then you will measure from the bottom of the rod to where you want the length to end. The width measuring is the same.

Remember to tell us what type of rod you are using. We pre-pin your sheer curtains so all you have to do is put the hooks in the traverse rod slides. The pin position is slightly different on the two different rod types.

Waverly Santa Maria Adobe Curtains at

Waverly Santa Maria curtains

Looking for the perfect Waverly Curtain fabric for your room?  Can’t find the right size, color or style?  It has never been so easy to get the look you want with  We have all 4,000 plus fabric and can literally make any style, any size and any waverly fabric custom curtain for you.  There is no need to hire an expensive designer if you know exactly what you want.  Just select your fabric and enter your sizes for the most customizable product online.  The Waverly Santa maria adobe curtains at are one of the best sellers we have.  We offer all 4 colors in the gorgeous Santa Maria Waverly fabric pattern.  Just click on the fabric color you want in Santa Maria desert flower, Gem, adobe or Pebble and start customizing your product online.  You can make pillows, custom bedding, drapes and panels, fabric roman shade and waverly shower curtains.  There are many options and the design combinations are endless.  Click on this link to get started with your window treatments in waverly fabrics.

Don’t forget to contact us for all your decorating needs. has been helping designers and homeowners decorated their homes online for over 10 years.  Be sure to check out our testimonials page.

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