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.
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.