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Curtain Lengths, Curtains Size, and Curtains Width
In the list down below you can see curtains width and curtain length of the window curtain products in inches. Width is specified either for one (single) panel or for two panels, because certain window curtains are sold as a pair.
Some of the measurements relate to either one or two panels; Pinch Pleated Thermal Curtains have two panels, while Patio Door Drape of the same size has only one panel.
If you have difficulty finding the curtains size you need be aware that there is a way to extend the width of a curtain product by placing additional panels in the same window. If your window / door is narrower then the curtains width, you may extend your curtain rod a few inches father beyond the opening you are covering. If you window is not as tall as curtains, you may raise your rod a little bit.
IMPORTANT: To properly measure the curtains size, they have to be stretched. In the window the curtains do NOT hang stretched, that is why their width and length is a little bit smaller than the listed measurement.
Finding The Width You Need:
The width you see listed in each of our curtain product name and description is the "overall" width measurement of the item laying flat and stretched.
For the Tap top, Gormmet Top and Rod Pocket curtains it takes at least 1.5 to times more material or curtain width than the actual window width to provide the proper coverage of the window and look when curtains are installed or hanging on a rod.
When an empty curtain rod is installed in your window, measure the width of the rod from one end to the other.
Finding the Length you need:
Length of the tab top curtains is measured overall. The length on the tabs (3.6 inches in Fireside, 3.5 in Weathermate, 3" in Crosby) is included in the overall length. You need to keep in mind that if you do not want the window to show/shine above the tab top curtains through the tabs, so you need to mount your decorative rod like 4 or more inches above the window space and add these extra inches to your calculated length.
Guidelines On How To Measure
Please, keep in mind: to measure the size of a curtain correctly, the curtain has to be STRETCHED. In the window the drapes do NOT hang stretched, that is why their width and length is a little bit smaller than the listed measurement.
For example; if the length you measured is 62.5", you would normally need a 63" long curtain.
Grommet Top Curtains Width Measurement
Grommet panels have maximum width they can stretch to, which is about 20% less then their actual width! It happends because grommets on the rod prevent the curtains from stretching fully. Maximum width is mentioned on every Grommet product description page.
Pleated window treatments do not have rod pockets, so they do not get gathered on a curtain rod.
If you want to use a traverse rod, then you will want the drapes to overlap in the middle and cover the ends (wrap around the rod's corners), you will need to add extra width depending on the distance your rod is positioned away from the wall. Let's say the rod is 4 inches away from the wall; then you will need to add extra 8 inches to your measurements (4 inches on each side of the rod) plus the desired size of the overlap (2-4 inches). In this case the extra width you need to add to your drapes width is 10-14 inches. If your window if 106 inches wide, the width of the drapes you need is 114"-120" wide.
If your traverse rod is positioned 6 inches away from the wall, you will need to add extra 12 inches (6 inches on each side of the rod) plus the preferred size of the overlap in the middle (2-4 inches), which will make total extra required width 14-16 inches. So, if your window if 106" wide, the width of the drapes you need is 120-124 inches wide.
If you are shopping for patio door drapes (for sliding glass doors), standard width of the door is 96” wide, and standard patio door drapery panel width is 96” wide too. But it is also advisable to have some extra width, wider than the actual width of your door frame. With traverse rods, which open and close with draw string, you might want the drapery panel to pull completely off to the side of the door in order to allow using that door without the drape interfering with its function. We have Custom Width option for 3 drapes styles - Crosby, Fireside and Cornmall.
If you use decorative round rod with rings and clips, the width of your patio door/or drapery rod is about the width of the patio drape you would need. You may add several extra inches for the drape to reach beyond your door width for better insulation and look. If you want the drape to be completely out of the way when it is open you want extra 6-12 inches to do the job. So, if your patio door is 74" wide, the minimal width of the drape you want is 80-86 inches wide.
If you want to use a traverse rod, then you will want the drape to cover the end of the rod (wrap around its corner). This will require at least 3-6 inches of extra width depending on the distance your rod is positioned away from the wall. If the rod is 3 inches away from the wall, then you will need to add extra 3 inches to your measurement. If your traverse rod is positioned 6 inches away from the wall, then you will need to add extra 6 inches on each side of the rod to wrap around rod's corner, which will make total extra width 6 inches. So, if your patio door is 86" wide, the minimal width of the drape you need is 89-94 inches wide.
Pinch Pleated Drapes and Patio Door Drapes Length Measurements
If a traverse rod has been already installed on your windows or patio door, measure its length from one inch above the rod. It will give you the approximate length you need.
I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand.
So I said, "Where are you going?" And he said to me,
"To measure..., to see what is its width and what is its length."
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