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Measuring Tips for Custom Window Treatments

Measuring Suggestions:
Here are some some suggestions to help you determine the size of window treatment you need. Keep in mind that the look of the actual window treatment is based solely on personal preference and where you place your rods, not necessarily the width of your window. Some people choose to place their rods on the window casing, others place their rods just outside the window casing and still others will extent their rods several inches on both sides of the casing. This information is to give you general guidelines.

Tab top panels – a good rule of thumb would be 1 1/2 to 2 times fabric width to rod size. Length will be a matter of preference whether you have them hang to the base of the window sill, to the floor or possibly even puddle on the floor.

Gathered styles – 2 to 2 1/2 times fabric width to rod size. For panel curtains, length will be a matter of preference whether you have them hang to the base of the window sill, to the floor or possibly even puddle on the floor. For sheers, you can use 3 to 4 times fullness.

Pinch pleats – Based on your rod width size you would order your draperies according to these standards: Keep in mind we will need your rod width and your return width when ordering so that the  draperies fit your rods perfectly. Top of draperies are normally mounted 4″ above the top of your glass so that the backs of the pleats cannot be seen from the outside of the window.

•2 width pair – up to 36″ rod – 5 pleats per panel
•3 width pair – up to 62″ rod – 8 pleats per panel
•4 width pair – up to 86″ rod – 11 pleats per panel
•4 width panel – up to 93″ rod – 22 pleats per panel
•5 width pair – up to 110″ rod – 14 pleats per panel
•6 width pair – up to 136″ rod – 16 pleats per panel

Flat style rod pocket valances – this style does require measurements to be more accurate – you will need the actual width size of the rod and returns. Example: your rod is extended to 38 inches and your return is 3 inches on each side, you would need a 44″ window treatment (38+3+3=46). Even though typically you don’t want any gathering, most of these styles will still look fine if you have a little bit extra of valance width, it can normally be moved to the return part of the rod.

Swags – swags should be as close to the actual width of window as possible including the window framing (its best go by the rod’s width size) – if using multiple swags on wider windows, typically you would want to overlap the swags 8 – 15 inches for each overlap.

Scarf / running swag – scarves look great in different lengths – measure the width of your window and multiply by 1.5, and measure how far down each side you would like the scarf to go and add all 3 numbers together.

Pole styles – should be the same as the pole width you are using (not including finials, just the actual pole length between each bracket).

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