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How to Measure Windows for Curtains and Valances

For curtain panels or valances with a pocket for gathering or shirring onto a curtain rod.

To determine Width of Curtain or Valance:

  • Measure the width of each window you plan to decorate.
    Important Note: Measure each window separately because not all windows are the same.
  • Round measurement to the nearest inch and multiply by 2 or 3, depending on the desired amount of gathering (fullness) you want.
  • Divide this number by the width of the curtain pair, panel, or valance to determine how many to purchase. Round to the nearest whole number.
Width of Window x ( 2 or 3 ) ÷ Width of Window Treatment = Quantity to Order.

To Determine Length of Curtain:

  • Measurement is from the top of the rod, unless otherwise stated.
  • Popular Curtain Lengths:
    63 inches - hangs to windowsill on most windows
    84 inches - hangs to floor on most windows
    95 inches - for use on taller windows or to puddle on the floor
  • Move rod up or down to adjust for the length of the Curtain Panel.
How to Measure 1 How to Measure 2

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