Measuring for Curtains
Getting the right measurements for your curtains is easy, just follow our step by step guide.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
We recommend fitting your track or pole first. If you need help measuring or fitting your track or pole, visit our tracks and poles guide.
Step 1: Measuring your curtain track or pole
Measure from the top of the track to your chosen end point.
Measure only the pole length, not the finials.
For the best fit your track or pole should be 15-20cm above your window, and should stretch 15-20cm wider than the window on each side.
Step 2: Getting the right amount of gathering
The correct sized curtains should have a natural gather even when fully closed. To get this gather right, you'll need to double your track or pole measurement. This number is the width measurement you'll need to buy.
Add an extra 2.5cm to the width measurement so your curtains will neatly overlap.
Double the length of your track or pole
Double the length of your track of pole
Step 1: Deciding on your curtain length
There are three options to choose from:
Should end 1cm above the windowsill.
Should end 15cm below the windowsill.
Should end 1cm above the floor.
For windows over radiators, curtains should end 2-3cm above the top of the radiator so the heat does not escape behind the curtain.
Step 2: Measuring your curtain length.
Measure from the top of the pole to your chosen end point.
Measure from the eye of the curtain ring to your chosen end point.
Measure from the top of the pole to your chosen end point
Windowsills and floors can be uneven, so measure at 2 or 3 different points and use the smallest measurement as your length.
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Dunelm's ready made curtain dimensions
All of our ready made curtain sizes are labelled with 'width by drop' sizing, so the first number is always the measurement across, and the second is always the measurement down.
Our ready made curtains are sold in pairs, and the size refers to each individual curtain. For example, a pack of curtains labelled W 117cm X D 137cm will contain two curtains each measuring 117cm by 137cm.