How To Measure

Made to Measure Draperies
When you order your draperies, you’ll need to have these three measurements nearby:
  • Bracket-to-bracket width
  • Finished length
  • Return size

Bracket-to-bracket width: To measure the bracket-to-bracket width, you’ll need to measure the width of the area of the rod you wish to cover. Since the area of a rod covered by a soft treatment runs from the left to the right bracket, we call this the “bracket to bracket” measurement. We suggest that you position your brackets at least four inches on either side and four inches above your window opening to insure privacy.

Finished length: This is the desired length of the drapery. Simply measure to the desired drop point and record that measurement. For floor length draperies, take three measurements from the top left, top center, and top right—down to the floor. (Don’t press down on carpeted floors.) Take the shortest of the three measurements and subtract one-half inch to allow for proper clearance. Note: The finished length of rod pocket draperies includes the header and rod pocket portions of the draperies.

Return size: The return is the distance from the wall to the front of the rod bracket.

Made to Measure Valances
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When you order your Valance, you’ll need to provide two measurements:
  • Width
  • Return size

Width: To mount your valance, you’ll measure the width of your window and add four inches. If you’re measuring for a valance that will be mounted over another window treatment, you’ll need to provide the bracket-to-bracket measurement of the undertreatment and add four inches. (See bracket to bracket measure for draperies.)

Return size: When mounting a valance alone, use a 4-inch return on rod mounted treatments and a 6-inch return on board mounted treatments.

When valances are installed over another window treatment, the projection should be 2 inches greater than the return size of the under treatment. (Example: 4 inch returns on the under treatment would require a 6 inch return or projection on the drapery or valance.)

The return size (or projection) of the drapery or valance over a vertical blind should be determined when the vertical blind is opened.

All of our valances have standard lengths. Your mounting height will depend upon the product’s length, your window size, and your decorating preferences.

Ready-Made Curtains, Draperies
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Curtain & Valance Width: Measure the area to be covered from left to right and multiply the width by 2 for a full, custom look. The width times 2 will give you a 2 to 1 fullness. Order the number of panels or valances whose total width is equal to or greater than the window width times 2.
Ex: If the window width is 32", multiply 32 times 2, (32 X 2 = 64), and order enough panels to equal 64" or better for a 2 to 1 fullness.

Pinch Pleated Drapery & Valance Width: Measure the width from the left bracket to the right bracket. Add 2 to 4" inches to each side for the returns. Add 1 to 4" inches for the center fabric overlap. The total is the minimum fabric width to be ordered.
Ex. If the bracket to bracket width is 38" with two side returns of 3"each and a 2" center overlap equals a minimum width to be ordered of 46" or greater. (38+6+2=46)

Curtain & Drapery Length: Measure the length from the top of the rod to the windowsill, apron, or floor. Subtract one-half inch for proper clearance for windowsill or floor length. Please note header size and rod pocket are not included in manufacturers' stated finished lengths.

Valance Length: All our valances have standard lengths. Your mounting height will depend upon the product’s length, your window size, and your decorating preferences.