Made to Measure Draperies
you order your draperies, you’ll need to have these three measurements
- 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: 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
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
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
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
Valance Length: All our valances have standard lengths. Your mounting
height will depend upon the product’s length, your window size, and your