How to Measure Drapery

 

Measuring for custom drapery can be tricky so as they say, “measure thrice, cut once”. Upon placing your order with us we will need the exact measurements. In order to make that far less confusing for our customers, we have provided some tips below to ensure that you get the exact measurements needed when placing your drapery order.

Click here to shop our drapery collection

christopher wayne home drapery measuring

How To Measure Length

  1. Measure from where you want the top of your drapery rod to be placed down to the floor.
  2. Subtract the diameter of the rod from this measurement. This is the finished length of the drapery. Note:  If you are using drapery rings with your rod you need to subtract the size of the ring from this measurement.  This is now the finished length of the drapery.

Example: If you would like to place your rod at 92″ above the floor and you are using a 1″ in diameter rod you would subtract 1″ from 92″. The finished length of the drapery would be 91″.  Note:  If you are using a 1 1/2″ drapery ring on your 1″ drapery rod you would subtract 1 1/2″ from 92″.  Your finished length would now be 90 1/2″.  Please be aware that this method leaves your drapery just touching the floor which is always Christopher Wayne’s first choice.  If you would like your drapery to not touch the floor you would need to subtract 1/2″ in addition to your rod or ring measurement.

What Would Christopher Wayne Do?

  1. In most situations I would place the drapery rod as close to the ceiling or crown molding as possible.
  2. In a situation where there is a substantial amount of negative space between the window and the ceiling I would divide the negative space between the top of the window molding and the ceiling or crown molding by 3. I would place the rod either 1/3 of the way down from the ceiling or crown molding or 1/3 above the window molding. I would most likely never place the rod evenly between the negative spaces.

Design Tip: If there is a substantial amount of negative space above your window you can use this as an opportunity to create positive space. Why not place a great mirror or architectural piece in this space? It will elongate your window and create an interesting artistic element to the space.

measuring window width christopher wayne home

How to Measure Width

  1. Measure from the outside edge of the window molding on one side to the outside edge of the window molding on the other side.
  2. Take note of the negative space you have on each side of the widow molding. This is important for when you choose the hardware you will use when installing your new drapery. In some cases when you are using a decorative finial you could possibly not have enough space for your rod to project beyond the window at a reasonable distance and still have room for your finial due to a corner, piece of furniture or some other kind of obstruction

What Would Christopher Wayne Do?

  1. I love natural light and want as much as I can get! You never want to inhibit your view and therefore it is important to make sure your drapery have plenty of room to stack back when open and not be an obstruction.
  2. On small windows I will typically add 6″ to 8″ of projection beyond the window molding on each side and on larger windows I will add 10″ to 12″.  This gives your drapery a very custom look and ensures that you get as much view of your window as possible and again provides a uniform appearance from the outside of your home looking in.

Example: If my window measured 38″ from outside molding to outside molding I would add 6″ to each side which would give me a total width of 50″. When choosing my drapery I would need to make sure that I have a panel or a pair of panels that would cover 50″ when closed.

 

Drapery Sizing Guide

1 Width Panel

Euro pleat panel has a total finished width of 25″
Pinch pleat panel has a total finished width of 25″
Inverted pleat panel has a total finished width of 35″
Rod pocket panel has a total finished width of 48″
Ripple fold panel has a total finished width of 48″

1 1/2 Width Panel

Euro pleat panel has a total finished width of 35″
Pinch pleat panel has a total finished width of 35″
Inverted pleat panel has a total finished width of 50″
Rod pocket panel has a total finished width of 75″
Ripple fold panel has a total finished width of 75″

2 Width Panel

Euro pleat panel has a total finished width of 55″
Pinch pleat panel has a total finished width of 55″
Inverted pleat panel has a total finished width of 75″
Rod pocket panel has a total finished width of 100″
Ripple fold panel has a total finished width of 100″

 

A pair has a total finished width of 50″
A pair has a total finished width of 50″
A pair has a total finished width of 70″
A pair has a total finished width of 96″
A pair has a total finished width of 96″

 

A pair has a total finished width of 70″
A pair has a total finished width of 70″
A pair has a total finished width of 100″
A pair has a total finished width of 150″
A pair has a total finished width of 150″

 

A pair has a total finished width of 110″
A pair has a total finished width of 110″
A pair has a total finished width of 150″
A pair has a total finished width of 200″
A pair has a total finished width of 202″

 

Christopher Wayne’s drapery collection is designed to be a simple solution in most situations, However, there are still challenges that can arise. We have a very experienced staff of design professionals that are ready to help you with custom projects that may seem a little more challenging than most. For more information or to inquire about having custom drapery or linens made for your home please contact us by clicking here.