How to Measure and Purchase Curtains

How to Measure and Purchase Curtains
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    Curtains can transform any room, adding pizzazz or understated elegance, while providing privacy for you and your family.

    Curtains are a distinctive window treatment, and can range from French pleat, sheers, panel, cafe, tab top and beyond.

    Find the style that reflects your personality and matches your home's decor.


Transform your home with new curtains.

Before you purchase your window curtains you’ll need to get some measurements, details that will ensure that your window treatments match and do the job of adequately covering your windows.

1. Window measurements. Most curtain sets are 84 inches long, thus you may not need to concern yourself with length unless you have a custom window. In that case you’ll find sets that are from 63 to 144 inches long.

Measure the window’s width from side to side, including the entire frame area. You’ll be buying two panels or more if the window is wider.

2. Curtain Types. What type of curtain are you measuring? A valance curtain is decorative and covers just one-sixth of the windows length. Use this type of curtain if want to emphasize the window design and bring in maximum natural light.

A cafe curtain covers from one-half to two-thirds of the window. Typically, this type of curtain is found in the kitchen and offers a bright, whimsical look and permits much natural light.

Most curtains are standard panel or drapes and cover the entire length of the window. These may extend just below the bottom of the window frame or further, nearly touching the floor.

3. Special features. The type of rod you are using, that is its style, can make a different when you’re measuring. Take note that some curtain rods make use of clips while others are inserted into the top of the curtain. Measure from the pocket down with pocket curtains and from the bottom of the clips with clip curtains.

Use a tape measure to get accurate measurements for your windows. Window sizes may vary, therefore measure each one to order the right curtain pairs. Write down this information on a pad for later retrieval.

Purchase Decisions

Curtains can be purchased at home stores, department stores, speciality shops, factory outlets and online. You may want to make your purchase in person to ensure that the product is what you need. A retailer’s return policy should be taken into consideration — you should be able to return unaltered curtains for a refund or for an exchange.



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Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".