Measuring for Curtains

All our curtains are handmade locally in Scotland. The following guide will give you all the information you need to measure for them. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Before you start we have a couple of top tips!

Measure for your curtains using a metal/wood ruler instead of a cloth one as cloth tapes can stretch over time. If possible, fit your curtain track or pole before taking measurements, as you will need to measure the width of this rather than your window.

Consider extending the pole/track on either side of your window. This will allow room for the curtains to pull back neatly and will prevent loss of light to the room. Measuring for curtains is easy! All you need is your width and finished length.


If using a curtain track, measure the total length of the track. If using a curtain pole, measure the actual pole length excluding the finials.

Finished drop/curtain length for curtains hung from poles

Measure the length required from the point indicated below (at the base of the ring) to where you want your curtains to finish.

If you are having eyelet or tab top curtains, measure from the top of the pole (as shown below) to the required finished length.

Finished drop/curtain length for curtains hung from tracks

Measure from the top of the track to where the curtains are to finish. This will ensure the track is entirely covered by the curtain.

Choosing your curtain length

The finished length of your curtains is a personal style choice. However, here are some guidelines to help you decide.

If you want;

Sill length
Measure to 1cm above the windowsill

Below sill
Measure to approximately 15cm below the windowsill. If you have a radiator, consider allowing a few cementers for clearance.

Floor length
Measure to the floor. If your floor is uneven, consider taking an average length or contact us to discuss in person.

Slight kick
Measure to floor length and add 2-3cm.

Pooled curtains
Measure to floor length and add 15-20cm if you like a pooled effect.

Any queries on the above, please contact us for advice.