Tips for measuring
Plan the proportion of window treatment layers so the
length of the top treatment is about 1/5 the length of the overall treatment.
The top treatment may be installed higher than the window, to add visual
height: it may start at the ceiling, provided the top of the window frame is
not visible at its lower edge.
Plan for the shortest point of a
top treatment to fall at least 4” to 6” (10 to 15 cm) below the top of the
Make a top treatment 4” (10 cm) wider and 2” to 3” (5
to 7.5 cm) deeper than an under treatment.
Allow œ (1.3 cm) clearance
between the lower edge of the curtain and the floor when measuring for
Add 2” (5 cm) to the measurement for floor-length
curtains for a window treatment that breaks on the floor
Add 20” (51 cm) to the measurement for floor length
curtains for a window treatment that puddles on the floor
Measure for all curtains in the
room to the same height from the floor, for a uniform look. Use the
highest window in the room as the standard for measuring the other windows
TERMS TO KNOW
Projection is the distance the rod or mounting
board stands out from the wall
Return is the portion of the curtain or top
treatment extending from the end of the rod or mounting board to the wall,
blocking the side light and view.
The heading (a) and The rod pocket (b