Friday, October 11, 2013

How To Measure For Pleated Draperies & Rod

Measuring for draperies can be an arduous task to say the least. The first thing to do before measuring your windows for pleated draperies is to determine if you want a full view of the glass when your draperies are in an open position or a partial view. 
Take note of how much space is available on the left beyond the frame, then on right beyond the frame. This is the area where your draperies will stack back when they are open.
If the answer is yes to a full view, and ideally draperies should clear the window if there is enough room, follow these instructions.
 Measure for the width first.

Measure from the outside of the window frame (assuming there is a window frame)on the left to the outside of the window frame on the right. If there is no frame just measure the opening from left side to right to get the width of the window. Take this measurement and add 20% to what ever the measurement is. For example, if you measured 100 wide add 20 to that to totally 120.
Your traverse rod should extend to 120"
You will need to add 12" to the total for overlap in the middle and return on the left and right end.
In this example you will need a drapery that is 132" wide.  Split the difference if you are getting 2 panels.  If you are getting 4 panels divide the 132" by 4.
Now , lets get the measurement for the length of the drapery. Measure from the top of the frame ( if there is no frame from the top of the window) to where you want your draperies to end.  Usually draperies are 1/2" to 1" off  the floor.  Now, add 3 inches .  Your rod will usually be installed 3 " above the window trim.

That's basically all you have to do to measure for pleated draperies.

Vee Willis
Linda's Curtain Studio


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