Curtains: Measurements and installation

Curtains: Measurements and installation

Preliminary criteria

First choose the style of your curtains, without calculating your fabric as accurately as possible: it is better to plan more than less! Then determine their head, without forgetting that some of them require much more tissue than others. Finally, decide their length, which can stop at the sill, the radiator, at ground level or on the contrary break voluptuously on the ground. Put the rod in place.

Estimated footage

1 Measure very precisely the space between the top of the rod and the lower limit of the curtain.

2 Add the hem height at the top and bottom (5 cm for light fabrics and between 7.5 and 10 cm for heavy fabrics). 3 For the width of the fabric, multiply the length of the rod by 2, even by 3, depending on the texture of your fabric, the gathered gathered tape and the volume of gathered gathers. For patterned curtains, do not forget to add the fitting, to be sure that the designs adjust horizontally with each seam. 4 Then add to this width the inside hem hems. Add another 10 to 15 cm if you want your curtains to cross in the middle when they are closed (only for railway rods) and another 4 cm on each side if you double your curtain. 5 Then divide the figure obtained by the width of the chosen fabric (120 or 150 cm) to obtain the number of strips to be expected. 6 Multiply the length of the curtain by the number of strips needed to get the total footage needed.

Sewing and fitting

1 Then make the whole curtain, except the bottom hem. 2 Install the curtain on the rod… and wait 24 hours wisely for the fabric to take its place (it can relax). 3 Then mark the location of the hem by pinning your fabric, then unhook the curtain and make your hem by machine or by hand.