Your Guide to Curtain Shopping: Length and Width

Now that you’ve chosen a perfect design and style for your curtains, it’s time to consider how long and wide it should be. Depending on where you will buy, retailers have their own definition of a “standard size” curtains. Curtains can go from 60 to 144 inches in length or up to 80 inches width, depending on the retailer.

As to how long the curtains should be – DSC_0023

The length of your curtain can also make or break its overall look. Too short curtains can be off while curtains that looks like they will sweep the floor is not nice to look at to. Hence, it is important to measure from the floor up to where you will hang the curtain rod, then round it up.

You have several options. You can opt for:

* Sill length – this means the curtain is leveled with the window sill or just a few centimeters above it. This is advisable in case there are obstructions such as a table or an appliance.

* Below sill length – this means the curtains fall several centimeters below the window sill but still not touching the floor.

* Floor length – this refers to curtains that fall on the floor or longer. Floor-length curtains are ideal for picture or bay windows since it helps frame the scenery.

* Cafe curtains – this means there are two poles that holds a pair of curtain panels. The top pole holds the valance while the second pole is placed halfway down the window. This is ideal for kitchen windows or in areas where you want to keep your privacy without blocking the sunlight or fresh air.

As to how wide the curtains should be – 

When measuring the width of the curtains, make sure to measure the curtain rod from end to end and NOT the window itself. Curtain rods usually extend past the window to make sure that the curtain will be able to block the light properly while ensuring that enough air and sunlight can come in.

At the same time, stretching the curtains up to its maximum width can be too much for the curtain to handle. To make sure that the panels will look ample and drapey when closed, the curtains should have a combined width that is 2 to 2 1/2 times the width of your window.

However, if you don’t intend to shut the curtains and you simply want them around to frame your windows, a combined width of 1 1/2 times the width of your window will do.

For your curtains needs, check out Woodhouse Linens on Facebook. We have a variety of curtains you can choose from that will surely bring more life to any space in your home.


Posted on July 14, 2014, in Home Decor and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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