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Measuring Guide For Roman Blinds

Measuring for your blinds is a cinch - we've provided simple step by step guides for you to follow - it really couldn't be any simpler and it won't break the bank!

Please Note:

  1. All measurements should be provided in cm (unless the website gives you the option to provide the measurement in mm or inches).
  2. All our blinds are made with a 5mm manufacturing tolerance (width & drop). Please note for wooden blinds: The actual drop is dependent upon the size of the slat, we will however make it is as close as possible to your measurements.
  3. Always use a metal rule when taking the measurements. Cloth ones can give inaccurate measurements.

Standard Windows

Recess Size

This is the measurement you need to make if the blind needs to fit inside the window recess. Measure the width and the drop in three different positions ensuring you provide us with the smallest measurement.

We will make any necessary deductions to ensure the blind fits neatly within the recess of the window.

Measuring Recess Width
Measuring Recess Drop
Please note that the actual fabric will be approximately 3-4cm narrower than the recess width depending on the blind ordered.

Top tip for blackout blinds

Our fabric experts recommend when ordering a blackout blind, you fit this outside the window recess using the ‘exact’ blind measurement thus ensuring as much external light as possible is blocked out.


Exact Size

Measuring Outside Width
Measuring Outside Drop

An exact size blind is also known as ‘pin width’ or ‘finished blind width’. This is the measurement you need to make if the blind needs to hang outside the recess overlapping the window. Decide how much you wish to overlap the recess at each side, we recommend at least 7.5cm at each side as well as the top and bottom so as to minimise as much external light as possible.

Measure the width and the drop in three different positions ensuring you provide us with the smallest measurement. We will not make any deductions from the measurements provided.



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Videos

Roman Blinds Measuring Video

Measuring Guide For Curtains

  1. All measurements should be provided in cm (unless the website gives you the option to provide the measurement in mm or inches).
  2. All our curtain are made with a 3mm manufacturing tolerance (width & drop).
  3. Always use a metal rule when taking the measurements.

Measuring The Width

We always advise that you measure the curtain track or pole width, not the window.

If you are fitting a new track or pole this should extend 15cm to 20cm either side of the window. This will allow the curtains to be stacked either side of the window.

Curtain Poles

Measure the length of the pole between the finials(decorative ends).

Curtain Rails.

Measure the length of the rail. If you have a rail with an overlap in the centre, measure the length of the rail and add the length of the overlap to this measurement.


Measuring The Drop

The length of your curtains will depend on your preference. Typical length measurements are as follows.

A: Full length which is approximately 1.5 to 3cm above floor level

B: Above radiator typically 1 to 3cm above the radiator.

C: Below the window sill typically around 15cm.

Measure from the top of the track or bottom of the curtain rings for a curtain pole to the desired length of your curtains.

Tab Top & Eyelet Curtains

For Tab Top or eyelet curtains you should take your measurements from the very top of the pole.

Pencil, Pinch & Wave Pleat

Measure from the top of the track or bottom of the curtain rings to the desired length of your curtains.


Fulness or Gathering

Once you have entered your curtain pole or rail width, we will calculate the amount of fabric required for your curtains. Some headings require more fullness or gathering than others so these headings will require more fabric which is reflected in the price of the curtains.

All curtains are made in increments of 1/2 widths:

Pencil Pleat 1.75
Pinch Pleat 2.25
Wave Pleat 2.0
Tab Top 1.5
Eyelet 1.5

For example, for a pole length of 120cm and for pinch pleat heading we would recommend using at least 120cm x 2.25 = 270cm flat width of fabric. If the curtain fabric which you have chosen is 140cm wide then we would recommend using two widths of fabric either one at each side of the window for a pair of curtains or two widths joined together for a single curtain.


Curtains Measuring Video