The luxury with Made To Measure curtains and roman blinds is that you get the look you desire.

However there is a lot to consider when measuring and fitting them.

Accurately measuring for curtains is a must to ensure you get the correct fit for your

curtains, pelmets, valance or blinds.

We will always advise you to take your time to measure carefully.

Here we have provided you with a simple guide to measuring curtains for yourself,

so that when you place your order with us, you will have all the information you need.


Measuring For Curtains

– When using our Made To Measure service we will always require you to provide your track or pole width and the finished length you require.

– Always use a metal tape measure to take accurate measurements.

– We are happy to work with either centimetres or inches.

– Please use the same measuring unit for both the width and drop.

– If you do not have your track or pole already in place we recommend fitting one before you measure. This will ensure that you can take the measurements accurately and your curtains will fit correctly.

– Every window is different, the space around the windows can vary, and your preference of how you wish your finished curtains to look can be different from room to room.

– It is your decision as to where you fit your track or pole. The structure of the wall itself can often depict where it is best to fit the track or pole.


If you are fitting a pole or track, as a guide we would recommend the following:


– Extend your track or pole at least 30cms each side of the window. This will allow the curtains to be drawn back to allow light through the window.

– Fit the track or pole at least 15cm above the top of the window. This will help to reduce the light around the top of the window.

– Determining the finished length (or drop) of your curtains is measuring to the point where you would like the bottom of the curtains to finish.

– Where you measure the finished length will also depend on the track or pole you have and also the heading you require. Look at our curtain headings for more information.




– Measure the track or pole, not the window.

– Track – Measure the full length of track from end to end. If your track has an over–lap, also measure this.

– Pole – Measure the full length of the pole excluding the finials.

Finished Length /Drop:


– Track – as a guide measure from the top of the track.

– Pole – this can depend on what heading you would like and where you want the top of the curtain to start; as a guide measure from the eye on the curtain ring. This will expose the pole. Some customers prefer to cover the pole, so you can measure from the top of the pole. If you are considering eyelet curtains we suggest you measure from the top of the pole, ensuring there is a least 3 cm of space above the pole.

there are generally 3 options to consider when choosing a finished length:


– Sill Length – measure 1cm above the sil.

– Below the sill – measuring 15cm below the sill is a suitable length, you can measure less, but adding more length will help reduce the light. However this depends if there is a radiator.

– Floor length – Measure at least 1cm from the floor.

– If it is a large window, measure from 3 different points to get an accurate drop, this allows for uneven flooring, or an un level windowsill or ceiling.

– However, you can have your curtains as long or as short as you would like!



Measuring For Roman Blinds

If you have unusually shaped windows, very large windows or you are not confident in measuring We would suggest using our Measuring and fitting service.


– If you provide the measurements we will always request the finished width and the finished length you require the blind(s).

– Always use a metal tape measure to take accurate measurements.

– We are happy to work with either centimetres or inches.

– Please use the same measuring unit for both the width and drop.


There are two options for fitting your roman blind.

It can either be fitted into the window recess or fitted on the outside:

A few things to consider:

– Looking at both options which has the most suitable spacing for the blind to be fitted?

– Considering if the blind is fit inside or outside might depend on the size of the window.

– Do you need to allow more light in?

– Would you prefer a recess fit to have a flush finish?

– If the blind is in a bathroom, fitting it to the outside of the window might be a better option to avoid it being to close to the window with condensation, or giving easier access to opening a window

– Check if there is anything preventing the blind fitting correctly – tiles, handles, sockets, picture rails, or fixtures?

– You can fit your roman blind as either a face fix or top fix.


Measuring inside a recess:


– We would suggest measuring across the recess at 3 points, taking the narrowest measurement. Look at deducting 1cm from the width for clearance, so that the blind will run freely either side when opening and closing.

Finished length / Drop:

This measurement is for when the blind is fully down. Take measurements at 3 different points and again note the smallest measurement.


Measuring outside the recess:


The size of the blind can depend on how much space you have above, below and to the sides of the window.


– Do you want the blind to clear the top of the window once it is open?

– The wider you make the blind the more likely it is to reduce light either side of the window.

– Is there a protruding window sill?

– Is there anything stopping the blind sitting flush against the wall?

– Is there a radiator under the window?



– Measure the width of the recess at 3 different points, we would advise adding at least 5cm on to each side, to help reduce the light, however add more if you would prefer.


Finished length / Drop:

– This measurement is for when the blind is fully down. Decide where you want the top of the blind to start and measure directly down to your desired finish length.

– We would advise measuring at least 5cm above the top of the window to allow space for the brackets when fitting the blind.

– If you would prefer the blind to clear the window when it is pulled up increase the measurement above the window to at least 20cm. However it can depend on how long the finished drop of the blind is to how small the blind will fold up when not in use.

– If you have a protruding window sill, you may want the blind to finish just above the windowsill.  If it is flush, you can measure below the window sill at least 5cm for optimum performance.


Measuring a Bay window for Roman Blinds:

– Ensure you take your take time measuring your bay window to ensure the blinds fit accurately.

– Consider the angle between each window frame.

– How close together do you want the blinds?

– Ensure you allow room for the blinds to open and close sufficiently and allows you access to the chain.

– Please note our cassette headrails are 3-3.5cm deep and the depth is 3.5cm.



Please note the information we have provided is only a guide and every window is different.

We are not liable for any incorrect measurements given.

If you wish to discuss measuring for curtains or roman blinds

please give us a call or contact us



The Design Quarter

143 Colchester Avenue



CF23 9AN

Tel: 029 2049 3020



78-82 Bedminster Parade




Tel: 01179 533 663


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