Window Measuring and Choosing Curtains

Choosing Curtains
Dressing the windows of your country home is both fun and challenging. We offer a variety of styles for any decorating taste: insulated blackout panels, classic roman shades, beach house bamboo, sweet cottage tiers, kitchen valances and dramatic lace. It can be a daunting task to choose, so here are some of our tips on making the most out of your window decorating.

    For practicality and function, nothing beats Insulated Curtains. Many of them are blackout as well; providing privacy, blocking light and lowering heating costs.

    For a country look to your beach house, cottage or colonial home, try white or ivory cotton with crochet edging, tiny stitched flowers or a floral pattern. Combine tiers and valances for a casual cafe style, or hang panels for more window coverage.

    Roman Shades are classic, popular and add a polished look to your home. See the diagram below for proper measuring (roman shades look best when mounted on the inside of the window molding).

    Dramatic panels with intricate stitching, substantial fabrics like tapestry or micro-suede and black or bronze hardware upgrade your home's look. Rich and appealing, they cover large windows in bigger living spaces. Try thicker fabrics in the winter and sheers in the summer.

    Whatever style you choose, properly measure your existing windows for the perfect curtains ensures a quality investment in your home's appearance and functionality for years to come.

    Measuring Your Windows

    When measuring your windows, you'll need to determine the finished length and width of the curtain panels. In general, measure from the curtain rod down to the apron. If you'd like your panels longer, then measure from the curtain rod to 1-2" above the floor. Floor length is pretty, but not practical if you have young children or energetic pets.

    Tab curtains will hang lower than traditional rod curtains or those with grommets, so that is something to keep in mind when measuring for and purchasing new curtains. For Roman Shades and any other inside-mount curtains, measure the inside width of your window. Install the hardware inside the top of the frame so the molding is exposed. If you'd like a fuller look on your windows try two valance or a filler valance between panels. To achieve a proper 'tieback' look, allow yourself extra curtain length. 

    Measuring Your Windows