How To Measure Curtain Rods for Your Home

Hanging up a curtain rod may seem like a simple task. It can be, but you need to ensure your measurements are correct. Is there a right way to measure curtain rods? This blog will explore how to measure curtain rods for your home to educate those who need help.

Tools You’ll Need

It’s important to have the correct tools available before you begin measuring. Use a metal tape measure because other types of measuring tools can provide the wrong measurements. If you don’t have one, investing in one is crucial, as it can help you avoid getting the wrong-sized curtain rod.

Have a sheet of paper and a writing utensil handy to jot down the measurements. You can also take notes on your phone, but make sure you take the dimensions to the store. It’s best not to try to go off of memory, as you could end up with a curtain rod that’s too small or too large.

Measuring Height

Successful drapery installation includes determining the proper height to hang your curtain rod. Do you have a small space that you want to feel bigger? Are your windows incredibly tall? These questions factor into the curtain rod height and curtain length.

To correctly measure the height, take your tape measure and get the dimensions from the desired points. Start where you’d like the curtain rod to be and stop where you’d like your curtains to end. This measurement could be a few inches below the ceiling to the floor; it could also be from directly above the window frame to the bottom of the window.

Use a pencil to mark each side of the window to ensure the curtain rod is straight. The mark will also symbolize the correct height. The curtains should cover the window a few inches at the top and bottom.

Are you using clip rings to hang your drapery? Understand your curtains will hang a tad lower, and you’ll need to raise the height of the curtain rod by a few inches. Avoid letting the top of the window show through the crack between the rod and the curtains.

If you want to create the illusion of a larger room or taller ceilings, place your curtain rod eight to ten inches above the window frame. To create a more dramatic look, mount the rod two to three inches below the ceiling line. This placement could also be directly below the trim or crown molding.

At a minimum, placing the curtain rod four inches above the window frame will create a visually appealing aesthetic. It will help draw the eye to sophisticated architectural details in your home. A curtain rod becomes a focal point of the space after installation. You’ll be more satisfied with the end results when you mount the curtain rod higher.

Curtain Lengths

If you find the perfect curtains, you’ll have to place your rod based on the length of the purchased drapes. Most ready-made curtains and drapes come in various sizes. These typical lengths include the following:

  • 84 inches
  • 96 inches
  • 108 inches
  • 120 inches

If you’re searching for a specific size, you’ll have to make custom drapery panels. You can turn to a local sewist you trust or a window treatment store to create the length you desire.

Measuring Width

When measuring the width of the curtain rod, you have to consider how much rod length you want to go past the window frame. The industry standard is to add 20 percent as a rule of thumb. Here’s a general breakdown to help:

  • If the measured width is up to 50 inches, add 10 inches to the width.
  • If the measured width is 51 to 60 inches, add 12 inches to the width.
  • If the measured width is 61 to 70 inches, add 14 inches to the width.
  • If the measured width is 71 to 81 inches, add 16 inches to the width.

This extra width is for the stack back, which is the area where curtains gather when you pull them back. You need to allow enough space for smaller windows to open up completely. Doing so gives the illusion of a large, spacious window. You want every inch of the glass showing to allow in the natural light and make the space feel larger.

For example, if you have a 48-inch window, add 20 inches to the curtain rod length to let the window open completely. The extra 20 inches will allow the curtains to gather and give all 48 inches of the window to show. This scenario is the most ideal. Letting the sunshine show through is beneficial for every home.

The heavier the fabric, the more curtain rod length you need for the slack back. If you purchase a lighter material for your curtains, you can lessen the size by a couple of inches.

Don’t forget to save room for the finials. You place these decorative pieces on the end of the curtain rod. The last thing you need is to measure, and your rod doesn’t fit because you didn’t account for the finials. If you don’t have a lot of space, you may want to purchase smaller finials.

Choosing the Right Curtain Rod

Choosing the right style of curtain rod will create a cohesively styled space. Are you going for a modern look? Do you like the rustic style? These are questions you should ask before shopping for a curtain rod. Remember that your rod should complement the rest of the decor and furniture in your room.

Wrought iron drapery rods add a sophisticated, rustic feel. Farmhouse-style curtain rods create a cozy atmosphere that friends and family will love. Wooden rods will make your space feel relaxed while adding natural elements.

If you have a lot of bronze fixtures or decor, don’t pick a gold curtain rod. You don’t want the rod to clash with your existing furniture and decorations.

Now that you understand how to measure curtain rods for your home, you can begin the process of installing the rods. Feel free to refer back to the blog post to help. Curtains add privacy, block sunlight, create a cozy atmosphere, and can give the illusion of high ceilings. Help complete your room by correctly installing your curtain rod.

How To Measure Curtain Rods for Your Home