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  How to Measure Draperies

Showing measurement from top of rod to floorWhen measuring for draperies be sure to look for obstacles that may be in the way of your draperies such as heat vents, support beams, air conditioning units, counter tops,shelving units, etc. Take these things into consideration when taking measurements. If you need help with measuring, you may call Colton Inc. at 800-437-6488 for guidance through the measuring process.

In order for a drapery to be manufactured properly you will need to supply the following information:

Rod Width –The total width of rod measured from one end bracket to the other, expressed in inches.

Return – The measurement from the front of the rod back to the wall

Length – The distance from the top of the rod to the point below the window where the drapery will end. If the drapery is to go to the floor, measure from the top of the drapery rod to " off the floor. Also expressed in inches.

Type (Pair, Panel Left, Panel Right, or Stationary Panel) – Indicate which is the case.

Drapery TypeMeasuring an Existing Drapery

When measuring for existing draperies, measure across the top of the drapery from one end of the rod to the other. This is your width. Measure the distance from the front of the rod back to the wall to get the return measurement. And finally, measure the length of the drapery from the top of the pleated header to the bottom of the drapery.

To order a drapery, you will need to specify the drapery type. The type simply describes how the drapery will open. It will either split in the middle and draw back to each side (Pair), draw one way to the right (Panel Right), draw one way to the left (Panel Left), or does not move at all (Stationary Panel).

Measuring for Draperies Without an Existing Rod

When measuring for a drapery without an existing rod, you will need to determine where the rod will be mounted on the wall and the proper rod width. Rods are typically wider than the window to allow space for the drapery to stack off to the side this is called stack space. See chart below to determine proper rod width with stack space. When determining the length of the drapery, measure from 4" above the window to approximately 4" below the window. If the drapery is to go to the floor, measure from where the top of the rod will be installed to 1" off the floor.

Drapery measurements are expressed in the following formula:

Number of draperies, Type, Rod Width x Length, Return
For example:   2 pair 48 x 60, 3" ret (or) 
                       1 panel left 36 x 54, 6 " ret

Drapery Stack Space Chart
(Based on average pleating and medium wieght fabric)
Window opening Stack Space Rod Width
24"
21"
45"
30"
23"
53"
36"
25"
61"
42"
26"
68"
48"
29"
77"
54"
30"
84"
60"
31"
91"
66"
32"
98"
72"
34"
106"
Window opening Stack Space Rod Width
78"
36"
114"
84"
37"
121"
90"
38"
128"
96"
39"
135"
102"
42"
144"
108"
44"
152"
114"
45"
159"
120"
48"
168"
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For instructions on how to install draperies and rods see our articles "How to Install a Drapery Rod" and "How to hang a Drapery" located on this web site.

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