How to Measure for Window Curtains: The Ultimate Guide

Window curtains are a great way to add warmth and style to any room. With so many different styles, colors, fabrics, and patterns available, it can be hard deciding how much fabric you will need for your curtains. We’ve created a guide that will walk you through on how to measure for window curtains and finding out how much fabric is required for window curtains.

 

How to Measure for Window Curtains

Measuring for Window Curtain

Step #1. To know how much fabric you will need for window curtains, you’ll first want to measure the width and height of your windows. You can do this by using a measuring tape or yardstick (make sure it’s level!), but another option is to use graph paper with measurements across it on one side that corresponds with inches/centimeters on the other side.

Step #2. Once you have your measurements, find the measurement that is closest to what you need and round-up: was it 36″ or 37″? It’s better to go with 38″. You will want some extra fabric for taking care of any mistakes as well. Then multiply this number by two (for each length). In this case, you will need 76″ (38xtwo).

Step #3. The fabric needed for each curtain panel should be at least two inches longer than the height of your window to gather on either side. You’ll want to add about four extra inches to make sure there’s enough room and then divide by how many panels you want.

At least two inches longer than the height of your window so it can gather on either side.
Add about four extra inches to make sure there’s enough room and then divide by how many panels you want: 76 (38xtwo) for each panel, or 152 total. You’ll need one yard and a half per panel or about four yards for a pair.

In the example of our window that is 78″ high by 36″ wide, you would need to buy fabric that was at least 84 inches long and 44 inches wide (36xtwo). The extra two inches on both sides will be sewn shut before attaching to the curtain rod.

What is the Best Fabric Material for Curtain?

The best fabric for curtains is cotton. This will be lightweight and breathable, which can help keep you cool on hot days or warm in the winter months. Other popular materials include linen, polyester blends, silk, velvet, faux suede, and leather.

It’s important to note that some fabrics are more expensive than others, depending on how high-quality they are and how well they’ll hold up over time.

 

What is the Best Color for Curtains?

Picking a window treatment can be tricky because there are so many options! But one crucial question to ask yourself before buying fabric or heading to the store is, what colors will work with my home’s décor and other window treatments?

To choose the best colors, first, take a look at your furniture and home’s décor. For example, if you have several different shades of brown in your living room but want color for your windows as well, consider a green or blue fabric that contrasts with those darker tones.

If you need help picking out the perfect window treatment for your home, ask a professional or stop by our store to see all of your options!

How to Care For Curtains

Caring for your curtains is easy and can extend the life of your window treatment. To clean curtains, use a damp cloth or vacuum to remove any large particles on the fabric. Just be sure not to pull too hard when vacuuming because it could damage both the curtain and the rod!

If you’re in need of more in-depth care, consider using a mild detergent and warm water. With the curtain soaking wet in the bathtub or sink (don’t forget to check for leaks periodically!), use your hands to work up a lather before rinsing them off with clean water and drying on a clothesline or rack outside.

You can also take advantage of more advanced curtain washing techniques, like using a vacuum cleaner hose to strip the fabric.

Should I Bleach my Curtain?

If your curtains are made of natural fibers, there’s a chance they may be susceptible to stains and color fading.

To keep them looking like new or more vibrant for as long as possible, bleach is the best option! Just remember that this will either make colors brighter or duller depending on how light-sensitive the fabric is. Bleaching can also be damaging to fibers, so don’t overdo it!

The best way to do this is by carefully spraying the curtains with diluted bleach and using a towel or sponge to scrub any areas that may have stains gently. For stubborn stains, apply full-strength bleach directly onto them and wait for 20 minutes before washing in cold water, followed by machine drying.

It’s worth mentioning that you should only wash your curtains about once a month to prevent excessive wear and tear, which can make them less vibrant with time. Oh, and don’t forget to tie the curtain closed during washing!

A Few Things You Might Want To Know About Curtains:

  • They are available in a range of materials, including cotton or polyester.
  • They come in many different colors and styles to suit every home décor.
  • There are also different types of curtains that you can choose from depending on your needs: sheers for privacy, panels for large windows, lined curtains for winter warmth.
  • The options here are endless, and you can find curtains to suit every room in your home.
how to make your own without sewing

Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!

 

Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!

 

How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.

 

How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).

 

How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.

 

The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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