In this tutorial article, we will go over how to measure material for curtains. We’ll cover how to measure the height and width of your window frames. You’ll also need to decide on the type of curtain you want, which can help determine how much fabric you will need.
There are two main types of curtains: lined and unlined. Lined curtains have an extra layer sewn in between the front and back panels, while unlined curtains do not have any layers. Our next section will go into detail about these different kinds of materials, so keep reading!
- Measuring tape or yardstick
Step #1. First, you’ll need to measure the height of your window frame. The easiest way to do this is by measuring from where the curtain will be pulled down (usually at eye level) and marking how high up it needs to go on a piece of string. If you’re making curtains for two windows next to each other, make sure to measure the height of both windows and average them out.
Step #2. Next, you’ll need to measure your window’s width. These measurements must be in inches for accurate results! We recommend measuring from inside corner to inside corner to not over or underestimate how much cloth will be needed. Now that you have two sets of measurements multiply the height by two and add it to half of the width.
If you’re using a standard curtain rod as opposed to rings or hooks, subtract an inch from this total. This is because your curtains will need room on either side so that they can be pulled shut. The exception is if you are hanging them outside a window with no wall.
Step #3. Now, you’ll need to add five inches to this total for the width of your curtain rod or rings and subtract an inch if you want a crease down the middle. The final measurement will be how much material is needed per panel.
Why Should you Measure Materials for Curtains?
Measure the materials you’ll need before you start cutting. Over or underestimating will mean wasted money and time spent on something that doesn’t fit your window.
The measurements are simple, but making them with a bit of care can save so much headache later. For example, if you’re using rings for curtain rods instead of hooks, remember to measure the size of your rings, too.
What is the Best Curtain Material?
The best material is the one that fits your window, style, and budget. Fabric comes in so many types these days — from linen to cotton voile to polyester taffeta – it’s worth looking into different options before making a decision. And don’t forget about lining! If you’re using light-colored fabric on dark windows, you will want to line the curtains, so they don’t fade.
Where to Buy Curtain Materials?
You can find curtain materials at fabric stores, home goods stores, or online. Places like Bed Bath & Beyond and Pottery Barn offer a variety of window treatments for your budget. And so do sites like Target, Amazon, Lowe’s, and Walmart. Of course, you can also check out Etsy to see what hand-made curtains are available!
Where to Buy Curtain Materials?
You can find curtains at fabric stores, home goods stores, or online. Places like Bed Bath & Beyond and Pottery Barn offer a variety of window treatments for your budget. And so do sites like Target, Amazon, Lowe’s, and Walmart. Of course, you can also check out Etsy to see what hand-made curtains are available!
Types of Curtain Material
There are many different types of curtain materials to choose from. Traditional curtains often use a lightweight fabric like cotton, silk, or polyester and can be found in any color imaginable! You might also want to consider blackout curtains for those hot summer days when you need more darkness at night. And don’t forget about panel curtains – these offer an easy way to divide your room into two.
Types of curtains:
- Traditional Curtains: These are made of lightweight fabric and can be found in any color imaginable.
- Blackout Curtains: These curtains offer more darkness for hot summer days by blocking out sunlight better than traditional curtains.
- Panel Curtains: These provide a simple way to divide the room into two separate spaces.
- Sheer Curtains: These are made of lightweight fabric and offer a subtle way to filter light.
- Grommet Curtains: These curtains are typically made of thicker fabric with holes in the center for a rod.
- Rod Pockets: Curtains without the need to drill or use any hooks – these curtains have sleeves that fit over an existing curtain rod and then close shut at each end to enable easy removal for cleaning.
- Window Shades or Blinds: These offer a great way to keep the sun out of your home and can be adjusted to let in light.
- Room Dividers: These are not curtains, but they serve the same purpose as dividing off space without losing any natural light.
- Draperies or Valances: This is similar to room dividers, but these typically hang from the ceiling and can often be decorated to add a more decorative touch.
- Plantation Shutters: These are an affordable option for controlling light – they cost less than most curtains but offer privacy.
- Roman Blinds: Excellent at blocking out the sun; these blinds come in many different colors and patterns, so you have many options to choose from.