3 Simple Steps on How to Measure Material for Curtains

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!

how to measure material for curtains

Things needed:

  • Measuring tape or yardstick
  • Chalk

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.
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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