- Width refers to a single curtain panel, even when they are sold in pairs.
- Rod-pocket curtain length is the distance from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom of the hem. It does not include top ruffles or other decorative treatments above the pocket.
- Tie-top and tab-top curtain lengths are the distance from the top of the panel to the bottom of the hem. It does not include the ties or tabs.
- Measure the width of the window, including any architectural molding or trim (if you want those to be covered by the curtains).
- For a relaxed but tailored look with curtains loosely gathered, multiply the window width by 1.5 or 2. Divide that number by the width of a single curtain panel to get the number of panels you need.
- For a full, luxurious look with curtains tightly gathered, multiply window width by 2.5 or 3. Divide that number by the width of a single curtain planel to get the number of panels you need.
- For a traditional look, mount the curtain rod 4” above the top of the window. The distance from 4” above the window to about 1/2” above the floor is the length of your curtains.
- For a grand, glamorous look with curtains “puddle” on the floor, measure from 4” above the window to the floor, then add 3” to 4”.
- To make the room look taller, mount the curtain rod 2” to 3” below the ceiling. This may expose the top of the window and some of the wall above it, but the longer curtains will draw the eye upward and create the illusion of a more spacious room.
- The length of the curtain rod should equal the total fabric width.
- Add the length of two finials to the rod length to get the total amount of space necessary.
- Curtain pins or hooks are inserted into the back (lining side) of curtain panels. The sharp end goes into the fabric.
- Insert the straight end of the pin all the way. The curved end of the pin goes through the eyelet of the curtain ring or rod carrier.
- Check to make sure the pins don?t poke through the front of the curtain panel.
- If you want the top of the curtain panels to be even with the bottom of your rings or carriers, insert the pointed end of the pink 1.25? down from the top edge of the curtain panel. This will place the top of the pin even with the top of the panel.
- Rod-pocket or flat-top panels: Insert the pins into the pocket or lining on the back of the curtain panel. Space the pins 4 to 6 inches apart if you want the panel top to be straight. Space them 7 to 12 inches apart if you want the panel to drape a bit between the rings.