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How To Measure For Curtains

How To Measure For Curtains

If you are getting frustrated in your endeavour to correctly do your measuring for curtains, A1 Blinds and Curtains are here to help. No doubt, you will want to prevent potentially wonky curtains from mucking up the aesthetic and décor of your space. So, read our directions below on how to get your drapes measured to perfection.

Curtain Measuring Tools

To start the process, you are going to need the correct curtain measuring tools. Although many people go for fabric or plastic tape to measure their curtains, this tape can stretch over time resulting in inaccurate measurements. Our experts recommend you use metal measuring tape to get the most precise measurements. Few things ruin a rooms aesthetic more than wonky drapes.

How To Measure For Curtain Width

Next, it is important that you do curtain width measuring to avoid curtains that are too narrow or too wide. The standard curtain width is about triple the size of the window frame. But we will give you an idea of the looks you can create. Wide curtains are great for a particularly formal appearance. On the other hand, narrower curtains give more of a modern edge.

Curtain Height Measuring

Finally, you need to do curtain height measuring to ensure that you create the right look, do not allow in excessive light, or cause a slipping hazard. Measuring the height from the floor to the top of the window frame, you can opt for a range of curtain lengths, depending on the room style and function. Lengths you can go for include the “puddle”, “break”, “brush” and “hover”. Let us break these down for you:

“Puddling” curtains have around eight inches that pool onto the floor for a luxurious look. These look particularly glamorous when made from materials like silk or satin. However, while this length and material might be suited to certain living rooms and bedrooms, they could form slipping hazards in homes with children.

“Breaking” drapes could be for you if you are after a chic and trendy length for your bedroom, living room or bathroom. You can create this length by adding an inch or two to your measurement from rod to floor.

“Brushing” curtains, indeed, barely brush the sill. They are viewed as a relatively classic and fresh look.

“Hover” drapes are perhaps the most popular curtain length of all. Simultaneously classic, elegant and practical, hover curtains leave a finger width of space between the drapes and the window sill.

Here at A1 Blinds and Curtains, our design professionals provide free on-site measurements, to give your bedroom the look of your choice. Whether you are elsewhere in the South West, South East Wales or Gloucester, get in touch.

How To Hang Curtains

When you have completed the curtain measuring and making process, you will want to know how to properly hang curtains. To avoid ruining your wall, we advise you go for no-drill curtain rod brackets, which are placed above the window trim. Then, quite simply, hang up your drapes! If you are still reluctant, get one of our design experts to fit your curtains. Simply call up A1 Blinds and Curtains on 0800 037 7368 to arrange your service.

How To Choose Curtains

How To Choose Curtains

Many people have no idea where to begin when it comes to picking window curtains. Well, here at A1 Blinds and Curtains, we can tell you that there are certain things you need to consider when selecting curtains, including the requirements, style and design of the room. For some expert guidance, checkout our guide below on how to pick the perfect drapes for your home.

Curtain Lighting

In order to create the most suitable feel for every room, and to help it to fulfil its purpose, it is essential that you consider curtain lighting. For instance, for a lounge or conservatory, you may want to filter in more light with sheer curtains for a brighter atmosphere. For a bedroom, children’s bedrooms in particular, you may want to filter out more light with thicker drapes.

How To Measure Curtains

Curtain measurements will also vary, depending on the style you want to go for. If you are going for a traditional appearance, the drapes should be around triple the width of the window. Alternatively, for a clean and modern look, the drapes should be about 5cm wider than the window width. To measure out your curtains, you will need to start your measurement from the curtain pole, going down towards the floor. The range of curtain lengths you can go for include:

“Brushing”: Curtains that only just touch the sill.
“Breaking”: Drapes that are only a couple extra inches longer than the floor.
“Puddling”: Curtains that are an additional eight inches on the floor.
“Hovering”: You guessed it, curtains that hover centimetres above the ground.

Choosing Curtain Material

In your quest for the perfect drapes, you should also think about how the curtain material will impact the décor and help the function of a space. If you want a room to have a cool and summery feel, go for curtains made from cotton or linen. For adding a touch of glamour or luxe to a space, go for sleek fabrics like satin or silk. Finally, to add warmth or depth to a room, choose thicker fabrics like wool.

Curtain Types

There are many curtain types and styles that you can opt for, depending on your personal preferences. Here at A1 Blinds and Curtains, we have a large choice of curtain types to suit a wide variety of rooms. Just a few of our most popular drape options include:

“Eyelet” curtains: These are great for high-quality, weightier materials as they include metal rings that slip onto a pole. Its fluid function adds a modern finish to a space.
“Blackout” drapes: Have thick lining and so are well-suited to individuals that need total darkness in their room to drift off.
“Pencil pleat” curtains: These curtains run across heading tape and are suited to nearly any sort of frame.
“Thermal” curtains: Are used to keep rooms toasty during the winter and cool during the warmer months.

As for curtain style, you can focus on a shade from your rooms colour scheme or opt for a patterned style. For brightly lit areas, neutral and light-coloured drapes are best, as they are less inclined to fade with time.

Whether you need curtains that allow in a little light, add some vibrance or add a little privacy, we have the curtains for you. If you live in South Wales or the South West of England, get in touch on 0800 037 7368 to arrange a complete curtain service. We supply and fit a range of curtains, tailored to your specific tastes and rooms.

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