Window Measuring and Choosing Curtains


Dressing the windows of your country home is both fun and challenging. We offer a variety of styles for any decorating taste – insulated blackout panels, classic roman shades, beach house bamboo, sweet cottage tiers, kitchen valances, and dramatic lace. It can be a daunting task to choose, so here are some helpful tips.

For practicality and function, nothing beats our Insulated Curtains. Many of them are blackout as well, providing privacy, blocking light, and lowering heating costs.

For a country look to your beach house, cottage, or colonial home, try white or ivory cotton with crochet edging, tiny stitched flowers, or a floral pattern. Combine tiers and valances for the cafe style, or hang panels for more window coverage.

Roman Shades are classic, popular, and add a finished, polished look to your home. See our diagram below for proper measuring – roman shades look best when mounted on the inside of the window.

Dramatic panels with intricate stitching, substantial fabrics like tapestry or micro-suede, and black or bronze hardware upgrade your home’s look. Rich and appealing, they cover large windows in bigger living spaces. Try thicker fabrics in the winter and sheers in the summer.

Whatever style you choose, our diagrams and tips can help choose a curtain style, properly measure your existing windows, and ensure a quality investment in your home’s appearance and functionality for years to come.


When measuring your windows, you’ll need to determine the finished length and width of the curtain panels. Measure from the curtain rod down to the apron. If you’d like your panels longer, then measure from the curtain rod to 1-2″ above the floor. Floor length is pretty, but not practical if you have young children or energetic pets. Tab curtains will hang lower than traditional curtains, so keep that in mind.

For Roman Shades and any other inside-mount curtains, measure the inside width of your window. Basketweave Shade measurements include the hardware, but the shades are slightly shorter. Install the hardware inside the top of the frame so the molding is exposed.

Many of our curtain measurements include standard rod pocket sizes. Panels can be sold singularly or in pairs – please double check. If you’d like a fuller look, try two valances. To achieve a proper ‘tieback’ look, allow yourself extra curtain length. To let in plenty of light, try one panel or a sheer style.

Use our Measuring Form to record your window measurements. For accuracy, always use a steel tape measure.


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