Made to Measure Pencil Pleat Curtains - A Guide
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It is essential that you understand the header type that you require; you can do this by observing the type of window you have and the pole/tracks that you need to attach the curtains to. Pencil Pleat curtains can be fitted to either a track or pole. However, if you are using a pole or rod, you will need curtain rings to fit Pencil Pleat Curtains. Not sure where to begin? Here is our easy measuring guide for our Pencil Pleat Made to Measure curtains:
Measuring and fitting your pole
Regardless of your window size, shape or type, it is essential to place your pole or track first. Not only will you need to make sure the wall can support it, but this will also determine how you will need to measure your curtains. If you are fitting your curtain pole or track for the first time, make sure you allow roughly 15cm above and to both sides of your window. If you are using a track, take into account the entire width. If you are using a pole make sure you exclude the finials (the decorative pieces on the end of the pole). This means you will be able to fully draw back your curtains without obstructing your window, allowing daylight to flow into your room. It will also help to block the entire window during the night.
Measuring the width
When measuring the width for your curtains, you do not want to measure the width of your window. Instead, measure the entire width of the track. If you are using a pole, measure the width excluding the finials. This will be the width measurement needed for your Made to Measure curtains.
It is worth noting, the width measurement is for one curtain only, it is not the full width of the pair of curtains. This is so your curtains have fuller pleats when open and closed. If the curtain was to measure any less, you would risk having a sparse width once the curtains are drawn, meaning unwanted light could seep in.
Measuring the drop/length
When measuring the length for your Pencil Pleat curtains, you will need to consider your preferred drop. If you are using a track, make sure you take measurement from the top of this. If you are using a pole, measure from the eye of the curtain ring. If your window is above a radiator, we recommend your curtain drop sits 2-3cm above the top of the radiator. This is so heat does not escape behind the curtain.
You may want your curtains to sit just above the window sill, below the sill or resting gently at floor length. We recommend deducting or adding length from the fabric of your made to measure curtains depending on your preferred drop. For curtains that sit above the window sill, we recommend leaving a 1cm space between the curtain drop and sill to ensure a perfect fit. If you want your curtains to drop below the window sill, add 15cm onto the length of the sill which will allow your curtains to frame the window effectively. If you would prefer a floor length drop, make sure you allow a 1cm space between the curtains and the floor to avoid them collecting dirt.
Measuring the width for a bay window can be tricky! You need to have the pole or track already fitted in place before you begin to measure for your curtains. Do not measure the actual window or even the wall space above the window.
Instead, measure the pole or track along one side of the wall until it meets the angle at the next wall. Take down this measurement and then measure alongside the pole or track on the next section of wall. Continue this method until you reach the end of the window. Add together each measurement and this is the width length you will need for your Made to Measure curtains. Don’t forget, if you are using a pole you will need to exclude the finials (the decorative pieces on the end of the pole) from this measurement.
To measure the length, you can follow the same instructions for a standard window (as shown above).