Made to Measure Measuring Guide: Eyelet
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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. Eyelet curtains, also known as 'ring top' can only be fitted to a pole or rod, they cannot be fitted to a track. Not sure where to begin? Here is our easy buying guide for Eyelet Made to Measure curtains:
Measuring and fitting your pole
Regardless of your window size, shape or type, it is essential to place the rod first. Not only will you need to make sure the wall can support a pole or rod, but this will also determine how you will need to measure your curtains. If you are fitting your curtain pole for the first time, make sure you allow roughly 15cm above and to both sides of your window, excluding 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. Our range of premium eyelets all measure 40mm meaning they are suitable for poles up to 28mm in diameter.
Measuring the width
Make sure you measure the width of your curtain pole, not the width of your actual window. You will need to exclude the decorative end finials from this measurement. This will be the width measurement needed for your curtains.
Measuring the drop/length
When measuring the length for your made to measure curtains, you will need to consider your preferred drop. You need to measure from the top of your curtain pole as this is where the eyelets will sit. 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 the 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. If you prefer a full length drop, just clear of the floor, make sure you allow a 1cm space between the curtains and the floor. If you would like your curtains to puddle on the floor, add an additional 20-30cm onto the full drop.
Measuring the width for a bay window can be tricky! You need to have the pole 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 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 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, when using a pole you need to exclude the finials (the decorative pieces on the end of the pole) from this measurement.
To measure the length for a bay window, follow the same instructions for a standard window (as shown above).
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