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made to measure measuring guide: eyelet curtains.

Made to measure eyelet curtains with a monochrome a living room with grey walls and modern decor.

ensure your made to measure eyelet curtains fit like a dream with our handy measuring guide.

You’ve got your free fabric samples, you’ve carefully considered your options, and settled on the trendy choice of made to measure eyelet curtains. Otherwise known as ring tops, eyelets are the most modern curtain heading style of all. Featuring metal rings sewn across the top of the fabric which are then threaded onto a curtain pole – eyelet curtains create a sleek look that’s perfect for contemporary spaces.

All that’s left to do now is get measuring! Don’t worry – it’s not as difficult as it sounds, and we’ve broken the entire process down into easy-to-follow steps. From fitting your curtain pole to measuring tricky bay windows, feel confident throughout the entire process with our measuring guide for made to measure eyelet curtains.

measuring + fitting your curtain pole.

Before you break out the measuring tape for made to measure eyelet curtains, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got a correctly fitted curtain pole. Eyelet curtains can only be hung on a pole, so you might want to consider other heading types – like pinch pleats or pencil pleats – if you’ve already got a curtain track installed.

Chenille eyelet curtains with a jacquard winter woods design in a taupe colourway, hung on a wooden curtain pole in a country style room with wood panelled walls.
Winter Woods Animal Chenille Eyelet Curtains in Taupe

The height at which your curtain pole sits is important. Hang it too close to the top of your window, and your space will feel cramped. Go too close to the ceiling, and things start looking a bit silly.

Instead, look at the space between the top of your window frame and the top of your wall – your curtain pole should sit between halfway and two-thirds up this space. This will make your windows feel bigger, your ceilings higher and your room more spacious.

At the very least, fit your curtain pole 15cm above the top of your window frame.

A graphic showing the minimum distance required between a window frame and a curtain pole, in terms of both height and extension on either side.

Once you’ve settled on a height for your curtain pole, it’s time to start thinking about the width. A curtain pole should extend at least 15cm beyond either edge of your window frame. This provides enough space for your curtains to open fully, and ensures they won’t block any light when drawn back.

If your chosen curtain fabric is particularly thick – like velvet or chenille – your pole should extend 30cm beyond your window frame on either side.

Your pole’s diameter needs to be smaller than the rings on your made to measure eyelet curtains. Our curtains have 40mm (4cm) eyelets, which means your pole can be up to 28mm (2.8cm) in diameter.

measuring the width of made to measure eyelet curtains.

Once your pole is fitted correctly, it’s time to get the width measurement for your made to measure eyelet curtains. This is the measurement you’ll enter in the ‘width’ space when placing your order.

A graphic showing the correct area to cover when measuring the length of a curtain pole for made to measure eyelet curtains.

Finding the width of your bespoke eyelet curtains is pretty simple. All you’ve got to do is measure the length of your curtain pole, making sure to exclude any decorative finials on either end.

Don’t just measure the width of your window, as you’ll end up with too little curtain fabric to cover it.

Dawn Blackout Eyelet Curtains in Eucalyptus

If you’ve got a bay window, measuring for the width of your curtains is a little tricker, but definitely still doable.

Just measure each section of your curtain pole individually (each straight section before it meets an angle) and add them all together at the end. The combined length of each section represents the full width of your curtains.

measuring the drop/length of made to measure eyelet curtains.

Now that you’ve correctly fitted your pole and found the width of your made to measure eyelet curtains, it’s time to start thinking about length. Whichever length you choose, always measure from the top of your curtain pole, and drop down in a straight line.

The trickiest bits are over, and this is when your taste and preferences come into play. So, how low do you want your curtains to hang?

A graphic showing the the correct drop for short length made to measure eyelet curtains, 1cm above the window sill.

short curtains.

Short curtains drop to just above (1cm) or slightly below (15cm) your window sill. This length is perfect for practicality, keeping your curtains well clear of sticky hands and muddy paws.

If you’ve got a radiator beneath your window, a shorter drop will prevent heat from getting trapped behind the curtain fabric.

A graphic showing the correct drop for floor length made to measure eyelet curtains, 1cm above the floor.

floor length.

Floor length curtains end just above the floor (1cm). They’re great for creating a modern, elegant look – while the added length ensures there are no breaks in your chosen pattern.

This is probably the most popular drop, and looks especially chic with lightweight cotton fabrics.


If your curtains are made from a heavier fabric like velvet or chenille, consider going for a ‘puddled’ or ‘pooled’ length. This is where the end of the curtain fabric gathers on the floor, creating a romantic look that’s great for highlighting texture.

To give your curtains a pooled effect, add 10-20cm onto the floor length – depending on how big of a puddle you want to create.

Et voila! You should now understand every aspect of measuring for made to measure eyelet curtains. No one wants to end up with wonky curtains – even slightly – so make sure to check all your measurements two, three, or even four times over. Don’t hesitate to recruit a helper, especially if you’ve got high windows and need to elevate yourself in order to measure.

You can order up to 10 free samples across our entire made to measure curtains range, and our fabric samples guide covers everything you need to know about the process. We’ve got four different heading and lining types to choose from, as well as a whole range of measuring guides for each heading type.