How to Measure Windows for Window Treatments

When purchasing new window treatments for the home, it’s crucial to have the proper measurements. If you are preparing to purchase new window treatments for you home, be sure to keep each of these tips in mind:

  1. When measuring your actual windows, use a metal measuring tape rather than a ruler or a cloth measuring tape. Metal is sturdy and leaves less room for error. Using your metal measuring tape, take each measurement at least three times to ensure that you’re getting the same read every time.
  2. Make sure to write your measurements down! You may think that they will be easy to remember, but it’s actually very easy to forget. To avoid stepping foot in the store and having to turn around and do your measurements again, keep a notebook and go in organized.
  3. Even if a room gives the illusion that all of the windows within it are the same size, do your due diligence and measure each and every window.
  4. In your notes, it’s a good idea to note which window was which within the home. This will save you a lot of frustration when you get home with a bunch of similar looking window treatments and you aren’t sure which treatment goes with what window.
  5. A simple mistake to make is to measure from the rod to the floor, rather than from the curtain to the floor. To get an accurate measurement, measure from the bottom of the ring holding the curtain to the rod to the floor.
  6. For shades, valances, and swags, you will need to measure for inside mounting, which allows a treatment to hang on the inside of the window fame. You will need to measure the depth of the window so that you may purchase a proper mounting board.
  7. In contrast, outside mounting will situate the curtain or treatment on the outside of the window frame.
  8. Consider hiring a professional.

Professional window treatment installers come to the home and take care of all measurements for you. This way, the curtains you purchase are tailored to your needs and there is much less room for error.

Professional installers have knowledge of all of the architectural features in the home that may need to be planned for such as radiators, bookshelves, doors, and moldings. The same goes for existing window treatments. Whether you need inside mounting or outside mounting, a professional window installer can evaluate where cornices and valances may be placed and what additional hardware might be needed. They’ll also evaluate your existing window hardware, such as drapery rods and support brackets, and will advise you on whether you need to replace anything.

The other benefit to using a professional is that window treatments are their passion. A trained professional has an eye for window treatments and can advise you on what type of treatment will work best with each window in the home. He or she can also give you tips on how to hang drapery properly to get the best overall look for the room.

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