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Measuring for Window Coverings (4)

You and your client will also have to decide if draperies will clear the floor or “puddle”. Usually a half inch or so is left between the bottom of the drapery and the floor for clearance, particularly if you are using a movable panel.

Puddling the fabric adds elegance to the appearance of formal draperies and is achieved by making the panel 3″ to 18″ longer than usual. Three to five inches of additional material is common when creating this effect.

Many people also choose a floor-to-ceiling panel to make windows appear larger and add a touch of grandeur to the room, so you will need to measure the height of the ceiling in several places to be sure of the height of the draperies to be used. Remember: there is no such thing as too many measurements!

The following additional measuring advice for draperies comes from the FabricWorkroom.com website:

Determine where the drapery hardware brackets are to be mounted. We recommend that you add at least 4″ beyond the outside edge of the window frame on both sides and 4″ above the top of the window frame. If you want to expose more glass when the draperies are open, extend the brackets farther from the side of the window frame.

Once you have determined where the brackets are to be located, measure from the outside edge of one bracket to the outside edge of the other. This is the “Bracket to Bracket” or “Finished Width” that you will need to note. Also remember to check that you have wall clearance on both sides of the window to accommodate the rod and the finials.

  • For draperies using standard white traverse rods: Measure from the top of the bracket or rod to the finished point that the draperies will hang. If the drapery is going to the floor, deduct 1/2″ for floor clearance. This is the Finished Length.
  • For draperies using decorative hardware: For Hardware using Thick Wood Rings, measure from the top of the rod to the finished point that the draperies will hang. Deduct the outside diameter of the ring. This is the Finished Length. Do not make a deduction for floor clearance.
  • For Hardware using Thin Metal Rings: Measure from the top of the rod to the finished point that the draperies will hang. Deduct the outside diameter of the ring. If the drapery is going to the floor, deduct 1/2″ for floor clearance. This is the Finished Length.

 

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