Measuring For Poles And Tracks
The first step is to decide whether you want your curtains to hang from a pole or track, both of which should be positioned 10-20cm above the window and extend usually 10-40cm either side. Measure the total width of the track or pole excluding the finials.
To be sure of the best possible fit, take time to measure your window carefully. We suggest using a metal tape measure for accuracy.
Stack Back is the area where the curtains hang against the wall when they are pulled open. By covering the wall and not the glass, during the day, it allows more light into the room.
To determine the length of the track or pole, increase the width of the window glass area by 30%. Very full curtains need more stack back then flatter ones, and heavier fabrics will also take up more stack back area. You can adjust the 30% to take this into account.
It should be noted it is generally personal preference and these are only guidelines. Decide where the pole is to be positioned. This can be either on the window frame or above it on the wall or ceiling.
Fit the track or pole before taking measurements for your curtains.
How to Measure
When measuring your window, try to measure the window using a steel tape measure, and measure to the nearest centimetre (or convert from inches by multiplying by 2.54). The pole should go at least 10cm (6") over each side of the window , excluding the finials ( end parts of the pole ).
All poles can be cut down. If you are unsure between 2 sizes, opt for the longer length as you can always cut it down.
Where stated, some poles (usually the longer ones), will come in 2 pieces with a centre support bracket and a joining splicer. When cutting to size, an equal amount should be cut off each half of the pole, for correct alignment with the centre bracket.