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How to Measure Windows for Custom Drapery Panels

Determine Space Needed for Drapery Pole

  • Measure window width – window frame to outside (A).
  • Add 2″-8″ for panels to rest on either side of window frame when open.
  • Add the extra inches needed for decorative finials.
  • The total from the 3 measurements above is the amount of horizontal space needed for your drapery rod.

Determine Drapery Pole Placement

  • If not using rings: measure from bottom of pole to floor (B).
  • If using rings: add up to 2 1/2″ to the drapery length to determine the pole height.

Determine Drapery Length

  • If not using rings: measure from bottom of pole to top of floor or top of window sill, depending on desired coverage (C).
  • If using rings: add up to 2 1/2″ to the length, depending on desired coverage (D).

Determine Panel Width

  • Measure overall window width (A).
  • To the number above, add another 2″-8″ to reduce light gaps as desired; this is the overall panel width needed.

Custom Drapery Panel Measurement


Once you have your measurements, place your oder. And if you’d like to see and feel the fabrics first, order a few swatches from our extensive collection to help you decide.


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