Measuring Guide

At Creative Interiors we understand the importance of perfection. We aim to supply made to measure curtain solutions for your home. And it is in pursuit of this that we offer an online assistant service. Below we have created a guide to taking measurements of your windows for that perfect fit. Our guides provide assistance when measuring Curtains, Roman Blinds and Valances.

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Tracks and Poles should be fitted before taking your measurements.

The track or pole must extend beyond the window at either side. This allows the curtains to be pulled back fully.


Measure the width of the curtain track (diagram 1 below) or pole between the finials (diagram 2 below). If the track overlaps in the middle then add the length of overlap (diagram 3 below).

Diagram 1. Curtain track

Measuring Guide for Curtains - Creative Interiors of Lyme Regis

Diagram 2. Curtain pole

Measuring Guide for Curtains - Creative Interiors of Lyme Regis

Diagram 3. Track overlap

Measuring Guide for Curtains - Creative Interiors of Lyme Regis

The length of the curtains can be either to the window sill, below the window sill, or to the floor. Please ensure that you make allowances.


Measure 1cm above the sill for sill length curtains.

Measure your required length for below the sill curtains.

Measure 1cm above the floor for floor length curtains.


For eyelet drapes measure from the top of the pole to finished drop, then add 4cm. Double fullness is required.


For tab top drapes measure from the top of the pole. We recommend you attach your pole 15cm above the window to minimise light exposure. 1.5 times the fullness is required.


We recommend the use of a pole not a track to ensure the pleats hang correctly.


First you must decide whether you require the blinds to sit inside or outside the window recess.


Measure length from top to bottom of the window recess.

When measuring the width of the recess take a measurement at the top, middle and bottom and take a note of the lowest measurement. This ensures that the blind will not snag when in use (diagram 4).

Diagram 4. Smallest Measurement

Measuring Guide for Valances Creative Interiors Lyme Regis


For length size, measure from the required position above the window down to the length required.

For width size measure the width of the window and add approximately 4in (10.2cm) at each side of the window to allow an overlap (diagram 5)

Diagram 5. Overlap

Measuring Guide for Roman Blinds Creative Interiors of Lyme Regis


Measure the length of the Valance track and add it to the length of both returns (diagram 6).

Diagram 6. Valances

Measuring Guide for Valances Creative Interiors of Lyme Regis


  • Always use a metal tape measure.
  • Please state clearly whether your measurements are in cm or inches.
  • We suggest that you check all measurements are correct before you place your order.

We strongly recommend that you use the services of your retailer to dress and fit your drapes professionally.


Measuring Guide

Our guides provide assistance when measuring, Valances, Roman Blinds and Curtains. They can help you provide us with accurate measurements when ordering.

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