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Get The Hang Of It: Tips for Proper Curtain Measuring

Posted on October 4, 2013 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

Gramercy Park model located at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center
Gramercy Park Model at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center.


When you live in a Miller & Smith home, one thing’s for sure. There’s no shortage of pure, clean, natural light. These large living spaces feel more comfortable and inviting when illuminated by an abundance of sunlight, which also provide homeowners with many energy savings benefits too. Your electrical bill will be lighter and your own personal energy will be restored. 

Master Bedroom in Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center

Miller & Smith’s interior designers also know both the aesthetic and functional benefits of dressing windows to provide the most visual impact in any space. Curtains not only add style, but also provide noise deadening and even energy cost savings by insulating windows from hot and cold air transfer. In order to adorn these home essentials with curtains, careful measuring instructions are the key to achieving the look you want.

 Gramercy Park Dining Room at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center


Determine Type of Mount:

Prior to deciding on which mount you will use for hanging the curtains, measure your window to determine if it is square. Measure diagonally from the two top corners to the two bottom corners. If the measurements are significantly different, the window is not balanced and you should only choose the Wall Mount.

Trim Mount: When you mount the hardware brackets directly to the trim, it highlights the actual size of your window.

Inside Mount: If you want your molding to show, you’ll want to use an Inside Mount. The hardware should be attached just inside the frame.

Wall Mount: For a more dramatic look for your window, use this option. Mount hardware brackets 3 inches beyond and at least 4-6 inches above the window trim.


Measuring for Curtains:

Determine Length:

1. Your curtain rod should be installed 4″ above the window opening, for a more traditional look. Measure from 4″ above the window opening to approximately 1/2″ above the floor to get curtain length.

2. To achieve a more dramatic look with “pooling” of curtains on the floor, add 6-8 inches to your length.

3. To give the impression of higher ceiling height in the room, position the rod 2-3 inches below the ceiling. Keep in mind, this application may expose the top of the window opening and some of the wall above. To avoid this look, you’ll have to position the rod at the standard height.

Determine Width:

1. Measure the width of each window. Include the molding or trim in this measurement if you want the curtains to cover them.

2. To identify the number of panels you need to order, follow these simple equations:

  • For a more tailored curtain look, multiply window width by 1.5 to 2. To determine the number of curtain panels you require, divide the total by the width of a single curtain panel.
  • For a full, opulent look, multiply window width by 2.5 to 3 and then divide your total by the width of a single curtain panel.

 Come and see this stunning new Gramercy Park model at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center to see for yourself how this home literally shines from the inside out.