Curtain rods are a great way to add extra style and functionality to your windows and doors. But, how do you measure curtain rods the right way?
We provide tips for measuring curtain rod lengths. There are many factors that contribute to the length of your curtain rods. From the material, the rods are made from, to the size of your window, to whether you hang your drapes inside or out.
Decide on the Style of Rod
There are a few things to consider when measuring curtain rod size. First, decide on the style of rod you want. There are metal curtain rods with brackets, and then there are plastic curtain rods with hooks. Next, measure the distance between the top of your window and the floor. This will give you the length of your rod. Finally, measure the width of your window by placing a piece of paper against the inside edge and measuring from one end to the other. This will give you your rod’s width.
Choose the Right Rod
Now that you have the length and width of your rod, it’s time to choose the right one. There are a few different types of rods available, so make sure to choose the right one for your window.
Metal curtain rods with brackets are perfect for windows that are close to the ground. They have a sturdy build and look great in any room.
Plastic curtain rods with hooks are perfect for windows that are high up on a wall or in an area where space is limited. They can be easily installed by using screws or nails, and they look great when paired with a layered curtain system.
Install Your Rod
Now that you have your rod, it’s time to install it! First, measure where you want the rod to go and mark the spot with a marker. Then, take your rod and measure the distance from the marker to the window. This will give you the length of your rod. Next, measure the width of your window and subtract 1/2 inch from this measurement. This will give you the width of your bracket. Finally, use a drill or an electric screwdriver to screw nails into your bracket into place.
Add an inch or two for overlap
Now that your bracket is in place, it’s time to add an inch or two of overlap so that your curtain hangs properly. This will prevent your curtain from catching on the rod and making noise. To do this, measure the length of your curtain and add an inch to this measurement. Then, measure the width of your bracket and subtract 1/2 inch from this measurement. This will give you the amount of overlap you need.
Order Your Rods!
Now that everything is in place, it’s time to order your rods! There are a few different types of rods available on the market, so be sure to choose the right one for your situation. Options include pole-style rods, wall-mounted rods, and curtain rings.
Pole-style rods are perfect for windows that are high up on a wall or in an area where space is limited. They can be easily installed by using screws or nails, and they look great when paired with a layered curtain system.
Wall-mounted rods are perfect for larger windows or areas where space is not an issue. They can be hung using screws or nails, and they look great when paired with a layered curtain system.
Curtain rings are perfect if you want to add a bit of style to your curtain system. They can be hung using screws or nails, and they look great when paired with a layered curtain system.
How do you measure the rod for curtain widths?
A: The easiest way to measure is by measuring across the top of your window at the height of the midpoint of your rod. This should allow for at least two full-length drapes on either side of your rod. Remember that there are typically extra inches of fabric at each end of the window.
Do you measure from the bottom or top of the rod?
A: From the bottom of the rod. It’s easier to do this if you put a measuring tape through the top of the rod and pull it down from the bottom. This will show you where the middle of the rod is located. Measure from the middle to get the width of your curtain.
Where do I measure from when hanging a rod on a window frame?
A: Measure across the top of the window frame at the height of the midpoint of the rod. Make sure you include extra inches of material on both sides of the rod.
How high should my rod be when hanging it on a window frame?
A: Most rods hang 6 inches above the midpoint of the window. This allows you to open the window and drape your curtain with ease. If you want more space, you can increase the height of your rod. Keep in mind that this can affect the way the curtains look and make them hang differently. You may need to shorten your drapery material to accommodate the higher rod.
What is the difference between curtain rods, pole rods, and wall-mounting rods?
A: These terms are used interchangeably, but they are slightly different. Pole rods are hung from a wall and can be adjusted to fit various window heights. Wall-mounting rods are attached to a wall.
Follow these simple steps to ensure you order the right curtain rods for your home.
You can measure the curtain rod yourself, or find someone who can do it for you. Most people use the old fashion method of taking measurements around their window frames and adding on a few inches for safety. This is the best method. It’s also a lot cheaper than hiring a carpenter.