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Common Mistakes While Selecting Curtain Measurements

Common Mistakes While Selecting Curtain Measurements

Curtains can be the perfect game-changer for your home decor. When given a nice thought before making a purchase, they can be the charming stand-outs among the décor of your living room or bedroom that never fail to land you compliments galore. But a small mistake can also make them stick out like a sore thumb. However, the good news is that choosing the right kind of curtain for windows based on functionality and matching decor is not a big ordeal if you are mindful of specific points.

One of the most important factors to consider if you want to buy curtains online is the right measurement. It has been frequently noticed that the main cause of awkward-looking curtains is the mistake in the measurements made. Now, it is very simple to measure the length and width of the windows and doors and convert these figures into the dimensions of the product ordered. But your beautifully decorated room deserves a little more effort than this. Let’s have a closer look at the blunders and mistakes to avoid while making the measurements!

Not considering ‘where’ the rod is hanging

It is always recommended to first measure up the curtain rod. If you are yet to install a rod before buying the curtain for balcony or rooms, make sure to leave an inch or two on both sides of the width of your window or door. If there is a frame on the window, measure the outer frame and then leave a margin of two to four inches on both sides. Never mount the rod too low or too high as they make curtains and sheers look very awkward. It is advisable to leave a bracket size of three to four inches between the top edge of the window and the pole for a perfect look. Mounting the rod a little higher gives an impression of higher ceilings and better space. Half of the task of taking proper curtain 2 layers measurements is done once the rod is appropriately installed. Simply decide the number of curtain panels you would require depending on the width of the rod. Ideally, a pole width of more than 32 inches will call for more than one panel. Similarly, panels can be added as the pole width increases.


Curtains too short

Another mistake that could ruin the look of your decor is the sight of too short indoor or outdoor curtains. Missing out on appropriate measurement, even by a couple of inches, can ruin the look of the otherwise luxurious-looking room. According to the room's décor, you can decide what length would be perfect for your windows and doors, like a curtain 5 feet long or a curtain 10 feet long. We at Urban Space offer three standard sizes for curtains- window, door, and long door. For a classic window look, you can choose the ‘window’ that comes in the dimensions of 60” X 60”. The idea is to end the length of the curtain a couple of inches below the sill. If the contemporary and crisp look is what you want for your room, you should try the ‘door’ that comes in the dimensions of 60” X 84”. The curtains here should end just about touching the floor. For a super elegant and luxurious look, go for the ‘long door’ that creates a beautiful little puddle on the floor, choosing the dimensions 60” X 108”. Consider the rough three inches of length on the top of the eyelets before deciding the measurements.


Curtains not wide enough

Apart from giving the room an elegant look, curtains for windows are intended to control the lighting of the room. Creating one simple blunder could lead to both these purposes not being fulfilled. Depending on the width of the pole, it is important to ascertain the number of panels required for the window. A narrow panel for a wider pole and window would make the curtains for bay windows look flat and you might end up messing up with the entire feel of the room. For fuller-looking drapes, always zero in on 1-1.5 times the width of the window for the curtains. This way the curtains would give a fuller look when closed and also abstain the light from leaking out from the sides. Additionally, when opened, the perfect width would ensure that the window glasses aren’t obstructed from letting the natural light in.


Putting Fashion Before Function :


Curtains and window treatments are more than just decorative accents; they also serve real-world purposes. You could prefer the look of sheer curtains in your bedroom, but if sunlight wakes you up every morning, it's probably best to go with a light-clocking roller shade and then add a stylish, airy curtain on top. Consider using heavier materials, such as velvet, to help with insulation if you have an older home with draughty windows.


Selection of Non-Washable Materials :


Consider how easy the fabric will be to wash and maintain before purchasing cotton curtains. A machine-washable curtain will be simple to maintain; however, a dry-clean-only curtain will take more time and money.


Purchasing a Flimsy Curtain Rod: 


A cheap curtain rod sags in the middle. Invest in a robust rod, preferably made of metal or wood rather than plastic, to avoid this.


While tension rods are great for rental apartments, if you can drill holes in the wall, go with robust brackets to avoid the curtains tumbling down.




We at Urban Space understand your dilemma while selecting perfect curtain panels for your room, and hence the quality of the fabrics used is always premium. More importantly, the width of each panel is 20% more than those available in the market. Moreover, the length of our curtains maybe 1-3 inches more than that mentioned in the product description to compensate for the shrinkage post washing. We are available to help if you need customized dimensions of curtains. Visit our website to shop from our wide range of curtains. Happy draping, happy shopping!


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