How to Measure for Nursery Curtains
We know that when it comes to decorating your little one’s new nursery, things are not always as straight-forward as they first seem! Accurately measuring for curtains is vital to get the perfect fit and taking measurements for fixtures and fittings can be very fiddly.
So, here are 5 steps to follow to keep your nursery curtain preparations as fuss-free as possible. Remember - for better accuracy when measuring, use a straight metal tape measure.
1) Fit your curtain track or pole first. This should be approximately 6 inches above the window recess, and wider than the window by 6-8 inches on either side. This eliminates any guess-work, and ensures that the correct fitting curtains are purchased first time.
2) Measure your curtain width. If using a curtain pole, simply measure the length of your pole (not including any decorative end pieces). If using a curtain track, measure its full length. Be sure to add 1 inch to the final measurement so that your curtains overlap when drawn. To achieve a soft, gathered look when closed, ensure to multiply your pole or track width measurement by 2 for eyelet curtains, and by 1.5 for tab top curtains.
All our childrens curtains have easy to fit tab top headings and are designed to fit a curtain pole up to 165cm wide, so will suit most modern windows.
3) Decide upon your curtain length. First, consider the surroundings of your window. If you have a radiator underneath your window, we recommend below the sill curtains, which should hang at least 1.5 inches above it to prevent heat becoming trapped. However, if possible they should hang at least 6 inches below the sill to block out light and chills. We recommend that floor and sill length curtains hang 1 or 2 inches short of the floor or sill to prevent wear to the hems. As floors are not always level, be sure to measure at 3 or 4 different points, and use the smallest measurement to ensure the best fit. If you have very large windows, why not consider making your own, we sell pretty co-ordinating fabrics in both Baby Fleur and Petit Henri, so you can get the perfect fit for your our window.
4) Decide upon your curtain style. All curtain styles hang differently. The drop for pencil pleat curtains should be measured from the top of the track, or bottom of the pole rings to your chosen end point. For tab top or eyelet curtains, measure from the top of the track, or from the eye of the curtain hook as it sits on the pole to your chosen end point, remember to account for the extra inch of fabric that is above the eyelet.
5) Time for the fun part – choosing your curtain design! You should now feel fully prepared to purchase the perfect nursery curtains ready for your exciting new arrival with minimal stress.
Our ranges are perfect for babies and children alike, our character designs are so loveable, we have a great range to choose from, including Petit Henri, Lottie Fairy Princess and Humphrey himself and they all feature stunning appliqués and embroideries! However, if that's not to your taste our modern Gift Tab Top Curtains are less age-specific, so ideal for your little one at any age – their simple modern styling ensures they’re even perfect for the spare room! All our curtains are 100% cotton, lined and machine washable for extra convenience – we know that accidents can happen!