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How to measure for curtains

Measuring the width

Measuring the length (drop)

Different types of curtain require different measurements

Curtain Header Types:

                                           Pencil Pleat


                                           Slot Top

                                           Tab Top

Blackout curtains/linings



How to measure for curtains

Curtains are sold in pairs. The sizes that are given are for each individual curtain, so if you buy a pair of curtains measuring 168x183cm (66x72”) you are buying two curtains and each one will measure 168x183cm (66x72”).

Curtain sizes are always given as Width x Length (drop).

If there is only one curtain in the pack the item will be described as a panel for example a voile panel or a door curtain panel.

Measuring the width

You need to measure the width of your track or pole (excluding the finials) rather than the width of your window, this is to ensure that you have ample curtain to cover the window and also at the sides of the window to help keep out any unwanted light and draughts.

We also recommend adding an additional 2.5cm (1”) to your track/pole measurement, as this will allow for your curtains to overlap in the middle when they are closed which in turn will help to not let in any unwanted light and draughts.

Once you have got your measurement you need to allow for gather, please see our table below for our recommendations.

Curtain Buying Guide             


Measuring the Length (drop)

The curtain drop is the length from the top of the curtain to the bottom of the curtain. The drop that you need depends on where you would like the curtain to finish for example: at the window sill (A), below the sill (B) or at the floor (C).

Curtain Drops     Radiators

Different types of curtains require different measurements:

Pencil Pleat Measurement



Pencil Pleat Track Measure



Eyelet & Tab Top Measure

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Curtain Header types

The term “curtain header” refers to how the curtains are going to be attached to your track or pole.

There are four different header types that we sell, each type gives your curtains a different look and finish.

The four types are:

Pencil Pleat


Slot top

Tab Top


Pencil Pleat 

 Pencil Pleat Header


Pencil Pleat curtains have a row of header tape (rufflette tape) at the top of the curtain, which can then be gathered, by tying a knot at one end of the cords and then pulling the cords to create soft folds in the curtain. Curtain hooks are then hooked into the header tape and the curtains can then be hung from a track or a pole with rings.

Most of our Pencil Pleat curtains have got 7.5cm (3”) header tape across the top, which gives you 3 rows into which you can put the curtain hooks. If you put your hooks into the highest loops on the tape then your track or pole will show above the top of the curtain, whereas if you put them at the lowest position your tack or pole will be hidden.

Remember to tie a knot at one end of the header tape before you start to gather the curtains.

Once you have gathered your curtains to the amount you desire, simply tie another knot in the cords (to stop the folds ungathering) and tuck the excess in behind the tape, so that they can be loosened again if you need to.

We recommend that you gather your curtains so that they measure just over half of your track/pole width, as this will allow for an overlap in the curtains in the centre of your window.

Evenly distribute the hooks along the curtain, as per how many rings/gliders you have got, but we recommend placing them approximately 10 - 15cm (4 - 6”) apart as this will help your curtains to hang well and be opened and closed smoothly.

 To view our range of Pencil Pleat curtains please click here

Eyelet Curtains

Eyelet Header      Eyelet header

To view our range of Eyelet curtains please click here


Slot Top Curtains

Slot Rod top

Slot top, or rod pocket, means that the curtains are put directly onto the pole. The pole or rod slides between the front fabric of the curtain and the backing of the curtain, or between the curtain fabric and the header tape. The curtain is then ruffled up along the pole or rod to create the desired amount of gather.

Most voile panels have this method of hanging so that they can be hung off a net rod or wire.

 To view our range of slot top curtains please click here


Tab Top Curtains

Tab Top      Tab top


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Blackout Curtains/Linings

We sell a variety of blackout curtains and linings. The benefits of blackout curtains are that they help to keep out any unwanted light, keep out the cold and draughts, reduce outside noise and protect furniture from fading in the sunlight. As well as the blackout curtains we also stock blackout linings that can be hung onto the back of pencil pleat curtains or they can be hung behind eyelet curtains by adding rings to your pole after every eyelet and hooking the blackout linings directly onto the rings rather than the curtain.

For information about how to hang blackout linings onto the back of Pencil Pleat curtains, see the diagram below.


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Voiles are usually sold as 1 panel unless they state that they are a pair. Voiles are an attractive alternative to net curtains but still with the benefit of letting light into your room but still giving you privacy from anyone outside.

Most voiles can be hung from a net rod or net wire as they are mostly slot top voiles but there are also eyelet top voiles available that will need to be hung from a pole or rod.


 To view our range of voiles please click here

If you would like any further advice or information please do not hesitate to contact us at info@yorkshirelinen.com