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Measuring Guide For Curtain Poles

All measurements should be provided in cm (unless the website gives you the option to provide the measurements in mm on inches). Always use a metal rule when taking the measurements. If you are replacing a curtain poles or track, we advise that you measure the width of the existing fitting rather than the window. If measuring a poles, do not include the finials (decorative ends) in your measurements.


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Measuring a window for a poles

Measure the recess width of the window and then add at least another 15cm for each side. The suggested pole length is the recess width plus 30cm.

Measuring a window for a rail

Measure the recess width of the window and then add at least another 15cm for each side. The suggested rail length is the recess width plus 30cm.

Measuring diagram

Choosing the right pole diameter

When choosing a curtain pole, the required diameter will depend on the weight of the curtains. The table offers a guide to selecting a suitably sized pole depending on the curtain weight.

Remember to take into account any extra weight such as linings. Also please note that pencil pleat curtains for example will have a greater fullness than a curtain with eyelets therefore the weight can be greater.

Diameter Curtain Weight
Up to 19mm Light weight (up to 4kgs in total)
25mm or 28mm Medium weight (up to 8kgs in total)
35mm or over Heavy weight (up to 12kgs in total)
Eyelet Size Suitable Pole Diameter
66mm 45mm
40mm 35mm
40mm 28mm
How to measure window blinds FAQs
What size curtain pole do I need?
The size of your curtain relates to the size of your window.

To make sure you achieve the perfect fit, measure the recess width of the window and then add at least another 15cm for each side.
How much should a curtain pole overhang?
We advise that your curtain pole is 30cm longer than your window is wide (15cm on each side).
Does the length of the curtain pole include the finials?
No, it does not. Curtain poles are measured to not include any decorative finials.

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