How to Measure for a Pinch Pleat Drape

How to Measure for a Pinch Pleat Drape

New drapes can modify the appearance of your room, in addition to make it feel warmer or cooler, literally. Pinch pleat draperies help keep warm sunlight out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. They can also make your windows look larger, particularly when hung so they don’t block the window when they are available. Getting the right measurements will make sure that they fit the window just right and give you the appearance you desire.


Step straight across the width of the window. If there aren’t any casings, contain the casings in the dimension. Be certain and measure straight across rather than at an angle. Write down the measurement.

Choose whether you want the draperies to pull past the window so the whole window shows when they’re open. In that case, multiply the measurement from Step 1 from .15. If not, skip to Step 3.

Choose whether you want the curtains to overlap at the center when they’re closed. If you do, add 4 inches to your total from Step 2. In case you skipped Step 2, then add 4 inches to the total from Step 1. If you do not want the drapes to overlap, skip to Step 4.

Add 8 ins to your final total. This is the entire rod width.

Select your draperies dependent on the rod width. To get a rod that is 40 to 48 inches wide, choose drapes which are 48 to 50 inches broad. A rod that is 49 to 72 inches wide will require drapes 72 to 75 inches broad. A rod width of 73 to 96 inches wide should have drapes which are 96 to 100 inches. A rod 97 to 120 inches broad needs drapes 120 to 125 inches. A rod that is 121 to 144 ins needs a drape that is 144 to 150 inches broad.

Measure the amount of the drapery you will need by beginning at the peak of the window and measuring to the point at which you want the curtains to finish.

Add 4 inches to the length dimension to find the entire length of draperies you will need.


Follow Steps 1 and 2 to get Center-Draw drapes.

Add 5 inches to the total.

Complete Steps 5 and 6 to get center-draw draperies to ascertain the length and width you will need.

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