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Measure Your Window

After deciding which treatment best suits your décor, the next step is to measure your windows. Follow the below instructions for the specific treatment you're looking for.

Measuring for Valances

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The aurora insert valance may be used with multiple Insert valances or in between a pair of aurora shaped valances.

To install these valances without drapery panels, measure across the width of the window. Include any window trim in the measurement. If installing valances over drapery, measure across the width of the drapery panels.

To achieve the apprearance of fullness, the valances should be shirred onto a curtain rod at a ratio of two or three to one. Use enough valances to have two to three times the window width measurement. Follow the chart below.

Window Measurement Number of Insert Valances Shaped & Insert Valance Combination
40" to 48" 2 to 3 1 Shaped, or 2 Inserts, or 1 Shaped + 1 Insert
49" to 72" 2 to 4 1 Shaped to 1 Shaped + 2 Inserts
73" to 96" 3 to 6 1 Shaped + 1 Insert to 1 Shaped + 4 Inserts
97" to 120" 4 to 7 1 Shaped + 2 Inserts to 1 Shaped + 5 Inserts

One Insert

One Insert

Two Inserts

Two Inserts

One Shaped

One Shaped

One Shaped and One Insert

One Shaped and One Insert

One Shaped and Two Inserts

One Shaped and Two Inserts

Measuring for Center-Draw Drapery Pairs

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Replacing existing center-draw drapery pairs

1. Measure across the top of the drapery panel for width.

2. At the side of the panel, measure from top to bottom for length.

3. Order replacement drapes of that width and length.

Pole Pocket

Measuring for new center-draw drapery pairs

Measuring Width.

1. Measure the width of your window A and include the window casing, if any.

2. Return is the distance from the wall to the front face of the rod, and is usually four inches. Add the return distance twice, once for each side.

3. Add four inches to overlap the two drapery pairs at the center when the drapes are closed B.

4. If you want your window completely visible with the drapes open, add additional distance to allow space for the retracted drapes. This added space (called stackback C) improves privacy and reduces light when the drapes are closed. To allow for stackback space, add fifteen percent of the window width. Multiply the window width by 0.15.

5. Record your measurements and select the drapery width to order from the chart below.

Total Measurement Drapery Width Pleats per Drape Hooks Required
40" to 48" 48" to 50" 10 14
49" to 72" 72" to 75" 14 18
73" to 96" 96" to 100" 20 24
97" to 120" 120" to 125" 26 30
121" to 144" 144" to 150" 30 34

Measuring Length

6. The curtain rod should be placed so that the top of your drapes are above the top of your window D. The bottom edge of your drapes can be positioned to the windowsill E, below the windowsill and apron F, or to the floor G. Measure from your desired upper position to the desired bottom position. If measuring to the floor, subtract one half inch for floor clearance.

Pole Pocket

Measuring for Rod Pocket Drapery Pairs

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Replacing existing rod pocket drapery pairs

1. Measure across the top of the drapery panel for width.

2. At the side of the panel, measure from top to bottom for length.

3. Order replacement drapes of that width and length.

Pole Pocket

Measuring for new rod pocket drapery pairs

Measuring Width.

1. Measure the width of your window A and include the window casing, if any. Rod pocket panels are gathered on the rod to give fullness.

2. Multiply the window width by 2.5 to 3. Buy enough panels to equal 2.5 to 3 times your window width.

Measuring Length

3. The curtain rod should be placed so that the top of your panels is above the top of your window B. The bottom edge of your drapes can be positioned to the windowsillC, below the windowsill and apron D, or to the floor E. Measure from your desired upper position to the desired bottom position. If measuring to the floor, subtract one half inch for floor clearance.

Pole Pocket

Measuring for One-Way Draw Drapes

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Replacing existing one-way draw drapes

1. Measure across the top of the drapery panel for width.

2. At the side of the panel, measure from top to bottom for length.

3. Order replacement drapes of that width and length.

One Way

Measuring for new one-way draw drapes

Measuring Width.

1. Measure the width of your window A and include the window casing, if any.

2. Return is the distance from the wall to the front face of the rod B, and is usually four inches. Add the return distance once.

3. If you want your window completely visible with the drape open, add additional distance to allow space for the retracted drape. This added space (called stackback, see diagram) improves privacy and reduces light when the drape is closed. To allow for stackback space, add fifteen percent of the window width. Multiply the window width by 0.15.

4. Record your measurements and select the drapery width to order from the chart below.

Total Measurement Drapery Width Pleats per Drape Hooks Required
40" to 48" 48" to 50" 10 14
49" to 72" 72" to 75" 14 18
73" to 96" 96" to 100" 20 24
97" to 120" 120" to 125" 26 30
121" to 144" 144" to 150" 30 34

Measuring Length

5. The curtain rod should be placed so that the top of your drape is above the top of your window C. The bottom edge of your drape can be positioned to the windowsill D, below the windowsill and apron E, or to the floor F. Measure from your desired upper position to the desired bottom position. If measuring to the floor, subtract one half inch for floor clearance.

One Way

Measuring instructions provided by Miller Curtain Co., makers of window treatments for Kohls.com.