Curtain measuring guide
Measuring for new curtains really is a simple procedure. This 2-step guide will let you measure with confidence and is based on our vision that curtains should look organic and flowy, with a little extra length to gently brush the floor.
To order the correct height for rod hanging:
Alternative 1: If, passing the rod through the curtain’s tunnel, measure from the top of the curtain rod to the floor and add 1 cm to the length.
Alternative 2: If using a curtain rod with rings as a hanging solution, measure from under the curtain rod to the floor and add 1 cm to the length.
We recommend using high curtain hooks for the curtain to fit perfectly under the rod.
To order the correct height for rail hanging:
Alternative 1: If using a band with curtain hooks on a wall-mounted curtain rail, measure from the top of the curtain rail to the floor and add 1 cm to the length. We recommend using low curtains hooks to cover the rail for a sleek and polished finish.
Alternative 2: If using a band with curtain hooks on a curtain rail attached to the ceiling, measure from the ceiling to the floor and add 1 cm to the length. We recommend using low curtains hooks to cover the rail for a sleek and polish finish.
We have calculated on a standard of 2,5 cm high curtain rail. Bemz curtains can be hung on all types of curtain rails, but to get the wanted length on the curtain, please keep this in mind and adjust the length measurements if your curtain rail has a different height.
If you want your curtains to hang just above the floor, please bear in mind that natural fibres tend to stretch and might lengthen slightly over time. Machine washing can shrink the curtains by 2-5%, even in the gentle cycle (30 degrees, gentle cycle, maximum spin 400 rpm). We recommend to gently stretch after washing, counteracting the natural shrinkage after washing.
Take this into account when choosing the length for your curtains. The weave for natural fibres tends to be sparser and can have slight variations between certain batches. Synthetic fibres are more static and usually made with a tighter weave hence better dimensional stability. We recommend letting the curtains touch the floor slightly for an effortlessly sophisticated look but also to avoid an uneven look if the floor is not completely straight.
For a more luxurious feel, allow the curtains to hang without being too stretched out flat. Here’s a general guide for selecting the width:
Single-width curtains (140 cm):
Minimum width when pushed in: 35 cm
Maximum width when pulled out: 90 cm
Double-width curtains (280 cm):
Minimum width when pushed in: 70 cm
Maximum width when pulled out: 180 cm
Please bear in mind that the widths of the fabric rolls can vary from batch to batch, so the 140 cm width and 280 cm width is a guiding standard not a constant, hence the width can differ slightly.