Are you looking to buy fabric for your curtains, but you are not sure how to calculate the measurements? Depending on the material used, there are several different formulas you can use to measure fabric for curtains. It is important to always leave enough fabric for seams, heading or any other design requirements. 

How Much Fabric Do You Need?

When  installing new window furnishings, there is a general rule of thumb when calculating curtain fabric quantity. This is to allow 1 drop per 60cm width of the window.  Therefore, a window of 2400mm would need 4 drops off fabric. 

This works on fabric around 140cm wide which is the most common width. A wider fabric would need less drops. Once you have calculated the drops you can measure the cut lengths . However, if you are using plain fabric it would be the same height plus 35cm for heading and hems. Meaning a finished height of 2400mm would need a cut length of 2750mm.

As a result of this, the fabric you need for a window of 2400mm wide by 2400cm high would need 4 drops of 2750mm, which works out to be 11 meters.

Measuring Fabric For Your Curtains

Redesigning your home with new curtains is a great way to change the design and feel of a space.

We understand that calculating fabric length is somewhat difficult until you get the hang of it.  If you find yourself not knowing how many meters you need, we have a customer service team who can assist you. You should also speak with your curtain maker for the measurements needed for your new curtains as our staff can only give you an estimate from the information received. 

If you want or need some help with this, please contact us. If you do however want to look at fabric inspiration feel free to check out our Instagram. In addition to this you can look at our Pinterest page for ideas on how to bring your project to life.