Don’t you hate it when you use a plush fabric but unfortunately, it doesn’t fit because the measurement was wrong? 

You don’t need us to tell you that correctly measuring the length of cloth is vital to do justice to its quality. Let’s face it, who would want their fluffy cushions or sofa sets to have baggy covers? 

It just ruins the whole setting, making the surroundings look sloppy rather than posh and dignified. So, if you want your home to stand out, it’s imperative to focus on the finer details of interior design. 

Come with us as we tell you about the techniques of measuring different fabrics. 

How To Measure Fabric

The primary method remains the same, but to accurately measure the fabric, you must know about the subtleties involved in the process. That’s why we have narrowed down the top choices to highlight the crucial aspects you need to keep in mind.

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1. Spanish Linen 

Spanish linen is a soft cloth, perfect for recreating a soothing setting, especially if you like soft colours reminiscent of early morning. Understandably, the smooth texture means that you have to handle the fabric with care, so start by measuring the length and shape of the furniture. 

After taking the preliminary measurements, you must decide how much cloth you want to hang from the sides (for a table). However, for cushions or sofas, you won’t face this problem. 

If you decide to let a portion of the cloth hang, multiply the length by two to get an exact measurement. Following this, add the result to the overall dimensions of the furniture. 

Hopefully, the linen will create an eclectic decor without compromising the ambience.

2. Chenille

Chenille offers a more durable solution whether you use it for upholstery or as a carpet. But what makes it popular is its weight and thick texture, meaning the material won’t tear easily. 

So, if you want to have drapes made from English chenille, you must first measure the length of the pole or the window’s width. This will give you an idea of the amount of fabric you need to factor in the overhang. 

What’s more, it would be best to add around 15-30 cm on either side of the window to draw the drapes. Usually, doubling the fabric width will produce the desired results, allowing you to experiment with different types of overhangs.

3. Cotton

Cotton comes in handy for decorating antique furniture and is available in dark colours. It is one of the most universally used fabrics, and it is easily cut to finish the project with a sewing machine

The first step is measuring the dimensions and shape of the furniture if you want to create patterns. Use a tape measure to calculate the surface area followed by the overhang. That said, it would help if you added a little extra fabric to be on the safe side. 

Also, remember to wash and dry the fabric before cutting it to ensure that the patterns align.

4. Belgian Linen 

Belgian linen has slightly less weight than cotton but produces a rich texture despite its wheatish colour. As a result, you can use it as the centrepiece in any room or a scattered manner, depending on your requirements. 

Now, based on what furniture you have, it is possible to make accurate measurements. If you remember, you would want a slight overhang for a table but not for a sofa or couch. 

Hence, spread the fabric to remove the layers. After that, measure the furniture’s dimensions and multiply the length of the overhang (if any) to get an even covering all around the surface.

5. Taffeta 

For those who don’t know, taffeta is a lightweight fabric available in off-white with embroidery on its surface. Naturally, it is popular among people, thanks to its decorative appeal, but you have to be careful while cutting the material. 

Rather than using a machine, we recommend hand-cutting it after taking the furniture’s measurements. Most people use it for tables, cushions, blinds, or curtains, meaning you need to measure the dimensions of the structure beforehand. 

For curtains, measure the length of the window but for tables, calculate the distance from the floor. The next step is pretty simple as you need to determine how much fabric to hang from the sides, which should be around 1/4th of the total cloth length.

6. Velvet 

It may not be everyone’s first preference since velvet is more of an acquired taste, but there’s no denying that it may jazz up any place. You might already be thinking about velvet fabric for curtains, so let us tell you how to get the measurements spot on. 

Since it is relatively thick and available in short piles, you need to leave enough space on both sides of the window. We usually suggest around 20% of the window width, but you can opt for less owing to the thickness of the fabric. 

Then measure the drop-down length from the rack and mark it on the fabric.

7. Brocade 

Brocade features a combination of cotton and polyester, which makes it less thick than velvet but equally durable. However, the eye-catching aspect is the intricate patterns that will add a touch of glamour to most rooms. 

For the fabric to have the desired effect and oomph up your interior decor, it must be visible in all its glory. That’s why it is most suitable for wall panels, bed heads, and curtains. 

Measure the surface where you want to install it and mark out the necessary area on the fabric. Also, if you’re going to leave room along the sides for it to hang, ensure that it is not more than 1/3rd or 1/4th of the total length of the fabric. 

Measuring Your Fabric

That’s all there is to know about measuring fabrics and using them for interior decorations. 

Hopefully, you have got a fair idea of measuring and choosing the right type of fabric so that you can create the perfect setting in various rooms. We recommend letting your imagination run free and matching fabrics to furniture with unique shapes. 

On that note, we will leave you with your thoughts. Have fun brainstorming!