How to Measure Net Curtains


Net curtains are a style of sheer curtain that often fit within the window casings. This curtain may have decorative design along the bottom hem and the curtain is designed to allow light and some visibility of the outdoors. Measuring for net curtains is easy. Jardiniere and some window sets are sold at fixed widths, and you may need to round your window width figures up when purchasing curtains or fabrics. It is better to buy too wide a fabric than not enough for the look you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Measure the width of the window from inside the casing on each side.

  • Multiply your figure by 2 for average fullness across the window. Average fullness is 2 to 3 soft pleats per inch. For dim rooms a thinner gather like this would be a good choice as more light will come through with fewer gathers.

  • Multiply your figure by 2 1/2 for good fullness. Good fullness is more than 3 soft pleats per inch. If you receive lots of sun in the window a fuller gather may be a better choice.

  • Measure from the underside of the window casing to the top of the windowsill for nets that will fit within the window.

  • Measure from the underside of the window casing to the floor for nets that will be used with drapes. Keep in mind that your net should not be as long as your drape if you are hanging them together.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sets are presold at fixed widths. Purchase a wider width as you can always have the material hemmed to the width you need.

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