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How To Measure For Net Curtains
Measuring for net curtains involves taking two measurements on your window. If you already have a net curtain wire or net curtain rod in place measure the drop from the wire or rod to where you want the curtain to end. If not, then measure from the top of the frame (not the glass), inside the window reveal. For the width measure the width of the existing wire or net curtain rod, or the frame if none is currently fitted.
Net curtains come in standard drops with a hem made at the top for the net curtain wire or rod to pass through, so the next step is to choose the nearest drop to your measurement. This may be slightly less or more than your measurement and still work for your window. If a standard drop is not quite right for your window, you can shorten the curtain net by turning over the top hem, or our seamstresses can shorten the next longest drop to your measurement.
The standard drops available are:
30cm / 12″
40cm / 16″
45cm / 18″
60cm / 24″
90cm / 36″
101cm / 40″
106cm / 42″
114cm / 45″
137cm / 54″
153cm / 60″
160cm / 63″
183cm / 72″
206cm / 81″
229cm / 90″
275cm / 108″
Once you know which drop you want, you need to decide how full to have your curtains. The standard fullness is 2 x your width measurement, but if you want additional privacy you can go for 2.5 or even 3 times fullness. Multiply your width measurement by the fullness you’ve chosen and that gives the length of net curtain fabric you need to buy. Most net curtains do not fray, so you can leave the edges as cut. If you prefer a hemmed edge, you can do this yourself or our seamstresses can hem them for you.
Example window measurements:
Drop 142cm, Width 183cm.
Drop chosen 140cm, 2x fullness so 366cm of net curtain needed. You may need to round this up to 4m of net curtain fabric, depending on how it is sold.
For net curtain wire, you will need slightly less than the width of the window to allow for the eyes(loops) on the end of the wire and so the wire is slightly stretched. We would usually take about 2″/5cm from the width measured to allow for this, but you can cut the wire yourself at home with a pair of pliers to get the correct tension for your window. Net curtain rods come in standard sizes to fit a range of window sizes.
How To Wash Nets
For best results net curtains should be folded and placed into the washing machine and washed on a 30 degree delicate wash. They are best hung whilst still slightly wet this should eliminate the need to iron however if ironing is required use a cool setting.
To keep nets looking fresh they should be changed at least every 2-3 years.
How To Measure For Ready Made Curtains
We recommend that you use a metal tape measure for the most accurate measurements.
Ready made curtains are available in set sizes, normally in a variety of different colours . All blockout curtains and blackout curtains are sold in pairs unless otherwise stated. Measurements shown are per curtain not per pair.
There are 2 types of headings for Ready Made Curtains, which Tyrone Textiles currently sell, they are Pencil Pleat (3” tape) that is suitable for all tracks and poles, and there are Eyelet Curtains which are suitable for poles only.
How To Measure:
You will need to measure the width of your pole or track (A) and the required drop (B) using the instructions below:
A – The width
Measure the width of the track or pole in cm (excluding the finials). Do not measure the window unless the window is the same size as the wall. For example if your track measure 202cm wide we would recommend the widest width of curtains which is a pair of curtains generally 229cm or 275cm wide. Please refer to the product page for available sizes in each design.
B – The Drop/Length
First you need to decide where you want the curtains to finish; at the window sill, below the window sill (approx 15cm below the sill) or to the floor. Please see drawing below. Measure from the top of the track or pole to where you want the curtains to finish. Ready made curtains come in 3 drops; 137cm (54"), 182cm (72") and 229cm (90") (Some available in 275cm. (108")) You need to order to the nearest next longest drop.
How To Wash Ready Made Curtains
Most Ready Made Curtains will have specific washcare instructions on there label.