Ready-made curtains: do’s and don’ts

Curtains are not only essential for privacy and shading from sunlight but they transform a room and give it a unique character. The sheer plethora of designs, patterns, materials, and styles can enthrall you. Gone are the days when you had to go in person to the upholstery shop and choose the fabric. Today, thanks to the internet you can shop for just about anything from the comfort of your homes.

When you have unique shaped windows and doors, custom made curtains become a must, but rest of the time you can choose from the wide array of readymade curtains available online and in brick and mortar shops.

Here are a few do’s and don’ts that will aid you in buying the curtains that are suitable for your needs.


  • Select the color and pattern of the curtain that best suits your walls and furniture.
  • Measure the length and width of the curtain accurately
  1. For length, if you are yet to install the pole, 15 cms above the edge of the window. If you are using tracks then ensure that the exact width of the track is measured. Make sure to measure the overlap in overlapping tracks.
  2. The drop of the curtain too must be measured properly for readymade curtains. Measure from the top of the rod to at least 2 cm below the window to prevent light from entering. In case you are looking for a full floor length curtains then measure to just 1cm above the floor. And if there are going to ring measure from below them.
  • As a rule, the width of the curtain must be one and half times the width of the pole for a proper look. So if you have a window that is 280cm wide you need 2 curtains of 280cm for a clean and nice ly gathered look.


  • During measurement do not measure the inside of the window or door. Always measure the track or the rod which invariably hangs 15 cm on either side.
  • Do not let floor length curtains sweep the floor. They must be 1cm above the floor once hung.

Sometimes you might not find the right length, in such an event buy a longer curtain and hem it to suit your windows.

With the best online resource for curtain fabrics at your fingertips, you will definitely be able to select curtains that will enhance the look of the room.…