In matters of custom drapery, size does matter.
We hope the tips below will help you provide us with accurate specifications for your new curtains. If you have any questions about sizing, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@spiffyspools.com.

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Grommet/Eyelet Top Curtains

Length: Measure from TOP of your curtain pole/rod to the desired end point. Then add one inch to this measurement. This should be the final length provided to us in your custom order specifications. The extra one inch added at the end is to account for the 'upstand' in grommet curtains - the part of the fabric that stands above the curtain rod.

Width: While width is a personal preference to some extent, our general guideline for grommet top curtains is to order panels that are double the width of your curtain pole/track. For example, if your curtain pole is 36 inches wide, we suggest TWO panels of 36 inches EACH, and NOT two panels of 18 inches each. This will get you a luxurious fall/gather. If your drapery pole is 36 inches wide and you order curtain panels that are also 36 inches wide altogether, they will hang absolutely flat with no pleats or gather.

For high level of fullness, order up to three times the width of pole. If you are looking for less than average fullness and/or to economize on budget, 1.5 times should also be acceptable.

Up to three times width is also highly recommended for sheers and lightweight fabrics such as our linens. These fabrics have less body volume and therefore need more width to attain the same full look as fabrics such as cottons and polyesters. More width also helps enhance privacy where sheers are in use.

Tab Top, Back Tab Top & Rod Pocket Style Curtains

Length: For tab top, back tab top and rod pocket style drapery, measure length from TOP of your curtain pole/rod to the desired end point. This should be the final length provided to us in your custom order specifications.

Width: While width is a personal preference to some extent, our general guideline for these three styles is to order panels that are double the width of your curtain pole/track. For example, if your curtain pole is 36 inches wide, we suggest TWO panels of 36 inches EACH, and NOT two panels of 18 inches each. This will get you a luxurious fall/gather. If your drapery pole is 36 inches wide and you order curtain panels that are also 36 inches wide altogether, they will hang absolutely flat with no pleats or gather.

For high level of fullness, order up to three times the width of pole for rod pocket style especially if ordering linens or other light weight fabrics such as our linens. These fabrics have low body volume and therefore need more panel width to get the same full look and enhance privacy.

However, please note that we do NOT recommend the same 3x width for tab tops and back tab tops as the tabs restrict the 'bunching' of fabric somewhat at top and therefore panels do not gather as neatly with too much width.

Flat Panel/Clip Top Curtains

Length: For flat panel drapes (also known as clip tops), measure length from the clip at the bottom of your drapery rings to the desired end point. This should be the final length provided to us in your custom order specifications.

Width: Most clients ordering clip tops tend to favor a somewhat flatter look for their drapery with less than average gather/fullness. Therefore by default, most customers order panels that are 1.5 times the width of their curtain rod/pole. For example, for a curtain pole/window that is 36 inches wide, TWO panels of 27 inches EACH would give a less than average fullness yet a nice clean look for this style.

That said, we recommend ordering two times the pole width (TWO panels of 36 inches EACH for a 36 inch pole for example) if you want a good, standard level of gather and up to three times (TWO panels of 54 inches EACH for a 36 inch pole for example) for an opulent look.

We also recommend a relatively higher width (2-3 times the pole width) if ordering sheers or lightweight fabrics such as our linens. These fabrics have low body volume and therefore need more panel width to achieve the same full gather and enhance privacy.

Please be careful to NOT order two panels of 18 inches each for a 36 inch pole for example. With these specifications, the curtains will hang flat like a sheet with no pleats or gather at all.

Pencil Pleat Curtains

Length: Pencil pleat curtains can be hung from either a track or a pole. If hanging from a track, length should be measured from the top of the track up to the desired endpoint. This will allow for length to cover the track itself. If you'd like your track to be visible, measure from the bottom of the track to the endpoint.

If you are hanging your pencil pleat curtains from a pole, length should be measured from the underside/bottom of the pole.

Width: While width is a personal preference to some extent, our general guideline for pencil pleat curtains is to order panels that are double the width of your curtain pole/track. For example, if your curtain pole is 36 inches wide, we suggest TWO panels of 36 inches EACH, and NOT two panels of 18 inches each. This will get you a luxurious fall/gather. If your drapery pole is 36 inches wide and you order curtain panels that are also 36 inches wide altogether, they will hang absolutely flat with no pleats or gather.

For high level of fullness, order up to three times the width of pole. If you are looking for less than average fullness and/or to economize on budget, 1.5 times should also be acceptable.

Up to three times width is also highly recommended for sheers and lightweight fabrics such as our linens. These fabrics have less body volume and therefore need more panel width to attain the same full look as fabrics such as cottons and polyesters. More width also helps enhance privacy where sheers are in use.

Tie Top Curtains

Length: Our tie top curtains are stitched with 10 inches long ties on the top. Length specifications for this style are somewhat determined by how much of the tie top loop you'd like to be visible and hang below the pole/rod. The curtain panel length should therefore be measured from the point where you'd like the panel drop to start up to the desired endpoint.

Width: While width is a personal preference to some extent, our general guideline for tie top curtains is to order panels that are double the width of your curtain pole/track. For example, if your curtain pole is 36 inches wide, we suggest TWO panels of 36 inches EACH, and NOT two panels of 18 inches each. This will get you a luxurious fall/gather. If your drapery pole is 36 inches wide and you order curtain panels that are also 36 inches wide altogether, they will hang absolutely flat with no pleats or gather.

For high level of fullness, order up to three times the width of pole. If you are looking for less than average fullness and/or to economize on budget, 1.5 times should also be acceptable.

Up to three times width is also highly recommended for sheers and lightweight fabrics such as our linens. These fabrics have less body volume and therefore need more panel width to attain the same full look as fabrics such as cottons and polyesters. More width also helps enhance privacy where sheers are in use.

Pinch Pleat Curtains: All Styles

Length: For any of the pinch pleat styles on offer, measure length from BOTTOM of your curtain pole/track to the desired endpoint. This should be the final length provided to us in your custom order specifications.

Width: Measure width of your curtain pole/track. Add 8 inches to this measurement. This should be the final width of your panels ALTOGETHER. For example, to cover a pole of width 72 inches, we recommend total panel width of 80 inches (72" + 8"). Then depending on whether you are looking for a single wide panel or a pair, you can either order one panel that is 80 inches wide or two panels of 40 inches each.

Since these are 'fixed' headings (the pleats are pre-sewn into the panels by hand, made to a fixed width, fitted with hooks that cannot be loosened), it is important to measure the track/pole width accurately when ordering any of the pinch pleat styles. This will allow us to gather your curtains to the correct width.

Please note that the guideline to order panels that are 2-3 times the width of curtain pole ONLY applies to our casual style curtains and does NOT apply to pinch pleats. These pleats are already pre-stitched so you don't need to order the extra width as you would with grommet or tab top curtains for example.