Need help deciding the custom length and width of your curtains? We have created a handy guide to help you work out the exact measurements and style for your home. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org!
1. Measuring: How to get the right length curtains for you and your home
Decide if you want a curtain pole or track.
Discreet and modern with with a curtain track - Our curtain tracks can be mounted on the wall or ceiling, depending on which bracket you choose. Our most popular suspension is a curtain rail that is attached to the ceiling and goes from wall to wall, this makes the room feels bigger. See our curtains tracks here.
Do you require a different length of your track than our fixed lengths? No problem, the tracks can be easily cut to size with a hack saw.
Classic and stylish with a curtain pole - Our curtain poles are available in several different models, from chrome to solid wood in a black finish. Let the bar sit 20 cm above the window frame and have a width of 50cm on each side of the window frame, this will give the illusion of a bigger window and ensure you don't lose light when the curtains are open. See our curtain poles here.
Now it is time to measure to the get right length for your home. The curtains look best when the fabric receives some support from the floor, our tip is therefore to let the curtain sit on the floor surface slightly. Our recommendations below includes adding an extra 1cm to allow the curtain to land on the floor, these recommendations are based on using the Gotain curtain pleat hooks, poles or tracks.
Curtain track attached to ceiling: Measure from ceiling to floor and add 1 cm.
Curtain track attached on the wall: Measure from the top of the curtain track and add 1 cm.
Curtain pole attached to the wall: Measure from the underside of the pole and add 1 cm.
Measure the height and width of your window, on the inside of the windows frame. If you wish to make the curtains as dark as possible, we recommend adding up to 10cm in length.
Remember to frame your windows instead of covering them. Let your curtains distribute light and add softens to your room. See the full curtain collection here
Double layer suspension
Double layer curtains creates a luxurious look and feel in any space. Double curtain tracks can be mounted on both the wall and the ceiling. When mounting the tracks on the ceiling the tracks are placed in two rows parallel to each other. The first track should be about 7-10cm from the window and the second should be about 7-10cm further out from the first. We recommend using a sheer material such as linen or voile on the track closest to the window and a thicker material such a velvet or thick linen further away.
If you not mounting track on the ceiling you will need to use our double track wall bracket. With this bracket two tracks can be attached in parallel on a wall. See our double track wall bracket here.
Another option is using a track for your inside sheer panel and then using a curtain pole for the top curtain.
2. How to make sure you get the right width for your custom made curtains?
Single width: Our single width curtains are 140 cm wide. Once our pleat hooks are added, the width will reduce to 90/100cm wide. The pleat hooks create an even wave in the fabric resulting in an elegant suspension. We recommend letting them cover a width of about 60-70cm if you are using a sheer curtain fabric. A single width covers a minimum width of 35cm and maximum of 90cm.
If suspending a single width panel with a track you will require 20 high curtain hooks inserting a pleat hook in each tab on the transparent hanging band. If suspending a single width panel with a pole you will require 10 low curtain hooks, using a pleat hook in every other tab on the transparent hanging band.
Double width: Our double width curtains are 280cm wide. Once our pleat hooks are added, the width will reduce to 190/200cm. We recommend letting them cover a width of about 140-160 cm if you are using a sheer curtain fabric. A double width covers a minimum of 70cm and a maximum of about 190cm. If suspending a double width panel with a track you will require 40 curtain hooks, inserting a pleat hook in each tab on the transparent hanging band.If suspending a double width panel with a pole you will require 20 low curtain hooks, using a pleat hook in every other tab on the transparent hanging band.
All curtains are sold as singles, not pairs. Available in 140cm or 280cm width. The widths of the fabric rolls can sometimes vary slightly between fabric batches. This means that sometimes a 140cm or 280cm panel can measure a little wider or narrower by up to 10cm.
A complete guide to optimal black out:
Adding a blackout lining to either our velvet or linen curtains can help to block out the morning light and help you to get a better night's sleep. Whether you want to enjoy long sleepy mornings or want others in the household to sleep a little longer, we have some top tips to achieve a blackout effect.
Our top tips for optimal blackout:
- Hang high and wide- For the best possible blackout, we recommend a ceiling-mounted curtain track that can run along the entire width of the room. This means that the light will not sneak in on the edges or above the track. If you have a wall mounted track or pole try to hang as close to the ceiling as possible.
- Add extra length- The sun will try its best to sneak in through the curtains and it is easy to forget about the gap on the floor. Most homes have floors that are slightly uneven. We recommend adding 1cm to the length of your curtains so that the fabric is supported by the floor and helps to prevent the sun from sneaking in!
- Choose the right suspension- A lined blackout curtain is heavier than many other curtains and therefore it is extra important that the track or bar is mounted correctly. We recommend that you attach your curtain track to the ceiling for extra support but if you are attaching the rail to the wall- remember to use some extra brackets to ensure that they do not risk falling down.
- Combine with a thinner curtain- Curtains in double layers help to create a wonderful hotel feeling to the space and give you the opportunity to decide when you want to blackout the room with the thicker materials or when you just want some privacy with the sheer.
3. How to assemble your curtain track
Adjust the length
Do you need a different length of your track than our fixed lengths? No problem, you can easily cut the track into a shorter one or join several tracks together to create a long one to fit your room!
To cut the track, you need a hacksaw. A hacksaw is a smaller saw for metal, and is available at most local craft stores. Start by marking out the length you need, then saw off the track with steady movements to avoid notches.
Do you need a longer rail? With the help of a curtain track extension joint, you can easily join several tracks together to create a longer one. The joint part is attached between two rails, and does not affect how the curtain can be pulled back and forth along the rail.
Mount the brackets
All Gotain's curtain tracks come in a complete package with brackets that fit both wall and ceiling. You can easily mount the brackets to the ceiling or wall with the screws that are included. If you have special conditions, such as concrete walls or ceilings, you may need to supplement with your own screws that suit your home.
Attach the tracks to the brackets
After the brackets are in place, it's time to get the tracks in place!
There is a small 'lever' on the wall / ceiling mount, it should point downwards to be able to hook on the track. When the track is placed correctly, it is time to fix and lock the track in place. To do this, pull the small lever 90 degrees up to the side. You can easily release the track by pulling the lever back to the starting position.
4. How to hang your custom made curtains
To make it as easy as possible for you, Gotain's curtains are equipped with a practical hanging band. Predefined distances are on the band to show where each curtain hook should go, to make sure the curtain folds are evenly distributed. Here are our tips to help you achieve the best results in your home
Add the curtains pleat hooks: The folding band is sewn in a transparent material to be as discreet as possible. To locate the pocket folds for the hooks you can bend the fabric slightly to see where the hooks will go, or hold it against a light source. At the far end of the curtain panel, we usually only thread in one of the curtain hook "arms". By hanging each panel end this way, you do not get a crease right at the edges, as these crease can result in the curtain appearing to be shorter or uneven at the bottom against the floor.
If using a curtain pole to hang your custom made curtains we recommend threading the curtain hook arms in every other pocket fold on the transparent hanging band.
If using a curtain track to suspend your curtains we recommend threading the curtain hook arms in every pocket fold on the transparent hanging band.
Hang up your curtains: The use of a sturdy ladder or seeking assistance from a friend could help when hanging the curtains. Long curtains can be heavy, if you hang your curtains yourself, use your shoulder as a support and place the weight of the curtain over your shoulder when you attach the curtain hooks to your rail.
Steam the curtains: Don't forget to steam your curtains! We recommend using a water steamer to remove unwanted wrinkles. This will give a clean, professional finish to your curtains. Test the steamer against a piece of kitchen paper before using on the curtains. See the full curtain collection here
2. How to measure to fit our roman blinds in your home
Measure in 2 easy step:
1 - Measure the height and width of your window, on the inside of the window frame as shown on the below image
2 - Select the width from our options to one that is closest to the dimension you obtained in step 1, for example if your window is 134 cm wide, select width 140cm so that the curtain can hang a little wider than the window glass. The length is tailored to your exact size!