How to Measure for Curtain Rods

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What size curtain rod do you need? Measuring for curtains rods isn’t rocket science, but if you’re doing it for the first time, things can get complicated fast.

To determine how long a curtain rod should be, you’ll need to consider several factors, including window size and your style preferences.  

If this seems like a challenging process, don’t worry! We’re here to help. By following our comprehensive curtain rod lengths guide, you’ll gain the expertise to determine what curtain rod size you need. 

For more curtain-hanging tips and hacks, check out our blog.

Curtain Rod Lengths 

Curtain rods are available in a variety of lengths. The most standard sizes you’ll find in stores are 28-48 inches, 48-84 inches, 66-120 inches or 120-170 inches. 

These ready-made options cater to most common window sizes, but it’s best to purchase adjustable rods that can accommodate a broader range of window sizes. 

If you’re looking for a stylish, versatile and affordable option, Kwik-Hang’s curtain rods are a perfect choice.

Shop Kwik-Hang’s adjustable curtain rods now.

How to Measure for Curtain Rods

Now we’ll break down step-by-step how to measure for curtain rod length so you can purchase the right rods and hang your curtains with confidence. 

Step 1: Measure Your Window

You have two options when it comes to measuring your windows. Depending on how far you want your rods to reach, you can measure your window from casing to casing or frame to frame. 

Regardless of what method you choose, be sure to stay consistent so your curtains don’t look uneven throughout your space. 

We recommend using a steel tape measure for more accuracy. When measuring, record to the nearest 1/16th of an inch to be as precise as possible. Double-check your measurements before you move on!

Pro-tip: If you measure multiple windows, label the measurements so you don’t get them mixed up.

Step 2: Decide on Curtain Rod Length 

Curtain rod length is entirely up to you. However, we suggest following one of these two formulas to determine optimal curtain rod length: 

  • Add 20% to your previously recorded measurements
  • Add six inches to both sides of the window frame or casing 

By adding 20% or six inches on either side, you ensure that when your curtains are open (also known as “stack back”), they don’t engulf the entirety of your window. You should account for your stack back to cover about one-third of your window. 

If you’re looking for a convenient, adjustable curtain rod that can be used interchangeably with different windows in your home, give Kwik-Hang’s curtain rods a try. They’re available in 24-48” widths and 48-86” widths, so there’s no need to rack your brain trying to find a specific rod.

Step 3: Mark Your Wall

Grab a pencil and make a slight mark on your wall where you plan to place your curtain rod. If you have a level handy, use it! It’s worth it to put in a little extra effort to ensure you hang your curtains as accurately as possible. 

Step 4: Shop for the Right Rod

Now, you’re ready to select your curtain rod! 

Remember to account for curtain fabric and ideal lengths for different curtain fabrics and styles. For instance, some curtain fabrics look better floating above the floor, while other materials look better puddled on the floor.

Additionally, a thinner rod (5/8″ width) is best for sheer or lightweight curtains, while1-inch rods are suitable for heavier curtains and drapery.  

Use Kwik-Hang To Hang Curtain Rods With Ease

Hanging curtains has never been easier, thanks to Kwik-Hang’s revolutionary, damage-free curtain rod brackets and stylish, adjustable and affordable curtain rod collection

Say goodbye to nails, screws, drills and wall damage for good. Install Kwik-Hang’s curtain rod brackets in just seconds, without any measurements or tools. Just align the brackets to your window trim, tap in place with a hammer, and you’re ready to hang your curtain rod and drapery! 

No matter which curtain rods or window treatments you use, know you can always depend on Kwik-Hang’s brackets and rods to save you time, money and effort throughout the curtain-hanging process.   

Spare yourself the frustration and try Kwik-Hang today!

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