The easy way to measure for double, designer curtains

Welcome to our simple guide to measuring your windows for your new designer curtains on double tracks. You're going to love just how quick and easy it is to measure up.

Before you get going

Designing your dream curtains

The fun starts with designing how your curtains will fit, so channel your inner stylist and get creative! This is about finding your dream look and getting custom curtains that fit and function perfectly.

Double curtains that hang from your ceiling are called ceiling mount:

  • give a sense of space and draw focus to the height of your room
  • curtains are best attached to ceiling battens
  • great option for a straight edge ceiling and to fit inside cornices
  • enjoy day and night privacy with sheer + blockout double curtains
  • for a designer look have your light and airy sheers at the front in an S fold
  • for a slimmer projection choose a knife or pencil pleat for your rear blockouts and add motorisation to effortlessly switch between day and night privacy
  • keep it on trend with a left stack or right stack or pick centre opening curtains for easy access to both sides of your window
  • choose your dream finish - puddled sheers look fabulously relaxed combined with blockout curtains just off the floor
  • pick your perfect hem and for premium linens opt for our 100 mm hem for a luxe look
  • opt for our designer or residential track in white to blend seamlessly with light walls and in black or silver to tie in with similar features in your home
  • for larger drops go for a longer wand or no wand at all
  • if you have built in pelmets check they're at least 250 mm deep to fit your double track
  • looking for something unique? Contact us about our designer curtain rods and different fabrics

OK it's time to start measuring,
let's take it step by step.

Measuring up is easy, here's how to do it:

1 Check your depth

If you have a built in pelmet check you have at least 250 mm of depth inside your pelmet so you can fit both curtains.

Our double curtains project between 220 mm and 250 mm out from your wall and you can reduce your projection by customising your curtain styles. Our slimmest, designer option that needs 220 mm of depth is a sheer S fold combined with a pencil or knife pleat for your blockouts.

1 A double curtains ceiling mount measure width

2 Measure your width

Measure the exact width of your ceiling from one wall to the other, and write it down. If you have cornices, you'll measure from the inside of your cornices. This measurement will be your track width.

Don't worry about measuring how much fabric you need, we'll take care of that for you based on your track width.

2 A double curtains ceiling mount measure width

3 Measure your splits (optional)

  • 4 D double curtains ceiling mount measure splits A

    For multiple openings you can choose up to 2 splits and tell us exactly where you'd like them. Splitting your curtains is a fantastic option for bi-fold and sliding doors, so you can easily move sections of your curtains to access your doors.

    Make a note of how many splits you'd like in your curtains. Your splits will be the same for your front and rear curtains. We will assume that your splits are evenly spaced if you don't give us split measurements.

    If you don't want any splits you can skip to step 4.

  • 4 E double curtains ceiling mount measure splits B

    For one custom split measure the width from the left across to where your split will be and write it down.

  • 4 F double curtains ceiling mount measure splits C

    For two custom splits measure the widths from the left across to each split position and write them down.

4 Measure your drop

Measure from your ceiling down to the floor on the left side, middle and right side. If you have cornices, you'll measure from the inside of your cornice. Write down the largest of all three.

Go for puddling if your 3 measurements have a greater than 10 mm difference.

3 A double curtains ceiling mount measure drop

5 Choose your finish

When you design and order your curtains choose from the three options below.

Please only provide the hard measurements to us and please don't make any deductions or additions. We'll make the necessary adjustments so you get the perfect finish.

If you choose curtains just off the floor they will be approximately 5 - 10 mm shorter than your drop measurement, and they will hover just above your floor.

If you choose curtains touching the floor they will skim your floor by up to 5 mm.

If you choose puddling your curtains will puddle on your floor by 20 mm. If you'd like a larger puddle let us know when you order.

Remember you can combine two different finishes and it's best to note down which finish you want for each curtain. Want to know our top tip? Puddled sheers look fabulously relaxed combined with blockout curtains just off the floor.

4 A double curtains ceiling mount measure finish

6 Choose your wand, stack option and track flow

Note down which wand you want. It sounds obvious, but the larger your drop, the larger your wand needs to be so you can reach it.

Also note down whether you want a left stack, right stack, centre opening or multiple openings. Think about which side is easiest to reach, obstruction free and which part of your window you'll want to open often.

If you're adding motorisation your motor will sit on your stack side and for centre opening curtains you'll need to choose which side your motor is on. Motorisation is not available for multiple openings. We’ll make sure your motor fits, you don’t need to alter the measurements you took.

When you order you'll also need to choose between a fixed flow track and a free flow track. A free flow track gives you complete flexibility with how you open and stack your curtains. Motorisation is not available for free flow tracks.

5 A double curtains ceiling mount stack wand

7 Order your double curtains online

You're all set to order your double curtains online! When you order you'll choose your hem option. Just remember you don't need to add any extra to your measurements for your hem; we'll do it for you.

Remember to only give us the exact measurements you took; don't make any deductions or additions for your chosen finish.

If you order motorised curtains with a wired motor, we'll mail out your cables straight away so your electrician can start wiring.

Design & order

Our hints and tips

Want to know our top tips for measuring up like a pro?

  • Give us your measurements in millimetres (mm)
  • Double check all of your measurements before you order
  • Always write down 'width' and 'drop' next to your measurements, so you don't reverse them by accident!
  • Note down which finish you want for each curtain (sheer and blockout) along with the correct drop measurement.
  • Only give us the exact measurements we ask for. Our team custom makes your curtains to fit your windows.
  • They make standard deductions to your drop to account for your chosen look and tracks, so you don't have to.
  • Measure every window. The beauty of each house is that each window may have slight variations in size,
  • and we want all your curtains to fit perfectly.
  • We know every home is unique and we're just a phone call away if you need to chat- 1300 918 390
  • For help deciding on a mount, you can email a photo of you window(s) to our team: info@diyblinds.com.au