# How much material do you need to make curtains?

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Fabric calculations – Most curtains will require somewhere between 1 ½ and 2 ½ times fullness, depending on the heading and look you want to achieve. I always prefer to be generous and use 2 ½ times the width, skimpy curtains don’t look good and you can always use any extra fabric for cushions or tie backs.

## How do I calculate how much fabric I need for curtains?

There’s a simple calculation to work out how much curtain fabric you need. First, multiply the track/pole width by your chosen fullness (eg. Pole width 150cm x 2.5 = 375). Next, divide that figure by the fabric width, which is typically 137cm (375 divided by 137 = 2.73).

## How do I calculate how much material I need?

Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula:

1. Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number).
2. Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.
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## How many yards of fabric do I need for 108 curtains?

108-Inch Width

Using a fabric 108 inches wide means we only need to buy one width of the material. Multiplying the drop of 66 inches by the number of fabric widths gives us 66 inches. This equals 5.5 feet or 1.83 yards. Rounding up to the next full yard means these curtains require 2 yards of fabric.

## What size curtains do I need for a 5ft window?

A common rule for displaying curtains properly says the curtains finished width should be at least 2 times the width of your window (if not more – sheers can be 3 times the window width) to achieve a look of proper fullness.

## How do I measure curtains?

Measuring Curtains

Measure the full width of the curtain pole or track not the window, excluding any fixtures or finials on the ends. If your curtains are pencil pleat, tab top or eyelet, double this width measurement to account for the way the curtains will be ‘gathered’ at the top.

## How many yards do I need for curtains?

Yardage chart for a standard window PAIR of basic drapery panels @ 2.5x fullness

Finished Length Up To Solids & Small Prints Large Prints (v-repeat up to 24″)
60″ Long 4.5 yards 5.5 yards
70″ Long 5 yards 6 yards
80″ Long 5.5 yards 6.5 yards
90″ Long 6 yards 7 yards

## What does 1 yard of fabric look like?

A yard of fabric is 36″, 3 feet, 0.9144 meters, or 91.44cm. It looks like a yardstick, or about double your shoulder width. A “yard of fabric” only describes the length, not the width. Fabric widths often vary from 43″ (1.09m) to 60″ (1.5m).

## What size curtains do I need for a 72 inch window?

Let’s say you want standard, thick curtains to cover your 72-inch window. You’ll want to look for curtains that measure between 144 and 180 inches wide. Bear in mind that this is the total width to aim for, not the width for each curtain if you intend to have two (one on either side).

## How many curtains do I need?

Divide your total by the width of a single curtain panel to get the number of panels you need. ~ Multiply window width by 2.5 to 3 if you want curtains tightly gathered for a full, luxurious look. Divide your total by the width of a single curtain panel to get the number of panels you need.

## How wide is a yard of fabric?

How big is one linear yard of fabric?

Yards Length Width
1 36 Inches (3 Feet) 54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
2 72 Inches (6 Feet) 54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
3 108 Inches (9 Feet) 54 Inches (4.5 Feet)
4 144 Inches (12 Feet) 54 Inches (4.5 Feet)

## How much wider should curtains be than the window?

How wide should curtains be? To ensure that curtain panels look ample when closed, they should have a combined width that is 2 to 2.5 times the width of the window/rod. That means if you are ordering Grommet style or Rod-pocket style, the total drapery width should be at least 2 times the window/rod widths.

## Which curtain length looks best?

How Long Should Curtains Be? Floor-length is the way to go, unless there’s a radiator or a deep sill in the way. Ready-made panels are available in lengths from 63 to 144 inches. Measure from the floor to where you’ll hang the rod, then round up.