Frequent question: How much material do I need to make curtains?

A simple rule of thumb is that a curtain is one and a half to two times the width of the area it is meant to cover. A heavier fabric will provide fullness that a lightweight fabric can not. The lighter the weight of the fabric, the more fullness it will require.

How do I calculate how much material 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 many yards does it take to make a curtain?

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
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How do I calculate how much fabric I need to repeat a curtain?

To calculate the amount of patterned fabric required to make a pair of curtains:

  1. Multiply the “Number of fabric widths” by Adjusted Cut Drop.
  2. Add one vertical pattern repeat (this allows you to choose where the pattern starts)

How do you measure and cut fabric for curtains?

Measure from the edge of the extension on one side to the edge of the extension on the other side of the window. Divide the total in half if your treatment will separate in the middle. For most treatments that require fullness, the fabric for your width needs to be 2-1/2 times the width of this measurement.

How do I calculate how much curtains I need?

If you’re adding trim to the bottom of the curtains, take the fabric width you calculated per the Homes Furnishing guide and divide that number by 36 to determine the width in yards. Multiply the result by the cost per yard of the trim.

How much fabric do I need?

Start with your desired total width and divide by the width of the fabric. Round up to the next whole number. This is how many widths of fabric you need. Then take the total desired length and multiply by the number of widths you just calculated.

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.

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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 for a 36 inch window?

Example: If your window measures 36″ wide (window width x 2 = 72″), you need curtains that will give a minimum width of 72″ or 2 panels for that window. In this case 2 panels will give about 100″ to 120″ of width which will look nice and full. Always round up to the next full number.

Are curtains measured per curtain?

All our ready made curtains are sold as pairs, and the sizes stated refer to the size of each curtain. For example, in a pair of curtains 46″ wide x 54″ length, there will be two curtains, each measuring 46″ wide.

How do you measure for custom curtains?

Measure the width of the window opening. Add 12” to each side (24” total). Take the total number (width plus the number you added to each side), and then divide it by the number of panels you want to order. Order custom panels that cover the size of the final number (total width divided by number of panels).

Can you just cut curtains?

Nearly any curtain design still looks good if you shorten it from the bottom instead of the top. Avoid cutting by folding up the bottom to the desired curtain length and pressing it with a hot iron to create a crisp edge.

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How do I cut my curtains evenly?

Lay a clean quilting or carpenter’s square on the fabric so that one edge lines up with the selvage edges and the other leg of the square crosses the fabric at a 90-degree angle close to the end. Hold the square firmly and use a rotary cutter to remove the uneven excess from that end of the fabric.