How to Measure Blackout Curtains – A Complete Guide

Rebekah Purnel

If you’re in the market for blackout curtains, then you’ll want to make sure you measure correctly. Not all curtains are created equal, and if your windows aren’t properly measured, you could wind up with a set of curtains that don’t fit at all!

In this guide, we will walk you through the steps necessary to get an accurate measurement for your blackout curtains. We’ll also provide some tips on how to choose the right size and style of curtain for your needs.

What is Blackout Curtain

A blackout curtain is a type of window covering that is designed to block out all light. Blackout curtains are often used in bedrooms to create a dark, sleep-friendly environment. They can also be used in other rooms of the house to reduce sunlight and glare, or to create privacy.

Blackout Curtain Heading Style

There are many different types of blackout curtains on the market today. The most common styles are rod pocket curtains, grommet curtains, pleated curtains, and tab top curtains.

Rod pocket blackout curtains have a pocket at the top of the curtain that slides over a rod. These are typically the most affordable type of blackout curtain.

Grommet blackout curtains have metal grommets that allow the curtain to slide over a rod. These curtains are a bit more expensive than rod pocket curtains, but are also more stylish.

Pleated blackout curtains have pleats (or folds) at the top of the curtain that add a touch of elegance. These curtains are more expensive than rod pocket and grommet curtains, but can really elevate the look of a room.

Tab top blackout curtains have tabs (or loops) at the top of the curtain that slide over a rod. These are typically the most expensive type of blackout curtain.

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How to measure blackout curtains

The first step is to measure the width of your window. You’ll want to measure from one side of the window frame to the other, at the widest point. Once you have the width measurement, you’ll need to determine the length.

For blackout curtains, you’ll want to measure from the top of the window frame to the bottom. This will ensure that your curtains will cover the entire window and block out all light.

Now that you know how to measure for blackout curtains, it’s time to choose the right style and size for your needs. Blackout curtains come in a variety of sizes and styles, so it’s important to select the right one for your space.

If you have a small window, you’ll want to choose a smaller size curtain. Conversely, if you have a large window, you’ll want to choose a larger size curtain. Blackout curtains are also available in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can easily find one that matches your décor.

When it comes to heading style, there are two main types of blackout curtains: rod pocket curtains and grommet curtains. Rod pocket curtains have a pocket at the top of the curtain that slides over a rod. Grommet curtains have metal grommets that allow the curtain to slide over a rod. Both styles are effective at blocking out light, so it’s really a matter of personal preference.

Now that you know how to measure blackout curtains and what style to choose, it’s time to shop! Blackout curtains are available at a variety of retailers, both in store and online. Be sure to compare prices and shipping costs before making your purchase.

Still not sure how to measure for blackout curtains? Watch our quick video tutorial for more tips

Final Words

Happy shopping! And don’t forget: when it comes to blackout curtains, measure twice and buy once! With these tips, you’re sure to find the perfect set of curtains for your space.
If you have any questions about measuring for blackout curtains, or if you need help finding the perfect set for your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help!

About Rebekah Purnell

Hi, there! I'm Rebekah Purnell. Mother of three little boys and one little princess. Welcome to Curtainsly, a place for exploring curtains & window treatments and sharing inspiration. Thanks for joining my DIY journey!


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