If you are ordering curtains...depending on the look you are trying to achieve you will want to order extra width in addition to the size of your window. There are 3 possible 'looks' as options :-
a) Soft Folds
-The most popular option which will achieve soft folds. Order 1.5x the width of your window. Suitable for embroidered curtains where you can position the fabric in a way that will best show off the embroidery.
For example, if your window measures 48 inches wide and you want to achieve soft folds then order either 1 panel 72 inches (48 + 24 = 72) or 2 panels 36 inches wide.
For a ripple affect order a curtain approx. 2x the width of the window. This will provide the most privacy but will not work if you wish to have a monogram etc. as it will be hidden within the gathers.
This has become more popular in recent times if you want the curtain to hang flat and is more suited to curtains which have a rod pockets both at the top and bottom or those made from our 100% medium weight linen. In this case, just a couple of extra inches will make sure the glass is completely covered.
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