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# The Ultimate Guide: How to Calculate Yardage for Curtains and Draperies

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What is the cost of pretty window curtains? This could be the first question that crossed your mind when you started dreaming about getting (or making) curtains for your home. So, you might have been putting this project away, right? Perhaps, this presentation will help you to move forward.

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### The Ultimate Guide: How to Calculate Yardage for Curtains and Draperies

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2. 2. • How to measure the rod or the pole • Important terminology you need to know • What is all that extra fabric that you have to add • Formula for fabric yardage calculations Important Note: all the calculations are in inches. http://mydecoratingtips.com/
3. 3. Step1. Determine Rod Width (RW) and Mounting Height • Determine the drapery rod to be used, i.e. 1, 2 or 3 inches in diameter. • Allow the width of the rod (or pole) to extend 2 inches or more on each side. Rod Width (RW)____ • Determine the height of the rod or pole. It should be mounted at least 4 inches above the window. Mounting Height (MH) ___ http://mydecoratingtips.com/
4. 4. Step 2. Mark the Finished Length (FL) Finished Length (FL) is the length from the eye of the ring to the floor. Finished Length (FL)___ Tip: You can deduct 1/2 -1.0 inches from the finished length. However, for a softer look, for example, bedroom draperies, add 2-3 inches to the finished length. http://mydecoratingtips.com/
5. 5. Step 3. Determine Returns (R) Return (R) is the side of the curtain or drapery that is close to the wall. It is usually 4-5 ½ inches on each side. Returns (RW)___ Tip: If you want to put the cornice over the drapery, use 3 ½ inches return. Do not forget that your window drapery will have 2 returns. http://mydecoratingtips.com/
6. 6. Step 4. Determine the Finished Width (FW) Rod Width (RW)___ (Step 1) +Returns (R)___ (Step 3) = Finished Width (FW)___ RW+R =FW Tip: Always add 3.0 inches on each panel for side hems (1 ½” doubled). For complete privacy, your curtains should close in the middle or overlap 3-4 inches. http://mydecoratingtips.com/
7. 7. Step 5: Determine Cut Length (CT) •Bottom Hem (BH) and Top Hem (TH) are usually 4 inches doubled (8 inches). Finished Length (FL)___ (Step 2) +Bottom Hem (BH)___ +Top Heading (TH)___ =Cut Length (CT)___ FL+BH+TH=CL Tip: Generous hems add weight and look custom and more elegant. http://mydecoratingtips.com/
8. 8. Step 6. Decide on the Fullness (F) Finished Width (FW)___ (Step 4) X 2 (Standard Fullness) = Fullness (F)___ FW X 2 = F Tip: to get more folds, use 2 ½-3 times Fullness. To show off the print, use 2 X Fullness. http://mydecoratingtips.com/
9. 9. Step 7. Calculate the Number of Panels (P#) • Most fabrics come in 54, 55, 60 or 118 inches fabric width. Finished Width (FW)___ (Step 4) X Fullness (F)___ (Step 6) : 54 (or fabric width) = Number of Panels (P#) ___ ( FW X F):54= P# http://mydecoratingtips.com/
10. 10. Step 8. Calculate Yardage You Need to Get Cut length (CL) ___ (Step 5) X Number of panels (P#)___ (Step 7) = Overall Number of Inches (ONI)___ : 36 =Yardage (Y) (CL X P#):36=Y http://mydecoratingtips.com/
11. 11. General Tips Pay attention to vents and heaters under the window Before you start calculating the amount of yardage, look at the window and the wall space around it. Pay attention to vents, radiators and electric outlets. For example, if you have the only vent right below the window, you will not want to block it with heavy draperies. Fabric Cost Fabric cost per yard varies depending on the brand, origin and material content. It starts at \$15-50 for low to mid range; \$50-\$100 for high end range, and \$100 and up for couture and designers’ fabric. Labor Cost Labor also varies between \$30-60 per one width of fabric drapery. This varies depending on the reputation, experience and location of the workroom. Please feel free to contact us for any questions, more information and custom orders. http://mydecoratingtips.com/ Follow us on Twitter Connect with us on Facebook