Cafe Curtain Measurement Guide

Close up of a black and white marble kitchen sink with a window behind it covered with sheer cafe curtains and green painted window trim

Light, airy, and oh-so-effortless, our custom café curtains strike the perfect balance of simplicity and style. These unlined beauties let in just enough light while still providing privacy, making them perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. Now available in our cotton and solid linen fabrics—plus five new sheers. Follow along for a step-by-step guide on how to find the perfect fit for your space.

 

Step 1: Choose your rod height

Your rod height will determine your cafe curtain dimensions. Whether you're doing an inside mount or outside mount, we recommend mounting your rod at the halfway point of your window. 

 

Step 2: Pick your construction

Choose from 6 construction options for a look that best suits your style, and your windows. We offer rod pocket, rod pocket with header, double rod pocket, ring top, pinch pleat, and tailored pleat. Try our complimentary design help if you need an extra hand or check out our Cafe Curtain Construction Guide for a breakdown of each look.

 

Step 3: Find Your Width

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, which is why we have you covered with four different widths—25”, 50”, 75" or 100”. We recommend the following:

 

Step 4: Measure Your Length

Cafe curtains should land just above the window sill. Keep in mind that hanging your panels with rings or rings with clips will change your measurements. 

Depending on your desired curtain construction, you will need to measure one of three things: from the top of the rod to the window sill, from the bottom of rod to the window sill, or the distance between the rods. 

To figure out the appropriate length for your panel based on your preferred construction style, we recommend following the measurement guide below:

Rod Pocket with No Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and add 0.5". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Rod Pocket with Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and subtract 2". Round down to the nearest inch.

Rod Pocket w/ Header: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and add 2". Round down to the nearest inch.

Double Rod w/ Header: Measure the distance between the two rods and add 5". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Ring Top + Tailored Pleat with Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and subtract 2". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Ring Top + Tailored Pleat with No Clips: Measure from the bottom of the rod to the window sill and subtract 0.5". Round down to the nearest inch.

Pinch Pleat with Clips: Measure from the top of the rod to the window sill and subtract 2". Round down to the nearest inch. 

Pinch Pleat with No Clips: Measure from the bottom of the rod to the window sill and subtract 0.5". Round down to the nearest inch. 

*If you add trim to your panels, we recommend subtracting 1” from the length measurement.

 

Need an extra hand? Our curtain calculator will guide you through the measuring process!

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