How to Measure for your Net Curtains

Net curtains aren’t obsolete! They are widely known for their numerous benefits to houses.

It’s not impossible that your reasons for not getting net curtains include the seemingly complicated measurement. Worry not! If you would follow closely, you will see how simple it is to measure for net curtains. Before we proceed, there are some vital things that must be considered before buying net curtains, some of them are; type of net curtains, the drop length, and how to hang them.

Types of Net Curtains

Net curtains generally are awesome additions to home décor and if meticulously selected, they can give your room ultra-modern look. There are 3 types of net curtains:

  • Voile
  • Café curtains
  • Jardinière

Voile curtains

Voile curtains are perfect for large windows; we’d recommend full drop length covers. Usually, voile curtains are plain but you can decide to have yours embroidered. Nonetheless, they made in diverse colours and pattern.

Café Curtains

Café curtains are quite affordable and cover half of the lower window. They are mostly used in the kitchen. If you want to experience kickass style and shades combo, café curtains will perfectly suit your needs.


Jardinière holds a place among the net curtains top echelon because of its ability to allow you to see outside while keeping inside from been seen from outside. Isn’t it awesome? They are mostly full length and have arch at the end. Jardinière net curtains are indeed unique and stand out amongst other curtains.

Measurement for Net Curtains

Now that you are well accustomed to different kinds of net curtains that are available, it is time to start measuring for your net curtains. Some basic things you will need include metal tape, pen, and paper, so you should get that ready as soon as you can. Also, bear it in mind that your measurement will be done more than once to avoid mistakes and errors.

There are basically two ways of measuring for net curtains: first is measuring when you have your pole fitted and secondly, measuring bare window. In measuring with your pole fitted, it is necessary to measure the width of the pole and the drop from beneath the pole to where you want the net curtains to reach. On the flip side, in measuring the bare window, it is also necessary to measure your window from top to bottom. Then add 6” (15 cm) above the window and 6 – 10” (15 – 25 cm) either side of the window to give room for pole size.
Note that I mentioned terms such as “drops” and “width” when I was explaining. Please follow closely as I explain both terms in detail.


Drop means length of your net curtain and it is quite easy to measure. You would measure from the top of the window recess to the window ledge. However, there are standard drop sizes for net curtains.

Standard nets:
90cm/36”, 101cm/40”, 106cm/42”, 114cm/45”, 137cm/54”, 153cm/60”,
160cm/63”, 183cm/72”, 206cm/81”, 229cm/90”, 275cm/108”
Café nets:


To measure the width of your window for your net curtain, simply measure the inside of your window recess from wall to wall. Then, you have this measurement multiplied by the number of times you carried out the measurement, remember I said “more than once”, to get the optimal width.

For instance, if your drop is 106cm and your width measurement is 150cm, 150cm multiply by let say 2 will give 300cm. This means that 300cm net curtain will be needed.

Measurement for net curtains is quite easier than it looks. You might want to storm fabric store to get your amazingly beautiful net curtains.

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