Measuring Guide for Curtain Poles


Please Note:

  1. All measurements should be provided in Inches (unless the website gives you the option to provide the measurement in mm or centimetres).
  2. Always use a metal rule when taking the measurements.

If you are replacing a curtain pole or track, we advise that you measure the width of the existing fitting rather than the window. If measuring a pole, do not include the finials (decorative ends) in your measurement.

Measuring a window for a new pole or track

Measure the recess width of the window and then add at least another 8 inches for each side. The suggested pole length is the recess width plus 12 Inches.

Choosing the right pole diameter

When choosing a curtain pole, the required diameter will depend on the weight of the curtains. The table below offers a guide to selecting a suitably sized pole depending on the curtain weight.

Remember to take into account any extra weight such as linings. Also please note that pencil pleat curtains, for example, will have a greater fullness than a curtain with eyelets, therefore, the weight can be greater.


DiameterCurtain Weight
Up to 19mmLightweight (up to 4kgs in total)
25mm or 28mmMedium weight (up to 8kgs in total)
35mm or overHeavyweight (up to 12kgs in total)
Eyelet SizeSuitable Pole Diameter
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