Measuring Sheer Drapes For Bay Window Measuring Sheer Drapes For Bay Window

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Drape rods and corner connectors

Sheer drapes can add beauty and elegance to any window, and bay windows are no exception. Measuring bay windows for sheer drapes can be a bit tricky, and if you don’t know what you're doing it can be easy to make a mistake. Here is a step-by-step overview on how to hang sheer drapes on your bay window, to really beautify your home.

Step 1 - Measuring the Width

Begin by taking measurements of your bay window. Take the width measurement and write the numbers down on your paper. Now you’ll have to decide whether you want one large drape, two drapes or maybe even a single drape per window. The choice is yours, but either way you now have the width you need in order to get perfect fitting for your drapes.

Step 2 - Measuring the Length

If you already have rods hung, measure from the rod to where you want the drapes to end. If you have no rods, just measure from where you plan to place them. Length varies based on personal taste. Some people only want their sheer drapes to come down to the bottom of the window, while others prefer them to reach the floor. While the floor is more common, there’s no set in stone rule that says you have to have one or the other. If you want to put something against the wall under your window or if there is a heater there, you won't want your drapes to reach the floor, as it could be a fire hazard.

Step 3 - Decoding the Measurements

Sheer drapes are often bunched together, which is why you’ll want more than just your original measurements from the first two steps. Generally speaking, 2 to 2-1/2 times the original width is the rule. If you don’t multiply the measurements by 2 or 2-1/2, you will end up with sheer drapes that are too small to actually cover your window. This extra cloth allows your sheer drapes to bunch together, yet still completely cover your bay windows.

Step 4 – Installing Your Sheer Drapes

Now it is time to actually install your sheer drapes into your bay window. Depending on the shape of your bay window, you may be able to find a custom made rod that fits it perfectly. Assuming you can’t, here’s what you do.

Make a note of how many corners there are in your bay window area and buy that many corner connectors, which can usually be found wherever rods are sold. Purchase as many rods as you need to fully cover the windows once you put your drapery on them. Attach one corner connector to one of the rods. Screw the rod and connector into the wall at the desired height above your window. Continue along the curves until the rod is fully installed. Put your drapery on the rod and crumple it up to get the typical look associated with sheer drapes.

Now you’re ready to order and hang your sheer drapes in your bay window. With these simple guidelines you can be confident that you’ll have drapes that look like they've been installed by a professional.

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