This detail makes things a bit easier for the next step, the Width. With non-functioning/stationary draperies (like yours will be), you essentially only need to care about whether they'll look proportionate to the window space rather than actually needing to cover the window space.
- Single Width Panels (pair): Will always look great on a single window. They can be used for a double width window as well but we don't necessarily love the proportion. But if your budget is limited, they'll still give you a good look.
- 1.5 Width Panels (pair): Works well on a double window (approx 6ft). This size could also work on a triple window if budget was limited.
- Double Width Panels (pair): Works well on anything larger than a double width. The stack here is a bit wide so be sure to consider than when determining the drapery rod size that you'll be using.
Don't forget the STACK BACK...
This helps you figure out the best rod length.
Photo credit: Betz Design Studio. Banded Drapery Panels by Martha & Ash. Find them here!
The last thing when considering your drapery width is that you allow space for the "Stack back". The stack back is the amount of space your draperies will take up when pushed off your window space. By allowing your rod to be wider than your actual window opening, the draperies will have room to stack back off your window and not hang in your glass area, obstructing any window views. Below is a quick guideline of how much space each width/header takes up:
Stack Back - Pinch and Euro Pleat (per side)
- Single Width (22") : About 5" - 7"
- 1.5 Width (33"): About 7" - 9"
- Double Width (44"): About 10" to 14"
- 2.5 Width (55"): About 14" - 18"
Now take the above stack back measurement and split it in half. That's how much length needs to be added to your rod on either side. For instance, if one panel takes up 7" of stack back, add 3.5" of length to the rod on that side of your window.
**Now that you have your total rod length, make sure to go back and ensure that the width you determined still works for the space. **
You're almost there!
Lastly is the length, possibly the most important aspect to get right. Nobody likes a high water panel, folks. Here's how we recommend determining your length (top to bottom). Please note that this is assuming your hardware is already hanging. (Don't worry if it isn't. Skip down.)
1. Hang your drapery ring on your rod.
2. Measure from the bottom of the ring down to the floor.
That was pretty easy, wasn't it? Next is determining how you want the panels to reach the floor.