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How to Measure and Gather Net Curtains

Are you a first time net curtain buyer? 

If so, you're probably feeling a bit nervous about getting the measurements right.

Fear not, measuring for net curtains is actually very easy and straighforward. But just like everything else, it's only easy when you know how!



For the drop you simply measure from the top of the wire or rod to where you want the nets to finish. If you haven't fitted a rod or wire yet, then just measure from where you intend to fix the rod or wire (usually approximately 1cm below the top of the recess).

The nets come in standard drops based on standard window sizes. The available drops are as follows:

91cm (36")

102cm (40")

107cm (42")

114cm (45")

122cm (48")

137cm (54")

152cm (60")

160cm (63")

183cm (72")

206cm (81")

229cm (90")

Not all windows come in standard sizes, so you might need to take advantage of our speedy alteration service (if you order your nets by 12 midday, you will receive on the next working day). To order just click on the nearest longest drop: If your drop is 140cm, for example,  you would choose 152cm, click the alteration box and enter your required drop.

Top Tip: In order for the nets to clear the windowsill take off half a centimetre from the overall drop.



If you have a net curtain wire or rod fitted already then you can just measure this for the width. If not, then measure from one side of the window recess to the other (assuming you want the nets to sit inside the window).

All very simple so far! At this point gather comes into the calculations which can be a challenging concept to grasp.

Basically, without gather the net would be completely flat as in the image on the left:

one-times-gather.jpg   2-times-gather.jpg

left: 1 times gather.                 right: 2 times gather

Most people want some kind of gather to achieve the traditional 'pleated' or 'bunched' look (as in the image on the right).

Double gather is the recommended standard, which means you buy a piece of net curtain twice as wide as your window. The excess fabric bunches up on the rod or wire, giving a generous, softer, gathered look.

If you're buying net curtains from our site, once you've inputted your width measurement, the system will automatically calculate how much extra you need for double gather and add this on for you. You don't need to give it any more thought!

If you want a really full look and want the net to be even more gathered, then just select 2.5 or 3 times gather, as illustrated below:

2-and-half-times-gat.jpg   3x-gather.jpg

left: 2.5 times gather.                right: 3 times gather.

Top tip: If you have existing net curtains that you are happy with the fullness/gather of, and you want the new net to be exactly the same size, then measure the width of the net itself. When you place your order be sure to select '1 times' in the 'select gather' section and you will receive the width you have inputted. If your net measures 500cm wide, for example, enter 500cm in the window width, click on '1 times gather' and you will receive a piece of net which is 500cm wide.

I hope this demystifies the process. If you are still at all confused, or want to go over your measurements with us, please call us on 01953 603529 and we will be happy to help. 


(17) Comments | leave a comment

  • Pauline Smith | 13 Apr 22

    Thanks for making it so easy. Brilliant ??

  • Hasan | 5 Aug 21

    Very useful guide as I couldn’t find much at all regarding the width for nets... this has helped me lots

  • Becks van Cuylenburg | 14 Aug 20

    Thanks for the advice! I needed help to determine what style I need for my bedroom windows and your excellent guide with illustrated examples helped me to measure the exact drop and 'gather' required! I found your website on Bing. Really pleased I found you.

  • Jo | 27 Jun 20

    Many thanks for the helpful advice :-)

  • Cath sudworth | 1 Dec 18

    Delivered on time but only just got chance to put them up.Really really pleased with them.They look lovely.Will definately buy again.

  • Abid | 28 Jun 18

    Thanks for the information. It was/is very useful.

  • Sheila | 14 Jun 18

    Very clear and helpful information, thank you

  • Mike | 31 Mar 18

    Very helpful guide

  • Anne O'Brien | 13 Nov 17

    Thank you. So easy to follow. Excellent advice.

  • Jane Owen Schaumloffel | 8 Oct 17

    Couldn't be clearer. Thank you so much.

  • JOYCE DAVIES | 7 Oct 17

    Thank you so much for being very helpful, you were great, thanks again.

  • Pam Smith | 18 Sep 17

    Very helpful, simple advice. Thank you.

  • Sheila | 18 Jun 17

    Thank you. The information was very helpful and very appreciated. It was very clear and precise. :-)

  • Gordon | 19 Apr 17

    Thank you. Very clear advice.

  • Nim | 15 Apr 17

    Thank you very helpful and simple to to buy my nets now

  • Mrs Newbery | 22 Mar 17

    Yes the information I read about was just what I was looking for , thankyou very much

  • Pam | 7 May 16

    Found the information very helpful thank you

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