How to fit net curtains

Net curtains are a popular style of curtain that is sold primarily in Europe. Similar in design to voile, these fabrics range from plain to lacy to scalloped in their design; some are even decorated with patterns. Both sheer and light in nature, net curtains are designed to be hung on net wires or very thin curtain rods behind thicker drapery panels. In addition to allowing light into the room, net curtains also provide visual privacy.

Install net wires or curtain rods along the inside of your window casing before ordering your net curtains.

Measure the width of the window. Multiply this width by 2 or 2.5 to allow for the amount of gather you want.

Measure the height of the net curtain from the wire to either the floor or to the window sill, depending on your application.

Subtract 6 mm to 1.2 cm (1/4 to 1/2 inch) from your sill height measurement if you want your curtain to just brush the window sill.

Add 15 cm (6 inches) to the sill height measurement if you want your net curtain to extend past the sill.

Measure from the net wire to the floor and subtract 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) for a curtain that will hang without touching the floor.

Add 7.5 to 15 cm (3 to 6 inches) to your floor height measurement if you want your net curtains to puddle on the floor in a more Bohemian-style look.


Make sure that your curtains are prepared so that they will not shrink during washing. Some fabric types will shrink on the first wash. Ask your manufacturer about this issue before purchasing your curtains as this will change the size you need for the best fit.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
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