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How to measure where to put tiebacks on a curtain

Updated February 21, 2017

Using curtain tiebacks allows you hold your curtains open to achieve a desired design effect or to permit light into a room. Typically, curtain tiebacks are made from the same fabric as your curtains or out of a rope tassel material. There are standard tieback measurements you should consider when hanging curtain tiebacks. Ultimately, however, the exact measurements you should use are somewhat subjective based on the overall look you are trying to achieve.

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  1. Measure the length of your curtains. The standard measurement for floor length curtains is 84 inches, and the standard measurement for short curtains is 55 inches.

  2. Determine the type of tiebacks you want to use. Fabric tiebacks are generally made from the same material as your curtains. This design allows them to blend in with your curtains. Rope tassel ties typically give your curtains a more elegant look.

  3. Measure from the floor up. For fabric tiebacks, measure 39 inches up for floor length curtains and measure 45 inches up for short curtains. For rope tassel ties, measure up 45 inches from the floor.

  4. Use the pencil to place a mark at the appropriate measurement based on the type of tieback and the curtain length. Place one mark on each side of the window at the same height.

  5. Line up the pencil mark vertically with the last outer ring of your curtain rod. Use the tape measure to make sure the pencil mark lines up with the last outer ring.

  6. Use the masking tape to temporarily hold back the curtains at the marked level. Stand back from the window and make sure that you have achieved the desired look with your curtain tieback. Adjust the vertical height of the tieback as needed. The measurement that gives you the desired look is somewhat subjective, and you can deviate from the suggested measurement as needed to achieve the look you want.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape

About the Author

Since 1992 Matt McGew has provided content for on and offline businesses and publications. Previous work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," Travelocity and "GQ Magazine." McGew specializes in search engine optimization and has a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University.

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