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30-Minutes with Workroom Tech: Episode 37 / Measuring

On Episode 37 of The Sew Much More Podcast: 30-Minutes with Workroom Tech, Ceil DiGuglielmo and Susan Woodcock follow up with the Workroom Accountability and Mentoring Group (WAM), and assign the next task which is measuring.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast here: Episode 37: Measuring

The last WAM group assignment was to work on efficiency. The group had great results and ideas! From draperies and workroom layout to using the right tool for the job.

Leslie shared that she used dry erase cling film sheets. Wow! Who knew about that? Kate evaluated her workroom layout for less steps. Laurie practiced different methods for fabricating draperies and found that cutting and stacking all the materials first, saved time.

The next assignment: Measuring

Measuring is an important part of the job. You need measurements to know how to quote the yardage, to install and to fabricate. When you measure, you preplan where to place brackets and hardware.


Measuring your window is easy and essential to starting your project. You will need the following tools:

· Good quality, 25-foot metal tape measure (like the Stanley Powerlock or FatMax)

· Ladder or stepladder

· Pencil and paper

· Digital camera

· Cardboard if making templates for bay window angles

While measuring, make notes about the purpose, style and design of the finished window treatment.

Measure the window frame or opening across the width. If there is a wall, furniture of some other obstruction on the side, be sure to measure the area on each side of the window. Do you have room to extend the treatment on the left and right?

Measure the window frame or opening from the top and down the length to the sill, below the apron or frame and to the floor. What length is best for the style you have selected?

Measure above the window frame to the ceiling or crown molding.

Do you have space to raise the treatment above the window?

For inside-mounted treatments, measure inside the frame or opening across the width and length. Measure at several points and if the sizes differ, use the lesser measurement. Is there enough room inside for the style selected and how will it be mounted?

While measuring take time to pre-plan where the hardware will be installed. Are there obstructions like beams, cabinetry or alarm systems, speakers or heating vents?

Measure projections of the window frame and sill, and any existing window coverings like blinds or shutters. How much clearance will be needed for curtains or top treatments?

Your digital camera or iPad is an important tool. Print photos of your windows and add notes and measurements. You can make copies and sketch design ideas right on the photo or use an iPad and add measurements to the photo with a stylus, use a measuring app or voice recorded.

Take photos of crucial measurements that you want to remember like the small clearance on the window below.

Measuring large windows