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What is…a Drop on Curtains and Net Curtains

When we’re talking about curtains the word ‘drop’ means the total length of the curtain from top to bottom.

Your curtains hang on a pole or track either inside or outside the window reveal; that is, inside the window recess or across the front, leaving a bigger gap between window and curtains. You usually decide which based on the size and design of your windows and the clearance around them.

How to work out the drop

The drop is the exact finished length of the curtain, but where this should be measured from depends on the type of curtain heading. If you are replacing a set of curtains and having the same heading, you can just measure the length of the existing curtains. Otherwise you will have to measure from your existing track or pole. If your track or pole is not yet up you can estimate the length, but a final measurement will be needed once it is in place. There are more details on our instructions on how to measure for curtains.

What else is a drop?

Confusingly, we also use the word in another way when talking about curtain-making. We often refer to the number of ‘drops’ used to make a curtain. This means the number of widths of fabric used, with the width referring to one full width of fabric. A maker might refer to a pair of curtains with two drops per curtain, meaning four drops or fabric. This is important because he cost of making curtains is based on an amount per drop; if your curtains require 2 drops/widths in each curtain, your quote will be for the drop price x 4.

Net curtains

Net curtains usually hang on a curtain wire or a pole. They are made with a channel at the top for the wire or pole; for cafe nets this will be a series of holes. The net curtains and cafe nets we sell are ready to hang, with the channel already sewn in.

The drop is measured from just above the wire or pole to the window sill, or wherever you want the curtain to finish. Net curtains are usually hung close against the window within the reveal and finish just above the window sill in order to give privacy. Our Net curtains are available a range of standard drops; choose the nearest drop available that is smaller than your measurement to buy. If this is too small, try a larger drop and cut it down, creating a new channel at the top. Our makers can do this for you if required.

You can learn more about how to measure and choose net curtains here; our range of net curtains and curtain fabrics are for sale online:

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