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In terms of the length, the first thing is how you intend to use the tape fitting at the top of the curtain. These tapes usually have three different slots that can be used to attach the hooks. Use of the top slot means that the curtain will hang below the rail or pole.
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For example, on a curtain pole that has rings, using the top slot on the tape will make the curtain hang just touching the bottom of the ring. Therefore, your measurement of the length of the curtain should be taken from the bottom of one of the rings to a point below the window opening where you would like the curtain to finish. Each of the curtain manufacturer's guides will also give you some guidance on the curtain material itself as to whether it hangs to the correct length or scrunches up slightly, hence you would need to add a little to the length in the latter instance.
Using the second or third slots down on the header tape means that the curtain will be held higher up. In the manufacturer's catalogues it will show you how much this amount is, enabling you to add this on to the length of the curtain.
Curtains and blinds within the window space can clearly not be bigger than the size of the opening itself.
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