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Calico - Measuring and Installation of Window Treatments

At Calico, we offer — and highly recommend — professional measuring and installation services. This will ensure your window treatments will fit just right and look gorgeous!

Read on to learn about the value of professional measuring and installation, followed by guidelines for taking your own rough measurements that you can take to your Calico design shop to get a quote.

Why should I opt for a free* professional measure?

Our installers will come to your home and measure your windows before a yard of fabric is cut. Often there is more to consider than simply the length and width of your window.

  • They will measure with your window treatments in mind, noting all the architectural features that have to be accommodated — doors, moldings, bookcases, radiators and so forth.
  • They'll evaluate existing drapery rods and whether they're worth keeping.
  • They'll plan for installation of new drapery rods and support brackets, and advise if additional hardware is required to carry the weight of the window treatment.
  • They'll take exact measurements — and Calico will be fully responsible for the products made to these specifications.
  • They'll check where valances or cornices will be positioned and make sure that any window treatments beneath will fit and function properly.

*Base measure fee reimbursed at the time of purchase.

Why should I choose professional installation?

Hanging window treatments is not just another "honey-do" job when you consider that your honey will be holding 30 pounds of fabric panels, high up on a 12-foot ladder, trying to adjust sharp pins! Our installers make the whole process go quickly and smoothly. The end result is well worth the installation fee. Reasons to opt for of this service:

  • Our installers are specialists — this is all they do.
  • They have all the tools and tricks to help window treatments hang beautifully.
  • They have the skills necessary to ensure the weight of the treatment is properly supported, and that care is taken to protect woodwork.
  • They'll steam and dress draperies and shades to hang beautifully and break properly when opening or closing.
Calico - Measuring and Installation of Window Treatments

How to measure your windows

Use our worksheets to record your measurements, then take the completed worksheet to a Calico design shop where an associate will provide a custom quote. From there, the associate will help you choose fabric and window treatments, and schedule the in-home measuring and/or installation services. Of course, these services are optional — you can instead use your own measurements to order your window treatments, and/or perform your own installation.

Measuring Worksheets for:


Measuring tips

  • Use a metal measuring tape, not a ruler or cloth measuring tape. Write your measurements in the spaces provided and double-check them!
  • Measure all windows, even if they appear to be the same size. The differences may surprise you. Note the location of each window, using multiple forms as needed.
  • For decorative traverse rods and café curtains hung by rings, start measuring from the bottom of the rings.


Special notes on window shades, swags and valances

  • Inside mounting allows the window treatment to hang inside the frame of your window. Check the depth so that we can be sure it will accommodate the mounting board. When taking measurements for inside-mounted window treatments, please do not deduct any allowances.
  • Outside mounting allows the window shade to hang above the window casing or molding. It may also give the illusion of a taller window.