How to get curtains and blinds to fit bay windows

Anyone who’s tried installing curtains or blinds for a bay window will know that it can be tricky. Getting it right on a straightforward window is hard enough but with the extra measurements to consider, it can lead to frustration. Added to the challenge is the fact that bay windows come in all shapes and sizes, of course, so every window is likely to be different. We are specialists in bay windows so of course can do it all for you, (Chris will visit your home to measure and advise on what is possible) but if you’d like to do it yourself, then here are some tips:

Measuring bay windows for curtains


Getting the poles and tracks in the right place, and making sure that your curtains don’t snag on the fittings are the two biggest tests of character. And then there are all the options to consider too: do you go for a bendy curtain rail, motorised tracks, motorised blinds, and what kind of curtain pole?

Firstly, you will need to measure each section of the bay window to find the width of each part. If you would like your curtains to hang wider from the window frame itself, measure to the point where you would like to install the brackets. Keep a record of those measurements as you will then know how long your curtain track or pole needs to be. All you need to do is add them up!

Next, you will need to measure the top of the bay window to where you would like your curtains to fall. We recommend you either have them stop at your window sill or draped down to the floor.

Curtain tracks for bay windows

Uniquely shaped windows such as large bays are often considered beyond the scope of most poles.  However, we are specialists in bay window and custom bent poles and tracks. This can help you to achieve the look you desire even in the trickiest of situations.

In a bay window, the pole will need several brackets in order to support it around the bay. This can cause some issues when curtain rings are involved. Even if you have the best ring passing system, depending on the weight of your curtains, you will most likely have to hoik them around the bay. Here are some alternatives:

  • Tracks within the pole

In order to achieve a silky smooth pull of your curtain, you could have tracks within the pole. You lose the aesthetic of having curtain rings, as a track is built underneath the pole with gliders that slide along. The curtains hang from these. This will work for bendy curtain poles as well as straight ones.

  • Covered tracks

Another way you can avoid having problems pulling your curtains, is having covered tracks. You are able to hide your tracks behind a lath and fascia. Lath and fascias come into their own for bay windows. They can be fixed at multiple points and can be curved around the bay. They will be strong enough to cope with all curtains, no matter how heavy. The curtain would be attached to the gliders which slide smoothly along the track. You can choose to have these cover the fascia or hang below it. This would work with straight curtain tracks for bay windows and straight windows.

Measuring for bay window blinds



If you choose to have bay window blinds, you will need to consider the depth of the headrail as well as anything else which may protrude from the window. This may include handles or air vents. You need to take this into consideration because when you raise and lower your blinds, you want you blinds to be free from obstruction.

If you have things sticking out a bit, then the blinds won’t have as much space so don’t just measure the width of the window – the blinds won’t fit!

Measure how far the obstructions produce past the window. You will then need to reduce the width of the blind by this amount.


Posted on: June 8, 2016 | Posted in: Blog

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