If measuring up your standard window for a curtain pole was easy, measuring up a bay window involves a few more steps and measurements to take. Bays can be curved or have a number of bends based on the number of windows contained in the bay. The more bends, the more measurements are needed. To take a typical example, let’s go through measuring up a four-bend bay.
First of all, rustle up someone to help with the measuring, as bays are usually too large for one pair of outstretched arms to manage. The most important thing to bear in mind when measuring is that true symmetry rarely exists in the real world. Never assume one measurement is the same as another because they look symmetrical. Measure each line to the nearest millimetre. And if you have to bend the tape to get a measurement, start the tape at that end. If the tape has to be bent, the reading cannot be trusted. Use a pencil to mark where you are measuring to and from for accuracy.
As the diagram shows, a four-bend bay has six points, A to F. Measurements are needed for the following:
A to F, the width of the window.
A to B (including finials), B to C, C to D, D to E and E to F (including finials).
In order for Made by the Forge to produce a single accurate bay window curtain pole, we also need the diagonals measured:
A to D, A to E. C to E, C to F. B to D, B to E, B to F.
Have a look at the top left and right of the diagram. The ends of the pole that wrap around to re-join the wall line are called returns. If you want returns, we need two more measurements:
1 to A and F to 2.
If you visit our bay page here, you will see many types of bay. Click on the one that you have and the measurement boxes are all ready for your figures and the online calculator will show you the price.
As ever, any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call on +44 (0)1473 487118 or contact us via email.