Curtain fullness & gather guide

Curtain fullness is the amount of fabric (or fabric widths) in your curtains used to create the pleats. More fabric gives more pleats and often looks better, less fabric although more economical it gives a flatter appearance when your curtains are closed.

Less fullness curtain
Less fullness

Most others typical fullness!

Normal fullness curtain
Our normal fullness
More fullness curtain
More fullness

For a bit of luxury

We offer three choices of fullness; less, normal and more - based on our tried and tested fullness ratings over many years of experience. Even with the less or more fullness options we set limits to ensure the curtains we make we'll always be proud to put our name against.

It's always worth you comparing the fullness or how many widths curtains have before purchasing as this can make a substantial difference to the overall effect once they are hanging.

Although it is personal opinion, it's generally accepted that more fullness in a curtain looks better. If you have too little fullness your curtains may look skimpy and even struggle to close ‐ although we'll never let that happen when you order with us.

We would always recommend at least our normal fullness for any room that you are likely to be using frequently or more fullness for extra luxury which offers better sound and insulation too.

Less fullness is better suited for infrequently used rooms or where budget is tighter. Our less fullness is often fuller than many others normal fullness as we don't like to compromise on the quality of the curtains.

Below are our tried and tested curtain & voile fullness ratings from years of experience. In nearly all circumstances they are the minimum ratios we use unless you choose less fullness.

Curtain heading (not voile)Our normal fullness
Pencil, Eyelet 2x (also known as double fullness or 100%)
Double pinch, Cartridge, Goblet 2.2x
Deep Pencil, Triple Pinch 2.5x
Tab top 1.5x

The above fullnesses are for our curtains only and differ for voiles which are below.

Voile headingOur normal fullness
Pencil, gathered, slot top 2.5x

Fullness ratings are the ratio of overall width of fabric to the track/pole length. Some headings require different ratios as they gather differently.

To calculate the curtain fullness
Fullness = Total widths of fabric x Width of fabric
Curtain track or pole length
Example fullness calculation

For example, if you have a pole of 280cm (excluding finials) and a pair of curtains with 2 widths in each curtain that are 140cm per width then it's calculated like below:

4 widths x 140cm per width = 2x Fullness
280cm pole

Last Updated: 17-Jul-2021

Last Reviewed: 17-Jul-2021