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Curtain Options

Size

Stage curtains, like clothes, have to be the correct size or they just don’t look their best. We have a page that details how to measure for curtains, but chances are, we have a professional dealer near you who can come measure your stage and ensure everything fits just right. Give us a call if you need any assistance or if you would like one of our professional local dealers to visit. Most don’t charge any fees to take measurements.

Top Hem

太阳城3注册The top hem is reinforced by a continuous piece of webbing and grommeted every 12” with a heavy duty #3 steel grommet. Grommets have a durable non-reflective matte black finish.

For curtains to be attached to stationary battens a 30” piece of black tie line is provided in each grommet. If the top will be exposed to audience view we offer “hidden grommets & ties” so the curtain covers the batten.

Curtains intended to be attached to tracks are provided with 1-1/2” self closing bit snaps or, optionally, 1” self closing flush harness snaps. We generally recommend against S-hooks.

太阳城3注册Other grommet spacing and attachment hardware can be provided upon request.

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Fullness

Fullness is how much extra fabric is sewn into the curtain and is achieved by making pleats. Typically, 50% fullness is sufficient although we recommend 75% or more for Grand Drapes and Valance. The extra fabric not only makes a theater curtain look more luxurious, but it also helps deaden stage noises and blocks bright back lighting, which is typical when the curtain opens to a fully lit stage.

Bottom Hem

太阳城3注册Our standard bottom hems are a 3” or 5” flat hem, a 6” hem with chain weight, a 6” hem with a reinforced pipe pocket, a 6” hem with a pipe flap, or a 6” hem with chain weight and pipe pocket. Chain weight is encased in a muslin pocket hung 1” above the bottom of the curtain to prevent excessive wear. Pipe pockets are lined with heavy weight muslin. Most any other hem can be accommodated.

Lining

Lining is useful when the audience may see the back side of the drape – for instance, in companies that do “stage door” theatre whereby the Grand Drape is closed and the audience is seated onstage in a Black Box fashion. Lining can also be desirable in venues with significant lighting demands, in which excessive light spilling onto the back of the drape is unavoidable. Lining can also make the curtain have a slightly nicer movement to it and helps to deaden noise. However, in most cases, lining of theatrical drapes is unnecessary and in many cases even undesirable. For the typical non-professional venue the innate opacity of BellaTEX’s theatrical velours are more than sufficient to stop light spills without showing on the face side. The additional weight of the lining requires larger capacity tracks and heavier duty support rigging. Unless the curtain is motorized or runs on a counterweight system, the extra weight can make smooth operation difficult. If you’re unsure about lining, talk it over with a BellaTEX representative. They can help you determine whether or not the added costs are going to pay off in added benefit.

FR Test Swatch

The Test Swatch is an extra piece of fabric stitched to the back side of the curtain. It is typically sewn in under the jute and the offstage side hem. This fabric is from the exact same lot as the face fabric and because it is stitched in at manufacturing, will be the same age and have been exposed to the same environmental elements. Curtains need to be periodically re-checked to verify they meet NFPA flame resistant standards. This is a destructive test and requires a sample from the curtain. This test swatch provides a suitable place to take that sample without damage to the actual curtain. The Test Swatch also provides