Thinking about replacing those old, tattered drapes in your school auditorium or community center stage with beautiful new custom stage curtains, but not sure where to start?  It can seem like a daunting proposition, especially for a school parent or church volunteer with no background in the theatre. 

Don’t worry – it’s not as hard as it seems.  To get you started, I’ve prepared this quick checklist: 

1)    Figure out the approximate size that you will need, based on the size of the existing curtains.  Check for a label to see if the height and width are listed.  If not, measure the existing drapes. To measure width for pleated drapes, measuring along the top edge generally gives a more accurate measurement than measuring along the bottom hem.

2)    Determine the top, bottom and side finishes used on the existing drapes.  For the side hems, simply measure the size of the turnback on the back of each side of the drape. 

3)    Determine the fullness used in pleating.  You don’t have to figure it out exactly, just have a rough idea.

4)    Consider your fabric options.  Generally, theatrical velours or similar fabrics are used for traditional stage curtains.  However, within that category, there are many different options to suit your budget and your taste.

Need help?  Just give us a call.  We can give you more information, make suggestions, even send fabric samples.