…Consider purchasing, or renting, a BRAILLE / AUSTRIAN style drape with a lift system.
The front curtain in a no-loft stage is sometimes rigged as a Brail curtain to achieve a faster and more-desirable lifting action than the slower motion of a traveller curtain. In this case the amount of lift on each draw line is equal, eliminating the need for the abnormal fullness of a contour curtain. When in its lowered/closed position, a braille curtain will simply hang with the look of a regular drape with fullness. The lift lines will be strategically and evenly placed on the back side of the drape on the seams. It will oftentimes be lined for durability and for added opacity.
To add a decorative quality, the curtain may have horizontal fullness added by gathering material on the vertical seams, thereby producing a series of soft swags. Best known as an Austrian curtain. An Austrian curtain will have both horizontal and vertical fullness. The lift lines will be strategically and evenly placed on the back side of the drape on the seams. It will oftentimes be lined for durability and for added opacity.
Track Recommendations for this type of application will vary depending on the number of lift lines. A motorized system is necessary for this type of drape and will require installation space and electrical elements to be positioned by a licensed contractor. We do offer a single drum motor lift system that is a part of the Rent What? rental inventory. For other motion control options, you can contact your local motion control suppliers, such as All Access Staging and Productions, or Show Group Production Services.
Construction notes for consideration when getting a quote for an Austrian / Braille drape:
- Typical vertical fabric fullness is 100% (that means a 10-foot-tall finished height should start with a 20 foot cut of fabric, so bear in mind that cost can be adjusted by changing the amount of vertical fullness. We recommend not less than 50% vertical fullness and not more than 100% vertical fullness for the best look and most practical finished product.
- Horizontal fullness will vary. Not less than 25% and not greater than 50%. The less horizontal fullness the shorter the “smiles” or swags in the drapes. The greater the horizontal fullness the longer or deeper the swags.
- An Austrian style drape has swags at the bottom where it touches the stage……. Requiring that a short flat straight skirt be sewn to the back side bottom of the drape allowing for a clean seal to block light where the drape hits the floor when then drape is trimmed in the down position. The height will usually be to the bottom of the bottom swag. SO – the height of the lift line is the drape height less the swag height.
- The spacing between the lift lines is very important – the dimensions typically line up with the pulley mechanism.