Standard Bottom Finishes
Each and every theatrical drapery will require a different bottom finish. Read below to learn more about the standard finishes available and when to use them. The sketches and pictures of the different styles will help you to better understand the descriptions.
A 2″, 4″ or 6″ Double Folded Hem is a basic hem used only when the benefits of a weighted bottom are not required. We often see this type of hem on a small scale theatrical drapery that is for use in a doorway or window area. Photographers backdrops generally have this type of bottom finish as they will lay the drop onto the floor and run it towards the camera for fuller coverage.
Lined Hem with Raised Chain
Most theatre curtains will benefit from some weight in the bottom. In both pleated and flat drapes we most commonly find a Lined Hem with Raised Chain. The reason for raising the chain is so that the curtain is able to make a “seal” with the often-times uneven stage floor. As the drape is travelled, the chain does not drag, thereby extending the life of the fabric in the bottom hem. Main stage drapes, masking drapes and cycs just to mention a few are typically manufactured with this bottom finish.
Lined Pipe Hem
Used for flat drapes, backdrops, cyc’s and scrims, a 4″ Lined Pipe Hem will allow for the user to feed a metal pipe or conduit stiffener into the bottom of the drape. This will give the drape the appearance of hanging “flatter” which is visually more pleasing and technically beneficial for lighting effects.
Pipe Pocket with Skirt Front
Another common bottom treatment for Stage Backdrops is a Pipe Pocket with Skirt Front. The skirt is typically made 1 or 2 inches longer than the bottom edge of the pipe pocket, giving the drape the ability to seal to the uneven stage floor and eliminate any light leaks from upstage. The pipe is not included in the drapery purchase, and you will need to provide your own pipe and pipe connectors for installation.
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