Decorative curtains, such as proscenium curtains and some masking curtains usually have pleats to provide additional fullness and a rich theatrical look. The standard type of pleat is the box pleat. Other options are knife pleats or shirred pleats, which provide a different flow. The amount of fullness is equal to the percentage of additional fabric width that is pleated down to the actual width of the curtain.
The minimum and most popular for most school stages that are not used for professional type performances, or smaller theaters.
Provides a beautifully rich curtain and is standard for professional theater venues with full height curtains of 30’ and above.
Since each pleat usually has a hook (or tie line) in its center, the number of pleats will affect the number of carriers needed for any curtain that hangs from track. On a standard traveler track carriers are usually provided 12″ on center. All curtains are therefore pleated 12″ on center.
With the shirred curtain, the fabric is gathered tightly together in the desired fullness (usually at least 100%). This method creates very small pleats and provides a more natural flow. This finish is especially suitable for lighter weight materials such as sheers or silks.