Theatre curtains can be sewn flat or with pleats for more fullness. Pleating is commonly used to increase opacity, light and sound absorption, or to add more depth to the drape.
Curtains can be pleated according to the fabric, application, and dimensions of the curtain.
- For 100% fullness, account for twice the amount of fabric used for a flat curtain.
- For 50% fullness, account for 1.5 the amount of fabric used.
There are several different types of pleats possible, depending on the look and feel you desire:
- Flat curtain
- Full box pleat
- Rippled pleat
- Tied in fullnes
- Pinch pleat
- Butterfly pleat
- Shirred pleat