How to Measure for New Stage Curtains

These instructions assume you've already hung your track or pipe batten according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you haven't done so already, please do!

Stage Curtains Hung from Pipe Batten

Measuring Stage Curtain Height (Pipe Batten)

A) Measure the distance from the bottom of the pipe batten to the floor.
B) If you are hanging your curtain using grommets and ties, deduct 1-4" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. Remember that genenerally stage curtains will stretch approximately 1-2" after they are hung.
C) The result of this calculation is the finished curtain height.

Stage Curtains Hung from 140/300 Track

Measuring Stage Curtain Height (140/300 Series Track)

A) Measure from the bottom of the track to the floor.
B) If you are hanging your curtain using grommets and s-hooks, and are not using trim chain, deduct 3-4" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. If you are using trim chain, deduct 5-6" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. Remember that genenerally stage curtains will stretch approximately 1-2" after they are hung.
C) The result of this calculation is the finished curtain height.

Stage Curtains Hung from 170/100 Track

Measuring Stage Curtain Height (170/100 Series Track)

A) Measure from the bottom of the track to the floor.
B) If you are hanging your curtain using grommets and s-hooks, and are not using trim chain, deduct 4-5" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. If you are using trim chain, deduct 6-7" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. Remember that genenerally stage curtains will stretch approximately 1-2" after they are hung.
C) The result of this calculation is the finished curtain height.

Stage Curtains Hung from 280/400 Track

Measuring Stage Curtain Height (280/400 Series Track)

A) Measure from the bottom of the track to the floor.
B) If you are hanging your curtain using grommets and s-hooks, and are not using trim chain, deduct 6-7" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. If you are using trim chain, deduct 8-9" depending on how close to the floor you want your curtain to hang. Remember that genenerally stage curtains will stretch approximately 1-2" after they are hung.
C) The result of this calculation is the finished curtain height.

Measuring the Width for New Stage Curtains

Measure on the floor, the distance that your stage curtain or drape needs to cover. If you are measuring a bi-parting drape, you probably want it to overlap in the center. We generally suggest a 1" overlap of each panel at center stage. Also, please keep in mind that on proscenium curtains, you probably want a 6-12" overlap of the proscenium opening on both off-stage sides (provided you have enough space).

Note: The above tips are general guidelines to assist customers in determining curtain sizes for their specific venue based on their specific hardware. Track, carrier, and hardware specifications and sizes change sporadically, so it is important that customers this only as a general guideline to assist in the process of measuring for their specific curtains.

For instructions on how to measure for existing stage curtains, click here.


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