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Curtain Finishes & Lining

There are a number of ways in which to finish the top, side, bottom and back of a curtain. The following provides some guidance on standard finishes and describes options beyond that as well. If you use our request a quote tool online, you'll see that it gives you the option to select a pre-configured set of standard curtain finishes. You can specify a custom finish as well. We're happy to help you through the process if you need some coaching.

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Snap Hook


Elephant Ear


Drapery Hook Flush Top

Drapery Hook Step Down

Side finishes for the leading edge of travelers are often finished with a width or half width turnback. This helps prevent the audience from seeing the back or lining of the curtain. Turnbacks can also be laced to the lining, instead of sewn, to allow for varying humidity reactions of the face and lining fabrics.Side finishes can also be as basic as a flat 2" hem. Hook and Loop can be used if drapes are attaching to each other or to a frame. For pieces that need tension on the sides, cable guides or cable hems can be used. For fabrics with stretch, grommet patches are often the best option. Photos are taken from the back of the drape to show detail.

2" Hem

Hook & Loop

Grommet on Webbing

Jib Clamp

Cable Guide

Cable Hem Unlined

Turn Back

Turn Back with Laced Loops

Photos are taken from the back of the drape and cut away to show details.

Chain Hem Lined 5"
Creates a nice hang for flat drapes or those with fullness. The chain weight is suspended in a separate pocket within the hem.

Hem Tape Weight 4"
For lighter weight fabric or when a crisper bottom hem is desired.

Hem BB Weight
For lightweight fabrics.

Open Hem Unlined 5"
Used with flat drapes, scrims and cycs. Creates a clean, straight visual line. This hem can be unlined or lined.

Pipe Pocket with Skirt 5"
The slightly longer skirt is used to prevent light leaks from under the pipe and compensate for uneven floors.

Open Hem 5" with 3" Pipe Pocket Above
This hem is also used to prevent light leaks from under the pipe and compensate for uneven floors

Pipe Hem Lined with Feed
Often placed in the center or every 10' to ease the installation of the bottom pipe.

Turn Back with Laced Loops

An unlined curtain is a single layer of fabric.

Liner - Flat
Typically, a flat liner is used on a flat drape. However, it can also be put behind a drape with fullness. This is an option when space is limited, as with flying curtains, or if a removable lining is desired.

Liner - Full
Both the face and the lining fabric have fullness. This creates a rich drape with the highest light and sound absorption.

Double Faced or Self Lined 5"
A curtain is made double faced when face fabric is used on both sides. Front of house drapes are often double faced as they will be seen from both sides.

A burn sample is sewn into the top webbing or side seam of a drape to facilitate flame testing.

Our drapes ship in our Rose Brand Drape Bag (some size and quantity exceptions).