A stage curtain can be made from a variety of materials, but achieving the effect of having it rise up and away from the stage floor takes a little more work. A rope is passed through wood plugs on both the left and right sides of the curtain giving the curtain a pulley effect. As the ends of the ropes are pulled by two people, the curtain is lifted up and away from the stage floor. The goal here is to keep the fabric as lightweight as possible, making it easier to lift.
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Things you need
- Table cloth
- 6 wood plugs
- Needle and thread
- Curtain rail kit
Drill holes through the centre of the wooden plugs so the rope can pass through here.
Place three wooden plugs on the left side of the curtain and three wooden plugs on the right side.
Stitch the wooden plugs at the very bottom of the curtain, the centre and the top. There will be three wood plugs going up the right side and three wood plugs going up the left side, forming a guide for the rope.
Wind a rope through the wooden plugs on the right side of the curtain. Start at the bottom wood plug and tie a knot here. Continue through the centre wood plug and then the top wood plug, letting the rest of the rope hang down to the floor.
Repeat Step 5 for the right side of the curtain. This creates a pulley system on both sides of the curtain.
Mount the curtain rail and attach the curtain.
Test the curtain by having one person stand on the right and another stand on the left. Both will pull the ropes at the same time to lift the curtain off the stage floor.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure to stitch the wood plugs tightly onto the back of the curtain, but make sure the rope can still pass through.
- Be certain to keep enough rope hanging as it comes down from the top wood plug so the people standing at the bottom can reach it.
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