Standard Finishes

We manufacture, supply and install a huge variety of custom flame-retardant drapery, including traditional front of house and stage curtains, show backdrops, perimeter and window curtains. We are able to offer our drapery with a host of finishes to ensure they meet your requirements.


The fullness of a drape refers to the amount of fabric used during manufacture in order to produce a pleated finish. Examples of this are;


Flat fabric is sewn at the finished size.

50% Fullness

For a 10m wide drape with 50% fullness, the unpleated size of the fabric would measure 15m.

100% Fullness

For a 10m wide drape with 100% fullness, the unpleated size of the drape would measure 20m.


At J&C Joel, we manufacture all our drapes with knife pleats as standard. Other pleats are available on request. Some examples of pleats are, Knife Pleat, Box Pleat, Pinch Pleat, Pencil Pleat.


At J&C Joel, we manufacture all our drapes with standard seams as standard. Other seams are available on request.

Standard Seam

The simplest method of joining two pieces of fabric together. A single stitch line is used and the two raw edges are at the back of the drape.

Felled Seam

This method produces the strongest join, with two parallel stitch lines holding together overlapped folds of fabric. It is also has no raw edges visible.

French Seam

Useful on lighter more decorative fabrics, this technique neatly hides the raw edges at the rear of the drape, but with no impact on the sewing lines visible on the face.

Overlocked Seam

An overlock stitch sews over the edge of a piece of fabric to prevent fraying, and if required join two pieces of fabric together neatly. It uses loopers fed by multiple threads.


We offer a variety of options from an unlined face fabric to a double layered edge-to-edge drape. Drapes can be finished to meet your specifications and budget, for advice speak to our sales team.


Unlined drapes are manufactured from a single layer of fabric. The backing of the fabric and the seams are visible from the rear side of the drape.


Linings hide the rear side of the drape. Lined drapes can be made from any fabric including blackout linings, or the same fabric as the main drape. It is typically sewn underneath the header, at the top and the turnbacks at the sides. At the base, it can be sewn under the hem, be left loose, or attached at regular interval typically at the seams.

Back to Back

Ideal for when the drape is seen from both sides. Two drapes made separately and joined back to back at the header and sides. The attachment method can be sewn to the face or rear of the drape, or between the two layers. The drapes can be made from the same fabric or with different fabrics on each side.


Extra layers of fabric can be added between the face and the lining to enhance acoustic/thermal properties.

Turn Back

Full or half width turn backs are designed to give the impression that the two sides of the drapes are from the same fabric, hiding the rear side of the fabric or any lining when the curtain moves during opening/closing. Using a full or half width reduces the number of seams visible on the face.

Paging Handles

Paging handles are reinforced handles that match the face fabric to allow the lower corners of the on stage edges of the house drapes to be drawn back manually. They are typically attached the rear side of the leading edges, set slightly around 1m up.

Swagged Curtains & Valances

As well as our standard drapes, sewn flat or with fullness, our team can also manufacture a variety of swag styles, which can be incorporated into your front of house pelmet or valance. This offers detail to boxes, windows and other areas within your venue.

Austrian Swag

The pleats in an Austrian swag run vertically down the drapes, parallel to each other.

Scallop Swag

A standard Scallop has concentric arcs of pleats radiating from the central point at the top

of the swag to its base.

Point-to-Point Swag

The pleats in a point-to-point swag fan out from each corner and meet in the centre at the bottom of the drape.


Our Sales team are always happy to discuss your needs and ensure the drapes suit your requirement as other colours and sizes of accessories are available. The standard spacing between hooks, eyelets and ties is 300mm.

Golf Bag Hook

Suitable for a runner with an internal diameter of ≥10mm. Top of hook set 10mm down from top of drape.

Tab Hook

25mm x 55mm (WxH). Set down from the header by 25mm. Hook position sat above top of drape by 30mm.

S Hook (Twin Hook)

25mm x 65mm x 10mm (WxHxD). Set down from the header by 25mm. Hook position sat above top of drape by 30mm.

Standard Eyelet (& Tie)

15mm (Int diameter) 28mm (Ext diameter). Centre of eyelet set down from the header by 25mm. Other sizes and finishes are available. Black or white ties, optional.

Standard Ties

900mm x 25mm. As standard, our ties are sewn into the top and bottom of the webbing. A colour contrasted tie is sewn to mark the centre.

Alternative Ties

900mm x 25mm. Ties are sewn under webbing every 300mm. A colour contrasted tie is sewn to mark the centre.

Rufflette Hook

11mm x 25mm (WxH).Spaced every 100mm (every 4th space) on centre point of Rufflette tape.

Wave Tape

A specialist webbing and precisely placed hooks create uniform ‘waves’ when used with specific track systems.

Tacking Tape

50mm webbing stitched at the top only, to allow for tacking to a surface.

Modacrylic Webbing

50mm modacrylic webbing is used as standard, however J&C Joel have an array of different colours, material types and finishes available to suit any project.


50mm modacrylic webbing is used as which allows a fabric panel to connect to a frame.


As standard, a turnback is 75mm on a lined or self-lined drape.

Magnets (Nickel Plated)

22mm x 11mm sewn hem with 2.2kg pull. Other sizes and strengths available, these can be placed in the drape as per customer’s request.

Metal D Ring

35mm x 30mm x 5mm (WxHxD). Sewn onto webbing and spaced 300mm. Centre point is 25mm from edge of drape.

Spot Hook & Loop

20mm x150mm (WxL). Strips are placed every 610mm.

Continuous Hook & Loop

50mm (W). If used as a header, loop fastener is sewn onto the fabric and hook is provided separately.


Open ended pocket along the base to allow conduit/weight to be added. Different pocket sizes available on request.


Added material to base hem to prevent light leakage.

Lead Tape

100 gsm Lead weights wrapped in cotton to weigh the hem down. Alternative weights available.

Rope Lead Tape

150 gsm Lead weights wrapped in rope, used to weigh the hem down. Alternative weights available.

Chain Base

226 gsm galvanised chain placed in a canvas pocket and sewn into the hem on a drape. Alternative weights available.