Church Stage Design Tips

The right stage design is key to presenting your story and connecting with your audience. They create emotion and cause excitement. That’s why a Church’s stage design is so important! No matter your stage size, we have some design tips that you can use today to improve your set design and reduce your production budget.

Stage Backdrops

There’s so many options when it comes to church stage backdrops. Some people think of church stage design as heavy metal and wooden panels with a lot of lighting—and yes, these do look great. But, they are also hard to move around, and not the easiest to install. Pairing some heavy stage materials with quality fabrics could be a great way to reduce your budget and improve your set-up schedule.

Church Stage Fabrics

Choosing the right fabrics is your next step. Below are the fabrics we recommend for churches.

Masking Fabrics – These fabrics are meant to create a dark background to allow focus on the actual set. They are meant to absorb light and hone in big spaces, and are commonly used for stage skirting.

Set Design Fabrics – If you’re really looking to get creative with your set, here are some fabrics you can use:

  • Small to medium budget
    • Canvas – Canvas is a great fabric for beginners. It’s easy to work with, so it’s great for backdrops.
  • Medium to large budget
    • Muslin – Cotton muslin fabric is lighter and thinner than canvas, and used by most professional set designers to paint and craft amazing stage drops, scene flats and cycloramas. Muslin is great for larger backdrops and cycs.

Lighting Fabrics – Lighting is the perfect way to amp your stage design “wow” factor without breaking the bank. When you pair the right fabrics with your lighting, you can get some amazing effects.

  • Scrim – This fabric is light, and has a translucent quality that creates different special effects when objects are placed in front or behind it.
  • Gauze – Another great cost effective fabric for dramatic lighting effect!

Note: Always use your fabrics safely. Use flame-retardant fabrics in public spaces and have the proper certification of compliance per your city fire department.

Have questions about your church stage design? Our team of knowledgeable fabric experts are at your service.

Quick Guide: What is Velour?

If you have an upcoming theater production coming up, you’re probably debating which theater fabrics you’ll need. We understand that every production, team and budget is different. But if there’s one fabric we recommend to any size theater, it’s velour. What is velour? Keep reading to find out.

 

What is Velour?

Velour is a knit, napped fabric that’s memorable for its lush feel. Velour gets its signature soft feel from what’s called a pile knit texture (which comes from a weaving process where the loops are cut off at the end).
In the theater industry, velour is beloved for its rich luster, fabric durability and clean appearance. Velour fabric can be made from cotton or synthetic material, and has a range of qualities depending on the weight and type chosen.

 

Difference Between Velvet and Velour

Velour is not to be confused with velvet. Although similar, velour is a pile knit fabric, whereas velvet is a pile weave fabric (yarns are looped into one direction). The difference? Velvet is a lot softer and more luxurious, but also more delicate and better suited for lighter applications like clothing.

Velour Stage Curtains

Velour is a tried-and-true theater fabric. Known for its light-absorbing qualities, velour is most commonly used as stage curtains.

Uses for Velour Stage Curtains

Velour fabric is super durable and versatile in use. Plus, the crush fabric looks great, making it a smart investment for small to large theaters.  Any high school, college, church, community or national theater can use flame-retardant velour fabric for:

  • Professional looking stage curtains
  • Acoustical sound absorption
  • Pole and drape applications
  • Mid-sized main settings
  • Cyclorama curtains
  • Theater backdrops
  • Stage borders
  • Stage skirting
  • Upholstery

Black Velour Fabric

Example of black velour curtains - customer photo
Black Velour Fabric (Customer Photo)

Choose from many weights, naps, colors and styles!

Comparing Stage Curtains

If you’re looking to get some stage curtains for your production, this chart will help you compare the many fabric options you have:

FR Fabric Weight Light absorbing Wrinkle-resistant Opacity Sound absorbing
Duvetyn FR Cotton 12 oz. X
Commando Cloth FR Cotton 16 oz. X
Encore Velour IFR Polyester 15 – 22 oz. X X X
Sound Absorbing Material FR Cotton 20 oz. X X X
Marvel Velour FR Cotton 21 oz. X X X

Comparing Fabrics for Theater Curtains

Guide to Selecting the Ideal Fabric Type for your Theater Curtains

Let me set the stage for you. Big production coming up and your job is to buy the fabric to make theater curtains. You are clicking from site to site, trying to figure out which fabric is going to be best-suited.  So many choices! There is also a budget to stay within. Isn’t it also always the case that these were needed yesterday?  Ya’ know… just to keep it interesting.  Let us save you some time with a simple chart comparing theater fabrics so the next time you are in need of fabrics for your stage curtains, you will know exactly what to order.

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