If you’re a professional or a do-it-yourself party planner, pipe and drape can be one of the most important tools in your toolbox. It’s essential to know how to use it properly so that your clients get the best look for their next event. Here are some tips for hanging drapery, carrying your kit in a pipe case, and more. Whether you’re working with professional grade materials or more budget-friendly options, Canvas ETC can help!
Measure Your Space in Advance
You can’t properly use pipe and drape if you don’t know the dimensions of your space. Before you buy any materials, measure the width and height of your space as well as the distance from floor to ceiling, wall to middle of room (or window), and window or door widths.
Transport Your Pipe Case with Everything You Need to Do the Job
When transporting your pipe case, make sure you have everything you need to do the job. If something is missing or broken, this could lead to problems during installation. We suggest using a pipe case to carry and transport your kit. A pipe case is a simple way to keep from losing pieces of your kit or causing damage to the materials.
When transporting your pipe case, check that you have everything before leaving. If anything is missing or broken during transport, get it fixed as soon as possible so that it doesn’t cause any issues with installation later on in your project. When it comes to projects, it’s all about deadlines. Don’t miss yours because you forgot something!
Assemble Your Pipe and Drape System
The first step to assembling a pipe and drape system is to make sure you have all the parts necessary. This includes:
- Pipe (lengths of various diameters) – you will hang your drape from these
- Uprights – these old up the pieces of horizonal pipe
- Pipe bases – which keep the uprights up and secured
- Panel drape – which can be purchased in any color or pattern you want. The size of your drape depends on how long you want it to hang down from the ceiling; generally speaking, longer drapes are more dramatic than shorter ones! We recommend measuring out how much length you’d like with some rope or string before ordering fabric so that when it arrives at your house it’ll fit perfectly into place without needing any alterations made upon arrival.
Hang Your Drape to Complete the Look
Hanging your drape is the final step in pipe and drape installation. It’s also one of the most important, as it will determine how your display looks from afar.
There are many different ways to hang a pipe and drape system, but in general, you will slide your drape through the pipe like a curtain on a tension rod or curtain rod in your home. It’s very simple, and one person can even do it on their own.
Tips for Hanging Drape
- Choose your colors wisely. Some colors just don’t make sense together. Watch this video on color theory to help choose the right colors for your drape or theme colors for your next event.
- Use lighting to add to the ambiance. This can be done with twinkle lights or with statement lighting positioned at the base of the drape. This creates an uplighting effect that makes any event look professional.
- Secure your drape well so there are no gaps and it doesn’t sag, which can make your display look less-than-professional.
- Use flame retardant fabric to prevent fires (if the ones you have are not already treated).
Find the Right Material with Canvas ETC
Pipe and drape is a great way to add some flair to your event space, but it can be tricky to get right. We hope that this guide has given you some ideas on how best to use your pipe and drape system so that it looks amazing at your next event! At Canvas ETC, our fabric experts are ready to find you the right pipe and drape kit, pipe case, and more for your next project.