Where Do You Start? – Step 1

So you’ve made a decision to at least investigate installing fabric draping yourself.  Naturally you want to know what this project is going to cost you, how challenging is the task going to be and what is your fabric draping design going to look like when you have finished.  Where do I start?hilton-desoto-hotel-madison-ballroom-7

Over the next few blog posts we will review the four steps in getting you started towards adding high style to your other wise sparse space, pun intended. The four steps will cover: (1) – assessment, (2) – design  (3) – measurement, and (4) evaluation.  In this post we will cover step #1, the assessment.

If you have not selected a venue, and you envision ceiling fabric draping being part of your decor, consider how installation friendly the venue reception room is for ceiling fabric draping.  If you plan on using Fabric Draper.com’s magnet based ceiling fabric draping system then you will want to examine the room ceiling for metal attachment points.  If you have already contracted with a venue you still need to be aware of how the ceiling fabric draping will be installed in the room.  You may just have fewer installation alternatives if, for example, there are no metal attachment points.  You most likely will have to install the ceiling fabric draping using a ladder and/or mechanical lift.

Also be aware of any ceiling obstacles, like larger normal HVAC duct work that may impede the flow of the fabric draping.  If you are going to run your fabric panels from the center of the room ensure that there is an attachment point in the center of the room.  Of course if your ceiling area has a suspended ceiling with a metal grid in the ceiling panels reside you are home free since you will be able to attach the fabric-tied magnets to the ceiling grid.

Determine the height of the ceilings.  If you intend to use Fabric Draper.com’s magnet based ceiling fabric draping system you will need a extension hanging pole for draping installation.  For ceiling heights 18′ and under you can purchase a painter’s pole at your local hardware store or big box store.  For ceiling heights in excess of 18′ you may want purchase a pole similar to the one Fabric Draper.com offers as the extended pole can reach ceiling heights up to 24′.

Finally be aware of any fire codes that may apply to hanging fabric draping form the ceiling.  All our fabrics we offer for sale, with the exception of the poly chiffon, are fire retardant materials. (See our blog post Is Your Ceiling Fabric Fire Protected?)

Stay tuned we will cover ceiling draping design in our next blog post this week.





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