Seven Steps for Success For Fabric Ceiling Draping Installation

Here are seven steps that will increase the likelihood of success in transforming sparse venue space into an intimate and elegant setting:

1.  Determine how installation friendly the venue space is for ceiling fabric draping by observing metal attachment points, ceiling obstacles, ceiling height, fire codes and time availability for installation.

2.  Develop your draping design plan by reviewing ceiling draping photos on the internet and other sources.

3.  Request a room diagram from the venue and determine how much fabric you need using Fabric Draper’s measuring guidelines.

4.  Upon receipt of your order check for quantity and color correctness.

5.  Cut fabric panels according to your design plan.

6.  Install fabric panels using vendor instruction, or in the case of Fabric Draper.com, our installation video located on our Home Page of our web.

7.  Evaluate how your design looks and don’t be afraid to make adjustments.

Upon completion stand back and admire your creative accomplishment, and enjoy the savings you realized.

 

 

Does Your Fabric Have Swag?

Hisey1-R1-5AWe couldn’t resist having a little fun with this blog tittle.  It seems now a days to be “cool” you’ve got to have some swag and with fabric ceiling draping it’s no different.  But, what is swag as it relates to ceiling draping?  Swag is the drooping curve shape when fabric is attached between two points.

When you incorporate fabric ceiling draping in your room design you add instant mood and atmosphere to the room.  Swag accentuates that impact.  The question is how much extra material do you need to create the swag.  As professional event designers, we have installed thousands of yards of ceiling draping and over the course of time we have observed that we need approximately 25% to 30% more material to give the room that dramatic impact.  Of course, it is a matter of personal taste and your budget but you are better off with too much swag then not enough.  Also remember, the higher the ceiling the more swag you will need.  In our rule of thumb, we will use 25% for ceiling heights up to twenty feet and 30% when the venue ceiling height is above twenty feet.

What’s the Best Ceiling Draping Fabric?

Picking the best fabric for ceiling draping is a decision in which you must consider the “look” you desire, the lay-out of the room where you are installing the ceiling draping and of course, your budget.   The best approach to making that decision is understanding those three factors and educating yourself on which fabrics in the market best suites your needs.

FabricDraper.com offer four fabric draping materials in our fabric draping kits:

Poly Silk is a translucent fabric, which allows light to pass thru but it is not transparent.  Beautiful silky sheen, colors are bolder than the fabrics above and holds its design shape very well.

Poly Organza is also a lightweight, transparent fabric that has a sheen to it.  It has more body than a chiffon and as a result can be shaped nicely in ceiling installation.

Poly Chiffon is a soft, lightweight, transparent sheer, that has a flow-in-the-wind look.  Because of its light weight it  has less body than organza and poly silk and as a result, less design flexibility. It is more useful for a wall draping, entry way accent draping, and room divider.

Nylon Tulle is a lightweight and transparent fabric.  The nylon fibers are woven together to form a mesh pattern and often times starched to make it stiffer.  It is a popular fabric due to it is relatively inexpensive compared to the other fabrics.  However, because it is extremely lightweight and stiff it is requires more effort to shape upon the installation.

Is Your Ceiling Fabric Fire Protected?

Fire prevention in public spaces has recently received increased attention.  When choosing a fabric for ceiling draping it is important to recognize whether the fabric is fire protected.  Fabric is fire protected when it is inherently flame resistant or it has been treated with a flame-retardant chemical.  Inherently flame resistant fibers are materials that have flame resistance built into their chemical structures.  The actual structure of the fiber itself is not flammable.  With fabric that is not inherently flame resistant, a flame-retardant chemical can be applied at the Mill or by a flameproofer.  Before you buy fabric make sure the product you are buying is fire protected.  If the product description does not disclose that it is fire protected, be sure to ask if it is before you buy.

All four of the fabrics FabricDraper.com offers, Poly Silk, Poly Organza, Nylon Sheer and Nylon Tulle, are inherently flame resistant or have been treated with a flame-retardant chemical at the Mill or by a flameproofer.