What’s the Best Ceiling Draping Fabric? – Update

We posted our original blog regarding “What’s the Best Ceiling Draping Fabric?” last year and we thought it would be beneficial to update for the new fabrics we have added since that post.

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 offers seven different fabric draping materials from three categories; sheer, translucent and opaque.

The Translucent category includes poly silk and poly pongee.

Poly Silk (45″ width) 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 Pongee (60′ width) is not as translucent as poly silk, however it will allow some light to pass through it. Colors are more muted than poly silk. Excellent draping fabric as it creates a nice swag.

The Sheer category includes Poly Organza, Poly Chiffon and Voile.

Poly Organza (60″ width) 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 (60″ width) 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.

Poly Voile is a beautiful and popular sheer ceiling draping fabric and is similar to organza however it has a 118″ width.  Voile is a transparent, durable and excellent draping material.

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. Comes in 108″ and 54″ widths.

The Opaque category does not allow light to pass through the fabric.  It includes Tissue Lame.

Tissue Lame (44″ width) is a light weight, metallic blend that has been woven with a nylon filament to create a shiny texture. Ideal fabric for designing some glitz and elegance into your ceiling decor.

Where Do You Start? – Step 3

Step #3 in our 4 step blog series “Where Do You Start?”, addresses calculating the amount of fabric you need for your draping installation.  In Step #1 we discussed assessing the venue room for installation.  In step #2 we discussed selecting a draping design.

Once you have your design plan visualized, its time to determine how much fabric you need.  You will need the width and length measurements of the area where the ceiling draping will be installed.  If the ceiling draping will be hung over a dance floor then you need to know the dimensions of the  dance floor.  If you are hanging the ceiling draping over the entire ceiling area of the venue room then you will need the width and length of the room.  It’s helpful to request a diagram of the room, in scale, from the venue staff to verify those measurements.  Once you have the measurements of the area where you will hang the drape then use our computation guides on our web page, “Measurements” to determine how much fabric will be required.  Keep in mind you will need to increase the amount of your fabric needs for the draping swag.  Generally an additional 25% to 30% of fabric will be adequate for ceilings under 20 feet however the higher your ceiling the more fabric you will need as you may want to increase the amount of swag.

Step #4, and our final blog in the series “Where Do You Start?” we will discuss the actual installation process.



Where Do You Start? – Step 2

millb15In Step #1 of “Where Do You Start” we discussed assessing the venue room where you are going to install the ceiling fabric draping to determine if it is installation friendly.

Step #2 addresses your ceiling fabric draping design plan.  In conjunction with your venue selection, or immediately after, you will need to visualize your design plan.  The best way to stimulate design ideas is to peruse the internet for ceiling draping photos .  Perform an internet search using keywords with “fabric ceiling draping images”, or some variation of it. Study the various styles of ceiling draping.  Some draping styles will spread out the width of the fabric panels and overlap them creating a canopy effect.  Draping panels in other installations will be hung much narrower reflecting a ribbon effect.  Try to look at as many designs as possible to stimulate your creative juices.  The clearer your vision is of your ceiling draping design the more accurate your material measurement will be and installation will flow smoother as well.

While the savings can be substantial by installing the fabric draping yourself as opposed to having it installed professionally, remember the more complex the design, the more fabric and installation time it will take to accomplish the design plan.   A little bit of fabric ceiling draping can go a long way in creating the intimate look you desire .

5 lb. vs. 10 lb.

5 lb. vs 10 lb.

As follow-up to our May 15, 2012 post entitled “It’s All About the Magnets”, we discussed the role the magnet plays in the ceiling draping installation.  We offer two different magnets; the regular ring magnet or the super ring magnet.  The former will hold up to 5 pounds while the later will hold up to 10 pounds.  What does that mean?

The answer is fairly clear if you are hanging lanterns, signage or other decor items.  Determine its weight from the packaging that contained the purchased item.  The product package will typically disclose the weight of the product.  With fabric it may be a little more difficult to know the fabric weight without weighing the cut fabric panel.  We are not advocating you do that, however use this rule of thumb when determining which magnet to order.  When hanging a light to mid-weight fabric such as Nylon Sheer, Tulle and Chiffon use the regular magnet ring.  If you are hanging heavier fabrics such as Satin use the super ring magnet.  With Poly Silk, typically the regular ring magnets will hold the Poly Silk fabric weight however if your cut panel lengths extend beyond 35 ft. we advise you order the super ring magnets.

Of course be aware actual magnet strength depends on the type and surface treatment of the ceiling metal. If the ceiling is rough or covered with layers of paint, the magnetic attraction will be reduced.  Always test the surface in advance.