Measuring Fabric for Ceiling Draping

measuring fabric for ceiling drapingYou are not alone if you are uncomfortable in determining how much fabric you need to transform your ordinary room to an extraordinary one. Determining your fabric quantity needs can be challenging and it is easy to get lost in the calculation. We receive many requests for assistance. We are happy to provide help with your measurements however we encourage to give it a go first using our measurement guide. If you don’t feel comfortable with your calculations using the guide, do not hesitate to give us a call or contact us at Whether you are using the measurement guide or contacting us for assistance you will need to have three pieces of information: (1) – the dimensions of the area where you will be installing the draping (width, length and height), (2) – your ceiling draping design (e.g. covering the entire ceiling, partial ceiling coverage using a star pattern or some other pattern, banner style) and (3) – the fabric type (e.g. poly silk, voile, pongee).

We do receive a large number of requests and we try to respond within 24 hours so please be patient. Some calculations can be very involved if there are several rooms being draped or a variety of draping installed in a single room. In receiving multiple requests we end up spending considerable time making the calculations. We do not charge for this service, however we do ask that you make your request with the understanding you are seriously considering as a source for your fabric needs.

Happy measuring!

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, 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.



Where Do You Start? – Step 4 of 4


In our previous posts we discussed the first three steps of our four-part series addressing the installation of fabric ceiling draping.  To summarize, in our first post we reviewed the assessment of the venue room where your event will be held.  Is the room installation friendly for ceiling fabric draping installation with plenty of attachments points (metal if you are using Fabric’s  (magnetic system)?  In the second post we discussed developing your design plan.  In the last post, Step #3, we reviewed fabric measurement.  In this final post, Step 4 of 4, we will cover the preparation, installation and evaluation of the hung ceiling fabric.

Once you receive your fabric and hardware order make sure you check it immediately for correctness.  Typically you will have a limited period in which to notify the vendor of any order errors or damage to your order.  With Fabric, you have 72 hours to notify us of any issues with your order.  Assuming your order is correct and damage free, the first step is to arrange a time with the venue for your ceiling fabric draping installation.   In fact, we suggest you arrange an installation time even before you place your order to make sure there is adequate time for the your installation.  Often times the venue may have booked use of the room prior to your event which may limit your available installation times.  It is also advisable to plan the installation before the room set-up begins to allow you to move freely in the area of the room where the ceiling draping will be installed.  It is difficult to provide time guidelines for installation due to the  variety of design styles and the amount of ceiling draping being installed but ideally give yourself a half to full day for installation.

Once you are on site cut your fabric to the lengths according to your design plan.  If you are using Fabric’s magnetic system follow the tutorial video on our home page for instruction on attaching the fabric attached magnets to the ceiling using your pole and attached magnet holder.  As you install each panel or two, step back and evaluate whether the installation is taking shape as you envisioned it.  One nice feature of the Fabric’s magnet based system is you can easily take down the installed panel and hang the fabric, for example, with a more gathered appearance or spread style.  As you install the panels you will see your design come to life and notice the impact your ceiling draping design has on the room.

Following these steps will increase your chances of success in transforming sparse venue space into an intimate and elegant setting:

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1) – Survey the venue space to determine if it is ceiling draping friendly.             Step #1

2) – Develop a ceiling draping design plan.                                                         Step #2

3) – Obtain a diagram of the space where the ceiling draping will be installed     Step #3

and calculate your measurements for the fabric.

4) – Arrange with the venue for adequate installation time.                                 Step #4

5) – Inspect your order, cut fabric and install.                                                     Step #4



No! It’s All About the Magnet Holder

Last month we posted a blog entitled “It’s All About the Magnets”.  After much internal discussion we concluded that no, it is not all about the magnets.  It’s all about the Magnet Holder.  So we thought we would clarify that point with today’s blog post.

As we discuss on Fabric, the Magnet Holder holds one magnet in place to magnet holderallow the magnet to click onto the metal on the ceiling. The Magnet Holder screws into place on a magnet extension pole or most threaded poles (even a broom handle).  The Magnet Holder also facilitates the removal of the magnet when you are ready to take down the ceiling fabric draping, paper lanterns or whatever decor you have hang.  The corkscrew of the Magnet Holder hooks the magnet ring and brings it down safely.

The significance of the Magnet Holder is that it facilitates the attachment of the magnet to the ceiling metal while you stand on the ground, NO LADDER!!!!!.  There are other magnetized hanging systems on the market however they require a ladder for installation.  So while all elements in Fabric’s fabric hanging kit play a role and are important, it’s the magnet holder that is the key to hanging fabric, lanterns and other decor safely, quickly and as a result less cost to you.  The Magnet Holder is truly our most valuable player!!

You can see this fabulous little device in action on our instructional video at or on Fabric’s home page.