What is Pipe and Drape?

Everything starts with a good foundation. Pipe and drape begins with 6 lb. to 62 lb. bases, as dictated by the height and weight of the drape. As required, sandbags are added for extra safety and stability. Drape Kings stocks a wide range of Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR) fabrics, from sheer to heavyweight velour, that can be used for everything from basic pipe and drape to a grand entrance or a traveler track reveal.

Description of Pipe and Drape

The Basics of Pipe and Drape

  1. Drape – available in a host of colors and fabrics; can be accessorized with tie-back sashes
  2. Header/Horizontal – valance sleeved onto an adjustable horizontal support
  3. Telescoping Uprights – unique slip-lock feature easily locks when pole is raised or lowered
  4. Base – the foundation of pipe and drape; weight depends on style of drape
  5. Sandbag – recommended for all drape above seven (7) feet for added stability

No Humps

Most pipe and drape competitors use traditional upright hardware which causes the drape to “hump”, as demonstrated below. Using our No Humps hardware, your drape lays flat on the horizontal, creating a smooth, straight look.

As shown in the photos below, standard hardware creates a “hump” at every point where a horizontal meets a vertical. Most of Drape Kings Rental Stock  utilizes the flush top as shown on the right with ” NO HUMPS”.

Both new Sale Hardware, and your old standard top uprights can be retrofitted with “8 Way Repair Ends” to offer that same flexibility.


Now, with our Cashmere drape hanging on, you can see what the final product looks like with and without using our hardware.



Fullness occurs when a drape is sewn or gathered with more fabric than the width of coverage.

When ordering from Drape Kings, please take fullness into consideration.

When the length of the drape is the same as the length of desired space, you will have 0% fullness, also known as Flat drape. As you can see below, this drape has no texture and displays the drape taut.
To achieve this look, you must take the length of desired space and add an extra 50 percent. Example: 100 feet of space, this look would require 150 feet of drape. This is called 50% fullness.
To achieve this look, you must take the length of desired space and double it. Example: 100 feet of space, this look would require 200 feet of drape. This look is called 100% fullness.