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Whether you’re renting or buying, Drape Kings carries an impressive stock of drape in many sizes and colors. And our in-house Fabrication Division welcomes your custom design orders! Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to call one of our dedicated Customer Service Coordinators in any of our three locations:

Rental Pipe & Drape
  1. How hard is it to put drape up?
  2. Can I set up my own drape?
  3. Are your drapes flame retardant?
  4. What importance does fullness have?
  5. What types of finishes do you offer?
  6. Can you do a reveal?
  7. I need a specific form to make an order. Where can I find that form?
  8. I want to place an order. What should I know in advance?
  9. What type events or venues can benefit from a pipe and drape solution?
  10. What is "fullness"?
  11. Why add fullness?
  12. What is "finish"?
  13. What types of finish do you offer?
  14. What is FR and IFR?
  15. What Is Pipe and Drape?
  16. How Do You Install Pipe & Drape?
  17. What Are the Best Rental Fabrics for Draping?
  18. What Rental Fabric Types Do You Offer?
  19. What Rental Drape Rental Colors Do You Offer?
  20. What are Kabuki Drops or Reveals?
  21. What Are Step & Repeat Fabric Backdrops?
Wedding Drape
  1. What Are the Frequently Used Rental Fabrics for Wedding Draping?
  2. How to Choose Wedding Draping Fabric
  3. What Is Pipe and Drape in Weddings?
  4. Why Should I rent Drapes for My Wedding Venue?
Custom Drape
  1. What Is A Drape Panel?
  2. How Wide Are Your Drape Panels?
  3. How Do I Measure For Stage Draperies?
  4. What Is The Difference Between A Drape And A Curtain?
  5. What Fabric Finishes Do You Offer?
  6. How Do I Care For My Drapes?
  7. How Do I Store My Drapes When They Are Not In Use?
  8. What Is The Difference Between A Pole Tent And A Frame Tent?

How hard is it to put drape up?

For a simple straight run, easier than it looks.

If you have the manpower to do it, setting up drape is not hard at all.

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Can I set up my own drape?

Sure!

For those who want to do their own set-ups, Drape Kings offers both on-site delivery and PU, or another option is to pick and return from our warehouse.

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Are your drapes flame retardant?

Yes!

All of our drapes are made of inherently flame retardant materials.

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What importance does fullness have?

Fullness adds depth, richness, opacity, and sound absorption. In many cases, the more fullness, the better, but that depends on your event needs.

Our drapes are sewn flat, thus allowing the user to select the fullness from nearly flat to more than 200%, depending on the fabric and desired look.

Most velour drapes are quoted at 50% fullness (1.5 times the fabric width). Alternatively, an ultra-thin sheer drape may be quoted at nearly 200% (4 times the width).

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What types of finishes do you offer?

Our drapes are typically finished with a 4″ to 6″ pipe pocket that allows for the sleeving of the drape directly onto the hardware and the original Velcro tear-back pocket opens to eliminate humps where the drapes meet. Most drapes also include blind ties that allow the drape to be tied directly to a pipe, such as truss or existing theatre pipe.

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Can you do a reveal?

Yes!

We offer Kabuki Reveals, and can install temporary Traveler Tracks.

For a smaller display, we can also use our Quick Tracks to create a quick, flawless reveal.

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I need a specific form to make an order. Where can I find that form?

You can either find the form in our forms section, or you can ask any Drape Kings representative to send you one.

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I want to place an order. What should I know in advance?

Before calling Drape Kings, please figure out the following:

  • What is the date & time of your event?
  • Do you know your location?
  • What color drape are you looking to rent/buy?
  • How hight and length?
  • Is it a straight run, or is there a complex design?
  • If complex, do you have a drawing?
  • Does the drape need to be single or double sided?
  • Do you need it shipped? Do you prefer to come pick it up at our warehouse?
  • Do you need Drape Kings to set it up and strike it? Or do you just need it to be dropped off and picked up?

Knowing the answers to these questions prior to contacting Drape Kings will simplify the ordering process, enhancing your experience with Drape Kings.

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What type events or venues can benefit from a pipe and drape solution?

Pipe and drape can help make your event, big or small, even more successful. Here are a few events/venues were we’ve implemented a pipe and drape solution:

  • Bar & Bat Mitzvahs
  • Banquets
  • Corporate Events
  • Political Debates
  • Music Recitals
  • Video Presentations
  • Concerts
  • Holiday Parties
  • Readings
  • Live Business Meetings
  • Broadcasts
  • Press Conferences and Events
  • Sweet 16 Parties
  • Conferences Screenings
  • Award Trade Shows
  • Seminars Presentations
  • Film and Broadcast, including Film Screenings
  • Dinners
  • Educational Events
  • Galas
  • Symposia
  • Wedding Receptions and Location Shoots
  • Music Recitals
  • Product Launches
  • Parties
  • Fund Raisers
  • Lecturers
  • Many more!

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What is "fullness"?

When a drape is hung with more fabric than the width of coverage, it’s called fullness

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Why add fullness?

Fullness adds depth, richness, opacity and sound absorption. In many cases, the more fullness the better, but that depends on what your event requires.

Our drapes are sewn flat, thus allowing the user to select the fullness from nearly flat to more than 200%, depending on the fabric and desired look.

Most velour drapes are quoted at 50% fullness (1½ times the fabric width). An ultra thin sheer drape may be quoted at nearly 200% (4 times the width).

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What is "finish"?

Finish refers to the top and bottom of the drape. Our drape is typically finished with a 4”-6” pipe pocket that allows for the sleeving of the drape directly onto the hardware; and the original Velcro tear back pocket opens to eliminate humps where the drapes meet.

Most drape also includes blind ties that allow the drape to be tied directly to a pipe, such as truss or existing theatre pipe.

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What Types Of Finishes Do You Offer?

Our drapes are typically finished with a 4″ to 6″ pipe pocket that allows for the sleeving of the drape directly onto the hardware, and all our drapes have the original Velcro tear-back pocket that opens and flaps over to eliminate spaces where the drapes meet. Most drapes also include blind ties that allow the drape to be tied directly to a pipe, such as truss or existing theatre pipe.

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What is FR and IFR?

FR (Flame Retardant) refers to fabric that has been topically treated with a flame-retardant solution. FR-treated fabric needs to be re-treated over time or during cleanings to remain flame retardant.

IFR (Inherently Flame Retardant) refers to fabric that is woven with flame resistant yarn or treated during the finishing process, thereby guaranteeing its safety for the life of the drape.

Both FR and IFR meet the industry standards set forth by the NFPA 701 Small Scale. Certificates are available upon request for all our rental drape.

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What Is Pipe and Drape?

Pipe refers to fixed or adjustable upright and horizontal pipes and steel stands that provide a support frame to hold the drape. Used with fabric drapes, they can help temporarily decorate, partition, and enhance a space. Pipe and drape are used in many kinds of events like trade fairs & exhibition booths, corporate events, social and political events, gala’s and many other types of formal gatherings. They provide an easy-to-set-up structure that can just as easily be dismantled. There are 5 basic components to Pipe & Drape. Telescopic upright, adjustable horizontal, base plate, pin and sandbag

Drapes

Drapes are fabric materials are used to partition and/or enhance spaces. The sizes range from 3’h to 50’ high. Drapes are up to 22’ high are sewn with a pipe pocket so the drape can be sleeved onto the horizontal pipe. They are also created with a tear back Velcro pocket tm in order to make the transition from drape to drape seamless. Drapes from 25’ to 50’ high are made with ties that connect the drape to truss or ceiling structures. The rental fabrics come in different widths depending on the fabric. All rental drapes are inherently flame retardant.

Pipe

Pipe refers to fixed and telescopic aluminum uprights and adjustable horizontals. The most commonly used are the telescopic uprights and adjustable horizontals because they offer the most versatility. The basic frame is composed of two upright pieces that can be are adjusted for height and one horizontal that connects to the two uprights. Together with the steel base, they form the basic structure on which the fabric hangs. This structure repeats for as long as is required for the drape run. Sandbags are also required to weight the structure

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How Do You Install Pipe & Drape?

Drapes can add color and life to your event. When installing your drapes, is it critical to get the framework correct as this determines the firmness of the setup. Once this is done, the fabric is simply sleeved over the pipe to form the backdrop that you desire. Using the telescopic uprights, adjustable horizontals, and the steel bases & pins, you start creating the structure. The last step is to sleeve the drapes over the structure

Structure

Pipe system comes with a series of aluminum uprights, and horizontals, a pin and a steel base. After carefully measuring the amount of space you are working with, you can install the structure. During this process, one starts with steel bases and pin on which the whole drapery system rests. These bases must be reinforced with sandbags to counterbalance the weight of the fabrics that will be supported by the frames. The more weight, the more bags. At this point, you can adjust the height and width of the structure to fit the exact dimensions that you desire. The length of the horizontal is determined by the fabric being used. Heavier fabrics will require sturdier horizontals while the opposite is true for lighter weight fabrics.

Draping

Once the structure is firmly in place, slide the drapes over the structure so that the horizontals are completely concealed. Depending on what fullness you desire, you can have large unbroken drape panels that are sleeved on one horizontal. You can also sleeve on several pieces on the to create more fullness.

Fullness

Fullness refers to the amount of drape sleeved onto the horizontal to create a desired look. The more drape added, the fuller and richer it’s appearance. Different fabrics call for different amounts of fullness. Encore fabric is typically hung with 1.5% fullness, where sheer drapes are typically hung with 200% fullness.

If you are looking for draperies for a corporate event, Drape Kings has the solution. We have a huge inventory of drapes to match every need. Contact us today to request a quote

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What Are the Best Rental Fabrics for Draping?

Draping can transform an event and give it great color and character. Depending on the desired effect, there are numerous fabrics that can be used for draperies. These range from fabrics such as Encore, Supervel, King, and Sheers among others. Below are detailed explanations of the various fabrics and their unique characteristics.

Encore

22 oz. Encore rental fabric is made of brushed polyester and is wrinkle-resistant, as well as sound-absorbing. This fabric is very opaque and is great for events where there is a need to divide space, control lighting or control sound absorption. The fabric comes in a variety of colors, such as Provincial Blue, Hunter Green, Wine and more. Encore is the most commonly used event rental drape and is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant.

King

14 oz. King rental fabric is medium weight and luxurious. Made of 100% polyester it has the look of velvet. King drape comes in Cashmere, Chocolate, Graphite and White. King is used in similar ways to Encore Drape and is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant.

Supervel

8 oz. Supervel is a lot lighter than Encore. This 100% polyester fabric comes in a variety of colors, such as red, purple, and gold and has a distinct mottled finish. Supervel is a great alternative to the heavier drape. The fact that it is lightweight makes it easy to be set up, especially in high-ceilinged venues

Chenille

This 2 oz. highly textured, luxurious fabric will add a touch of class to any event. Globally sourced it is the perfect alternative to a flat fabric. Chenille is lightweight, works perfectly with lighting effects and is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant

Muslin

This fabric lightly woven 100% polyester fabric works both as a backdrop and as drapery. It comes in either white or natural and provides a great backdrop for lighting and photography applications. Muslin is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant

Crush

2.5 oz. elegant Crush drape is lightweight and has a naturally crinkled look. This beautiful fabric adds a touch of opulence, never needs to be steamed and is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant

Sheer

2 oz. sheer drape can be used for layering or a standalone soft and ethereal look. Perfect for uplighting sheer drape is often used for weddings and elegant affairs. His drape is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant

Banjo

7 oz. banjo drape is most commonly used for partitioning space at trade shows. Banjo has a textured finish with a slight sheen and comes in many colors. Banjo is is 100% Inherently Flame Retardant

At Drape Kings, we carry a comprehensive range of draping fabrics to meet all needs. Your corporate event will certainly stand out with our draperies! Contact us today for a rental or sale quote.

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What Rental Fabric Types Do You Offer?

Drape Kings offers a wide range of top-quality Flame Retardant (FR) and Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR) drape fabrics for all of your event needs. Below is a list of the popular fabric types that we offer:

Encore (IFR) Fabrics
  • Deep pile fabric
  • Superb draping quality
  • Tear-resistant
  • Suited for high humidity and outdoor venues
  • Higher rub test results than cotton
  • Heavyweight polyester
  • Machine washable
King (IFR) Fabrics
  • Deep pile
  • Tear-resistant
  • Suited for high humidity and outdoor venues
  • Higher rub test results than cotton
  • Heavyweight polyester
  • Machine washable
Supervel (IFR) Fabrics
  • Mottled look
  • Excellent draping quality
  • Lightweight polyester
  • Machine washable
  • Higher rub test results than cotton
Chennile (IFR) Fabrics
  • Beautifully textured
  • Lightweight and elegant
  • Excellent draping quality
  • Machine washable
Crush (IFR) Fabrics
  • 7oz.
  • Lightweight and elegant
  • Excellent draping quality
  • Crinkle look
  • Great for lighting effects
  • Can be used as an overlay or alone
Sheer Fabrics
  • Elegant sheer polyester
  • Additional colors available upon request
  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight with cloudy transparency
  • Great for lighting effects
  • Can be used as an overlay or alone
Banjo Fabrics
  • Slightly textured
  • 100% polyester
  • Trade show drape

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What Rental Drape Rental Colors Do You Offer?

At Drape Kings, our rental draperies are available in a wide variety of colors. Below is a list of gorgeous colors that will suit your event:

Popular Colors from Our Encore Range

Encore is a popular and durable event draping solution for the entertainment industry. Available drape colors include:

  • Royal Blue
  • Sky Blue
  • Grey
  • Hunter Green
  • Black
  • Provincial Blue
  • Wine
Popular Colors from Our King Range

King is a medium weight rental drape solution that exudes luxury and elegance. Available drape colors include:

  • White
  • Cashmere
  • Chocolate
  • Graphite
Popular Colors from Our Supervel Range

King is a lightweight rental drape solution that is colorful and very easy to work with. Available drape colors include:

  • Red
  • Purple
  • Fresh cut Green
  • Gold
  • Latte
  • Toupe
  • White
Popular Colors from Our Crush Range

Crush drape is lightweight and has a naturally crinkled look. This beautiful fabric adds a touch of opulence, never needs to be steamed. Available drape colors include:

  • Winter White
  • Sage
  • Soft White
  • Silver
  • Black
Popular Colors from Our Sheer Range

Sheer drape can be used for layering or for a standalone soft and ethereal look. Perfect for up lighting sheer drape is often used for weddings and elegant affairs. Available drape colors include:

  • White
  • Ivory
  • Merlot
  • Black
  • Gold
Popular Colors from Our Banjo Range

Banjo is an economical lightweight polyester fabric with a slight texture. Banjo is most often used in trade shows. Available drape colors include:

  • Red
  • Royal Blue
  • Gold
  • White
  • Silver
  • Burgundy

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What Are the Frequently Used Rental Fabrics for Wedding Draping?

Backdrops set the context for a wedding. This makes them important as they determine the look and feel of the wedding, as well as the quality of the photos taken at the event. It is important to use the right fabric as a backdrop in order to get the best results. There are various fabrics that are commonly used as backdrops, including encore, voile, charmeuse, and banjo among others

Encore

This wrinkle-resistant and sound absorbing fabric is popular for all kinds of backdrops. It is opaque and is great for events where photography demands that natural light be controlled. It also comes in many colors, so you have a wide choice depending on the color scheme of your event.

Sheer

Sheers are lightweight and great for those looking for a high-quality light material as a backdrop . Sheers are available in numerous colors, and you are likely to find a sheer drape that fits exactly into your overall color scheme.

Crush

Crush drape is lightweight and has a naturally textured and crinkled look. This beautiful fabric adds a touch of opulence, never needs to be steamed, and can be up lit for a more dramatic effect

Come to Drape Kings for quality draping fabrics and more. Our large inventory ensures that you are likely to get exactly what you need. Contact us today for a rental or sale quote.

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How to Choose Wedding Draping Fabric

When choosing draping fabric for a wedding, there are several factors to consider. Depending on the type of wedding, you must consider the color scheme and whether you are looking for light or heavy fabrics. Remember that the draping will affect the photos that you take, so choose the draping fabrics with care.

Color

Many wedding planners recommend white as the traditional wedding color, but one can always experiment. When you are selecting drapes for a wedding, ask for other color options and explore which ones could work as well. Consider colors that blend into the overall color scheme of the wedding or those that add contrast.

Weight and Feel

This refers to the lightness or heaviness of your drapes. There are many types of fabrics, and you should determine what works with your wedding’s color scheme. You can choose to go with a sheer fabric that is light and soft, or you can also select heavier and more luxurious draping that will add a touch of sophistication to your wedding.

Effect on Photos

The type and color of fabrics will influence the outcome of your wedding photos. They can enhance the photos or detract from them. It is important to understand how the type of fabric and its color will impact the wedding photos and choose appropriately. If you are not sure, consulting with your wedding planner is a sound idea

Looking for quality draping fabrics for your big day? Drape Kings has exactly what you are looking for. Contact us today for further assistance.

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What Is Pipe and Drape in Weddings?

Pipe and drape are terms that you might encounter when you are looking for wedding draping. So, what exactly do they mean? Pipe and drape refer to aluminum pipes and steel bases that form the supporting structures for the drapes. They can be adjusted to fit various heights depending on the room that the drapes are being set up in. Knowing the height and width of your event space are of the utmost importance to getting your pipe & drape set up to look its best

What is Pipe?

Pipe refers to the system of aluminum uprights, horizontals bars and steel bases that hold the drapes in place. The rods are portable, allowing them to be moved easily from room to room with ease. They are adjustable, and can be extended or lowered to fit into the spaces the drapes are required to fit in

What is Draping?

This refers to the fabric that is mounted on the pipe structure. The draping forms a temporary partition that helps organize the reception room during a wedding. Draping is also used to form a backdrop to a podium or create a color scheme for a wedding as part of the décor. Draping comes in different fabrics and the choice depends on a variety of factors like the cost and size of the wedding venue.

Need high-quality draping for your wedding? We have an assortment of sheer and heavy fabrics for all your needs. Contact us today for a rental or sales quote.

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Why Should I rent Drapes for My Wedding Venue?

There are many reasons why you should consider drapes at your wedding venue. Draperies can help enhance the color scheme, and if done well, drapes can also assist in creating beautiful photographs of your wedding as it can balance out the lighting and allow the certain parts of the venue to shine. Finally, draping can help control what is visible to the guest and conceal what you don’t want the guests to see.

Color Scheme

Color is important in a wedding and drapes can help give the venue the color that you want to bring out during the wedding. Drapes can complement other elements of the wedding such as your wedding dress and the colors that the groomsmen and the bridesmaids are wearing to good effect.

Photography

Good photography relies on good backdrops and draping can help create this. If you want the photographers of your wedding event to rely on artificial lighting instead of natural lighting, you can use drapes to block out unwanted light. You can also use sheer drapes to let a certain amount of natural light into the venue and create a naturally elegant effect

Control Optics

Since wedding venues are rarely single purpose venues, there might be something in the venue that you don’t want the guests to see (e.g., old furniture in a hall, unused space, etc.) For this reason, drapes are a perfect low cost solution to create beautiful partitions and conceal unsightly items.

At Drape Kings, we take pride in our large inventory of drape fabrics. Whatever color and fabric that you want to go with, we have exactly what you are looking for. Contact us today for a rental or sale quote.

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What are Kabuki Drops or Reveals?

Kabuki Drops or reveals are a method used to theatrically reveal a product or to unmask a speaker on stage. The process makes use of a mechanical system that drops a drape that is covering a product or a space. This technique is effective because it focuses the attention of the audience to the item that was concealed under the drape.

Origin of the Technique

The technique has its origins from a 16th-century Japanese theatre style where actors specialized in dramatic entrances and exits. In the past, the mechanism to lift and lower the drapes were hand-operated and required a system of pulleys. The contraption was designed using bamboo rods and fabric.

Modern Kabuki Systems

In today's times, Kabuki systems use electric powered cables to drop the drapes. The cables and the motor system that are typically suspended up above the product. Newer systems make use of electromagnetic technology to operate power cells. The system may be designed to be remote-controlled release the drape. When it comes to choosing Kabuki Drops or reveals systems, one must consider the dimensions of the stage, as well as the size of the product that is being revealed.

If you are looking to launch a new product and require custom drapery solutions, feel free to contact us today for a rental or sale quote.

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What Are Step & Repeat Fabric Backdrops?

Step-and-repeat refers to a technique where a backdrop is created with a repeated pattern (typically logos). These backdrops are then featured in photos that help publicize an event. Step and repeat fabric backdrops are often used for special corporate events like gala nights, award ceremonies, and film premiers. Graphics featured on these backdrops can be the logo of the company that's hosting the event, logos of event sponsors, and more.

Framing Options

Step and repeat fabric backdrops are often used with our AV drop modular backdrop frames. The fabrics are secured to the frames with Velcro and are custom sewn to ensure that they are easily mounted when on site. The AV Drop system is portable and can be easily assembled and dismantled when the event is over. The fabrics developed for this process can be used both indoors and outdoors

Banner Printing

With the advent of digital printing technology, fabrics can be printed in full color and dyes can be sublimated into the fabric to create a more permanent bond. This ensures that the graphics retain their clarity and do not fade prematurely.

Visit Drape Kings for high-quality step and repeat fabric backdrops. We use the latest technology to develop long-lasting and vivid backdrops. Contact us today for a quote.

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What Is A Drape Panel?

A curtain is a broad term that often covers drapes and other fabric window treatments. A drape panel refers to the length of fabric that is hemmed at the bottom. Drape panels may be a fixed, flat panel; feature grommets; or be tie-topped or tab-topped

Common Drape Panel Styles
  • Tab-top: This type of drape panel features loops of fabric that are sewn onto or into the panel’s top seam. Since the panels hang flat from the tabs, it often accentuates the drape's patterns and prints.
  • Pleated: This is considered a classic style of drapery and is simply timeless. Since this type of drape panel offers a formal look, they work best with traditional decorating styles. There are also several styles of pleats: tuxedo, cartridge, pencil, goblet, and pinch.
  • Rod-pocket: These drape panels are typically unlined and are made of lightweight fabrics. That's why one can hang them effortlessly; a channel is sewn into the back of the panel (at the top) and the curtain rod simply slips through it.
  • Panels with rings: Ringed drape panels hang from rings, which are called grommets. They can be either inserted into the fabric (near the top edge) or attached to the top of the fabric panel.

Do you require assistance with selecting a suitable drape panel that complements your event space? Do not hesitate to contact Drape Kings today! Whether you are looking to rent draperies for a large or wedding venue, we have got you covered with the best drape solutions.

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How Wide Are Your Drape Panels?

The widths of our drape panels generally vary from 5’w to 15’w for flexibility, but oftentimes, the fabric determines the width. For example, banjo is usually always 5’w and sheer always 15’. We understand that every room and event space is unique and that's why Drape Kings offers custom drape solutions. This means that we can create drape panels of any length and width to meet your custom needs.

What are Drape Panels?

Drape panels refer to the length of fabric that is hemmed at the bottom of draperies. Some of the common types of drape panel styles include:

  • Pleated: Pleated drape panels have a timeless style and work well in formal settings. The pleated style is also further divided into specific niches like pinch, pencil, tuxedo, goblet, and cartridge.
  • Tab-top: Tab-top drape panels are a great choice if you want the prints and patterns of your draperies to shine. These panels often feature loops of fabric sewn into the panel’s top seam.
  • Rod-pocket: Rod-pocket drape panels feature lightweight fabrics and are often unlined.
  • Panels with rings: Ringed drape panels are hung from grommets and can be attached to the top of the fabric panel.
Drape Panels that Fit Any Space

Simply inform our team what you need, and our fabrication specialists will guide you through the design process. Drape Kings is also available to conduct on-site consultations and site surveys to accurately determine your drape panel width specifications.

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How Do I Measure For Stage Draperies?

If you are planning to replace existing draperies or purchase new custom draperies for an event, Drape Kings will assist you in selecting the best one for the facility or venue. Before our team can provide an accurate quotation, there various measurements you need to take.

Required Measurements

Below is a list of measurements that Drape Kings need to prepare a stage drapery quotation:

  • Distance from edge of proscenium to right-side wall
  • Distance from edge of proscenium to left-side wall
  • Distance between floor and ceiling
  • Height of proscenium arch
  • Width of apron
  • Width of proscenium
  • Distance from center line to the end of first row
  • Distance from proscenium to rear wall
  • Distance from proscenium to edge of stage
  • Distance from edge of stage to first row
  • Height from auditorium floor to stage
Measuring Existing Draperies

Oftentimes, one can find labels or tags sewn to the rear of the drape on either side. These tags should provide basic information about the drape fabric type, dimensions, as well as a date of manufacture. If the tag cannot be located, simply measure the width and height of the drape.

  • Measure the width of the drape

Measure the width of the drape as it hangs. If there is fullness in the drape (e.g., pleated styles), avoid stretching the drape. Drape Kings just needs to know how much space the drape needs to cover.

  • Measure the height of the drape

The height is the distance between the top of the drape and the floor. You don't have to worry about the placement of the grommets. Our team will follow-up on that.

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What Is The Difference Between A Drape And A Curtain?

Since draperies and curtains are both used to cover windows, many individuals tend to think that they are the same thing and use the words interchangeably. There are, however, differences by use and definition.

What is a Drape?

A drape is typically lined and features heavy fabrics. Draperies are often used to increase privacy and block out light. Drapes are also hung from the top of a window and extends vertically to the floor. That's why they often have a formal appearance.

What is a Curtain?

A curtain does not block out light and are not lined. Because curtains are made of lighter fabrics, e.g., sheer, one can see through them. While curtains tend to be colorful and can add a decorative touch, they are not a good option for privacy.

Main Differences

Below is a short list of differences between a drape and a curtain:

  • Curtains are lightweight and are made to move in the breeze. Drapes come with a backing that gives them structure.
  • Curtains generally drop to just below a windowsill while drapes are floor length.
  • Drapes can be steam cleaned, but curtains should not be cleaned in this manner.
  • Because of special fabrics, drapes require professional cleaning services. Curtains can be washed in the delicate cycle of a washing machine.
  • Draperies are typically longer than standard sets of curtains.
  • Curtains suit casual settings while drapes are seen in more formal spaces like hotels and high-end restaurants.
  • Due to the fabrics used, drapes usually weigh heavier than curtains.

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What Fabric Finishes Do You Offer?

A drape finish refers to the top and bottom of the drape. Draperies from Drape Kings are typically finished with 4″ to 6″ pipe pockets. This design allows for the direct sleeving of the drape onto the hardware.

Custom Fabric Finishes from Drape Kings
  • Snap Hooks: A simple, smooth, and sturdy fabric finishing method that goes well with Traveler Track systems.
  • Standard Grommets: A traditional drape fabric finish in which ties are inserted through reinforced grommets.
  • Blind Ties: A basic yet beautiful looping tie system that hangs the drape immediately below the pipe. The cord is also looped through two grommets in the top finish.
  • Pinch Pleats: Suitable for medium to heavy fabrics and provides a formal yet elegant gathering at 100 percent fullness.
  • Box Pleats: The two inner folds of the drape are made to face each other while the two outer folds are faced away from each other. This creates the desired double pleating effect.
  • Shirring: Shirring is regularly used as a top treatment for hook and loop webbing. This fabric finish comprises two or more rows of gathered fabric, as well as elastic threads in parallel rows.
  • Ripplefold Curtains: Excellent for finishing light-weight drapes. Since it is a flat drape with snaps in its top finish, one can easily adjust the fullness of the drapery.
  • Original Velcro Pockets: Designed for harmonious transition from one pipe fixture to another. The drape overlaps via a Velcro pocket.

In order to eliminate humps where the drapes meet, our designers have also included original Velcro tear-back pockets. The majority of our drapes also have a utilitarian design, which allows them to be tied directly to a pipe, e.g., an existing theatre pipe or a truss.

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How Do I Care For My Drapes?

Drapery care is simple; oftentimes, it requires routine vacuuming once every three to four months. Depending on the venue's dust conditions, one might need to use a dust brush attachment. If the draperies are exposed to direct sunlight, it is important to note that the sun's bright UV rays may weaken the strength of the fibers over time. One might experience varying degrees of streaking or color fading. If these issues are ignored, it may cause delicate fabrics to rot. If your drapes are prone to these kinds of issues, it is a good idea to install solar window tinting film or drapery lining.

Dealing with Shrinkage

It is perfectly normal to spot some form of shrinkage after cleaning the drapes. This typically happens to drapes that have not been completely preshrunk. Oftentimes, significant shrinkage is no cause for concern as they can be lengthened by adjusting the hems.

Drapery "Enemies" to Avoid

Various factors can attack the delicate fibers of the drapes and shorten the product lifespan. For example, excessive moisture or condensation by the windows can cause the fabrics to become water marked. Water stains do not always go easy on draperies; there is no guarantee that these stains can be completely removed. In addition to water stains, humidity issues can cause loosely woven fabrics to stretch and/or shrink. Each fabric type, however, reacts differently to humidity.

If you need more drape care advice or feel that it is more convenient to utilize professional drape cleaning services, Drape Kings is more than happy to assist you.

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How Do I Store My Drapes When They Are Not In Use?

Adhering to drape storage best practices can protect the product against various forms of damages down the road. In addition to damage prevention, proper storage also minimizes the hassle of unpacking the drapes when they are needed again. When it comes to storing drapes, you have three options: fold, hang, and roll.

How to Prepare for Storage

Start by dismantling the drape and give it a good pat down to remove excess dust. To prevent any risk of damaging delicate fabrics, you may have the drape to be professionally cleaned. If your drape is already clean, you are ready to proceed.

Roll, Fold, or Hang

While rolling the drape is a straightforward process, make sure that the floor or surface is clean. If you are folding the drape, place it neatly on the floor so that the folds and/or pleats are in place. The next few steps involve repeatedly folding the drape in half until it fits your storage space. If possible, do store the rolled drapes in old paper tubes.

If there is enough space to store your drapes in a hanging position, ensure that they are hung a few days before storage as it helps air out the wrinkles. You may also mist the back of the drapes, but do not overdo it.

If your drapes are stored for a long time, check them annually for signs of mildew.

Recommended Storage Conditions

It is important that drapes are stored in dark areas where the temperatures are stable. You might want to consider climate-controlled storage units if the drapes are made with very delicate fabrics.

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What Is The Difference Between A Pole Tent And A Frame Tent?

Here is a short overview of the differences between a frame tent and a pole tent:

What is a Frame Tent?

Frame tents often feature a roof-like structure, are free-standing, and can be placed on any surface: grass, concrete, a deck, or asphalt. Since frame tents do not have poles inside of the tent, individuals can avoid the hassle of navigating around poles. Although a frame tent offers greater convenience, they tend to be pricey if one were to rent it. It is often pricier than renting pole tents because frame tents require more labor during the set-up.

What is a Pole Tent?

Pole tents are typically designed for grassy areas because stakes will be driven into the ground. Ties are also attached to pole tents for extra support. Oftentimes, a pole tent cannot be deployed on hard surfaces such as concrete. Many pole tents feature at least one pole in the center as the main support. Depending on the theme of the event, various fabrics, plants, vines, or flowers are used to decorate the center pole, transforming it into the centerpiece. Because the overall shape of a pole tent has graceful peaks, dips, and curves, many individuals enjoy the way it looks from the outside.

Considerations for Ordering / Renting Pole Tents and Frame Tents

Below are some questions to ask yourself before renting or purchasing a frame tent or pole tent:

  • Do you have permission to stake the space?
  • Are there gas, water, or power lines in the area?
  • What is your budget (charges for additional pole drapes apply)?
  • Do you have a rain plan (e.g., a second tent)?
  • What is the size of the tent?

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