Drapes are a great way to add a professional spin to any event. Not only are pipe and drapes easy and quick to set-up, tear down, and move, but also they are a very cost-effective way to bring stunning, personalized touches of color and fabrics to your event. Tent Guys is thrilled to be your one-stop-shop for complete pipe and drape set-ups for any of your events in Charlotte, NC. First things first, on choosing your pipes and drapes: When it comes to choosing your pipes and drapes, decide whether you want a fixed height, which is a set height that cannot be changed, or adjustable pipe and drape kits, which allow you to change the height of your drapes. What terminology should I know before renting a pipe and drape set-up? \tBase: The base of your pipe and drape kit is in the base plate, and serves as the foundation of your display, keeping everything stable and secure. Depending on the pipe and drape options, you will need different weights for the bases which can range from 6 to 61 pounds. To determine what base plate that you\u2019ll need, you should take into consideration the height of the upright pipes, the weight of the drape fabric you choose, and the location of the bases in your event. By the latter, we mean that you should consider if your base is going to be in a high traffic area or not, as you\u2019ll want a heavier base if there\u2019s the possibility it might be knocked over. \tUpright: Uprights are your vertical pole pieces that set the height of your pipe and drape kits. At the top of the uprights are hooks, where the crossbar (or horizontal pole) hook into. \tCrossbar: The crossbar is basically like a curtain rod, as it holds up the drape panels. The crossbar can be adjustable by width, ranging anywhere from three feet to fourteen feet. \tDrape: The drape is the fabric hanging from your crossbar and the main component of your pipe and drape setup. It\u2019s also the piece where customization matters the most, as you will get to personalize the colors, style, and materials of your drapes! \tFullness: Fullness is the amount of bunching that your drapes will have. In your pipe and drapes kit, this is yet another personal preference that you can choose in addition to fabric and color. The fuller a fabric is, the more bunching you\u2019re doing to have in the drape. If a drape is described as flat, then there isn\u2019t going to be any bunching. Another common term for fullness is also \u201cgathering.\u201d Either way, it\u2019s referring to the gathering of the drapes. What do events use pipe and draping for? Pipe and drapes are used for both functional and decorative purposes at events. This list is not exhaustive, but we most often see them used for the following: \tWedding canopies \tPhoto booth enclosures \tBackdrops \tHoliday events \tTrade show booths \tChanging & dressing rooms \tCrowd control \tExhibition booths \tLive performances \tVIP events Pipe and drapes are so popular because they\u2019re quick to set up, portable, and super versatile. There\u2019s nothing more satisfying than changing the whole look of a room just by changing the color of your drapes! Don\u2019t let your drapes be drab! We will help you choose the perfect drapes for your event. Drapery choices are a great opportunity to personalize and tie together your event. They come in a variety of colors, styles, and materials. Whether you\u2019re going for sheer drapes to hang twinkle lights behind, satin drapes to for black-tie d\u00e9cor, or even velour to add texture to a room, there are endless choices and combinations of material, style, and color for your drapes. There\u2019s no one correct way to pair your drapes, best materials to use, or color choices; it can all be a matter of personal preference and, it\u2019s likely that you will want your event theme solidified before making drapery decisions. If you have a color scheme prepared or a theme in mind, our experts at Tent Guys can certainly advise on best matching or complementary colors and talk you through how to pair the materials for layering. What do I need to decide to choose drapes for my event? Answering these basic 5 questions prior to ordering your drapes can help you narrow down your options and refine your choices, leaving more room for the fun choices, like color. \tDo the drapes need to block light? If you\u2019re trying to keep the outside light to a minimum, you aren\u2019t going to want a sheet fabric. Instead, you might go for a thicker material and darker color. \tDo the drapes need to be fire retardant? We highly recommend checking with your venue beforehand to ensure that you\u2019re meeting all fire safety requirements as you start planning your d\u00e9cor. You should also take into consideration if you\u2019re involving any type of torches, bonfires, or other fire aspects in your event. \tHow much area are you intending to cover with the drapes? Pipe and drapes for a fun photo backdrop at a wedding are going to be quite a bit smaller and require less fabric coverage than say, a drape set-up intended to block off the section of a venue that you don\u2019t want guests entering or if you\u2019re trying to hide construction and renovation changes. \tDo you know what height the upright pipes need to be? You will have to know the height of the upright pipes to determine how long you need your drapes to be. Typically, you\u2019ll want a drape height that is at least the same height of the upright pipes. Depending on the material of the drape, you may want a drape height that\u2019s slightly longer than the height of the upright pipes, so that it pools at the floor. This is common for photo backdrops, and especially with the sheer voile drapes. An example of what upright pipes and rental combination may be: \tYou choose the upright pipes, with a range of 6 feet (minimum) and 10 feet (maximum) \tThis means that you should rent drapes that are at least 10 feet tall Keep in mind, it\u2019s a rule of thumb that if you are using adjustable uprights, you will also want ensure that the drapes are long enough to completely touch the ground at the upright\u2019s maximum height. It is always better to plan in a little room for error in the event space, than to end up with drapes a foot too short! \tHow much fullness do you want your drapes to have? To determine what fullness you want your drapes to have, you should disclose what you\u2019re using your pipe and drape kit for. In the instance that you\u2019re using the pipe and drape kit for a theater backdrop, you\u2019ll definitely want a fuller drape to create a classic, pleated look of curtains. If you\u2019re using the pipe and drape kit to divide a room or cover a large swath of area, then the fullness isn\u2019t really necessary; a flatter drape will be able to do the job. Ultimately, if you know what you\u2019re using your drapes for and what appearance they should have (flat or bunched), then you can determine the fullness you want in your drapes. If you\u2019ve nailed these down, you\u2019re likely getting into the creative part. The next step is to choose the type of fabric you want on the drapes and the colors. What does Tent Guys offer on draping? Currently, Tent Guys offer 10\u2019x10\u2019 sections of pipe and drapes, and in the colors of black or white panels. We also have leg drapes for covering your tent legs. Leg drapes do not require a pipe set-up, as they hang from the top of the tent canopy around each leg of the tent. While we currently only offer white and black drapes, you can always further personalize your pipe and drape set up with any sheer or satin fabrics of your own by inserting them on the pipes. Pipe and draping trends that we love: Backdrop for a stage: Wanting to transform your child\u2019s birthday party or the next sleepover hosted at your house? Here\u2019s an idea we love! Use a pipe and drape kit to set up a DIY theater for the kids to put on their own shows, or have an outdoor theater night to watch the latest Disney movie. Hide or mask an area, where there wasn\u2019t space before: If you\u2019re in need of a private space in a public setting on the cheap, a pipe and drape set-up is the perfect move. Whether it\u2019s the need of a changing room for a dance competition, beauty pageant, or a theater limited on space, the pipe and drape setups work perfectly indoors or outdoors to give you the extra privacy your event needs. Add softness to an area or highlight a feature of the event space: Think back to all of the recent weddings you\u2019ve been to in the wildest of spaces. Between country barns, unfinished warehouses, llama wineries, and brick-lined breweries, drapes can truly transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary event. Soft white drapes pair perfectly against the backdrop of a barn, brick, or personalize a ceremony backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Highlight a feature or divide an area by tying back the drapes: Let\u2019s be real, open-plan layouts are great in the living area of a house, but in an event, having closed off spaces can organize the flow and crowd control of an event. Just tying the drapes can divide large room like a ballroom to have private VIP areas, or section off the dining area from the dance floor. Sheer drapes can be a great way to block off the bride and groom table, so that they can have a few precious moments together on their wedding day, without being invisible to their friends and family. Bachelorette or engagement party photo booth: We\u2019ve all been there; desperately trying to hang trendy rose gold tin foil to the wall, only to find you didn\u2019t order the right height or width from Amazon, and not to mention you still can see the wall through the foil! Okay, so maybe not everyone has been there, but if you\u2019ve ever tried to make an Instagram-worthy photo booth, it\u2019s not that easy without the right equipment. The key? A very simple pipe and drape set-up! Pipe and drapes provide you with the height and width you want to capture group photos and the solid fabric that will cover the space for the backdrop. Thanks for using Tent Guys for all your pipe and drape rental needs! Tent Guys has everything pipe and drape related on our website and available for rental now. From our website, you can find and customize all of your pipe and drape choices in one bundle, including the upright and crossbar pipes, bases, and drapes. You can have an incredible backdrop for your next event at just the click of a button! Although you\u2019re are probably exhausted you on discussing pipes and drapes, please don\u2019t hesitate to reach out and have a chat with us about your next event! We\u2019re happy to assist you with any event rentals.