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What are Pipes and Drape?

Pipes and drape are a versatile and innovative system that can transform any event space’s appearance and ambiance. A pipe and drape system consists of upright pipes (vertical), crossbars or drape supports (horizontal), base plates, and fabric drape. The upright pipes and base plates create the framework, and the drape is hung over the crossbars to create a backdrop or partition.

Quest Events offers a broad range of pipe and drape systems crafted to meet the diverse needs of various events such as weddings, corporate gatherings, exhibitions, and more. With locations across the US and service capabilities in Canada, we are committed to providing clients with the most creative, effective, and efficient rental solutions and installation services.

But pipes and drape are not just functional; they are an art form that, when executed well, can breathe life into your event’s theme and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

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Advantages of Using Pipes and Drape at Events

Customization and Flexibility

One of the most significant advantages of using pipes and drape is their customization and flexibility. With an array of fabrics, colors, heights, and widths, you can design a tailor-made setup for your event’s theme and space.

Spatial Definition

Pipes and drape are excellent tools for defining or altering a space. They can create smaller, more intimate sections within a larger venue, hide unsightly areas, or create a visually distinct backdrop.

Aesthetic Enhancement

Beyond their functional attributes, pipes, and drape add an aesthetic element to events. With suitable fabric and design, they can bring elegance, warmth, and sophistication, elevating the overall experience for the attendees.

Acoustic and Lighting Control

Pipes and drape can also improve space acoustics by absorbing sound. Additionally, they can control the lighting in an area by blocking out natural light or serving as a backdrop for creative lighting effects.

Ease of Installation

Another advantage is the ease of installation. Pipe and drape systems are designed for quick setup and breakdown, making them an efficient choice for event professionals.


Pipes and drape can be used in many settings, including conferences, weddings, trade shows, photo booths, theater productions, etc. Their versatility makes them a staple in the event planning industry.

In conclusion, pipes and drape are indispensable for event planners and professionals. By choosing suitable materials and designs and employing creative draping techniques, you can leverage pipes and drape to create an unforgettable atmosphere at your event. Whether your goal is to make a bold statement or craft an intimate setting, Quest Events has the expertise and inventory to bring your vision to life.

Types of Pipe and Drape Systems


Telescopic pipe systems are known for their adjustability and versatility. They feature uprights and crossbars that can be extended or retracted to various lengths, allowing you to adjust the height and width of your display easily.


  • Flexibility: You can modify the size according to the event space or design preference.
  • Convenience: They are easy to transport and store due to their retractable nature.
  • Wide Application: Suitable for different events and spaces due to the ability to change dimensions.

Common Uses:

  • Trade shows where booth sizes may vary.
  • Weddings and corporate events require customized backdrops.
  • Photography backdrops with adjustable heights.

Break Apart

Break-apart systems consist of uprights and crossbars that can be disassembled into smaller pieces. This makes them particularly convenient for transport and storage, especially in cases where space is limited.


  • Portability: Breaking down into smaller pieces makes them easy to transport.
  • Storage Efficiency: They take up less storage space.
  • Easy Assembly: Simple to assemble and disassemble.

Common Uses:

  • Events where transportation is a concern.
  • Temporary setups such as photo booths.
  • Smaller venues with storage limitations.

Fixed Size

Fixed-size systems have uprights and crossbars of a predetermined length. They are sturdy and are typically used when the dimensions of the space are consistent and there is no need for adjustment.


  • Stability: Often sturdier than adjustable systems.
  • Simplicity: No need to worry about adjusting the size; straightforward setup.
  • Consistency: Ideal for venues with standard dimensions.

Common Uses:

  • Theater productions with standard stage sizes.
  • Recurring events in the same venue.
  • Permanent or semi-permanent installations.

In summary, when choosing the type of pipe and drape system for your event, consider factors such as the need for adjustability, ease of transport, storage constraints, and the specifications of your venue. As North America’s market leader, Quest Events offers a comprehensive range of options in all three categories, ensuring you find the perfect match for your event’s needs.

Choosing the Right Pipe and Drape Materials

Selecting suitable materials for your pipe and drape system is paramount for functionality and aesthetics. The pipe and drape should align with the purpose of the event and the desired ambiance.


Drape are the fabric elements that hang from the crossbars. They play a significant role in setting the tone and atmosphere of your event. Here are a few popular fabric options:


Velvet is a luxurious and dense fabric perfect for adding a touch of luxury to any event. Its thickness also makes it great for sound absorption and light blocking.

  • Best for: Weddings, galas, and theatrical performances.
  • Advantages: Luxurious feel, sound absorption, light blocking.
  • Considerations: Higher cost compared to other fabrics.

Explore different fabric options for ceiling drape here.

Banjo Cloth

Banjo cloth is lightweight and has a textured, shiny finish. It is a cost-effective option popular in trade shows and exhibitions.

  • Best for: Trade shows, exhibitions, conventions.
  • Advantages: Cost-effective, lightweight, and easy to handle.
  • Considerations: Velvet is more plentiful.

Poly Premier

Poly Premier is a versatile and durable fabric. It is wrinkle-resistant and offers a matte finish, making it suitable for various events.

  • Best for: Corporate events, weddings, conferences.
  • Advantages: Durable, wrinkle-resistant, versatile.
  • Considerations: It doesn’t have the shine of banjo cloth or the luxury of velvet.


Pipes are the structural elements of the system, including the uprights and crossbars. The material of the pipes is crucial for the system’s stability and durability.


Aluminum pipes are lightweight, making them easy to handle and install. They are also resistant to corrosion.

  • Best for: Events requiring frequent adjustments or movement of the system.
  • Advantages: Lightweight, corrosion-resistant.
  • Considerations: Not as strong as steel; might not be suitable for weighty drape.


Steel pipes are known for their strength and durability. They are an excellent choice for supporting heavier drape or for permanent installations.

  • Best for: Permanent installations, heavy drape.
  • Advantages: Strong and durable.
  • Considerations: Heavier than aluminum; easier to move.

Choosing suitable materials for your pipes and drape system requires consideration of the event type, budget, and desired ambiance. Whether you aim for a grand and luxurious setting or a practical and functional space, Quest Events offers an extensive range of high-quality materials to ensure your event succeeds. Our expert team can also provide insights and recommendations tailored to your needs.

Selecting the Ideal Height and Width

When setting up a pipe and drape system for your event, choosing the right height and width is crucial. The dimensions should harmonize with the venue space and serve the intended purpose effectively.

Standard Heights

Standard heights for drape systems generally range from 8 to 14 feet. However, Quest Events offers a variety of options, and it’s essential to choose a height that matches the scale of your venue.

  • 8 to 10 feet: Ideal for standard ceiling rooms, trade show booths, and photo backdrops.
  • 12 to 14 feet: Best for larger venues with high ceilings, such as ballrooms or conference halls.

What is the standard length for a drape to hang from the floor? Read more here.

Custom Heights

Custom heights can be used for events that require a unique touch or are held in unconventional spaces. Custom heights allow for more creativity and can be used to make a bold statement.

  • Benefits: Tailored fit, creative freedom, unique setups.
  • Considerations: You may need additional time and resources for installation.

Adjusting Widths

Adjusting the width of your pipe and drape system is just as important as selecting the ideal height. The width should be appropriate for the space and purpose.

  • Standard Widths: Typically range from 6 to 10 feet per panel.
  • Expanding Widths: For larger spaces or to create full-room draping, additional drape panels can be added to expand the width. Telescopic crossbars are also helpful for adjusting widths.

What is the standard width for drape panels? Find out here.

How to Measure for Drape

Measuring for drape is a critical step in ensuring that your setup looks polished and professional. Here are a few steps to measure for drape:

  1. Measure the Height: Determine the distance from the floor to the ceiling or desired height.
  2. Measure the Width: Calculate the total length of the area you want to cover with drape.
  3. Consider Fullness: You may need to order extra fabric to achieve a gathered look. A standard fullness ratio is 50%, meaning that you’ll need 1.5 times the width of your space in fabric.
  4. Account for Clearance: Ensure enough clearance at the bottom so the drape is not dragging on the floor.

Learn more about how to measure for drape here.

In conclusion, selecting the ideal height and width for your pipe and drape system is essential for creating an effective and visually appealing display. Customization options offered by Quest Events ensure you can achieve the perfect fit, regardless of venue or event type.

Selecting the Perfect Drape Style

Selecting a drape style is the next step once you have chosen the suitable materials and dimensions. The style of draping you choose can drastically impact the atmosphere and theme of your event. Below are some popular drape styles to consider:


The Classic style is familiar and versatile. It involves hanging drape straight down from the crossbars. It is ideal for a clean, simple, and elegant look.

  • Best for: Corporate events, weddings, conferences, and trade shows.
  • Advantages: Versatile, easy to install, timeless appeal.
  • Considerations: It may be too simple for more lavish events.


Austrian drape have a luxurious and regal appearance with horizontal swags and puffs. This style is perfect for adding drama and grandeur to your event space.

  • Best for: Galas, theaters, wedding ceremonies.
  • Advantages: Luxurious, dramatic, eye-catching.
  • Considerations: Requires more fabric and can be more complex to set up.


The Accordion style involves pleating the fabric in a zigzag pattern. This gives the drape a textural depth and structured look, making them suitable for formal and casual settings.

  • Best for: Conferences, seminars, informal gatherings.
  • Advantages: Adds texture, visually interesting without being overly opulent.
  • Considerations: Pleats may need to be adjusted for a uniform look during setup.


Swag style involves draping the fabric in graceful curves, creating an elegant and romantic atmosphere. This style is often used for head tables at weddings or as a decorative element above entrances.

  • Best for: Weddings, anniversaries, romantic-themed events.
  • Advantages: Elegant, romantic, visually dynamic.
  • Considerations: Requires careful set up to ensure even draping.

Explore creative draping techniques here.

Ceiling Treatments

In addition to the walls and backdrops, drape can also be used to create stunning ceiling treatments. This involves draping fabric across the ceiling to add a dramatic effect or soften an ample space’s appearance.

  • Best for: Weddings, receptions, and gala dinners.
  • Advantages: Adds an extra layer of sophistication and creates an immersive environment.
  • Considerations: Requires additional setup time and materials.

Learn how to create a ceiling treatment for weddings here.

Decorating Arches and Chuppahs

Using drape to decorate arches or chuppahs is a fantastic way to create a focal point for a wedding ceremony. Drape can be styled in various ways to match the theme and decor of the wedding.

  • Best for: Wedding ceremonies.
  • Advantages: It creates a visually striking focal point and adds elegance.
  • Considerations: This should be cohesive with the overall wedding theme.

Find out how to decorate an arch or chuppah with a drape here.

In conclusion, selecting the perfect drape style is essential for setting the right tone for your event. The diverse styles can accommodate your vision, whether you are looking for simplicity, elegance, drama, or romance. Quest Events offers expert advice and quality materials to help create a breathtaking environment for your guests.

Pipe and Drape Accessories

To ensure that your pipe and drape system is sturdy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing, you’ll need to consider several accessories. These accessories help to enhance the presentation and ease the installation process.

Base Plates

Base plates are essential for the stability of your pipe and drape system. They are heavy, flat platforms that serve as the foundation on which uprights are placed.

  • Best for: Any event requiring a pipe and drape system.
  • Advantages: Provides stability and prevents tipping over.
  • Considerations: Ensure that the weight and size are appropriate for the height and fabric of your drape.

Drape Supports

Drape supports, or crossbars, are horizontal bars from which the drape hangs. They come in various lengths and styles, with some being adjustable.

  • Best for: Customizing the width of your drape display.
  • Advantages: Adjustable options allow for versatility in display width.
  • Considerations: It must be strong enough to support the weight of the drape.

Crossbar Hangers

Crossbar hangers are used to hang additional crossbars from the primary drape support. This enables you to add layers of drape for a fuller look or use different fabrics for a more dynamic presentation.

  • Best for: Creating layered or textured drape displays.
  • Advantages: Enhances the depth and fullness of the drape.
  • Considerations: Additional weight needs to be accounted for in the stability of the setup.

Valance Hangers

Valance hangers allow you to add a valance – a short decorative drape – to the top of your display. This can add an extra touch of elegance or provide a complementary color to your main drape.

  • Best for: Adding decorative elements to your drape display.
  • Advantages: Enhances visual appeal and allows for additional color coordination.
  • Considerations: Valance fabric should be chosen to complement the main drape.


In some cases, particularly in outdoor events or where heavy drape are used, additional weight may be necessary to ensure the stability of the pipe and drape system. Sandbags can be placed on the base plates to add weight.

  • Best for: Outdoor events, heavy drape materials.
  • Advantages: Increases stability and prevents tipping in windy conditions.
  • Considerations: Ensure they are concealed to maintain aesthetic appeal.

Drapery Clips and Ties

Drapery clips and ties are used to attach the fabric to the crossbars. While clips provide a more streamlined appearance, ties can be used for a decorative effect.

  • Best for: Attaching drape to crossbars.
  • Advantages: Secure attachment, option for decorative ties.
  • Considerations: Clips should be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the fabric.

In conclusion, utilizing the right accessories is vital to achieving a successful pipe and drape setup. At Quest Events, we offer a comprehensive range of accessories to ensure your display is visually stunning but also sturdy and reliable. Our team of experts is here to guide you in selecting the best accessories to meet your event’s needs.

Setting Up Your Pipe and Drape System

Properly setting up your pipe and drape system is critical for ensuring a visually appealing and stable backdrop for your event. This section outlines the steps for effective layout, planning, and assembly instructions.

Layout and Planning

Planning the layout is essential before setting up your pipe and drape system.

  1. Measure the Space: Determine the dimensions of the space you are working with and the area you want to cover with the drape.
  2. Select Materials and Styles: Choose the fabric, colors, and styles that align with your event’s theme.
  3. Gather Equipment: Ensure you have all the necessary pipes, drape, and accessories.
  4. Check the Floor Surface: The surface can affect the setup’s stability. Ensure it’s flat and stable.
  5. Mark the Positions: Use tape to mark where the base plates will be positioned.

Assembly Instructions

After you have planned the layout, follow these steps for assembling the pipe and drape system:

Installing the Base Plates

  1. Place the base plates in the positions you marked during the layout planning.
  2. Add sandbags or weights to the base plates to ensure stability.

Attaching the Uprights

  1. Insert the uprights into the holes on the base plates.
  2. Ensure they are secured and vertical.

Connecting Crossbars

  1. Insert the crossbars into the slots at the top of the uprights.
  2. If using telescopic types, adjust the crossbars’ length based on the desired width.

Hanging Drape

  1. Attach the drape to the crossbars using drapery clips or ties.
  2. Ensure the drape are hung evenly and at the desired height.
  3. Adjust the fullness and layout of the drape as needed for your desired style.

Learn in detail how to install pipe and drape at an event here.

Tips for Hanging Drape from the Ceiling

Suppose you want to create a ceiling treatment or hang a drape. In that case, it’s essential to consider additional safety measures and use specialized equipment.

  1. Use sturdy hooks or rigging rated for the drape’s weight.
  2. Ensure that the ceiling can support the weight of the drape.
  3. Use a ladder or lift for safe access to the ceiling.
  4. Securely fasten the drape and double-check all connections.

Read more on how to hang drape from the ceiling here.

Double-Checking Your Setup

Once everything is assembled, take a step back and review the entire setup.

  1. Make sure all components are secure.
  2. Check that the drape is hanging correctly and evenly.
  3. Make any necessary adjustments to the layout or drape.

In conclusion, properly setting up your pipe and drape system is crucial for ensuring a successful event. Careful planning, attention to detail, and adherence to safety practices are essential. Quest Events provides high-quality materials and expert advice to make the setup seamless.

Decorative Ideas for Your Pipe and Drape Display


Creating stunning backdrops using pipes and drape is simple and effective. The options are endless for a wedding ceremony, a corporate event stage, or a photo booth.

Room Dividers

Use pipe and drape systems to create elegant room dividers, perfect for segmenting an ample space into more intimate areas.

Trade Show Booths

Craft an eye-catching trade show booth using pipes and drape. Customize with brand colors and logos to make a lasting impression.

Photo Booths

Create fun and engaging photo booths with colorful drape and accessories. This adds an interactive element to any event.

Ceiling Treatments

Transform an ordinary space into something extraordinary with ceiling draping.

Learn how to create a ceiling treatment for weddings and other events here.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Drape Cleaning Tips

Proper cleaning is essential to maintain the beauty of your drape.

Learn how to clean drape and remove wrinkles from your drape line here.

Storing Pipes and Drape

Proper storage is crucial for extending the life of your pipe and drape system. Store in a cool, dry place and ensure the fabric is folded correctly to avoid wrinkles.

Renting vs. Purchasing Pipe and Drape Systems

When planning an event, a crucial decision is whether to rent or purchase your pipe and drape systems. Both options have benefits and considerations, and your choice will depend on various factors such as budget, frequency of events, and storage capabilities.

Benefits of Renting

Cost-Effective for One-Time or Infrequent Use

Renting can be more cost-effective if you’re hosting a one-time event or don’t frequently need a pipe and drape system. You avoid the upfront investment of purchasing the equipment.

No Need for Storage

You don’t have to worry about storing the materials after the event when you rent. This is particularly beneficial if you have limited storage space.

Access to a Variety of Styles and Materials

Rental companies often have various styles and materials, allowing you to choose something different for each event.

Explore rental options with Quest Events.

Benefits of Purchasing

Cost-Effective for Frequent Use

If you host events regularly, purchasing your own pipe and drape system can be more economical in the long run. The initial investment can pay off over time.


Owning your system allows you to customize it to your needs and preferences. This might be especially valuable if your brand or event has a distinct style.

Availability and Convenience

Owning your system means it’s always available when you need it. You don’t have to worry about rental availability, especially during peak seasons.

Factors to Consider when Choosing

Frequency of Events

Consider how often you’ll be using the pipe and drape system. If you host events regularly, purchasing might be the better option.


Evaluate your budget. Renting might have a lower upfront cost, but purchasing could save money over time if you use the system frequently.

Storage Space

Consider whether you have enough storage space to store the system when it’s not in use.

Customization Needs

If you require a highly customized setup, you’ll repeatedly be using; purchasing might be the better choice.


Consider the logistics of transporting the system. Rental companies often deliver and pick up the materials, which might be convenient.

In conclusion, deciding between renting and purchasing a pipe and drape system depends on your needs and circumstances. Weigh the benefits and considerations of each option to make an informed decision. At Quest Events, we offer rental and purchase options with a wide range of high-quality materials and styles. Our experts can help you make the best choice for your event.


Pipes and drape are versatile and can drastically enhance the ambiance of any event. From the type of system to the materials and accessories, making informed choices is essential. Quest Events is your go-to solution for all your pipe and drape needs, offering the most creative, effective, and efficient rental solutions and installation services.

Event Pipe & Drape FAQs

Can I use pipe and drape systems outdoors?

Yes, you can use pipe and drape systems outdoors. However, it would be best if you took extra precautions to ensure the stability and durability of the setup. Using heavier base plates or adding weights like sandbags can help prevent the system from tipping over due to wind. Additionally, you should choose fabrics that can withstand outdoor weather conditions.

How can I make my drape display look fuller?

To make your drape display look fuller, you can gather more fabric to create a pleated effect. You can also use crossbar hangers to add drape layers for added depth. Moreover, choosing a fabric with a thicker weave or texture can also add to the fullness of your display.

How do I determine the amount of fabric I need?

Determining the amount of fabric needed depends on the dimensions of your space, the height of your uprights, and the desired fullness of your drape. First, measure the length of the area you want to cover. Then, consider the height of your uprights to calculate the vertical dimensions. For a fuller look, multiply the horizontal measurement by 1.5 to 2 times.

Learn more about how to measure for drape here.

What are some creative ways to use drape in event decor?

Drape can be used in a variety of creative ways in event decor. For instance, you can create elegant ceiling treatments, design dramatic backdrops with layered fabrics, or use them to decorate arches and chuppahs for weddings. Incorporating lights, florals, or other decorative elements can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your drapery.

Explore creative draping techniques here.

How do I clean and maintain my drape?

First, check the manufacturer’s care instructions to clean the drape, as different fabrics may have specific cleaning requirements. Generally, vacuuming the drape to remove dust gently is a good idea. For a deeper clean, you may need to either hand wash or dry clean the drape, depending on the fabric. After cleaning, ensure the drape are thoroughly dry before storing them to prevent mold and mildew.

Learn more about how to clean drape here.

What are the typical lengths and widths for drape?

The standard length for drape to hang from the floor varies, but a typical length is 94-96 inches for an average room height. However, the drape might be much longer in event settings to accommodate higher ceilings. The standard width for drape panels usually ranges from 54 to 60 inches. Choose the correct dimensions to fit your space and achieve the desired look.

Learn more about the standard length for a drape to hang from the floor.

What is the standard width for drape panels here?

How can I create an appealing ceiling treatment for a wedding?

Creating an appealing ceiling treatment involves selecting the suitable fabric, color, and draping style. It’s essential to measure the space accurately and ensure that the drape is securely attached. Integrating lighting, floral arrangements, or other decorative elements can enhance aesthetic appeal.

Read more on how to create a ceiling treatment for weddings here.

How can I differentiate between drape and curtains?

While drape and curtains cover windows or act as partitions, the two differ. Drape are usually heavier, lined, and floor-length, ideal for blocking light and sound. At the same time, curtains are lighter and not necessarily floor-length. Drape are often used in formal settings, whereas curtains might be used in more casual environments.

Learn more about the difference between drape and curtains here.

How do I decorate an arch or chuppah with drape for a wedding?

Decorating an arch or chuppah involves selecting a drape that complements the wedding theme. Measure the structure to ensure you have enough fabric. The drape can be attached using floral wire, zip ties, or fabric drapery ties. Flowers, foliage, or lights can add charm.

Learn how to decorate an arch or chuppah with drape here.

What should I do to remove wrinkles from the drape?

You can use a steamer or iron to remove wrinkles from your drape. It’s essential to check the fabric care instructions before applying heat. For some fabrics, simply hanging them for a few days will allow the wrinkles to fall out naturally.

Find out how to remove wrinkles from your drape line here.

What are some methods to do ceiling draping for an event?

Ceiling draping involves suspending fabrics from the ceiling to create an elegant look. It can be achieved through several methods, such as swagging, draping fabric in swoops, or creating a canopy effect. Secure attachment to the ceiling is crucial; safety should be the utmost priority.

Learn how to do ceiling draping for an event here.

What are the different fabric options available for ceiling draping?

There is a wide range of fabric options for ceiling draping, including satin, chiffon, organza, and tulle. The fabric choice will depend on the desired ambiance and style of the event. Lightweight fabrics like tulle and chiffon are popular for their airy look, while heavier fabrics like satin add a touch of luxury.

Discover the different fabric options for ceiling draping here.