Pipe and drape systems are all around us. We see them at tradeshows, in changing areas and at voting stations as well as cordon off specific sets of individuals at an event. They typically are made of polyester, flame retardant and come in a variety of colors. They can have a logo or message printed on them or be plain. When buying your pipe and drape setup, though, you need to keep a few things in mind.
Knowing the size of the drape system is vital to making sure they can do what you need them to do. Opting for an adjustable configuration is a viable option in some applications, but you must have a general idea of the optimal size or you run the risk of having a drape system that is inadequate or too much. Consulting a pipe and drape specialist is one way of ensuring you get the size that best meets your needs.
The color(s) you choose for your pipe and drape system should match the purpose you have in mind for it. You want an opaque fabric and darker color for a changing room, private booth or pipe and drape backdrop. Something flame retardant is in order if your drapes are near hot lights. For a “red carpet” event, you may want to go with something a little luxurious. For most events, simple polyester is simple, easy to find and affordable.
What are you trying to accomplish with your pipe and drape system? Do you need a logo or have a message you want to get across? What colors will best allow you to accomplish your goals in terms of specific activities (like photo ops) and general environment? How often do you want to display your message or logo in a display? The answers to these questions will determine size, materials, colors, etc. and let you buy pipe and drape components that meet your needs.
Pricing for a pipe and drape system obviously hinges on what you need. Make sure you have a realistic budget in mind as well as contingencies if the only options blow that budget up. Knowing your price breaks before will also let you define your limits to a pipe and drape consultant.
Pipe and drape systems are effective at creating an atmosphere and barriers. Following this checklist will make sure your pipe and drape system meets your needs without breaking your bank.