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.

The Basics of Pipe and Drape

  1. Drape – available in a host of colors and fabrics; can be accessorized with tie-back sashes, sheer overlays, signage
  2. Horizontal – adjustable horizontal drape supports range from 2′-3′ to 9′-16′ wide. They are designed to meet any room size and will support your chosen drape
  3. Telescoping Uprights – adjustable uprights range from 3′-22′ high, 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
  6. Header – valance sleeved onto an adjustable horizontal support

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Drape Kings Pipe and Drape

No Humps Hardware

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 the same flexibility.

humps in drape hardware

Drape Kings no humps hardware

drape with unsightly hump

Drape Kings hardware leaves no humps for a nice finished look



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.

flat drape panel no fullness

Flat Drape

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 in the image, this drape has no texture and displays the drape taut.

50 percent fullness

50% Fullness

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.

100 percent fullness

100% 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.


Fabric Finishes

We offer a number of finishes based on your your needs. Our Original Tear Back Velcro Pocket comes standard with all drape orders. Custom finishes are available upon request.

Original Velcro Pocket

Original Tear Back Velcro Pocket An overlapping of drape via a Velcro pocket. Allows for a seamless transition from one pipe fixture to another.

Ripplefold Curtain

Ripplefold Curtain A flat drape with snaps in its top finish allowing for varying fullness. Recommended for lighter weight drapes.

Box Pleats

Box Pleats The double pleating of drape in which the two outer folds face the opposite direction and the two inner folds face each other.



Shirring Consists of two or more rows of gathered fabric using elastic thread in parallel rows. Sheering is used with a top treatment of hook and loop webbing.

Pinch Pleats

Pinch Pleats Provides a formal yet elegant gathering for our medium to high weight fabric at 100% fullness.

Blind Ties

Blind Ties A simple, looping tie system where the drape is hung immediately below the pipe with the cord looped through two grommets in the top finish.


Standard Grommets

Standard Grommets A traditional hanging system in which ties are slipped through a reinforced, metal grommet.

Snap Hooks

Snap Hooks A simple, smooth and sturdy hanging method traditionally used with Traveler Track.