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How Tall is Pipe and Drape? A Guide to Choosing the Best Height for Your Backdrop.
One of the most commonly asked questions that we get is:

"How tall should my pipe and drape set-up be?"

Or sometimes worded as, "What is the best pipe and drape height for my event?".

The answer, like many answers in life, is "it depends". There is no right or wrong height, but there are key points to keep in mind when deciding the optimal height for your display.

Before we get started, a quick refresher on terminology: the Upright pipe is the vertical pole in a pipe & drape system that sets the height. These pipes can be "fixed" (one piece that does not break down into smaller sections, or adjust in height), "break apart" (two-piece models that break down into smaller sections, but otherwise do not adjust in height), or "adjustable" (these telescope and can be set to various heights within a range).

In this article, we'll be discussing how to determine the best Upright size for your event.

1) What is the ceiling clearance height?

This is the primary factor in your decision-making process -- you can't have a pipe and drape system that is taller than the ceiling. In other words, you can't fit a 10 foot tall upright pipe in a room that only has a 9 foot tall ceiling.

It's very important that you take a moment to measure your ceiling height to ensure that you avoid purchasing a backdrop that is too tall for the room.

In conjunction with ceiling height restrictions, be sure to also consider your guest's heights as well. Make sure that your Uprights are tall enough to where people cannot see over the top of your pipe & drape system (unless, of course, that is something that you want to happen).

2) How tall do you actually need it to go?

There are a couple of considerations to keep in mind when it comes to figuring out how tall your pipe and drape should be -- needs vs. wants, and cost.

Perhaps your measurement from #1 above reveals that your event space has a high ceiling, allowing for tall set-ups...but do you actually need your pipe and drape to go all the way up to the top? If you are in a room with 15 foot tall ceilings, you may not need your pipe and drape backdrop to go all the way up. Perhaps 8 feet, or 10 feet, would work just fine instead. This will be based on your personal preference, and the event taking place.

For example, if you're setting up a ballroom for a wedding, you may prefer to have elegant wedding drapes that go from the very top all the way down to the floor. But if you're setting up a backdrop for use behind the head table, a shorter system may suffice. Keep in mind the situation that you're using it for, and envision how you want it to look for that particular area.

Cost is another factor: remember that the taller the Upright, the larger & heavier base is needed for stability, and the drapes will need to be taller as well. All of this increases the expense. Just make sure that your budget allows for a taller pipe and drape system if that is your preference.

3) So, how tall should your pipe and drape be?

Based on your determinations from the above, you should now have a better idea of how tall your pipe and drape system should stand. We offer pipe and drape Uprights in multiple heights, from 3 feet tall to a whopping 20 feet tall, with tons of heights in between.

For pipe and drape backdrops up to 10 feet tall, choose from fixed height Uprights that are one-piece and do not adjust in height, or telescoping / adjustable Uprights that can be set to within a range of heights (such as 6 to 10 feet tall, 7 to 12 feet tall, 8 to 14 feet tall, etc.). For a system that is taller than 10 feet, adjustable height Uprights must be utilized.

We hope that this information has helped answer your question of "How tall should my pipe and drape be?", and that you have a better understanding of why there's no right or wrong answer. If you need any assistance with finding the best height, let the experts at Pipe And Drape Online help by contacting us and we'll be happy to guide you -- our goal is to ensure that you have an AMAZING event!

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