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Using Drapery Layers on Pipe and Drape Backdrops

Posted by JC on 11/6/2017 to Pipe and Drape
Layered Pipe and Drape Kit

Even a basic pipe and drape backdrop kit will make any room look considerably better, but adding drapery layers is an easy and effective way to create an even more spectacular display.

Fabric layers give your set-up depth and dimension, allowing you to use various fabric arrangements to create a stunning focal point. Plus, the ability to use different drape colors (or even different fabrics!) gives you tons of ways to show off your creativity.

When you see a layered pipe and drape backdrop, you might think that it's hard to do -- but keep reading and you'll find that they're actually quite simple to build! The most common set-ups will be double or triple layers, either of which can be created with a couple of easy-to-use crossbar hangers.

So let's get started by going over how to create double layer backdrops:


Double Layer (2 Layer) Backdrop

Double layer pipe and drape backdrops are perfect for creating some contrast by adding an additional fabric, color, or draping style. In this system, you’ll end up with two layers of drapes (a “back layer” and a “front layer”).

Backdrop with two fabric layers

3” Valance Hangers are a simple way to create a double layer backdrop. The back (rear) layer of fabric would be hung on the Drape Support Rod (Crossbar) that is used in your pipe and drape display (the horizontal pipe that is hooked into your vertical Upright pipes), and the front layer would be hung on a Drape Support Rod (Crossbar) that is used with the Valance Hangers.

How to use valance hangers

You can choose for the front layer to be either 2 or 3 inches in front of the back layer, depending on which slots you use in the Valance Hangers.

3” Valance hangers are an inexpensive way to add an extra fabric layer to your backdrop. They work with any of our Upright pipes, and no tools are required to use them!

Double Backwall Hangers are an ideal choice if you’re going across multiple spans and don’t want to stagger the layers as they transition across each section (more on staggering in just a minute).

How to use double backwall hangers

Double Backwall Hangers let you have two layers that are consistent (not staggered), even when going across multiple section spans. Double Backwall Hangers also allow you to have a double layer going in up to 4 directions!

Pipe and drape double backwall hangers

Both the back (rear) layer of fabric and the front layer fabric would be created with this pipe and drape accessory part, with each layer spaced about 3 inches from each other.


Triple Layer (3 Layer) Backdrop

Want to take your backdrop a step further? Really WOW the crowd with a triple layer system!

Backdrop with three fabric layers

9” Double Valance Hangers let you have up to 3 layers of fabric. Like 3” Valance Hangers, the back (rear) layer of fabric would be hung on the Drape Support Rod (Crossbar) that is used in your pipe and drape display (on the horizontal pipe that is hooked into your vertical Upright pipes), and the middle and front layers would be hung on the Drape Support Rods used with the valance hangers.

How to use triple valance hangers

The middle layer would be either 2 or 3 inches in front of the back layer, and the front layer would be either 8 or 9 inches in front of the back layer -- depending on which slots were used in the Valance Hangers.


Using Drapery Layers Across Multiple Sections

Both the 3” Valance Hangers and 9” Valance Hangers are ideal for a single span (used between only two Uprights). If you have a multiple section run, each section will have the layers slightly staggered, so each layer would be a bit offset from the section next to it.

However, the added dimension of fabric layers on your backdrop will likely make any staggering subtle, and not very obvious. We just want to you to be aware of the need to stagger if you're setting up a multiple section run of pipe and drape.

With the 3” Valance Hangers, it would be done like this:

Staggering with 3 inch valance hangers


And with the 9” Valance Hangers, it would be done like this:

Staggering with 9 inch valance hangers


Any of the Drape Support Rods that are being used on the 3" or 9" crossbar hangers would be staggered if you're using them on multiple section backdrops, but as shown above, the amount of staggering would be relatively minor.


Start Adding Drapery Layers Today

Let your creativity shine! Add floral arrangements, uplighting, and other finishing touches that will make your layered backdrops even more beautiful.

Knowing the basics for how you can set-up double or triple layers, take a look at pictures online and gain some inspiration and ideas for your next event. Just be sure to let us know what you end up making – we can’t wait to see it!



Comments

Date 1/3/2018
Stella Boateng
Thanks! So interested in learning how to do this.

Reply from PipeAndDrapeOnline.com:

Absolutely, Stella! You can certainly create some gorgeous backdrops by using drape layers. If you need any help getting started, we're happy to assist. When you set up your layered backdrop, please send us some pictures --we'd love to see your display!

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