Backdrop & Ceiling Draping Ideas for Special Events

Floor to Ceiling Draping Ideas for Your Next Event

One excellent way to turn any empty room into a party-ready venue is to decorate with beautiful, flowy layers of floor to ceiling drapes! With appropriate draping and venue lighting, you will instantly elevate your wedding reception, baby shower, birthday party, or any other events from ordinary to breathtaking.

While learning how to drape backdrops with fabric may seem daunting for beginners, learning the basics of event draping is key to designing gorgeous backdrop designs, even when you are on a budget!

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Why Hang Drapes from Ceiling

Is the effort spent on hanging floor to ceiling drapes worth it? Do floor to ceiling curtains look better? The answer to both questions is a resounding yes. It is because of the following benefits of using curtains floor to ceiling: 

  • A Grander Look

If you used to ask yourself whether curtains should touch the floor or ceiling, they should if you want to create a grander look for the venue. Since these curtains can show off the full height of your room, they instantly make it look larger and grander.

  • A Much Better Fall

Floor to ceiling curtains look better because of how much better their fall is. It is because of the added length, allowing the folds to fall neatly.

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  • More Defined Spaces

If your events are in large venues or spaces with open floor plans, you can define several smaller zones using floor to ceiling curtain sets. It is useful if you have events with different activities. 

  • Aesthetic Focal Point 

Curtains hung from the ceiling can become a visual focal point of a venue. They can add visual appeal, dimension, and depth to the space.

  • Conceal Unsightly Spots

Full-length curtains can easily cover up sights you don’t want guests to see, such as the backstage area, storage rooms, less appealing walls, or wall paint that does not correspond to the event theme.

Best Types of Fabrics for Floor to Ceiling Drapes

Depending on the venue and the theme of the event, typical materials used for floor to ceiling curtains include sheers, voile, spandex, linen or burlap. Here are your top options: 

  • Sheers

Sheers like white sheer curtains, floor to ceiling options, voile, chiffon, or organza sets provide windows an airy appeal, thanks to the materials used. However, they might look flimsy if used against large windows. Sheer fabrics are perfect for events that require an airy or romantic ambiance.

  • Burlap or Linen

You can still get an airy look with more weight if you use burlap or linen curtains. They are still light, airy, and thin enough to let light in without being as transparent as the sheer fabrics.

  • Silk Drapes

If your event calls for more opaque linens, try lined silk drapes. They are visually appealing but do not look too heavy. Silk drapes look light and flowing, adding grace to the venue. They are ideal for use in upscale and formal settings.

  • Velvet

Velvet is a heavyweight and luxurious fabric that can transform a space into an elegant area. Velvet drapes suit events that require a rich and dramatic feel. 

How to Hang Floor to Ceiling Drapes

A draping kit for beginners should include a few basic drapes, such as poly premier or sheer voile drapes as well as a pipe and drape set. CV Linens offers various pipe and drape kit bundles to choose from that include the bases, uprights, and a crossbar needed to design any backdrop draping ideas. Additional accessories include valance hangers for a double backdrop design and S hooks to add decor.

When choosing your right drape stand support kit, consider whether to use a lightweight portable set perfect for photo booths or an industrial heavyweight pipe and drape systems for multi-layers of backdrops. The general rule is that the total weight of your fabrics must be less than that of your pipe and drape set.

When shopping for drapes, be sure to have measurements of the venue. Take note of floor-to-ceiling height and width of walls for proper perimeter draping coverage. These measurements will help determine the size of the drapes and uprights and crossbars (drape support) needed. CV Linens offer adjustable telescopic pipes as well as assorted drape panels at different lengths so you are sure to find the perfect fabrics for your curtain backdrop ideas. 

For ceiling draping styles, white and ivory sheer voile ceiling draping are available as well as drape tubes, hoop ring kits, and ceiling hooks that will secure starburst or swagged draping designs in place.

Quick and Simple Guide to Curtain Size

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You might be asking yourself, how many backdrop panels do I need? 

The answer depends on the size of the area you want to cover and the desired drape fullness. Venue draping designs can vary from a simple stage backdrop to gorgeous perimeter draping to cover the entire venue. This drape fullness calculator will help you find out how many drapes you need to have. If you plan a double-draping design, opt to mix and match different drape fabrics with different levels of drape fullness to create dimensional layers. 

For ceiling drapery, you need to measure the length and width of the ceiling, or the diameter for circular ceilings. Often, you must multiply the total measurement to 130% to create the drapes. Hoop ring kits for circular ceiling drapes. If you want your ceiling drapes to reach the floor, also consider the height of the venue.

CV Linens offers a variation of sizes for ceiling drapes, from 20 feet to 40 feet. For different colors of fabrics, you may want to consider ordering fabric rolls. Our pipe and drape sets are easy to assemble, but, if you are having trouble with your pipe and drape sets, check this guide to resolve any issues you might encounter in putting together your draping.

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Draping Technique Ideas

Check these draping technique ideas for floor-to-ceiling draping for your next gatherings: 

  • Go for an All- White Affair

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For special occasions such as weddings, an all-white color scheme is a timeless classic! Start with white sheer voile ceiling drapes to coordinate with an all-white backdrop design. Add dimension to the design using a combination of white spandex 4-way scratch drape curtain with 100% fullness then layer it with a white glitter tulle or a payette sequin draping to add just the right amount of sparkle.    To create a romantic effect, incorporate LED backdrop lighting and tall floral table centerpieces that draw guests' eyes from the floor to the ceiling. 

  • Use Soft, Warm Pastels 

Nothing is dreamier than spring garden wedding vibes!. Use solid pastel colors to create wall-to-wall ceiling drapery for your outdoor wedding. You can also get creative with asymmetrical draping for tent weddings.  For the backdrop, create a faux flower wall and add layered pastel drapes on both sides. 

  •  Mix and Match Vibrant Colors 

For more modern wedding ideas, use vibrant-colored fabrics from ceiling to wall drapery. You may want to use thinner strips of fabric and use a hoop kit to decorate the ceiling with alternating colors. For the walls, also use alternating colors to match the ceiling. Balance your vibrant surroundings with white or light-colored tablecloths and chair covers. Incorporate the same vibrant colors for the table-setting and other decorations.

  • Shades of Violet 
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For your next event, why not throw a Very Peri celebration! Use different shades of lavender for your ceiling decorations. If your venue has a beautiful chandelier in the middle, surround it with a starburst draping design. Use sheer voile draping to create dramatic lighting and use a matching crystal table centerpiece.  For the backdrop, use a more solid colored drape on both sides of a sequin wall panel for the center stage. You may also opt for LED neon signs to light up your venue.

  • "Fall” in Love 
Rustic wedding decor idea

Orange and green may be an odd color combination choice for a wedding, but trust us when we say that rustic-themed weddings create an elegant yet comfortable and relaxing vibe.    Layer different shades of chiffon drape panels for the backdrop. You may also use white or ivory to allow colors to stand out.  Use soft tulle fabric for the ceiling drapes, and hang them asymmetrically using hooks or wooden poles.

  • Flower and Fabric
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You can also get creative with floral pieces. CV Linens offers loose bunches and stems, as well as oversized flower decors for all kinds of occasions. Use these floral decorations to tie curtain draping together, or to accentuate the ceiling with vine-resembling greeneries

With the right fabric, tools and a theme in mind, you can transform any blank space into a glamorous event venue. Pipe and drape curtains and floor to ceiling drapes are a great investment because they are sturdy, reusable, and versatile. If you are a beginner in the world of event planning, make sure to have a set or two in your tow. If you have been in the business for quite some time, these affordable fabrics and draping sets for backdrop curtains are your trust.

Check our Instagram and Pinterest for more draping technique inspiration. Watch this video on how to assemble your pipe and drape sets:  

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