Who hasn’t admired gorgeous event drapery at a wedding or other special party and wondered “How did they do that?”
Drape after colorful drape piled into magnificent shapes are complete showstoppers! Almost everytime I see an elaborate drapery set up, I try to mentally dissect it and think “but how?” In one of our past posts, we discussed the basics of Industry Secrets to Creating Memorable Event Drapery. In this post we will teach you how to use valance hangers to create advanced, professional drapery!
Valance Hangers Utility
First of all, let’s take a look at these valance hangers! You must always remember to have two valance hangers to create your drape set up. (Click here to view our current selection of valences and other accessories.)
Have you noticed it seems like some luxurious drape set ups appear to have more drapes behind the first set of drapes? Other drapes set ups will look as if two pipe sets are involved in creating the set up. The key to creating these complex looks are valance hangers. Rather than use a second pipe set, which could be cumbersome and expensive, valance hangers allow you to simply add an extra crossbar without hassle!
Here is how Valance Hangers work:
Voilà! You have an extra crossbar for adding a second layer of fantastic drapery to your drapery set up. Get ready to take your creations to the next level!
What do I need?
Now that you have an idea of how valance hangers work, let’s take a look at how to pull it all together!
To recreate this look, here’s what you will need:
• 2 valance hangers
• 2 crossbars
• 1 standard Pipe Set
• Solid drapes the length of a crossbar (we used White Velour)
• 3 decorative drape panels (we used Plum Glitz and Gold Glitz)
• 1 large Rhinestone Velcro Drape Clip in Gold
How can I do it?
Start by setting up your Pipe Set and hang your solid drapes on your crossbar. After you have finished hanging your drapes, add your valance hangers. When you’re sure the valance hangers are secure, you can hang your second crossbar.
Once your second crossbar it good to go, you can start adding the three panels of your decorative drapery. Don’t be discouraged if your three drapes look a little lackluster hanging there since you still have an extra step until you are finished!
Finally it’s time to start styling your drapery! Using Rhinestone Velcro Drape Clips or Chair Sashes try adding a tie to one of the drape panels to reveal the solid drape underneath. As a result, your drape set up will be perfection!
Practice makes perfect!
Getting everything right on the first try is difficult. Factors like getting ties even and getting the right amount of volume to the drapes can be tricky, so it’s important to practice. Experiment with your drapes before your big event or give yourself enough time to work on your creation. Another way to be sure your drapes will be a hit is looking for inspiration on our Instagram or Pinterest.
Are you already a pro at creating beautiful drape set ups?
Maybe you’re a pro at creating beautiful drape set ups? We would love to see your work! You can post photos of your drape creations to our Facebook wall.