In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about pipe and drape. It really is the simplest, fastest, most cost-effective way to transform an event space. 

Quick Answer: Drape is commonly used to eliminate distracting venue backgrounds and add professionalism to an event. Banjo drape is cheaper and lighter, while velour is more heavy-duty and fully opaque.

Banjo Drape

Also known as expo drape, banjo drape is the cheapest drape solution for your event. It’s lighter than other types of drape and is semi-transparent.

Banjo drape is really popular for:

  • Trade shows
  • Events on a budget

Velour Drape

Velour drape is much heavier than banjo drape, and you can’t see through it. These qualities mean it is more frequently used for:

  • Stage backdrops
  • Temporary backstage changing rooms

The Purpose of Pipe & Drape

On a stage, pipe and drape is used to focus the audience’s attention on the presenter and remove background distractions. It can also be a great way to blackout windows and control ambient light levels.

Pipe & Drape Heights

Both types of drape come in various sizes; we stock them in a range of heights between 8’-24’. The size you need will depend on the ceiling height of your event space and the particular details of your event design.

Uplighting Drape

Drape not only helps to remove distractions from the background; it also gives you a canvas to add some color to your stage using uplights. You can simply inject a splash of color or go all out and reinforce your corporate identity using your brand colors and logos.

This adds production value to your event and can help your presenter really pop and stand out on the stage.

What You Need To Know About Pipe & Drape Topics

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:25 Banjo drape
  • 0:42 Velour drape
  • 1:00 The purpose of pipe and drape
  • 1:31 Pipe and drape heights
  • 1:43 Uplighting drape
  • 2:03 Final thoughts