Fabric draped from the ceiling of a party room can transform a bland space into an intimate, magical place. Swags of lightweight fabric hung from the ceiling are a cost-effective, simple design trick that wedding organisers, party planners and event designers use to create mood and atmosphere. With the right equipment and some soft tulle, you can make and hang your own fabric draping.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Tulle fabric
- Staple gun
- Straight pins
- Double-sided tape (optional)
Measure the distance from the corner of your room to the centre. Add an additional 15 to 20 per cent to this length. This will be your final fabric length.
Cut four pieces of tulle to the appropriate length. You will need one piece of tulle for each corner of the room.
Place your ladder in one corner of the room. Bring your staple gun, staples and tulle to the ladder area.
Hold the tulle up to the ceiling in the corner of the room and staple it into place. Tulle is very lightweight, so you should only need a single staple. If you want to add another staple for added security, feel free to do so.
Repeat Step 4 for each corner of the room. Once complete, gather the fabric from the corners and carry it to the centre of the room.
Move the ladder into the centre of the room. Bring the tulle up to the ceiling and staple into place. Staple each of the four pieces into the ceiling at the centre of the room.
Tips and warnings
- Fold the tulle over the stapled area to conceal the staples. Pin into place using straight sewing pins.
- If you are at a rented venue that does not allow staples, try using two-sided tape instead.
- Add lights or flowers to the tulle for extra visual appeal.
- Always consult with the room owner's before using staples. The management of some party rooms and event centres may not want staples in the ceiling.
- If you are adding decorative lights to the tulle, ensure that the lights are safe for this purpose.
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