How to figure fabric for draping a ceiling

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How to figure fabric for draping a ceiling
Use a sheer and lightweight fabric to drape a ceiling. (UVimages/amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images)

Draped ceilings are frequently done at large wedding receptions. A circular ring is hung from the centre of the ceiling. Panels of fabric are attached to the ring at one end and draped across to the walls of the room on the other end. The centre of the fabric is allowed to drape in a swag shape. Fabric is positioned all the way around the ring, and sometimes a chandelier is hung from the ringed centre point. This creates a lot of drama and makes the room look grand and special.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Calculate the fabric needed to drape a ceiling in two parts. Measure the length of the room and divide that measurement by two.

  2. 2

    Take the measurement figure and add 20 per cent. This is the amount of fabric needed per panel for one length side of the centre ring.

  3. 3

    Measure the width of the room and divide that number by two. Add 20 per cent to the divided number for the amount of fabric needed per panel for one width side of the centre ring.

  4. 4

    Determine the width of the fabric and how many widths will fit the length of the room. Multiply this by two. Determine how many widths will fit the width of the room and multiply this by two. These measurements will tell you how many panels you need of length and width sizes.

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