# |
Length of Each Draping Panel w/o swag |
Draping Panel Length (incl. |
# Bolts of Fabric |

4 |
up to 29 ft. |
up to 37.5 ft. |
1 |

4 |
29 - 57 ft. |
37.5 - 75 ft. |
2 |

4 |
57 - 87 ft. |
75 - 112.5 ft. |
3 |

6 |
up to 20 ft. |
up to 25 ft. |
1 |

6 |
20 - 38 ft. |
25 - 50 ft. |
2 |

6 |
38 - 58 ft. |
50 - 75 ft. |
3 |

8 |
up to 14 ft. |
up to 19 ft. |
1 |

8 |
14 - 29 ft. |
19 - 37.5 ft. |
2 |

8 |
29 - 43 ft. |
37.5 - 56 ft. |
3 |

12 |
up to 19 ft. |
up to 25 ft. |
2 |

12 |
19 - 29 ft. |
25 - 37.5 ft. |
3 |

12 |
29 - 38 ft. |
37.5 - 50 ft. |
4 |

Hopefully you have watched the video and understand the drape hanging process. Before you place your order make sure you have selected an area that is free of any ceiling obstacles or that you have developed a design plan that you can work around them. Also make sure you have identified that there is metal on the ceiling to which the magnets can stick. Most of the time the ceiling will have a metal grid or HVAC ducts that will facilitate the magnets adhering to the ceiling. Once you have selected the area to suspend the fabric, you will need to measure the length and width of that area. To determine the amount of material you need you can either refer to the **QuickFind** table below or follow these steps:

**1 **Divide your measurement for the length of the area by two and multiply by 130% (1.3) to allow for fabric draping swag. This is the amount of fabric you will need for each panel for the length of the area.

**2** Divide your measurement for the width of the area by two and multiply by 130% (1.3). This is the amount of fabric you will need for each panel for the width of the area.

**3 **Determine the width of the fabric and how many fabric widths will fit the length of the area. Multiply this number by two. Determine the width of the fabric and how many fabric widths will fit the width of the area. Multiply this number by two. These measurements will tell you how many panels you will need for the length and width areas.

(**Please note**: The calculation in step #3 provides for a solid draping canopy over the draping area. If you prefer to create spacing between the suspended panels then the number of panels must reduced proportionately for spacing size. For example if the spacing between panels will be equivalent to the width of the fabric panel then divide the measurements in step #3 by two.)

4 Multiply the amount of fabric (in feet) calculated in step #1 by the number of panels calculated in step #3 for the length of the room. Multiply the amount of fabric (in feet) calculated in step #2 by the number of panels calculated in step #3 for the width of the room. Add the two amounts (length and width) together. This amount represents the total amount of linear feet of fabric needed for both the length and width of the draping area. Divide this total (in feet) by three to covert to linear yards. This number is the total yards of fabric you will need to drape the area you desire.

**5 **We ship fabric in 50 yard bolts. If your total yards of fabric in step#4 is less than 50 yards you will need one bolt of fabric. If your total yards of fabric is more than 50 yards but less than 100 yards than you will need two bolts of fabric.

Let's use an example of draping over a dance floor, as illustrated above. Let's assume you will have 180 guests (90 couples) attend your wedding. The rule of thumb is never more than 50% of the guests dance at any one time (45 couples in this example). Each dancing couple will need nine square feet of dance floor, therefore the dance floor will minimally have to be 405 square feet. Typically the dance floor is assembled from 4' X 4' pieces, so we will assume our dance floor is 20 feet in length and 20 feet in width. With that information let's calculate the amount of fabric we will need to order.

**1 **Length of dance floor = 20 ft. / 2 = 10 ft. X 1.3 = 13 ft.

**2 **Width of dance floor = 20 ft. / 2 = 10 ft. X 1.3 = 13 ft.

**3 **Assume fabric width is 45". Length of dance floor = 20 ft. X 12"/ft. = 240" / 45" = 5.3 panels (round down to 5), however we will space the panel 45" apart, the width of a fabric panel. Therefore, we will only need 1/2 of the panels or in our example, 2 panels per side (rounded down).

2 panels per side X 2 sides = 4 total panels for length

Width of dance floor = 20 ft. X 12"/ft. = 240" / 45" = 5.3 panels (round down to 5) however we will space the panel 45" apart, the width of a fabric panel. Therefore, we will only need 1/2 of the panels or in our example, 2 panels per side (rounded down).

2 panels per side X 2 sides = 4 total panels for width

**4 **Step #1 = 13 ft. X 4 panels per step #3 = 52 ft.

Step #2 = 13 ft. X 4 panels per step #3 = 52 ft.

Add 52 ft. + 52 ft. = 104 ft. / 3 ft. = 35 yds.

**5 **Total yards = 35 yds. is less than 50 yards therefore 1 bolt of fabric is needed.

**Note:** The above example measures length and width of dance floor from the edge of the dance floor. You may want to extend the draping beyond the edges of the dance floor or create a drop, in which case you will have to add the additional length to your measurements.

*Measuring Fabric*

# Draping Panels |
Length of Each Draping Panel w/o swag |
Draping Panel Length (incl. additional 30% for swag) |
# Bolts of Fabric |

4 |
up to 29 ft. |
up to 37.5 ft. |
1 |

4 |
29 - 57 ft. |
37.5 - 75 ft. |
2 |

4 |
57 - 87 ft. |
75 - 112.5 ft. |
3 |

6 |
up to 20 ft. |
up to 25 ft. |
1 |

6 |
20 - 38 ft. |
25 - 50 ft. |
2 |

6 |
38 - 58 ft. |
50 - 75 ft. |
3 |

8 |
up to 14 ft. |
up to 19 ft. |
1 |

8 |
14 - 29 ft. |
19 - 37.5 ft. |
2 |

8 |
29 - 43 ft. |
37.5 - 56 ft. |
3 |

12 |
up to 19 ft. |
up to 25 ft. |
2 |

12 |
19 - 29 ft. |
25 - 37.5 ft. |
3 |

12 |
29 - 38 ft. |
37.5 - 50 ft. |
4 |

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