How To Drape A Ceiling With Fabric

If you learn how to drape a ceiling with fabric you can give any room a dramatic and romantic look. Add lights, balloons or flowers to create a custom designer look for any occasion.

To drape a ceiling with fabric, you will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Fishing line
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Scissors
  1. Measure from the corner of the room to the center of the room and add and extra fifteen to twenty percent to the length to allow for draping to get a measurement for the amount of fabric needed.
  2. Develop a color scheme and choose the type of lightweight sheer fabric to drape.

  3. Draw up a plan for draping the room. For instance, draw out a plan using four lengths of fabric that will be attached at each corner on the room that will drape to the chandelier in the center of the room. When you are drawing a plan for draping the ceiling of a room with fabric, you must consider the lighting in the room, where you will attach the fabric and how you will attach the fabric.

  4. Decide what you will use to hold the fabric in place. Embroidery hoops are a simple solution for holding the drapery on a light fixture or chandelier. Tie ribbon around the end of the fabric and attach the ribbon to a cup hook on the wall or ceiling. Feed the ends of the fabric through a hoop in the middle of the room.

  5. Suspend a decorative curtain rod from the ceiling using fishing line and drape the fabric over it. This is a great way to create a dramatic backdrop. Gather the fabric two to four feet from the end of a length of fabric and secure each end with a length of ribbon. Tie the ribbon to the right side of the curtain rod and drape the fabric to the center of the rod. Do the same with another length of fabric, tie it to the left side of the rod and drape to the right making the middle ends cross each other. This is a dramatic look if you use more than one color fabric.

Tips & Warnings:

  • Embellish the draped fabric by adding strands of white or colored twinkle lights. Adding flowers to the drapery is a beautiful way to cover hardware for attaching the fabric to the ceiling.
  • If you are draping a rented room, ask the management what you are allowed to do (i.e. make holes in walls) before any decorating.


Brown, Gail. (2003). “Decorate With Fabric, Fast.”

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