So, you have just purchased beautiful new custom stage or event drapes. If your drapes will spend most of their time hanging, such as a Grand Drape in a theatre, you don’t have to worry about storing the drapes (just periodic maintenance).

But what about those drapes that are used periodically and then stored between shows or events? How do you keep them dust free and looking good for the next performance? Plan ahead to ensure that you have the best storage solution available to protect your drapes.

Most importantly – never store your drapery in plastic bags. Plastic bags trap moisture, resulting in the potential for mold and mildew on your drapes. Even those drapes that feel dry to the touch may have underlying dampness due to humidity. Instead, choose a “breathable” storage solution.

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Storage Hampers

Durable canvas and steel storage hampers are a great solution for drapery storage. The canvas “breathes,” preventing moisture from accumulating, and the heavy-duty caster wheels and lockable lid allow the hamper to be moved from stage to storage area with ease. Hampers are especially great for music tours and other traveling shows, as they make it easy to take your drapes from venue to venue.

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Drapery Bags

Rather than using plastic bags, choose a non-woven polyester drapery bag to store your drapes. As with canvas hampers, these drapery bags allow air circulation.  With a drawstring closure and plastic exterior sleeve to hold a contents label, these bags help keep drapes in great condition.

At Sew What?, it’s important to us to help our customers keep their custom drapery in great condition, and so we include complimentary drapery storage bags with all drapery orders (we also offer these bags for purchase for customers who need them for their existing drapery inventory). As a hamper stocking supplier, we also offer 20-bushel storage hampers at a very affordable rate.

As you can imagine, with our rental drapery inventory coming in and out of the building constantly, it is imperative that Rent What? store its drapery properly to keep it in good condition for the next rental order.  We use both drapery bags and storage hampers to protect rental drapes. Drapes are inspected, folded, and placed in drapery bags, then stored either on shelves or, in the case of larger drapes, in storage hampers. Depending on the specifications of a rental order, we may ship bags of drapes in boxes or place several bags of drapes within a storage hamper for shipping.