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15 03, 2016

Tour Ready and Road Worthy

By |March 15th, 2016|Products|1 Comment

Rent What? Inc offering “Hang and Go” Arena Masking.

Having a drapery rental source that actually understands the touring and special event marketplace is a must for any production. It’s not enough to just get a hamper full of mis-matched drapery inventory – or worse yet be struggling with quality concerns when you have older drapery that might not pass muster with the onsite Fire Marshal.

We have an enormous selection of rental masking drapery that is ready to rock and roll.

-Sewn flat, vertically seamed, unlined
-Top: durable webbing with grommets and ties
-Sides: durably hemmed
-Bottom: 6″ durable hem and encapsulated chain weights.

-Supplied with appropriate Flame Certificates to National US standards NFPA 701. California and NYC Certifications also available upon request.

DFR Encore Velour is a stage curtain fabric that combines the rich look of velour with inherent flame resistance. For durability and longevity of draperies, this fabric is by far the best product on the market. We choose the 15oz Encore Velour for all our black masking rental inventory.



Questions about masking drape sizes, Kabuki drapes or flame retardant drapery?

Whether you need borders to mask a lighting truss, or drapes to mask off an arena, our expert sales staff is available to answer your questions, discuss your drapery rental needs and walk you through the ordering process. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions of for a quote if you are looking to see how I prices compare with your local suppliers.  Give us a try!


9 03, 2016

Add Texture and Depth with Metal Mesh Rental Drapes

By |March 9th, 2016|Products|0 Comments

If you are looking for a unique, stunning, and incredibly versatile drape for your next event, show, concert, stage production, or trade show, consider renting a Metal Mesh drape. These drapes can be used in almost any capacity, and have been rented for everything from major concert tours and community church productions to television series to conferences looking for something extra special to dazzle up their stage.

Because these rental drapes are available in multiple sizes, they can be used either as a large backdrop, or more popular lately, as several narrower panels. The metal mesh material is wonderful for creating a lot of depth and texture to the show or event decor. Also, due to the wonderfully reflective and crinkly texture of these lightweight drapes, it is amazing how their appearance can be changed based on the lighting design, as shown in this photo highlighting the innovative lighting design of Anne Militello for the Decemberists tour.

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Even without any special lighting, the unique texture of these drapes means that they are still beautiful even with a basic lighting scheme. By using the metal mesh as a large single backdrop (as shown below behind artist Chris Cornell), you can create almost any type of look or feel you are going for, and that they complement almost any type of stage design.

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And by using it as narrower panels, you can make some very cool and unique production design by creating “negative space” effects that would otherwise go unnoticed.


Next time you are looking for something completely new and fresh for your event, consider renting some Metal Mesh drapes from us—and you’ll see that they will become an absolute hit!

7 03, 2016

Renting Pipe and Drape

By |March 7th, 2016|Products|1 Comment

Of course you know that at Sew What? Inc we offer pipe and drape for sale, which can be used in convention booth designs and trade show exhibits………….. but did you know that we also RENT this versatile product?

If you are looking for a low cost approach and only need the gear for a week or few………. Then consider renting this portable drapery product – choose from lots of A La Carte pipe and drape elements all available from Rent What?

  • Adjustable Uprights in a variety of sizes
  • Bases in a variety of weights
  • Drape Supports and Cross Bars
  • Black and Colored Velour Drapes in a variety of heights
  • Wheeled Dollys and Carts for portability

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Here’s why we love the idea of renting pipe and base:

Our rental inventory of premium 15oz Encore or 8oz Super-Vel pocket-top drapes are in top condition. By renting, you can have the flexibility of one color for one show and another color for the next. No commitment.  No cleaning, folding, or storing, and no managing your flammability certificates. Rental drapery is supplied clean and folded and with all the required certifications – so if you only have limited use, why buy?

Drapery panels come in standard 5’w and 15′ wide panels, sewn flat with versatile pocket tops. Heights up to 20′ and many colors available – we are ready to dress your booth or event to impress.


“Road Ready” Pipe & Base Rentals That Perform:

For an economical and portable masking solution, use our single width drapery panels with our pipe and base hardware system. Consider masking out the perimeter of your event space, creating a series of booths or displaying a backdrop or banner. We welcome any questions about your own Pipe and Drape rental needs – just contact us!

Want to see how easy it is to use?  Watch this fun and fast instructional video:

3 03, 2016

Bring in Style and Sparkle with the Pizzazz of a Rain Curtain

By |March 3rd, 2016|Products|0 Comments

Rent What? Inc. offers a huge variety of gorgeous, rich, velvety drapes for all sorts of events and productions. But what do you do if you or your clients want something a little different– something a little more sparkly, with a little more “pizzazz” than traditional draping might offer? We have some amazing drapes that are sure to be a huge hit for your special event, concert, production, trade show, reception, party, and anything else you would want them for. Available from our “Oh So Swanky” collection of drapes are our fabulous Mylar Rain Curtains. These light as air metallic rental drapes are easy to install, and they can add something very special to what might otherwise be “ho-hum” staging.

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These beautiful rental drapes have webbing and ties on top, and loose, flowy strips of silver and/or gold metallic mylar hanging from them all the way to the ground and are available in heights ranging from 8′ h to 23′ h. Custom rain curtains are also available for purchase, offering a wide range not only of height, but also color, strip width, and number of layers.  The sky’s the limit!

These beautiful rain curtains add a lot of texture and sparkle to what might otherwise be a very plain, boring stage or theatre. With dramatic or colorful lighting, these drapes can take on and reflect whatever color scheme your event needs, making them incredibly versatile, festive, and unique. You can also layer these drapes with different colored draping behind them for even more added flair and dimension.

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Why don’t you consider adding some “Rain” to your next show or special event, and watch as it completely transforms your design into something magical! Contact us, and we’d be happy to explore your options for a rental or custom purchased rain curtain.

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1 03, 2016

Kabuki Drops – A Great Effect

By |March 1st, 2016|Education, Products|2 Comments

We’ve posted throughout the years on kabuki drops – explaining what they are, highlighting specific projects. Today, we thought, since it is such a popular topic with our readers, why not offer a “refresher” on the subject.

So lets start here: What is a KABUKI DROP exactly?

It is an effect whereby a drape / backdrop / textile prop is suspended in the air by way of a row of “mechanical clips,” usually attached to truss.  The KABUKI effect occurs when the mechanical clips (technically called solenoid heads) are “fired” by way of a controller.


A Kabu-Key Solenoid Head

When you hit the GO button on the controller box, the solenoid heads release their grip – and in turn the drape / backdrop / textile prop will magically and instantly DROP TO THE GROUND.

It creates one of those WOW moments for the audience…

Such as at the start of the Alice In Chains tour, a large white silk drape was hung with solenoids between the band and the audience.  The lighting design incorporated some front projection of the band’s logo and album art, as well as moving and ambient front light on the drape.  For the audience, it was a dynamic giant projection surface of color and visual movement. Once the band were positioned and the show was ready to start – the front lights are killed, the stage lights are engaged and the solenoids are fired. READY, DRAPE – DROP!  In an instant the band is revealed – and the music starts – the white silk flutters to the ground ans is quickly struck by stagehands to the side of the stage.

It is exciting to watch – check out this great Kabuki Drop Compilations Video that we created.  You will see everything from drapes to ping pong balls being dropped from the ceiling.

SO – that was a description of a SINGLE KABUKI.  The term “single” refers to the fact that the drapery element made a “single” move.  Meaning it simply dropped to the floor when the Go button on the controller was engaged.


To reveal the Avett Brothers, a Kabuki at the moment that the drop begins.

So lets then briefly explain the difference with a DOUBLE KABUKI.

In this scenario, the drape / backdrop / textile prop will in fact make TWO MOVES.  Indeed – we will have two rows of solenoids in the air.  Usually one run on the downstage cord of the truss and one run on the upstage cord of the truss.

What happens now is we have the full size drape as well as a short little “diaper” as we call it.  The diaper and drape are held by one run of solenoids.  The second run of solenoids will hold the other edge of the short diaper only.  As such we have created a fabric hammock up in the air that the larger drop is resting in (reefed or nooked). This is great for a mid stage reveal or an intermission effect.  When the drape is in the fully loaded position within the diaper, you won’t see it at all! It is happily hidden up in the rafters! Your audience has no idea it is even there….

FIRE ONE – the first run of solenoids will release – and in doing so the diaper’s edge will be dropped and the drape hidden within will be “unfurled” – falling down into its natural backdrop / drapery position – as such revealing the drape! It happens VERY quickly – and is exciting to watch the drape unfurl and fall into place.

FIRE TWO – the second run of solenoids will now release the drape itself (as in the first example of a single kabuki).  Now you see it – now you don’t!

So in two moves, we went from a hidden drape within the rafters, to a revealed drape for scene or lighting or projections effects – to “poof!” – nothing at all.  It falls to the ground and is quietly struck stage side by the crew while the audience’s attention is shifted to the stage reveal!

WE LOVE KABUKIS – and we would love to answer any questions you might have regarding them.  Reach out any time and our educated staff will be very happy to advise you on an appropriate equipment list for your event.