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5 11, 2018

Why It Might Be A Better Idea To Rent Pipe and Base Hardware

By |November 5th, 2018|Products, Question of the Week|2 Comments

I recently posted a refresher blog article on some great reasons to purchase your own Pipe and Base (pb) hardware. And even though that is sensible much of the time, sometimes it’s just more valid to go ahead and rent your pb hardware when you need it. This post will be the other side to my buy vs. rent Pipe and Drape Hardware “conundrum”, exemplifying when it might be better to rent your pipe and base hardware rather than purchasing it outright.

INFREQUENCY OF THE EVENT/S: If you only produce 1 or 2 local trade shows or other similar types of special events a year, and never really know what your booth set-up or configuration will be, then it would be much more reasonable to just rent your pipe and base hardware and draping whenever you might need it. Counting on the exact inventory you already own to fulfill your requirements each and every time you need pipe and drape isn’t always reliable. This can put you in a tough spot at the last minute if you end up having to figure out what else you may need to supplement your own supply of goods. We can help you figure out exactly how much pipe and drape you will need and arrange the pb rental details for your event, helping to take all of the guess work out of it for you and thereby also helping to reduce your stress.

LOCATION OF THE EVENT/S: If you’re a local company, it’s often-times much less expensive to go ahead and rent everything you need for those occasional special events or productions that require pipe and drape. This is especially the case if you do not need us to ship it across the country for you, eliminating the worry of how the price of fuel could affect your overall rental price due to the ever-increasing cost of shipping via small parcel companies or freight forwarders.

SIZE OF YOUR COMPANY: Depending on the size of your company, sometimes it’s easier to rent everything when you need it, rather than having to figure a place out to store everything whenever another conference, convention, trade show, or special event comes around. Pipe and Drape can take up a lot of space to store it carefully so that it stays in good condition as long as possible. The hardware is also sometimes made up of an awkward or large sizes, shapes, or weights, so it can be extremely helpful to not have to worry about where you will be able to safely secure everything all year long.

SIZE OF THE EVENT/S: Renting is perfect for larger events in which you need a lot of pipe and base hardware and drapery that you wouldn’t normally ever need again. Especially if you know it’s going to be a massively large one-time event, in which you don’t want to have to worry about dealing with all of those hardware components after the event is over. It also makes sense to rent pipe and base hardware if the event is so small that you know you would end up needing a greater quantity for most of your typical-sized events in the future.

So basically, here are some rules of thumb that will help you decide if renting is the better way to go:

  • You only have one or two trade shows or events each year, and you never really know exactly what your configuration will be.
  • You are a local company where shipping is not an issue, and you can either come by and pick everything up from us or arrange to have us deliver/pickup everything for you here in town.
  • You are a smaller company and don’t necessarily have a safe place to securely store your own pipe and base hardware year-round, in between your trade shows and/or special events.
  • The configuration you are planning is so huge that you know you would probably never need that much pipe and drape again in the near future, or that it is so small of an event that you know you would most likely end up needing to supplement your supply for most of your typical-sized events down the line.

If these points applied to you, then it might be more practical for you to rent your pipe and base hardware so that you can reduce your worries about how to put everything together, where you will have to store it all year round, and how you would be able to maybe use it again in the future for a completely different event and configuration. Renting our pb hardware will give you the flexibility to have exactly what you want, where you want it, and for how long you will need it. Contact one of our sales reps today so that we can help you figure out what would be best for your event’s own unique pb hardware needs.

31 10, 2018

Why It Might Be A Better Idea To Buy Pipe And Base Hardware

By |October 31st, 2018|Products, Question of the Week|1 Comment

We’ve already written about this subject a few times before, but it’s a question we still get asked all the time from our clients—“When is it better to rent, and when is it better to buy Pipe and Base (pb) Hardware for my upcoming trade show, event, tour, or production?” So I thought I’d rehash some of the advice and suggestions we like to give our clients so that they can make an informed decision on which might be the better option for their particular needs.  Of course there are always a lot of great reasons for each side of the argument! In this blog post though, I’d like to focus now on why it may be a better idea to purchase your own pb hardware. Then I will follow up in a future blog post with some advice for when it might be a better idea to rent pb hardware instead.

FREQUENCIES OF THE EVENTS: If you do multiple productions or trade shows each year, and often have similar pipe and drapery needs each time, then cost-wise it just makes more sense to go ahead and purchase your pb hardware. Renting them over and over again, can quickly become financially straining taking valuable funds away from your budget (that you could be using on having custom drapery made instead!). If you purchase the pb hardware that you will typically need from SW?, then you would have the exact size, quantity, and configurations every time you needed it, all year round. Then you could rent different types of pipe pocket drapery to create your distinctive look (in various colors, sizes, styles, fabrics). This will help you keep a fresh and unique appearance each time, without the added expense of having to pay for the rental of pb hardware, too.

CUSTOM DRAPING: Rent What? does not offer custom-made soft goods in our rental inventory, but this just happens to be a specialty of our sister company Sew What? If you wanted to have beautiful and completely one-of-a-kind soft goods made for your event (either with a digital print, or drapery in styles, colors, and fabrics that perfectly match your event’s motif), then you would ultimately have to rent the hardware each and every time you needed to be able to display it. If you possessed your own hardware, then you would be able to showcase your custom soft goods any time you would like to, without having to worry about availability of the rental hardware, too.

SHIPPING: People don’t always realize how extremely heavy pb hardware can be, especially the bases which can run anywhere between 13lbs and 62lbs, EACH, depending on your event’s own specific set-up. Shipping pipe and base hardware across the country over and over again can sometimes end up costing even more than the rental itself, which can really add up in the long run.

So in a nutshell, here are some rules of thumb that will help you decide if buying is the best way to go:

  • You tend to do smaller trade shows, and end up having a similar set up every time.
  • Your trade shows or events happen several times a year, and often in different parts of the country that would need everything to be shipped to and from.
  • You don’t always know exactly how long you’re going to need the hardware for.
  • You will need to have custom drapery built, which you know you’re going to want to hang up at different events throughout the year.
  • You can use the purchased carrying bags and dollies to keep everything stored together, and have a good location to keep everything safely secured.

If these points applied to you, then it would probably make more sense to purchase your pb hardware so that you can cut out as many unnecessary expenses as possible for every time you may need it. This will give you the flexibility and freedom to set up your Pipe and Drapery anytime, and anywhere, that you want. Do not hesitate to contact one of our sales reps today so that they can help you figure out the best choice for your own individual needs.

26 02, 2014

Concert Stage Designers – What Inspires You? How Do You Translate Your Vision to the Stage?

By |February 26th, 2014|Clients, Question of the Week|0 Comments

When you begin working on a new design for a production, where do you start? Does your initial design theme or idea originate from the artist, or from you, or as collaboration between you, the artist, and others involved in the production? Do you draw inspiration from other sources such as literature, pop culture, fine art, architecture, or movies?

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And once you have chosen the design theme or direction, in what ways do you translate that design vision to a physical set, in terms of soft goods, hard sets, lighting, video, and other set elements?

Many designers find that looking at videos or photographs of other productions can help them identify ways in which they can translate their own vision to the physical set. Let’s say that the designer wants a romantic feeling in shades of red, with an emphasis on soft curves rather than hard edges.

Looking at photographs or watching videos showing productions in which the set design incorporated red swags, Austrian drapes, and soft flowing legs, for example, might give the designer the opportunity to imagine how similar drapes might work for his or her own design.

What is your design process? Do you find inspiration by viewing the work of your fellow designers? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments section below.

9 09, 2011

Opening the door to inspiration.

By |September 9th, 2011|Question of the Week|0 Comments

Every now and then we all can get into a funk when it comes to generating new ideas. The pressure of deadlines and other outside forces can create an environment that is less than conducive for us to be our creative best. How do you get that back and make the creative sparks happen. I’ve found over the years that some of my best ideas come when Im able to walk away and completely forget about the task, even just a short  time. This might be after a good nights rest or a good talk with an old friend you haven’t seen in awhile . Maybe it’s taking a walk in an area that forces you to think about what’s going on around you at the moment and not the task at hand. Forcing yourself to focus on other tasks helps clear the creative block and allow new ideas to come in. When you don’t force it, it allows the ideas to flow.

6 07, 2009

Reader Poll: Price vs Service

By |July 6th, 2009|News, Products, Question of the Week|2 Comments

In the current economic times, everyone is looking hard at the bottom line.  Whereas in the past many would find a good reliable vendor and stick with that vendor based primarily on the quality of that vendor’s products and customer service, today it seems like more and more people are basing purchasing decisions based primarily (or even completely) on price.  I thought this might be a good time for an informal reader poll. 

  • Which is more important to you – price or service?
  • Would you pay a little more for excellent customer service?  Or do you choose the least expensive option, even if the service is somewhat lacking?
  • How important is quality to you?  Will you pay a premium for the highest quality, or would you choose a lesser quality product if it is a lower price? 

I’d love to hear your comments on these issues.