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13 11, 2018

Aluminum Metal Mesh Curtains Help Create A Memorable Stage Design

By |November 13th, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

The theatrical production world is unlike anything else out there—getting a group of incredibly artistic people together to whip up costumes, make-up, sets, and decorations, not to mention learning and memorizing lines, songs, musical numbers, dance routines, and other choreography, is no small feat at all. We all here at RW?/SW? love being able to provide rental and custom drapes to our wonderfully creative clients whenever possible, helping them by taking the stress out of at least one element of the show—the stage drapery!

We were thrilled to be able to work with Artistic Director/Theater Teacher, and Virginia Thespian Co-Director Mr. Cimino-Johnson (Mr. CJ to his students) at Rock Ridge High School For the Performing Arts again. He wanted some unique rental drapes to help create a “false proscenium” on stage for their Fall production of “Shrek—The Musical”. Needing the drapes to be eclectic yet versatile, dramatic yet edgy, and of course have some really cool texture and light like a dream, he decided on renting a few of our Aluminum Metal Mesh rental curtains from our Industrial Textures Drapery Collection.

Lightweight and easy to hang, these metal mesh drapes are a stage designer’s dream come true. By simply splashing different hues of colorful lighting onto them, you can very easily create a multitude of different looks and atmospheres using the same exact drapes each time. In this case, Mr. CJ and his talented students did an amazing job using these drapes mixed with some of their personally supplied “erosion netting” to help give the overall look of a stringy, Spanish-moss covered rocky swamp.

We look forward to working with this great school again in the future on their truly extraordinary productions, offering them different rental curtains based on their own particular needs. Contact our sales team today so that we can help YOU with getting the most perfect rental—or custom—theatrical stage curtains for your upcoming productions, concerts, and any kind of special events you can think of.

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,