Draped Ceiling Panels

Draped Ceiling Panels

Adorn a room’s ceiling with custom draped fabric panels.

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Fabric ceiling panels instantly change the look and feel of a the room. Use a decorative fabric, or a plain canvas that you can embellish with inspiring words hand-drawn on with fabric markers.


Light-weight fire-retardant fabric
Sewing machine
Tape measure
Fabric markers
Pre-made fabric trim


  1. Start in one corner of the room, and measure the length and width of the ceiling where the panels will hang.

Tip: Make sure not to cover up any lighting fixtures or vents with the fabric panels. Adjust the guidelines to meet your specific needs

  1. Add 25 percent to the length measurement in order to create the desired sag effect. This will be your new panel length.
  2. When you go to the fabric store, ask for fabric sold “by the yard” or “by the bolt.” (The average bolt of fabric can range from 32 to 60 inches wide.) Whatever fabric you select, keep the original width to make your ceiling panels.
  3. Lay the fabric out on a flat surface. Measure and mark the new panel length. Use the marks as a guide to cut out the panel.
  4. Next, create a rod pocket on each end of the panel, by folding three inches of fabric over on each end. Be sure to establish which side of the fabric will face down to the ground (visible side) and which side of the fabric will face up toward the ceiling (hidden side). Also, make sure that the pockets will be large enough to fit the curtain rods.
  5. Sew a running stitch about 2 inches from the newly folded edge to finish.



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  1. Create a cardboard cut out to use as a guide. Size the rectangle so it is the same height as your intended lettering and 4 inches shorter than the width of the panel. (In our case, the letters are 12 inches tall and our cardboard cutout is 32 inches wide.) This will ensure that the placement of different words on each panel remains consistent.
  2. Position the new cardboard guide on the visible side of the fabric panel, centered horizontally and 4 inches below the sewn rod pocket.
  3. Sketch words on the fabric using a pencil, working within the width of the template.


EXPERT TIP: Letter stencils are available at any craft store if you prefer a more uniform look.

    Once you’re happy with the penciled lettering, use a black fabric marker to outline the letters, and then to fill in each word to really make the words pop. Let the ink dry.
  1. Use pre-made fabric trim to add a decorative border for the long sides of the panels. Measure the length of the panels again. Roll out your pre-made trim, and cut two pieces the same length for each panel.
  2. Sew the border along the entire edges of each panel with a running stitch. Make sure the remnants and frayed edges face the ceiling and are hidden when finished.


Tape measure
Completed fabric panels
Curtain rod brackets
Curtain rods (1 panel requires 3 curtain rods)
1 lb. box of 1 1⁄2” woodscrews
Cordless drill
Step stool or 6-step ladder


  1. Decide exactly where on the ceiling you want the panels to hang. The panels should run parallel to the length of your room.
  2. Make a light mark on the ceiling with a pencil where your first curtain rod bracket will go.
  3. Measure the width of the panel and make a second light mark for the second bracket, so that the curtain rod is perpendicular to the length of the room.
  4. Attach the curtain rod brackets to your marks on the ceiling with the 11⁄2” woodscrews and a cordless drill.
  5. Insert the metal curtain rod through the rod pocket on the panel.
  6. Hang the curtain rod and panel off the newly hung curtain rod brackets. Repeat these steps to attach the remaining curtain rods across the width of the room.
  7. To get the desired sag effect, attach a third curtain rod to hold up the middle of your panel. Measure the distance between the two end curtain rods to find the length, and divide the length in half.
  8. Attach the curtain rod brackets to the ceiling on this halfway point of the panel.
  9. Hang the curtain rod from the middle brackets so the panel hangs over the rod. Adjust the panel so the two sections appear to sag the same.

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