Accessorizing

January 1, 1970

In the fashion world, they say that accessories make the clothes. In the realm of fabric structures, accessories are even more critical because they aren’t just aesthetic options. Multilevel tents are particularly demanding. Railings are needed for balconies and stairs. And the stairs themselves are complex systems. “We build a staircase that can be put …

Managing for profit at the last minute

A client recently told me I should refer to the week before an event as the “Golden Week,” because that’s when you make (or lose) all your gold! Last-minute changes under stress can undermine profitability for a myriad of reasons, causing expensive over-booking problems, pulling errors and costly second trips. A change on one order …

Cameras & computers

“Digital cameras are indispensable in site evaluations,” says Scott Sutherland of Olympic Tent. “They give me the ability to tie photographs of the site to other paperwork for an event and make it readily accessible to anyone with a computer. I can take a picture of the measuring tape on the ground at the site …

An unwelcome trend

If you pay attention to only one seating trend, it should be increased risk/product liability from chairs collapsing. “Chair collapse is very much a concern and affects all party rental companies nationwide,” says Kevin Lococo, rental market sales manager for Palmer Snyder. “We think that product liability from chair collapsing is likely to gain prominence …

5 Tips

Advice to harmonize interiors and exteriors. Go with greenery. Plants are a common part of tent decor, but consider new ways to incorporate them. Instead of using large planters that take up floor space, create a living vertical garden with a “green wall” made of foliage. Light the way. Install bistro-style lighting along the ceiling …

What to ask before purchasing new equipment

By Janice Kleinschmidt What should a tent rental company owner or manager ask before purchasing new equipment? “Do you really need it? Do you have a multiple-year contract? We try to stick to a three-rental rule,” says Kurt Goeman of JK Rentals Inc. “If we have a rental for a piece of equipment three times …

Washing machine buying tips

By Maura Keller With a choice of washing machines on the market, it is important to analyze the company’s goals before making an investment. For instance, Steve Arendt of Teeco Solutions says if a company has predominantly flat panel tops and needs high production rates and a dry top at the end, it might consider a …

DJ system helps set the mood

By Danielle Beurteaux Not every event needs a full band or DJ, but music still helps to set the mood. Carlos Martinez of Austin, Texas-based Marquee Rents came up with the idea for iDJ—a rental package including an iPod touch®, wireless mic, speaker and mixer—when he realized that many smaller events didn’t require a full …

CAD: A vendor’s perspective

By Holly O’Dell Not only is CAD useful to clients and crews, but it also helps tent rental companies work more smoothly with an event’s other vendors. AirPac Inc., a vendor of temporary and portable heating and cooling solutions based in Front Royal, Va., relies heavily on the 2-D or 3-D CAD drawings they receive …

Power up with LED lighting

By Maura Keller LED lighting drastically reduces the amount of power necessary to light up a tent, especially 20-by-20- or 20-by-30-foot structures. “Where power is not available at all, battery-operated LED units can provide much the same effect as wired units,” Doc Waldrup of Full Circle Lighting says. Power requirements should be combined in order …