In this post, you will learn about the very basics of curtains, types of curtains and its uses. One must be aware that the curtain is one of the most commonly used household items for a variety of reasons. Few reasons which come to our mind is to block the passage of sunshine, to keep the room private, for beautification, and so on.
Many are not aware of its usage in different areas outside of household requirements. There is a gap in understanding the requirements of the curtain outside of home.
Some of the other main streams where it is widely used are Hospitals, Labs, Offices, Commercial establishments, Drama Centres or Theatres and so on. The list is never-ending as the scope of the usage of curtains is expanding everywhere.
Curtain technology has evolved so much in the past few years that there is an electric remote operated curtain, disposable curtains, etc. We will learn all the different types of curtains available currently in the market.
To start with, this blog will try to explain the basic details of the curtain. Slowly and gradually will transition towards an advanced level of information. However, as a healthcare/homecare/aged-care products specialists, our main motto is to highlight more on the hospital curtains and accessories.
By the end of this blog, we will educate you about how to pick the right curtain for your requirements on your own.
Having said that, our journey of learning will go as per the following outlined table of contents. However, if you want to skip the basic details and want to read about Home curtains or Theatre Curtains or Hospital Curtains, you can click on that topic.
This section gives you some of the standard definitions for the term “curtain” extracted from a few renowned sources. According to which: –
“A Curtain is a piece of cloth or other fabric material which hangs across a window or space to decorate a room or to make it dark or private.” — Cambridge English Dictionary
“Curtains are pieces of very thin material which you hang in front of windows to prevent people from seeing in.” – Collins Dictionary
“a hanging screen usually capable of being drawn back or up”
“a device or agency that conceals or acts as a barrier”
“the movable screen separating the stage from the auditorium of a theatre”– Merriam-Webster
From the above definitions, it is quite clear that it has multiple meanings, usages, reasons, etc.
Curtain is also referred to as “Drapes”, “Hanging Screen”, “Portiere”, “window drapery”, “blinds”, and so on. The term “Drapes” is widely used in North America which is a synonym for Curtains.
I hope you have gained a bit about curtain now. Let us see how it evolved.
The usage of curtains was first started during Medieval Europe in the 16th Century in the form of Leather panels hanging on to the iron poles.
In the second phase, it was being used in the form of Wool Panels by the end of 16th Century Europe.
During the era of Queen Elizabeth-1, i.e. in the 17th Century England, the royal courtroom used to be decorated with the imported Italian fabrics and velvets. In the next phase during the same period, it was further fine-tuned by decorating with embroidery designs over it.
During the winter seasons, solid wooden shutters were used.
Later on, with the advancement of the cotton industry in 18th century Europe the curtains were started to be used by common people which was earlier limited to Royal courts and Industrialists.
Gradually, due to rapid globalisation, colonization, privatisation and advancement in technology, it spread across different corners of the world.
Now, let us step into understanding the reasons of its use.
Uses of Curtains:
The major benefits of using different types of curtains are mentioned below: –
- Act as a barrier to protect from harmful UV rays
- Blocks sunlight and Room Darkening.
- Keeps room cooler during summer
- Keeps room warmer during winter
- Energy saver by leveraging natural light
- Room privacy
- Reduces outside noise
- Keeps room decorated and beautiful
- Easy installation
- Easy maintenance
- Cost-effective way of partitioning rooms, and so on.
Types of curtains:
Having learnt about the benefits of using curtains, its time to understand the types of curtains and its uses. I have restricted my explanation on different types of curtains and its benefits to the following streams:
- Home Curtains
- Theatre/Stage/Backdrop Curtains
- Hospital Curtains
At Home, Curtains are mainly used for windows, building main entrance(s), bedroom entrance, for glass windows for room darkening, insulation from hot and cold and privacy.
Nowadays, one of the cost-effective methods applied in the construction industry, is to partition the big rooms, living hall, meeting rooms or commercial establishments, etc. using the curtain tracks so that one can expand or divide the room at will as per the user needs.
Now, with the advancement of technologies, it is widely used in construction industry for reducing the cost of construction and labour. Example, curtains used to expand or divide the house inside.
Many online sellers provide a wide variety of home curtains and quick delivery.
If you don’t have the curtain rail (or often called as “curtain track”) for initial setup at your space (Home/Office/Hospital/Educational institution/Laboratory/Theatre or so on), then don’t worry. You are in the right place and this blog will guide you the way to install the curtain track on your own, have the curtain of your choice and make your space colourful and attractive. It also helps you to find and make a choice from the best available curtain tracks in the market.
It’s a one-time investment and effort to install the setup for curtain tracks, it is advisable to approach the best available curtain track manufacturers, suppliers, installers near who are experts and involved in the curtain technology. You can get the information from here.
Theatre curtains are also called as “stage curtains” or “theatre drapes” all across the world. It is used in cinema theatres, stage drama centres, convention centres, public functions, etc.
They are a large piece of cloth designed to cover the cinema screen or backstage areas of theatre from the audience. It is made from various fabrics and is generally dark coloured and light-absorbing material.
Backdrop curtains are something used in convention centres, stage dramas, school functions, etc. The backdrop curtains are mainly used to show the background pictures or an art or banner about the function to the audiences.
There is another type of curtain called the safety curtain. It is more or less similar to the stage/theatre curtain but not dark coloured. This type of curtains is used in the construction site to cover the scene, so that dust from the construction site does not fly towards neighbouring buildings.
We are the professionals in the healthcare sector having rich domain knowledge in healthcare devices/equipment. The main objective of this blog is to educate the visitors of this site on a wide variety of Healthcare/Aged-Care/Home-Care/Hospital related items.
As we already read and understood the basics of various varieties of curtains, now it is time to learn about the Hospital curtains. This section deals with just the basics of Hospital curtains.
Hospital curtains are similar to home curtains, with few exceptions as mentioned below: –
Hospital curtains are mostly light in colour (and not darkish).
Generally, light colour curtains are used in hospitals and is practised from long time. It is believed that looking at the light colours gives comfort feeling to the patients and therefore this custom is followed. One such example is we generally see green coloured curtains in hospitals, medical or dental clinics, etc.
However, there is no hard and fast rule to follow the specific coloured curtains to the hospital. You can choose either home or hospital curtains for the hospital, but at the end of the day what matters is the patient’s comfort.
Having said that, Hospital curtains can also be replaced in aged-care, retired-care or home-care facilities or setup at home. Using this curtain will add privacy, comfort to the patient and has other benefits like anti-bacterial, fire retardant, etc.
Not a fancy design curtain, but a simple or plain or slightly designed curtains
Usage of plain colour or simple design curtains in hospitals are a norm followed from a long time. It is only to make the patient feel comfortable. But some room darkening curtains are dark mainly used in hospitals like in operation theatres, radiology departments, etc.
The latest trends in hospital curtains are coming up with new designs, better colour combinations, advanced product materials and so on which are listed for your reference at the end of this blog.
Hospital curtains need to be cleaned more often so that there is no bacterial infection to the patients and other attendants.
To mitigate this issue, the latest available hospital curtains in the market are Anti-bacterial resistant. Therefore, such curtains can be hardly cleaned once in a while. This reduces the time and effort spent on washing the curtains more often.
These curtains are easily washable in a normal/industrial washing machine.
Hospital curtains are fire retardant. This will ensure keeping the patients and the hospital safe from any hazardous situation.