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Considerations When Specifying Room Divider Curtains

By: Ben Vowles Category: Insights

Ben Vowles, Specification Manager at Waverley, explains what architects should consider when specifying room divider curtains.

The past few years have seen a large increase in the demand for room dividing curtains in the commercial and hospitality sectors. Interior spaces are evolving into flexible and adaptable environments, designed to cope with varying requirements throughout the day.

Room divider curtains are being used for many scenarios including creating private spaces, improving acoustics and sound reverberation. With the use of decorative and performance fabrics, the room divider curtain has been the preferred choice of architects and interior designers to create visually impactful, flexible environments with minimal space requirements.

With the increased use of exposed services and ceilings in modern interiors, there are design challenges with including room dividing curtains which need careful consideration.

Above: Waverley’s installation of room divider curtains at Panagram’s in Goswell Road for Buckley Gray Yeoman was widely acclaimed as creating ‘acoustic zones’ that promote collaborative and flexible working patterns.

A suspended track – normally with V-shaped hangers and vertical suspension rods – has often provided the answer to overcome intermittent fixing locations. Usually, the suspended detail will utilise threaded rod and Unistrut to provide stable fixing support, often with lateral bracing required. This will normally require a bespoke design for which Waverley can offer recommendations.

We are trusted by the industry as being the go-to partner for track and fixing recommendations by fabric and track manufacturers in the UK.

Whilst specifying some dividing curtains can be a simple design process, we would always recommend consideration of these key points:

  • Curtain size: this will impact the type of track that can be used

  • Track shape: the number of bends can impact suspension detail and track stability

  • Track fixing: direct fix, recess, wall fixing, suspended fix

  • Fabric requirement: sheer, blackout, dimout, acoustic

  • Fabric weight: this will impact the track requirement

  • Fabric pattern repeat: for uniform curtain appearance

  • Flame retardancy: not all fabrics are inherently FR

  • Heading requirement: not all tracks can achieve the popular wave heading

  • Heading tape: to achieve a wave heading, there will be a visible tape on one side

  • Stacking zone: the fabric will need to sit within a zone when not in use

  • Control method: corded, hand-drawn, motorised

 

Waverley have helped to create and enhance many flexible spaces incorporating room divider curtains, with intelligent and thoughtful design for some of the most challenging projects. Our Specification Team’s methodical approach helps you meet your design intent and our expert Project Managers and Installation Team help to achieve it!

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About the Author

Ben Vowles

Specification Manager - London

With over 15 years of experience in the shading industry, Ben is our Specification Manager for London architects and projects.

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