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  • Marriott Hotel Testimonial - Function Room Wave Curtains

    Introduction to the Client

    Marriott

    Work Requested

    Intially the products requested we flame retardant Roman Blinds in a Creation Baumann fabric that had been specified by the groups architect. However when evaluating the suitability of using full length roman blinds over 350cm, it was decided that they would have issues over time due to the inherent defects caused by using roman blinds. Roman blinds on long length put too much strain on to the stitching. Also having chain mechanisms in a high traffic aread gives the opportunity for misuse. Based on this the decision was made to use a simple tracking system with draw rods and a wave heading option for a clean finish.

     

    Products Required

    Flame Retardant Curtains

     Hotel Contract Curtains

    The curtains used were made with a Creation Baumann curtain fabric with a wave heading attached to a heavy dty top fix curtain track

    Photos from the Project

     

     

    Conclusion to Project

    An excellent project to be part of and to come in 50% lower in price

  • Understanding Flame Retardant Standard European EN 13773

    Flame Retardant Standard EN 13773 - European Flame Retardant Standard

     

    Standards Across Europe

    EN 13773 = Class 1,2 or 3 European Standard Textile burning behaviour for curtains and drapes.

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    EN13773 Buy Fr Curtains

    What is EN 13773 - 1,2,3 Flame Retardant Standards – European FR Standards for Curtains

    EN13773  is the European flame retardant standard for contract drapery. This is the latest flame retardant standard for drapery and links in with old tests such as BS5867, M1 B1 and other drapery flame retardant tests. It has been introduce

     

    Test standardFlammability classCountry
    DIN 4102B1 ("Brandschacht")Germany
    EN 13501B-s1, d0Europe
    EN 13772 and EN 13773Class 1Europe
    NF P 92-503 to 92-505,
    92-507
    M1France
    BS 5867, 5438Part 2, Type CGreat Britain
    NFPA 701PassedUSA
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    http://www.trevira.com/en/textiles-made-from-trevira/home-textiles/flame-retardant-textiles-trevira-cs/fire-safety.html

    By using the EN 13773, this interlinks and unifies the results across Europe for testing purposes for 1 market.

     

    Composition of Fabrics – Flame Retardant Standards Europe

    Understanding which fabrics pass which tests is important as you can have inherently flame retardant fabrics such as Trevira which are polyester fabrics with the flame retardant yarn so they do not need to be treated. This means they can be washed and they will keep their flame retardancy. Some fabrics that are treated will need to be retreated if they are not inherently flame retardant. Therefore a user needs to be mindful that after dry cleaning they may no longer be flame retardant.

     

    Areas Used

    The European flame retardant standards will be required in any commercial environment, a hotel will require EN13773,  M1 B1 standards in Europe and BS5867 in the UK. They are all similar tests but it is required for insurance requirements to ensure that they are certified to avoid any legal risks.

     

    Understanding Different Fabric Flame Retardancy

    Durably Flame Retardant

    Again these fabric have been chemically treated and will be suitable for washing.

    Inherently flame retardant

    An inherently flame retardant fabric is made from a yarn that has the flame retardancy already within the yarn like a Trevira. This means it can be washed multiple times and not loose its flame retardancy.

     

     

  • Recording Studio Acoustic Drapes

    Introduction to the Client

    From the company website " BIG JAM STUDIOS

    Big Jam is a Music, Video, Photography, rehearsal and recording studio  founded by producer Kevin Thorpe in 2012. We are the only studio in Kent to be visited by ITV’s X Factor in 2016, and we’re regularly producing potential hits.

    Big Jam Studios is fast becoming hailed as the most comfortable yet professional recording studio to get big results on your music no matter what genre you perform. Our music rehearsal and recording studio boasts some of the best facilities in the area."

    Work Requested

    To supply black wool serge surround drapes for the studio with a low cost tracking that could be self mounted around bends

    Products Required

    Acousting Black Wool Serge Curtains

    https://www.direct-fabrics.co.uk/fineline-curtain-track-white.html

     

    Photos from the Project

    Big Jam Studios Black Wool

    Testimonial

    Brilliant Curtains and they look great and reduce the sound significantly passing to other spaces in the centre.

    Conclusion to Project

    A successful project using our black wool serge flame retardant fabric. This can be purchased as our client above in a made to measure format, or by the metre see the link here. Black Wool Serge Fabric

  • Village Hall Bifold Door Curtains

    Introduction to the Client

    The client was a community village hall that had been freshly renovated with a modern finish and to complete the work they contacted Direct Fabrics looking for curtains

    Work Requested

    To supply and install 2 large curtain tracks and pencil pleat curtains across the total expanse.

    Products Used

    The curtains were manufactured using our venus flame retardant curtains

    Heavy Duty G5600 curtain track

    Photos from the Project

    Bifold Door Curtains French Door Curtains

    Testimonial

    We couldn't be happier with the service from start to finish. The installation team were excellent and fitted the curtains beautifully. We would recommend them to anyone looking for community hall curtains.

    Conclusion to Project

    A pleasure to work on, the finish to the room was superb and our curtains have left the modern room feeling warm and looking beautiful.

  • Public Health England Blackout Area

    Introduction to the Client

    Public Health England

    https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

    Work Requested

    To create a blackout area with a curtain surrounding a booth for medical testing that would react badly to light.

    Products Required

    A light weight blackout curtain that could be washed and easily maintained. The main element was for the curtain to be black in colour and also have flame retardant properties and be totally blackout.

    Direct Fabrics recommend odyssey blackout material made into a curtain as it is a 3pass flame retardant blackout and very light weight

     

    http://www.direct-fabrics.co.uk/odyssey-fr-curtains.html

    http://www.direct-fabrics.co.uk/made-to-measure-curtain-track.html

    http://www.direct-fabrics.co.uk/contract-curtain-fitting/

     

    Photos from the Project

    Testimonial

    The client was very pleased with the project

    Conclusion to Project

  • Full Guide to Black Wool Serge Fabric

    This article is going to look at black wool serge flame retardant fabric and why it is has been an industry staple for theatres and auditoriums and other locations with stages and function areas. Wool serge fabric is made from sheep’s wool and woven to create a fabric that is very durable, rich and thick which means it is ideal for acoustic curtains for stages.

     

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  • Hotel Woven Curtains Testimonial

    Introduction to the Client

    Dansfield House Hotel

    Work Requested

    1 Large pair of divider curtains for between 1 dinning area and another. The curtains had to match 2 colour schemes so had to be double sided and lined with another fabric for cordinating with the second room.

    Products Required

    Flame Retardant Curtains

     Hotel Contract Curtains

    Photos from the Project

    Testimonial

    Beautifully made curtains delivered ready to hang. Hotel residents love them and always comment on how wonderful they look.

    Conclusion to Project

  • Understanding Flame Retardant Standard M1 B1

    European Flame Retardant Standards

     

    Standards Across Europe

    M1 = French NFP92 503-505 M1

    B1 = German DIN 4102 B1

    EN 13773 = Class 1,2 or 3 European Standard Textile burning behaviour for curtains and drapes.

    BS 5867 = British Standards “Fabrics for curtains and drapes.”
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    What is M1 B1 Flame Retardant Standards – European FR Standards for Curtains

    M1 B1 is the European flame retardant standard for contract drapery. It is used across Europe so companies are aware that a fabric and in turn the curtain made from that fabric is flame retardant and can be used safely in a commercial environment. Locations that use M1 B1 fire retardant fabrics are; Hotel, Care Homes, Schools, Hospitals and more.

    Depending on which country in Europe there are slightly different standards for flame retardant fabrics. Fire retardant fabrics in France follow the M1 Standard and in Germany follow the B1. Based on this generally if a fabric passes M1 Standard it will pass B1. Although it will need to be checked that it posses the necessary certificates.

     

    Composition of Fabrics – Flame Retardant Standards Europe

    Understanding which fabrics pass which tests is important as you can have inherently flame retardant fabrics such as Trevira which are polyester fabrics with the flame retardant yarn so they do not need to be treated. This means they can be washed and they will keep their flame retardancy. Some fabrics that are treated will need to be retreated if they are not inherently flame retardant. Therefore a user needs to be mindful that after dry cleaning they may no longer be flame retardant.

     

    Areas Used

    The European flame retardant standards will be required in any commercial environment, a hotel will require M1 B1 standards in Europe and BS5867 in the UK. They are all similar tests but it is required for insurance requirements to ensure that they are certified to avoid any legal risks.

    Most common locations that M1 E

     

    Understanding Different Fabric Flame Retardancy

    Non Durable Flame Retardant  - NOT M1 or B1 Certified.

    These fabrics are coated with a soluble flame retardant, this means that if they are wetted in anyway you should get them retreated to ensure they remain flame retardant, this is usually related to velvets and natural fibres that have

    Durably Flame Retardant

    Again these fabric have been chemically treated and will be suitable for washing.

    Inherently flame retardant

    An inherently flame retardant fabric is made from a yarn that has the flame retardancy already within the yarn like a Trevira. This means it can be washed multiple times and not loose its flame retardancy.

     

    Flame Retardant Tests – Reference - http://www.eurocobusiness.com/resources/European%20Fire%20Standards.pdf

    Germany

    The fabric specimen is suspended vertically and a 20mm high flame is applied for 15 seconds to both the fabric surface and edge. Reference lines are marked on the specimen, which achieves B2 classification if the tip of the flame does not reach the reference marks within 20 seconds on any sample. 5 samples are tested with filter paper being placed below each to determine the production of flaming droplets.

     

    DIN 4102 Parts 15/16 - Brandschacht (B1) Referred to as the "Brandschacht test", this is the main test method in Germany which measures reaction to fire and is considered the highest flammability standard in the country for upholstery fabrics. The term Brandschacht, literally "fire shaft", refers to the testing apparatus itself which consists of a square-shaped vertical housing equipped with a gas burner. Four fabric samples are held vertically in a supporting frame and subjected to flames for 10 minutes. At the same time a constant, uniform flow of air is blown into the Brandschacht from below. In evaluating the test, smoke gas temperature and the mean residual length of the sample are taken into account (residual length is the part of the specimen which has escaped burning). In order to be classified as B1, the tested fabric must show:

    1. A mean residual length of not less than 150mm, with no specimen being burned away completely 2. A mean smoke gas temperature of less than 200oC

     

  • Village Hall - Long Curtains & Stage

    Village Hall Curtains Green Stage curtains over removable stage

    Introduction to the Client

    Kington Langley village Hall Logo

    Kington Langley Village Hall

     

    Work Requested

    To supply and install full length curtains to the large windows overlooking the playing fields, replace the stage backdrop and also the front of house stage curtains. The curtains needed to be certified to BS5867 for use in commercial environments and be manufactured quickly.

    A check measure was required locally to ensure the curtains were to the correct length and make sure the current hardware was suitable for the project.

    Hanging and dressing service was requested giving the curtains the perfect finish.

    Products Required

    - Stage Curtains

    - Backdrop Curtains

    - Flame Retardant Curtains with Pencil Pleat Heading

    - Fitting and Installation & Check Measure

    - Enigma Flame Retardant Curtains

    Photos from the Project

    Testimonial

    We are delighted with the curtains and the service we have received from Direct Fabrics.

    Conclusion to Project

    Another excellent project supplied and installed by the Direct Fabrics team. all installed quickly and to the very best standard. The curtains are all certified to British Standard for flame retardancy. Certificates are to BS5867 for Curtains

  • Holiday Inn 55 Hotel Rooms Testimonial

    Introduction to the Client

    Holiday Inn Logo

    Work Requested

    Manufacture and delivery to Europe of 200 pairs of large full length curtain in dimout material. Heavy weight green fabric supplied by direct-fabrics.co.uk and then manufactured quickly.

    Products Required

    Enigma Heavy weight woven dimout fabric

    Revive heavy weight designer voile

    Photos from the Project

     

    Testimonial

    We were very pleased with the quick turnaround that Direct Fabrics did for us on our curtain manufacture.

    Conclusion to Project

    A brilliant project to be part of and another successful overseas project.

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