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Direct Fabrics are leading manufacturers of blackout curtains , we manufacture for leading hotels and also for domestic customers.

Some fabrics are available as an unlined blackout and others can be lined with our 3 pass blackout lining to make them 99% blackout to hotel standards

What are blackout curtains and how do they work?

Blackout curtains are curtains made with thick, heavy fabrics that block out sunlight and prevent it from entering a room. They work by absorbing and blocking the light, preventing it from passing through the fabric and keeping the room dark even during daylight hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Blackout Curtains

Yes, blackout curtains can help keep heat out of a room. The thick fabric used in blackout curtains helps to insulate the room, preventing heat from entering through the windows. Direct Fabrics offers a range of blackout curtains in various styles and colors to suit any room or decor. Contact our sales team for more information.

Blackout curtains are made from a thick, opaque fabric that blocks out light and provides privacy. They are commonly used in bedrooms, nurseries, and media rooms to create a dark environment for sleeping, napping, or watching movies. Direct Fabrics offers a wide range of blackout curtains in various sizes, colors, and styles to fit any room or decor. Contact our sales team for more information. Using our made to measure blackout curtains it is possible to get total darkeness.

Yes, blackout curtains are thermal. The thick fabric used in blackout curtains helps to insulate the room, keeping it warm in the winter and room cool in the summer. This can help reduce energy costs and create a more comfortable environment. Direct Fabrics offers a range of thermal blackout curtains in various styles and colours to suit any room or decor. Contact our sales team for more information. You have a choice of styles and colours in our thermal curtains including pencil pleat curtains, thermal eyelet curtains and thermal blackout wave curtains. All are ideal for insulation.

As a family business, we at Direct Fabrics aim to provide a uniquely professional and personalised service for all our customers, however big or small. We work within contract furnishings sectors and have over 60 years of experience, ensuring we provide unparalleled quality in all projects we assist in. We are only too aware that each customer will have individual requirements, whether it’s a metre of fabric or a contract for a hotel, school or nursing home, we’ll be able to tailor our service for you.

All members of our customer service team pride themselves on giving every customer clear concise advice and informing you, whatever stage your order’s at, from quick quotations to receiving free samples, and then post-order. When you pick up the phone, you’re able to speak to the team between 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday. You may even speak to the Director himself as he plays a keen role in the day-to-day operations of the company.

Our humble story started with Joe Simon commenced trading in 1947, his market stall was the place to buy velvet in the North East. The chances are that if you are from the North East, a member of family will remember the ‘curtain men’, Joe and son Martin, from the early days. Nowadays Direct Fabrics is a third-generation family business; for over 60 years we have expanded our business with loyal and dedicated staff.

ECS Enterprises Ltd’s trading entity, Direct Fabrics, still prides itself on the same ethics that Joe and Martin Simon stood by. We share our passion for textiles with all our clients to make your projects run smoothly and ensure the quality of soft furnishings you expect from a British manufacturer. We continue to provide you with a comprehensive range of quality fabrics including bedding, towels and restaurant linens, all at competitive prices. We’re preferred by some of the most prestigious hotels including the Marriot, Sheraton, Hilton and many more.

We look forward to doing business with you and we look forward to receiving any questions or comments you may have.

Edward C. Simon


ECS Enterprises t/a Direct Fabrics

Company Registration - 08543363

VAT Number 181905107

Our fabrics that feature sound absorption coefficients and an acoustic rating have these scores as a result of extensive laboratory testing alongside SRL Acoustics.

Contract curtains are required by law to be flame retardant, they must meet the BS5867 Part 2 Type B/C standards. We at Direct Fabrics offer a large range of fabrics that BSI have accredited with these standards.

Some other accreditations held by our several flame retardant fabrics include:
- NFPA 701 Part 1 & 2
- European EN 13773
- Italian Classe Uno
- IMO FTP Code 2010 Part 7

Blackout Curtain Fabrics

Our blackout curtain fabric will not only impress your guests with its elegant look and feel but will also give you the privacy you need for an uninterrupted night's sleep. It's the perfect fabric for those who want to simplify their lives with smart solutions that work. The fabric of a blackout curtain will have a major impact on how well it performs its functions. Fabric can be made from cotton or polyester, but you should make sure to compare that before making any purchases. Direct Fabrics blackout fabrics all have a blackout coating on the reverse which means they are of hotel quality. Also, this coating means that it has an anti-stain layer over the material.

Why Choose Blackout Material - Fabric

Blackout curtain material is ideally suited for use in rooms where a total blackout is required. So hotels bedrooms, children's bedroom or scanning rooms.

Our range has been specifically chosen for the contract market, it is highly durable and makes up into fantastic contract soft furnishings. Blackout material is often used in theatre productions and trade shows. It prevents outside distractions from entering the theatre while also allowing in enough natural light to allow for a full range of colours. We can use blackout material for many reasons. One of the most popular uses is in theatre productions. Blackout curtains are extremely important because they prevent the actors from being distracted by any outside light and they also keep the audience focused on what's happening on stage.

Areas Blackout curtain fabric is used

Blackouts are used primarily in contract environments in hotels and restaurants as they drape beautifully. Extra large windows are particularly well suited for use with blackout fabrics as the fabric is lightweight and doesn't require a curtain lining.

Our blackout fabric for curtains is designed for use at home or in commercial environments.

Why choose Direct Fabrics to Buy Blackout Fabrics in the UK

Direct Fabrics is a specialist supplier to the trade and hotel sector. Carrying a large range of stock blackout fabrics makes us the perfect supplier of contract blackout fabric in the UK. All samples are free and available for quick delivery.

Room darkening fabric is a type of window covering that helps to block out light and can also help to reduce noise if there is a busy street outside. Darkening fabrics come in several different types, from sheers that can be layered over the windows or heavier blackout curtains that will completely cover the window.


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