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Direct Fabrics are leading UK suppliers of curtain fabrics. We pride ourselves on being a British Company and supplier and offering the highest quality of customer service. We offer free curtain fabric samples of all our fabrics delivered 1st Class Next Day

We are a leading contract fabric supplier and all our fabrics are flame retardant and certified to BS5867 for contract use in the UK. Our range is selected specifically for hotels where blackout and thermal benefits are required.

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European M1/B1 is a standard for flame retardant fabrics used in public places, like hotels, restaurants, schools, and hospitals. The M1/B1 classification indicates that the fabric has undergone specific tests and meets the standards for fire safety. Direct Fabrics has a range of M1/B1 curtain fabrics available in various styles and colors.

While European M1/B1 fabrics are primarily designed for commercial use, they can also be used in residential settings where fire safety is a concern. Direct Fabrics can advise you on the suitability of M1/B1 fabrics for your particular application and offer a range of residential curtain fabrics that meet safety standards as well.

Using European M1/B1 curtain fabrics can offer peace of mind that your space meets safety standards and reduces the risk of fire hazards. In addition, many M1/B1 fabrics are also durable, easy to clean, and available in a range of styles and colors, making them suitable for a variety of commercial and residential applications. Direct Fabrics offers a wide selection of M1/B1 fabrics that are both stylish and functional.

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

Flame Retardant Curtains Contract Curtain Specialist

When looking for fire retardant curtains you have come to the right place. It is important to select fire-resistant curtains based on a few key criteria. These are that the fabrics are certified to local requirements. Therefore when in the United Kingdom they are certified to BS5867. All our flame retardant curtains have been chosen and have been certified to the necessary standards. If you have any questions about fire retardant curtains then please contact the team. Our fire-resistant curtains are made from a huge number of designs and options. You can look through over 1000 fabrics and get free samples of all our curtain fabrics. By choosing the right designs for your curtains you can make your hotel look incredible. We have been working with several hotels for years and making their interiors look incredible.

Direct Fabrics are leading suppliers of fire retardant curtains for schools and universities, we work with a whole host of schools and have supplied the very highest quality certified curtains for years. Buy from a reputable supplier who has vast experience in the sector. If you are buying fire retardant curtains for schools then they need to be certified in the UK to BS5867 Part 2B.

Understanding Fire Proof Curtain Regulations

Direct Fabrics takes fire safety very seriously and ensures that all of our certified products have certificates from UK testing houses or internationally approved testing houses that are certified to the requirements required. Please read our blog post on flame retardant regulations

Areas We Supply Contract Curtains

Our curtains are suitable and have been proven in the following areas: fire retardant curtains for schools, hotel FR curtains, hospital curtains, bed and breakfast curtains, and cruise ship curtains.

Shop Changing Room Curtains

As a flame retardant curtain supplier we have supplied many stores with changing room curtains that are simply divine. We have worked with a variety of large store groups including French Connection providing their flame retardant changing room curtains and also many others. There is no minimum order requirement and this means that we can deliver whatever you require. Again all the fabrics we use are British Certified and in most cases European certified fire resistant.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer our clients the full service, so if you need measuring and fitting we can provide this for you, we have fitters across the UK and we are happy to offer these services at cost. We suggest you order some samples and supply our team with some rough measurements just to make sure we are working within a similar budget. But we are confident you will be amazed by our prices. Please watch this introductory video on flameproof curtains to learn a bit more about the product, or why not call the team and we can help you with making your decisions.

Video Introduction Presentation on Flame Retardant Curtains

Are All Curtains Flame Retardant?

No they are not. To be flame retardant a curtain needs to be treated or made from flame retardant fibres. At Direct Fabrics all our curtain fabrics are flame retardant to British Standards and some to international standards

The range of fire retardant curtains we offer is perfectly suited for use within British businesses. We operate in supplying a variety of care homes and nursing homes. If you are looking for fabrics for residents at care homes you have come to the right place. We offer designs that are either modern and fresh or some very traditional designs. These will fit your rooms and make your residents feel at home. We can also offer coordinating bedspreads and bedding for these rooms

Care Home Curtains Nursing Home Curtains

Care homes and nursing homes are required by law to mitigate fire risk and provide the very best safety they can, this means that they should be using flame retardant products where possible for the resident's rooms and communal rooms. We have the fabrics that will fit any room within these care centres and community-run centres to ensure they are mitigating the risk of fires within their properties. Samples are free and you can get the finish you require in these rooms.

Fire Retardant Curtains for Schools

When furnishing your school and boarding school Direct Fabrics has supplied numerous schools with quality flame retardant furnishings. These are made to the exact measurements to fit your windows. As a company, we have supplied and fitted many assembly hall curtains and stage curtains that have huge drops and widths. If you supply the measurements we can supply the fitters and make the curtains. If you need fitting then speak with our team and let us help manage your project. Get curtains that are certified to BS5867.

Use our specialist team for flame retardant curtains for schools.

British Standards BS5867 Fire Resistant Curtains

All our made-to-measure fire-resistant curtains are approved to British Standards and have been certified for use with the necessary codes. You can read more about these at the British Standards website. We recommend buying from UK manufactures so there is a trail and we have all the necessary certifications readily available for our customers to view.  

Our blog is a rich resource for information about flame retardant regulations and standards and can be reviewed in our flame retardant regulations blog post.

Difference between Domestic Ready Made Curtains and Contract Curtains

When choosing contract curtains clients always ask us what the difference with domestic curtains that they could purchase from the high street, i.e Argos, Dunelm, John Lewis and Ikea. These retailers offer low cost ready-made curtains that don't have the fibres treated to be fire retardant to BS5867. This means that they cannot be used in a commercial environment. Argos flame retardant curtains do not exist presently in their range dated 2019. So if you want to purchase from a retailer like Argos your curtains will not be fit for purpose for care homes or contract locations.

Ikea is a domestic retailer and is not geared towards producing BS5867 certified products. They have a super range of domestic curtain fabrics but they don't have certified products to bs5867 - this may have changed since writing this article. Please check with their help team. However, our general advice when trying to use domestic retailers is buying from a specialist that instead of supplying a ready-made flame retardant curtain will supply you with a made to measure custom curtains.


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