Choosing Curtains to Insulate Hotel Bedrooms

When decorating a hotel room, there are many considerations you must take. Soft furnishings can range from the carpet, linen, towels, cushions to curtains. The curtains chosen aren’t just there to look pleasing to the eye; they are also there to block out the morning light, and to help insulate the room.

Why buy insulating curtains?
Insulation is becoming a bigger concern amongst home owners and business owners alike. If your hotel is set in an older building, where perhaps installing double-glazing isn’t an option (or favourable), curtain insulation is essential in order to save you money throughout the winter.

Keeping the draughts out of a room can also be a problem. Insulating curtains would not solve the problem, but may help to add an extra barrier to the cold. It is recommended however, to consult with a professional who may be able to suggest installing a window insulation kit. This is fitted onto the window itself, and is an alternative to any additional glazing.

Curtain lining
When choosing which curtains to use, it’s important to consider not only the material of the patterned or coloured side, but also the lining of the curtain. The lining is usually made from some sort of plastic, and is attached to the back of the curtain fabric.

Various linings are available to suit various uses. Whether it be for the dining room, bathroom or bedroom, there is a lining to suit each purpose. For bedrooms that are exposed to strong sunlight in the morning, it would make sense to choose a lining that helps to block out all light. Most curtain linings recommended for bedroom use will have some sort of insulating properties as standard.

Curtain fabric
Most curtains these days are made from polyester, cotton or a blend of both. Using this material on its own is not enough as it will not have strong insulating properties. As mentioned above, having a lining behind the material adds both great insulation and light absorption.

Bespoke services
In some cases, it may be advisable to have your curtains made to measure by a hotel linen supplier. This is recommended in order to meet certain industry standards, in particular the flame retardant requirements of the material.

Furthermore, if you wish to ensure all light is blocked out, bespoke sizing options may be the best method of installation for you.

Now that the materials can be sourced, it’s time to consider which colours/patterns to choose. Obviously this should match the décor of the rest of the bedroom, but you should also consider seasonal changes. In summer, you may choose to have a lighter colour. In order to achieve a cosy feel during winter however, it is widely thought that dark, ‘earthy’ colours work best such as dark reds, and browns. Be careful not to overpower the room with these colours, as they will make the room appear dull and dark.

If you get the balance just right, you can successfully achieve a feeling of warmth and cosiness, whilst maintaining a well-insulated room for your guests to enjoy.