Posted by LO on 12/28/2018 to Pipe and Drape
A church is often the heart and soul of a community, providing not only a place to worship but a place for everyone to gather, celebrate, and spend time together. With families and people of all shapes and sizes coming through a church's door, you want your church to look its best and to be a safe environment. You can see these and many other benefits when you install high-quality church curtains.
Flame Retardant Drape RequirementHere's a cautionary tale: we had a local church come to us because the Fire Marshal in our town wouldn't let them use the wall hangings -- made out of tarps that they had purchased from a nearby home improvement store -- that they were planning on displaying.
The most unfortunate part was that the church had worked on these tarps for weeks, decorating them with Scripture, inspirational messages, and other paintings. And in the end, the church couldn't use them because the tarps were not flame retardant, and therefore posed a risk of spreading fire, should one ever occur.
You probably don't want to think about what will happen if disaster strikes your church, but it's better to be protected than unprepared...and we'll add that it may even be (and likely is) necessary to use flame retardant drapes. It's a good idea to check with your local Fire Marshal before starting a project that involves wall hangings, drapery, etc.
Thankfully, we were able to help this church with our selection of 8 flame retardant church curtains (for obvious reasons, we did not recommend our Economy Non-FR fabric, which, like their tarp material, is not flame retardant).
Sophisticated DecorationAs an aesthetic choice, adding curtains can give your church a classy, sophisticated look. For older churches, curtains and drapes can complement the architecture and make the space feel warm and welcoming. For newer churches that may be a little bare, church curtains can personalize the space and make it more inviting to the community. Curtains and church stage backdrops are also useful for bringing any event, sermon, or ceremony from dreary to graceful. While your church may not need the world's tallest curtains, which stand at 213.25 feet at a hotel in Oslo, Norway, it can certainly use some curtains for a subtle element of decoration.
Sound AbsorptionCertain curtain fabrics are dense by design, and for that reason, they can help improve the acoustics of a large space that has an echoing nature. Sound-absorbing curtains, such as Commando or 24 oz. Velour can be used to transform your church into a space that can be used by the community for concerts and plays. When you can offer your church as a location for different events, you'll be letting a wider portion of the community know about the good work that your church does and you may even get some new members.
Making your church into a welcoming and accessible space is essential for comforting current members and bringing in new ones. Curtains are the perfect way to do this, and you'll see the benefits far beyond decoration.