When purchasing or making curtains, one should always be aware of the best material to use. Obviously, if one merely wants to purchase the most aesthetically pleasing curtains, then there is no particular material that is necessary to purchase; however, if one has a specific task that they intend to accomplish by purchasing a particular set of curtains, then there are certain guidelines that one should adhere to. Many different experts have differing options on the subject; however, most will agree that certain types of material should be used depending on the intended function.
One function that an individual must adhere to these guidelines is when setting up blackout curtains. To set up blackout curtains or curtain linings the intended purpose of doing so is to order to inhibit the incoming sunlight. Thus, to most efficiently go about blacking out a room, one should always utilize a non-transparent material. Given this function, one should never purchase a curtain that is made of primarily cotton (ie: anything over a 60 percent ration of consistency). Aside from cotton, other materials one should avoid when looking for blackout curtains are silk and satin. Although these material are not porous, they will still entail a degree of transparency.
When purchasing the best material for blackout curtains, the best types of materials to use when are vinyl and polyester. This isn't to say that they must be 100% of either of the aforementioned materials; however, the selected curtain material should always entail a ratio wherein the majority is of the materials used is either of these materials. For example if one were to find a curtain that consisted of 60% polyester and 40% cotton, then this would be an appropriate ratio.
If one wants to purchase curtains that are transparent in order to promote the letting of light into a room, then obviously they should purchase a cotton-based material. Aside from a cotton-based material, one also has the option of purchasing a silk based material if they are willing to spend the extra money. One thing one should always keep in mind when purchasing a transparent functioning material is that they should also purchase a pattern consisting of lighter colors, such as white, green, and yellow. These colors will also promote the transparence of sunlight.
If one is purchasing curtains to be anti-static, then the best material to purchase would be silk, satin, or an assortment of other materials. Depending on the requirements any material that reduces electrostatic without topically treating the curtain. Regardless of what type of anti-static materials that one may desire to choose they should always use ESD Safe materials that meet or exceed the flame spread requirements of the applicable country.