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Maintaining an environment free of germs is paramount in healthcare facilities. Typically, this is achieved through routine cleaning of floors, disinfection of high-touch point surfaces, changing beddings and curtains, and administering prophylactic antibiotics to patients, among many other aseptic measures.

While conventional methods of asepsis are quite beneficial, hospital-acquired infections have continued to pose a significant risk to the health of admitted patients. In addition to contaminated door knobs, walls, and equipment, one possible source of dangerous organisms that is often ignored is the hospital privacy curtain. Privacy curtains (also known as cubicle curtains) are a staple of healthcare environments and are necessary for hospitals and nursing homes to help maintain patient privacy and dignity. Maintaining privacy can provide higher quality rest and potentially lead to improved patient outcomes. Despite the obvious benefits, curtains must be handled appropriately to achieve their desired outcome.

Studies show that if curtain are improperly washed, they may not be effectively rid of pathogens. At times, facilities and maintenance personnel are not aware of the intended maintenance and sanitization schedule and contaminated curtains are allowed to stay in place. These curtains are frequently handled by healthcare personnel and patients, which can promote the spread of pathogens. In response to this issue, privacy curtains with antimicrobial properties have become a viable option for most hospitals to curtail the proliferation and spread of germs that can compromise the health of patients and hospital personnel. However, some experts have suggested that antimicrobial curtains pose significant problems, including the risk of facilitating the development of antibiotic-resistant microbes [2].

This article will elaborate on the pros and cons of antimicrobial privacy curtains in hospitals and allow healthcare professionals to decide which product best suites their facility.


What are the merits of antimicrobial privacy curtains?

Undoubtedly, antimicrobial privacy curtains have significantly impacted the degree of infection control in healthcare institutions. Some of the benefits of these curtains include:

• They help to prevent hospital-acquired infections: Hospital-acquired infections pose a significant threat to the quality of healthcare and the safety of patients in many centers. A study to determine the prevalence and time course of bacterial contamination on privacy curtains in 2 intensive care units and a medical ward with 30 rooms and 43 privacy curtains discovered that 95% of the total number of curtains demonstrated contamination on at least one occasion, including 21% with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus within the duration of the study [3]. The result of this study is significant because it reinforces the need for closely monitored curtain maintenance procedures to reduce the burden of microbes in hospitals.

In another similar study, an outbreak of group A streptococcus (GAS) in a tertiary referral center's Ear, Nose, and Throat ward was traced to the tracheostomy tube of a patient with Group A Streptococcus and generated a chain of transmission from the medical staff to a privacy curtain to other patients on the ward [4]. Two patients on that ward with laryngeal cancer developed Group A Streptococcus-associated cellulitis within 48 hours of the outbreak, posing a significant risk to their health [4].

The utilization of antimicrobial cubicle curtains can potentially curtail the transmission of infections in hospitals similar to the cases listed above due to their intrinsic ability to prevent the growth of bacteria [5].

• They are resistant to contamination: Unlike conventional hospital curtains, antimicrobial privacy curtains are not easily contaminated. In a study carried out by American scientists, traditional and antimicrobial curtains were randomly fixed in 9 medical intensive care units (ICUs) and 21 surgical ICU rooms [6]. The scientists subsequently cultured swabs samples from both curtains to determine their level of contamination [6]. The results showed that antimicrobial curtains took longer to get contaminated than conventional privacy curtains, which in turns reduces the required frequency of washing. Once contaminated, the antimicrobial curtains also showed a lower level of contamination [6].
Another study by medical researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicated that bacterial colonization of antimicrobial cubicle curtains is minimal [5]. The study showed a significant reduction in the colony-forming units of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or extended-spectrum-producing organisms (Escherichia coli or Klebsiella pneumoniae), which are pathogens that prove to be very difficult to control in healthcare settings [5]. Even after one month of hanging these antimicrobial privacy curtains, there were lower contamination levels with these pathogens compared to the standard privacy curtains [5].

• Antimicrobial cubicle curtains are more effective for control of germs than disinfecting standard curtains: Standard laundry processes have been used for decades to reduce the burden of hospital-acquired pathogens with mixed results; a study carried out in a clinic setting on cultures obtained from the cubicle curtains before laundering, immediately after laundering and an interval of one and three weeks after laundering determined that the process of laundering was not 100% effective, as Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus and Micrococcus species were present even after laundry[8]. Several studies have suggested that antimicrobial curtains prevent the growth of these deadly pathogens [5] [6]. One study found that it took antimicrobial curtains 27.6 times longer to get contaminated when compared to regular curtains [1]. The research showed that even after prolonged use in a busy clinical environment, antimicrobial privacy curtains effectively reduced the microbial load and MDRO (multi-drug resistant organism) contamination compared to the regular curtain [1].


What are the Cons of antimicrobial privacy curtains?


Although antimicrobial curtains are associated with many benefits, a few concerns have also been raised. They include:

• Possible risk of the development of antibiotic-resistant organisms: Some researchers have suggested that these antimicrobial privacy curtains may increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance [2]. Studies have identified mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial chemicals used in various types of coatings for curtains [2] [8]. It can impact patient care as these drug-resistant pathogens may infect them. Additionally, antibiotic-privacy curtains could undermine the campaign against the indiscriminate use of antibiotics.

• Antimicrobial curtains are intrinsically toxic: The biocidal agents in antimicrobial coatings of privacy curtains in hospitals have been described as inherently toxic [2]. It is an important characteristic required for their efficacy. These agents can harm humans, animals, and the environment if measures are not implemented to control their use adequately. Furthermore, studies indicate that some biocidal agents are more harmful to aquatic organisms than pathogens [2]. It implies that washing these curtains could contaminate water bodies and harm marine animals.

• Additional research is needed to elucidate the association between antimicrobial privacy curtains and the development of antibiotic resistance. Some experts have advocated limited use of antimicrobial agents in coatings of hospital materials [2].

• Ultimately, there is a need to reach a balance between the benefits and risks associated with the use of antimicrobial privacy curtains. Further research and adherence to safety measures can help ensure that patient safety is guaranteed and the development of hospital-acquired infections is reduced significantly.

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES
1. Luk, S., Chow, V. C. Y., Yu, K. C. H., Hsu, E. K., Tsang, N. C., Chuang, V. W. M., Lai, C. K. C., Hui, M., Lee, R. A., Lai, W. M., Que, T. L., Fung, S. C., To, W. K., Cheng, V. C. C., & Wong, A. T. Y. (2019). Effectiveness of antimicrobial hospital curtains on reducing bacterial contamination-A multicenter study. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology: The Official Journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America, 40(2), 164–170. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2018.315
2. Ahonen, M., Kahru, A., Ivask, A., Kasemets, K., Kõljalg, S., Mantecca, P., Vinković Vrček, I., Keinänen-Toivola, M., & Crijns, F. (2017). Proactive approach for safe use of antimicrobial coatings in healthcare settings: Opinion of the COST action network AMiCI. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(4), 366. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14040366
3. Ohl, M., Schweizer, M., Graham, M., Heilmann, K., Boyken, L., & Diekema, D. (2012). Hospital privacy curtains are frequently and rapidly contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria. American Journal of Infection Control, 40(10), 904–906. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2011.12.017
4. Mahida, N., Beal, A., Trigg, D., Vaughan, N., & Boswell, T. (2014). Outbreak of invasive group A streptococcus infection: contaminated patient curtains and cross-infection on an ear, nose and throat ward. The Journal of Hospital Infection, 87(3), 141–144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2014.04.007
5. Al-Tawfiq, J. A., Bazzi, A. M., Rabaan, A. A., & Okeahialam, C. (2019). The effectiveness of antibacterial curtains in comparison with standard privacy curtains against transmission of microorganisms in a hospital setting. Le Infezioni in Medicina: Rivista Periodica Di Eziologia, Epidemiologia, Diagnostica, Clinica e Terapia Delle Patologie Infettive, 27(2), 149–154. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31205037/
6. Schweizer, M., Graham, M., Ohl, M., Heilmann, K., Boyken, L., & Diekema, D. (2012). Novel hospital curtains with antimicrobial properties: a randomized, controlled trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology: The Official Journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America, 33(11), 1081–1085. https://doi.org/10.1086/668022
7. Woodland, R., Whitham, D., O’Neil, B., & Otter, S. (2010). Microbiological contamination of cubicle curtains in an out-patient podiatry clinic. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 3(1), 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1146-3-26
8. Chacón, K. N., Mealman, T. D., McEvoy, M. M., & Blackburn, N. J. (2014). Tracking metal ions through a Cu/Ag efflux pump assigns the functional roles of the periplasmic proteins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(43), 15373–15378. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1411475111

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Maintaining an environment free of germs is paramount in healthcare facilities. Typically, this is achieved through routine cleaning of floors, disinfection of high-touch point surfaces, changing beddings and curtains, and administering prophylactic antibiotics to patients, among many other aseptic measures.

While conventional methods of asepsis are quite beneficial, hospital-acquired infections have continued to pose a significant risk to the health of admitted patients. In addition to contaminated door knobs, walls, and equipment, one possible source of dangerous organisms that is often ignored is the hospital privacy curtain. Privacy curtains (also known as cubicle curtains) are a staple of healthcare environments and are necessary for hospitals and nursing homes to help maintain patient privacy and dignity. Maintaining privacy can provide higher quality rest and potentially lead to improved patient outcomes. Despite the obvious benefits, curtains must be handled appropriately to achieve their desired outcome.

Studies show that if curtain are improperly washed, they may not be effectively rid of pathogens. At times, facilities and maintenance personnel are not aware of the intended maintenance and sanitization schedule and contaminated curtains are allowed to stay in place. These curtains are frequently handled by healthcare personnel and patients, which can promote the spread of pathogens. In response to this issue, privacy curtains with antimicrobial properties have become a viable option for most hospitals to curtail the proliferation and spread of germs that can compromise the health of patients and hospital personnel. However, some experts have suggested that antimicrobial curtains pose significant problems, including the risk of facilitating the development of antibiotic-resistant microbes [2].

This article will elaborate on the pros and cons of antimicrobial privacy curtains in hospitals and allow healthcare professionals to decide which product best suites their facility.


What are the merits of antimicrobial privacy curtains?

Undoubtedly, antimicrobial privacy curtains have significantly impacted the degree of infection control in healthcare institutions. Some of the benefits of these curtains include:

• They help to prevent hospital-acquired infections: Hospital-acquired infections pose a significant threat to the quality of healthcare and the safety of patients in many centers. A study to determine the prevalence and time course of bacterial contamination on privacy curtains in 2 intensive care units and a medical ward with 30 rooms and 43 privacy curtains discovered that 95% of the total number of curtains demonstrated contamination on at least one occasion, including 21% with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus within the duration of the study [3]. The result of this study is significant because it reinforces the need for closely monitored curtain maintenance procedures to reduce the burden of microbes in hospitals.

In another similar study, an outbreak of group A streptococcus (GAS) in a tertiary referral center's Ear, Nose, and Throat ward was traced to the tracheostomy tube of a patient with Group A Streptococcus and generated a chain of transmission from the medical staff to a privacy curtain to other patients on the ward [4]. Two patients on that ward with laryngeal cancer developed Group A Streptococcus-associated cellulitis within 48 hours of the outbreak, posing a significant risk to their health [4].

The utilization of antimicrobial cubicle curtains can potentially curtail the transmission of infections in hospitals similar to the cases listed above due to their intrinsic ability to prevent the growth of bacteria [5].

• They are resistant to contamination: Unlike conventional hospital curtains, antimicrobial privacy curtains are not easily contaminated. In a study carried out by American scientists, traditional and antimicrobial curtains were randomly fixed in 9 medical intensive care units (ICUs) and 21 surgical ICU rooms [6]. The scientists subsequently cultured swabs samples from both curtains to determine their level of contamination [6]. The results showed that antimicrobial curtains took longer to get contaminated than conventional privacy curtains, which in turns reduces the required frequency of washing. Once contaminated, the antimicrobial curtains also showed a lower level of contamination [6].
Another study by medical researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicated that bacterial colonization of antimicrobial cubicle curtains is minimal [5]. The study showed a significant reduction in the colony-forming units of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or extended-spectrum-producing organisms (Escherichia coli or Klebsiella pneumoniae), which are pathogens that prove to be very difficult to control in healthcare settings [5]. Even after one month of hanging these antimicrobial privacy curtains, there were lower contamination levels with these pathogens compared to the standard privacy curtains [5].

• Antimicrobial cubicle curtains are more effective for control of germs than disinfecting standard curtains: Standard laundry processes have been used for decades to reduce the burden of hospital-acquired pathogens with mixed results; a study carried out in a clinic setting on cultures obtained from the cubicle curtains before laundering, immediately after laundering and an interval of one and three weeks after laundering determined that the process of laundering was not 100% effective, as Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus and Micrococcus species were present even after laundry[8]. Several studies have suggested that antimicrobial curtains prevent the growth of these deadly pathogens [5] [6]. One study found that it took antimicrobial curtains 27.6 times longer to get contaminated when compared to regular curtains [1]. The research showed that even after prolonged use in a busy clinical environment, antimicrobial privacy curtains effectively reduced the microbial load and MDRO (multi-drug resistant organism) contamination compared to the regular curtain [1].


What are the Cons of antimicrobial privacy curtains?


Although antimicrobial curtains are associated with many benefits, a few concerns have also been raised. They include:

• Possible risk of the development of antibiotic-resistant organisms: Some researchers have suggested that these antimicrobial privacy curtains may increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance [2]. Studies have identified mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobial chemicals used in various types of coatings for curtains [2] [8]. It can impact patient care as these drug-resistant pathogens may infect them. Additionally, antibiotic-privacy curtains could undermine the campaign against the indiscriminate use of antibiotics.

• Antimicrobial curtains are intrinsically toxic: The biocidal agents in antimicrobial coatings of privacy curtains in hospitals have been described as inherently toxic [2]. It is an important characteristic required for their efficacy. These agents can harm humans, animals, and the environment if measures are not implemented to control their use adequately. Furthermore, studies indicate that some biocidal agents are more harmful to aquatic organisms than pathogens [2]. It implies that washing these curtains could contaminate water bodies and harm marine animals.

• Additional research is needed to elucidate the association between antimicrobial privacy curtains and the development of antibiotic resistance. Some experts have advocated limited use of antimicrobial agents in coatings of hospital materials [2].

• Ultimately, there is a need to reach a balance between the benefits and risks associated with the use of antimicrobial privacy curtains. Further research and adherence to safety measures can help ensure that patient safety is guaranteed and the development of hospital-acquired infections is reduced significantly.

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES
1. Luk, S., Chow, V. C. Y., Yu, K. C. H., Hsu, E. K., Tsang, N. C., Chuang, V. W. M., Lai, C. K. C., Hui, M., Lee, R. A., Lai, W. M., Que, T. L., Fung, S. C., To, W. K., Cheng, V. C. C., & Wong, A. T. Y. (2019). Effectiveness of antimicrobial hospital curtains on reducing bacterial contamination-A multicenter study. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology: The Official Journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America, 40(2), 164–170. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2018.315
2. Ahonen, M., Kahru, A., Ivask, A., Kasemets, K., Kõljalg, S., Mantecca, P., Vinković Vrček, I., Keinänen-Toivola, M., & Crijns, F. (2017). Proactive approach for safe use of antimicrobial coatings in healthcare settings: Opinion of the COST action network AMiCI. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(4), 366. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14040366
3. Ohl, M., Schweizer, M., Graham, M., Heilmann, K., Boyken, L., & Diekema, D. (2012). Hospital privacy curtains are frequently and rapidly contaminated with potentially pathogenic bacteria. American Journal of Infection Control, 40(10), 904–906. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2011.12.017
4. Mahida, N., Beal, A., Trigg, D., Vaughan, N., & Boswell, T. (2014). Outbreak of invasive group A streptococcus infection: contaminated patient curtains and cross-infection on an ear, nose and throat ward. The Journal of Hospital Infection, 87(3), 141–144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2014.04.007
5. Al-Tawfiq, J. A., Bazzi, A. M., Rabaan, A. A., & Okeahialam, C. (2019). The effectiveness of antibacterial curtains in comparison with standard privacy curtains against transmission of microorganisms in a hospital setting. Le Infezioni in Medicina: Rivista Periodica Di Eziologia, Epidemiologia, Diagnostica, Clinica e Terapia Delle Patologie Infettive, 27(2), 149–154. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31205037/
6. Schweizer, M., Graham, M., Ohl, M., Heilmann, K., Boyken, L., & Diekema, D. (2012). Novel hospital curtains with antimicrobial properties: a randomized, controlled trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology: The Official Journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America, 33(11), 1081–1085. https://doi.org/10.1086/668022
7. Woodland, R., Whitham, D., O’Neil, B., & Otter, S. (2010). Microbiological contamination of cubicle curtains in an out-patient podiatry clinic. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 3(1), 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1146-3-26
8. Chacón, K. N., Mealman, T. D., McEvoy, M. M., & Blackburn, N. J. (2014). Tracking metal ions through a Cu/Ag efflux pump assigns the functional roles of the periplasmic proteins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(43), 15373–15378. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1411475111

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Cubicle curtains offer hospitals a great deal of value and flexibility in terms of managing the patient environment, however these beneficial products can often become a headache for healthcare workers if hospital management has not implemented a structured maintenance program. While Imperial Privacy Systems offers full-service cubicle curtain management and compliance services, we also manufacture products that help reduce the amount of time and expense required to maintain cubicle curtains.

One of the most effective methods for reducing cubicle curtain maintenance times is to address the removal and re-install process. In order to expedite this process, Imperial Privacy Systems developed a system of modular snap-on cubicle curtain panels. Snap-on curtain panels can be changed quickly and easily. With a standard 68" panel size, facilities managers can standardize a "one size fits all" curtain to ensure fresh, clean curtains are always in-stock and available throughout the facility. The curtains can be quickly and easily changed by simply un-snapping the buttons along the bottom of the mesh and removing the curtain for laundering. The mesh and cubicle track stay in-place and a new panel is snapped to the mesh when ready.

Snap-on curtains are available in a variety of designer fabrics from Maharam, Arc-com, Knoll, Momentum, and many more.

Click here to learn more about Imperial's Snap Privacy Curtains.

Read more

Cubicle curtains offer hospitals a great deal of value and flexibility in terms of managing the patient environment, however these beneficial products can often become a headache for healthcare workers if hospital management has not implemented a structured maintenance program. While Imperial Privacy Systems offers full-service cubicle curtain management and compliance services, we also manufacture products that help reduce the amount of time and expense required to maintain cubicle curtains.

One of the most effective methods for reducing cubicle curtain maintenance times is to address the removal and re-install process. In order to expedite this process, Imperial Privacy Systems developed a system of modular snap-on cubicle curtain panels. Snap-on curtain panels can be changed quickly and easily. With a standard 68" panel size, facilities managers can standardize a "one size fits all" curtain to ensure fresh, clean curtains are always in-stock and available throughout the facility. The curtains can be quickly and easily changed by simply un-snapping the buttons along the bottom of the mesh and removing the curtain for laundering. The mesh and cubicle track stay in-place and a new panel is snapped to the mesh when ready.

Snap-on curtains are available in a variety of designer fabrics from Maharam, Arc-com, Knoll, Momentum, and many more.

Click here to learn more about Imperial's Snap Privacy Curtains.

Read more

Ubiquitous in healthcare facilities of all types and sizes, cubicle curtains (also know as privacy curtains) are one of those essential hospital products that can often be a source of confusion for facilities managers. In this article we will explain how to place an order for cubicle curtains and ensure you get the right fit for your building and your patients. Please keep in mind that while some standardized sizes are available, the majority of cubicle curtains are custom-made to fit the unique size and layout of each facility. 

Step 1: Choose a Fabric

The most prominent feature in every privacy curtain is the fabric. Consequently, you'll want to select a type and style of fabric in the early stages of the process. Cubicle curtain fabrics come in an endless variety of patterns and colors, which can often seem overwhelming. If your facility requires a simple and fast solution, we recommend popular, solid color fabrics like Summit, which are typically in-stock and can be manufactured relatively quickly. For facilities that require a specific pattern and/or would like a more unique appearance, we suggest reviewing our large collection of cubicle curtain fabrics with designer patterns. We offer fabrics featuring everything from pediatric themed graphics to intricate floral patterns. 

Once a specific pattern and color have been chosen, it's time to decide if you would like the fabric to be antimicrobial. This feature is often standard on certain fabrics, however it can be added to most other fabrics that do not already have this characteristic. 

Step 2: Choose a Mesh Color and Height

First, you'll want to pick a color for the mesh that will be included at the top of your cubicle curtain. Nylon Mesh is available in a variety of colors, but the most popular color is white. Next, you'll choose a height for the mesh. The standard mesh height is 20", but this may vary if your facility has a higher than normal ceiling height. If you are replacing an existing curtain, you should measure the height of the existing mesh and be sure to re-order the same height. If you're not sure which mesh height to choose, please contact us and one our product experts will be happy to provide a recommendation. 

Step 3: Determine Ceiling Height

Measure your ceiling height from the bottom of the ceiling grid (or other style ceiling) to the floor and write this number down. 

Step 4: Measure Your Cubicle Track Length

If your existing cubicle curtains are on a straight track. Simply measure the length of your existing track. If your existing or planned track is L-shaped or U-shaped, measure each side of the track shape as shown below (A and B).

How to Measure a Cubicle Curtain or Privacy Curtain

Step 5: Consider Add-ons

Consider what extra items your cubicle curtains may need such as tie-backs, batons, snap-on panels, etc. We can also add extra appearance upgrades like fabric matched banding, framed mesh, or increased fullness. For additional information on all the possible add-ons and customizations, please contact us at info@imperialfastener.com.

Step 6: Request a Quote

You're ready to request a quote! Contact Imperial Privacy Systems with the following information:

1. Fabric selection - including pattern, color, and antimicrobial finish
2. Mesh color and height (if known)
4. Ceiling height
5. Cubicle track length and shape
6. Any add-ons or customizations
7. Ship to address

Email your quote request to quotes@imperialprivacy.com. Following receipt of your quote, simply confirm your acceptance and an Imperial representative will begin processing order.

 

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Ubiquitous in healthcare facilities of all types and sizes, cubicle curtains (also know as privacy curtains) are one of those essential hospital products that can often be a source of confusion for facilities managers. In this article we will explain how to place an order for cubicle curtains and ensure you get the right fit for your building and your patients. Please keep in mind that while some standardized sizes are available, the majority of cubicle curtains are custom-made to fit the unique size and layout of each facility. 

Step 1: Choose a Fabric

The most prominent feature in every privacy curtain is the fabric. Consequently, you'll want to select a type and style of fabric in the early stages of the process. Cubicle curtain fabrics come in an endless variety of patterns and colors, which can often seem overwhelming. If your facility requires a simple and fast solution, we recommend popular, solid color fabrics like Summit, which are typically in-stock and can be manufactured relatively quickly. For facilities that require a specific pattern and/or would like a more unique appearance, we suggest reviewing our large collection of cubicle curtain fabrics with designer patterns. We offer fabrics featuring everything from pediatric themed graphics to intricate floral patterns. 

Once a specific pattern and color have been chosen, it's time to decide if you would like the fabric to be antimicrobial. This feature is often standard on certain fabrics, however it can be added to most other fabrics that do not already have this characteristic. 

Step 2: Choose a Mesh Color and Height

First, you'll want to pick a color for the mesh that will be included at the top of your cubicle curtain. Nylon Mesh is available in a variety of colors, but the most popular color is white. Next, you'll choose a height for the mesh. The standard mesh height is 20", but this may vary if your facility has a higher than normal ceiling height. If you are replacing an existing curtain, you should measure the height of the existing mesh and be sure to re-order the same height. If you're not sure which mesh height to choose, please contact us and one our product experts will be happy to provide a recommendation. 

Step 3: Determine Ceiling Height

Measure your ceiling height from the bottom of the ceiling grid (or other style ceiling) to the floor and write this number down. 

Step 4: Measure Your Cubicle Track Length

If your existing cubicle curtains are on a straight track. Simply measure the length of your existing track. If your existing or planned track is L-shaped or U-shaped, measure each side of the track shape as shown below (A and B).

How to Measure a Cubicle Curtain or Privacy Curtain

Step 5: Consider Add-ons

Consider what extra items your cubicle curtains may need such as tie-backs, batons, snap-on panels, etc. We can also add extra appearance upgrades like fabric matched banding, framed mesh, or increased fullness. For additional information on all the possible add-ons and customizations, please contact us at info@imperialfastener.com.

Step 6: Request a Quote

You're ready to request a quote! Contact Imperial Privacy Systems with the following information:

1. Fabric selection - including pattern, color, and antimicrobial finish
2. Mesh color and height (if known)
4. Ceiling height
5. Cubicle track length and shape
6. Any add-ons or customizations
7. Ship to address

Email your quote request to quotes@imperialprivacy.com. Following receipt of your quote, simply confirm your acceptance and an Imperial representative will begin processing order.

 

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