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As a welder, you may already know that a welding blanket does not always provide the best protection for weld works.
If you are concerned about a safe welding environment, one of the considerations you may want to make is to invest in an alternative to a welding blanket called a welding curtain.
You may also want to consider some of our other PPE buying guides:
Here are some welding blanket alternatives for you to consider (the best curtains to choose from):
|Name||Image||Best For||Buy Here|
|Tillman 603R68||Pro Welder Guide Recommendation||Buy From Amazon|
|VIZ-PRO Red Vinyl Welding Curtain/Welding Screen With Frame, 6' x 6'||Choice of sizes and prefabricated frame||Buy From Amazon|
|Steiner 384-338F-6X8 Protect-O-Screen HD Weld-View 16-Ounce Curtain with ArcView Flame Retardant Orange Tinted Viewing Window with Cover Flap||Has a viewing window which can make life easier depending on what welding machine you have and/ or how you work||Buy From Amazon|
|Tillman 6043555 5'X5' 14mil. 3 Panel Blue Vinyl Welding Curtain with Frame||Great optical protection and large surface area||Buy From Amazon|
|Revco 6X8VSQF1-SH8 Vinyl Welding Screen 6' x 8' Quick Frame Shade 8||Good looking screen||Buy From Amazon|
|Steiner 538-6X8 Protect-O-Screen Classic Welding Screen with Flame Retardant 14 Mil Tinted Transparent Vinyl Curtain, Orange, 6' x 8'||Easy to assemble||Buy From Amazon|
A welding curtain is a good alternative to a welding blanket. Unfortunately, many cheap welding screens and curtains are of inferior quality and may not meet your safety requirements.
Anyone who wants a good experience with their equipment should make sure that it is of high quality and capable of doing the job it has been designed for.
Whether you are working in your garage or on a construction site, you should make sure that the welding equipment you use is of high quality and designed specifically for welding purposes.
How to Choose a Welding Curtain to Suit your Purposes
Generally speaking, these welding blanket alternatives are designed to protect you, your equipment, your environment, and any other persons in the vicinity from spattered welding and grinding sparks.
The vast amount of welding curtains and screens available on the market will only complicate your decision-making process, particularly if you are not sure what essential features to look for in a welding curtain or screen.
Sometimes it is hard to find the time to investigate all the product features to find the ones that are best suited to your needs.
You need to know the basic functionalities a welding curtain should have and the correct way to install your welding curtain.
How to Install a Welding Curtain
If you choose to invest in a welding curtain as an alternative to a welding blanket, you will need to mount and hang it somehow.
Welding Curtains With Grommets
Typically these welding blanket alternatives come with or without grommets. If you are going to hang the curtain with a string, you should choose an option with premounted grommets.
Welding Screens with Frames
Another way to mount a welding curtain is in a frame. Welding frames come in many sizes and range in robustness.
Some welding screens come in a set with the screen already mounted into a solid frame. With a ready-mounted frame, you won’t have to worry about the curtain not fitting into the frame.
If you choose to buy a separate frame and curtain, you should check that the size of the welding curtain is big enough to fit into the welding frame.
DIY Easy Welding Blanket/ Curtain Frame Build
Transparent or Opaque Welding Screens
When purchasing a welding screen you can choose to buy a transparent or opaque one. A transparent welding curtain will allow light to come through and also allow you to see through it.
An opaque welding curtain, on the other hand, will not allow any light in and you may need to use additional lights.
Next, let’s look at some curtain arrangement options.
Single vs Multiple Welding Curtains
Portable welding screens come in single or multiple arrangements. Multiple welding screens can be used to completely surround the working space and provide protection for a wider area.
Usually, two, three, or even four screens can be joined together to provide a multi-curtain arrangement. The number of curtains used leads directly to our next topic of concern:
Welding Curtain Weight and Size
Before deciding which welding curtain to choose you should consider the weight and size applicable to your application.
Usually, the better the protection provided the thicker the curtain will be and the higher the weight will be.
It is important to remember that with increased thickness and weight, the dimensions of your packaging will also increase.
For portable welding curtains, it is important to consider the maximum sizes and weights in order to make transportation easier.
Next, we will move on to a review of some of the best welding curtains and screens available on the market.
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