Curtain, an article of domestic furniture, consisting generally of calico, dimity, or printed cotton ; which may be contracted or expanded at pleasure, and is usually appended to a bedstead, or to windows.

Curtains are at present considered more as an ornament, than as an article of conveniency, to beds ; though, in many instances, they might be easily dispensed with; especially where one person only sleeps in an apartment. These appendages certainly occasion numerous accidents happening from fire; and which often originate from the absurd and reprehensible practice of reading in bed.

Those fanciful persons who cannot sleep without curtains, ought to suspend them across chairs, so that they may not exclude the access of air, by coming in contact with the bed ; but that side, which is next the wall, may be wholly covered with the curtain.