“…Thou shalt make curtains of goats’ hair to be a covering upon the tabernacle”
After the curtain was placed upon the inner sanctuary, the goat hair covering was placed over the top. This covering was comprised of eleven smaller sections connected together. Each of these smaller sections was four cubits by 30 cubits.
The eleven curtains were ultimately fastened together and placed over the curtain and the inner sanctuary. As with the curtain, the ability to separate them was for ease in construction and transportation. Five curtains were coupled together in one group, and six were coupled in the other group (Ex. 26:9). This formed two groups, one of five, the other of six.
These two groups were then fastened to one another using clasps of brass to form a single combined covering (Ex. 26:10-11).
The combined goat hair covering placed atop the curtain and the inner sanctuary would have resembled the following:
Ex. 26:12 states that the first section of the group of five, or the western most section, would have hung over the back at its halfway point. Or in other words, two cubits of the western most section hung over the back. The western side of the tabernacle with these two coverings would have therefore resembled the following:
It is my opinion, that the additional two coverings placed over the curtain and the goat hair covering, would have formed a triangular space for the priests around the northern, western, and southern walls. Or a room around the tabernacle for rest, storage of priestly garments, and a shield from the desert sun. The western face of the inner sanctuary left a portion of the curtain exposed, based on the placement of the goat hair coverings. Any priest who would have been resting or conversing with another priest at this location, would no doubt be reminded of their proximity to the Most Holy Place, and to call their mind to the reverence of the location.