Avoid Pinterest Fails With Our Shirring Tape

February 20th, 2017

 

AVOIDING A PINTEREST FAIL

Have you ever wanted custom drapery but were afraid of the cost? Have you loved a comforter set but weren’t able to find the matching curtains to complete the look? Well then do we have the project for you! Two of our awesome products combine for one of the easiest and cheapest DIY’s for the home. Because our products are high end, you won’t have to repurpose a household item, and we promise you won’t end up on Pinterest Fail.

 

For this project, you don’t even have to have curtains to create curtains! All you need is a piece of fabric, so if you have a comforter set that includes a flat sheet, you can quickly and easily have a custom matching curtain. If you have a tablecloth that you love, you can create custom drapery and complete the room in no time, and with very little money out of pocket.

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EASY AND CHEAP

Our Shirring Tape (also know as Wrinkle Band Tape) makes these projects possible and is sold by the yard and costs only $2.00 per yard.  Simply sew the tape to the top of the curtains to provide an easy means to use hooks with curtains that are not pinch pleated. If you don’t love to sew, you could always cheat and use some iron on fabric adhesive. For easy-to-follow instructions, visit one of our previous blog posts.

 

We have a 14 pack of hooks to pair with your newly created drapes so your entire custom project will still cost you less than $20. You can choose between plastic (lighter) or stainless steel (won’t rust) hooks and they can be used with many existing curtain tracks, or you can choose from our wide range of tracks and carriers.

 

LET’S SEE IT

We love to see our customers’ projects!  Check out our Gallery on Curtain-Tracks.com today and then send us pictures of your completed masterpieces. Yep, we used the plural of masterpiece because we are so sure you are going to love this project and use it on all of your windows.

 

Simple and SO Helpful: Installation Guides To The Rescue!

February 13th, 2017

 

A PIECE OF TRUTH IN ALL SAYINGS

There is a reason that skilled handymen use the saying “measure twice; cut once.” It’s simple, it’s true, and it saves a LOT of time and frustration. Another step that can save a lot of time and frustration is visiting our website for installation guides. We have compiled installation guides for our awesome DIY customers so you can take our expertise home with you any time.

 

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A GUIDE FOR EACH STLYE

For the visual learner, we have included lots of pictures, diagrams, and arrows. For the auditory learner, there are step by step directions that you can read aloud as you work. Whatever your method, just remember that a little planning goes a long way. Save yourself the frustration of wasted time and material by referencing our installation guides and double checking your measurements before you cut anything. Screw holes can be patched; it’s a little more difficult to put together a mis-cut track, (unless duct tape is your look).

Also, we have guides for every single track that we carry. Just visit our guide page and select your product to view the diagrams and guide tips.  You can view the pages from your phone or computer or print them out so you can check them off and feel accomplished while you are working.

 

PLAIN OL’ ENGLISH

You will be pleasantly surprised to know that our installation guides are written in simple, numbered directions. Gone are the days of trying to interpret directions that were originally written in another language and then poorly translated, or even worse, a diagram with little to no clarification.

Yes, our customer service representatives are experts on all things curtain tracks, hardware and curtains, but we understand that not everyone talks about tracks, carriers, and mounting brackets on a daily basis. That’s why we created these easy to understand installation guides – to make your project go that much smoother.

 

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, GIVE US A CALL

Not only do we provide installation guides, our service experts are here to help via the phone.  Just give us a call if you find yourself stuck. 1-888-434-7444

Improving An Open Workspace

January 30th, 2017

 

THE FAD

The Washington Post recently published an article about the negative effects of the open workspace fad. Our blog readers will tell you that Curtain-Tracks has been saying for years that this style of office can leave employees feeling distracted and exposed or how productivity is affected with open work environments. Needless to say, we were pleased to see that others have taken note of the downfalls of this fad.

Photo: Retail Design Blog

Photo: Retail Design Blog

THE BAD NEWS

The bad news is that these workspaces likely aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As this article points out, logic says that costs are significantly lower when using the open floor plan. Less money is spent on walls and furniture when all you need are lots of desks and one big open room. No walls, no windows, no decor = cheap!

 

THE GOOD NEWS

The good news is that Curtain-Tracks can provide a simple solution and a possible compromise between this cost-saving fad and the insanely high cost of retrofitting enclosed spaces into an open floor plan. With our room divider products, space can have the flexibility to match the needs of the day.

 

Need a large space for a team meeting and brainstorming session? No problem because curtains tuck neatly out of the way to reveal the long table and togetherness. Individual contributors need private and quiet space? Easy. Use our flexible track to create a few cubicles.  How about a small team or department meeting? Consider using a longer, stronger track like our 6200 Heavy Duty I Beam to divide the room in half or in quarters.

 

HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Curtains can create a solution that is cheaper than building walls. The cozy vibe that comes along with our privacy cubicle curtains can create a sense of calm comfort similar to home. It has been well documented that work from home options increase productivity so this seems like a great compromise for all involved.

 

Want the best of both worlds for your office? Contact us today to start brainstorming!  1-888-434-7444.      

Every Detail Counts in the Emergency Room

January 30th, 2017

 

EVERY SECOND COUNTS

During a visit to an Emergency Room everything from the arrival and check in process to the facilities’ organization is critical. Curtain-Tracks can help the efficiency of emergency rooms with our top-notch products created specifically for hospitals.

Curtain tracks are one of those things that you don’t really think about until they are not working properly. Doctors and nurses need to be able to swing privacy curtains open and closed in a confident way without giving them a second thought. They don’t have time to be ginger or get a carrier unstuck or a chain untangled. Emergency room curtain tracks and all of the components just need to do their jobs, the right way, every time.

 

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DID YOUR STATE MAKE THE LIST?

Don’t believe us? Check out The 10 States With the Worst Emergency Room Response Times to see how your state ranks. How about that for a gut check? Every second really does count! So, if hospitals in your area need some help with their timeliness score, you might consider sending them a link to our hospital products.

 

LITTLE THINGS MAKE BIG THINGS HAPPEN

To encourage the smooth ride of curtains, our flexible track is a great choice. It is super smooth, and comes in ONE piece, up to 164 feet for the standard weight. The medium and heavy duty tracks are available in a length of 98 feet. This track has a metal spine that is coated in white pvc, creating a strong, flexible track just perfect for an ER. Because of the materials used, this track can be configured by hand into just about any shape.

Next up are the flexible track carriers. Be sure to choose the same weight as the track to ensure the best fit and function. You’ll need a hook to hang the curtains, and we have a few to choose from.  We like the stainless steel hooks for hospital use because they will not stain or rust.

 

THE RESISTANCE

Lastly, don’t forget about the curtains themselves. Curtain-Tracks is your one stop shop for every single part of this project. Our privacy curtains come in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes, but we especially love the Sundance line. They are stain and odor resistant, which are important qualities for an emergency room. In addition, they are antimicrobial and can be machine washed or dry cleaned.

Want a smooth emergency room curtain tracks? Call us today! 1-888-434-7444.

 

Ball Bearing Carriers That Are Small But Mighty… And Smooth

January 20th, 2017

 

A STICKY SITUATION

Is there anything more annoying than a curtain that is difficult to open?  Well, there probably is, but a sticky curtain certainly is frustrating.  Think about the last time you went to open your curtains only to get frustrated because they wouldn’t glide smoothly on the track. We are willing to bet that the unexpected sticking was so annoying that you may have used a few choice words.  Don’t worry; it happens to the best of us.

 

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GET UNSTUCK

The good news is that the solution is simple: Curtain-Tracks to the rescue!  Some of our smallest parts, the 84100 and the 84102 ball bearing carriers, provide the best bang for the buck.  These carriers are so smooth, you’ll never grumble those choice words at your windows again.  Well, at least not because the curtains are stuck again.

 

These little suckers provide a smooth opening and closing because of the ball bearings housed inside of them. They are made of alloy so they resist rusting and allow for ease of movement.  Can you just hear the crisp, smooth sound of these carriers moving across one of our compatible tracks with ease? Ahhh…

 

SMALL BUT MIGHTY

An added bonus is that these ball bearing carriers allow the curtains to open into an even smaller space, 25% smaller than traditional curtain carriers if you go with the 84100 and 20% less than that if you go with the micro version, 84102.  That means you’ll be able to see more window and less curtains when they are opened and off to the side.  Pretty!

 

THE STATEMENT

Another fun option for testing these carriers would be ending your statements with dramatic effect. Think of the opening or closing of the curtains as your punctuation mark, say, an exclamation point.  Try it out the next time you are trying to make a point to your kids or your husband.  Then, take a picture of the new set up and email it to us at info@curtain-tracks.com.  We would love to see your finished product and hear your success story!

Where Have the Curtain Hooks Gone?

January 16th, 2017

 

PREDICTABLE HUMANS

Can anyone else get lost in the endless sources of life hacks on the internet?  These little tricks are simply genius but how many of them do people really try?  They’re great ideas when you check them out on your smartphone, but some of them require way too much time and effort.

 

For example, how many of you have left a light bulb burned out and thought “When one more goes out, I will just fix them all at once?” Guilty? We thought so. Now, how many curtain hooks do you lose before you take action? Two? More? Do you then opt to replace the whole thing? Why are humans so predictable? We will deal with small frustrations to avoid seemingly larger ones, but often the larger frustration isn’t so large in reality. Thanks to Curtain-Tracks replacement parts, you don’t have to start from scratch every time.

 

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STOCK UP NOW

At Curtain-Tracks, we would like to encourage you to not wait until the curtain track is completely out of commission before you take action. A simple phone call to our customer service team will help you get the correct part you needed for just about any job. Even if your curtain track isn’t one of ours, we have the products and the experience to find a solution.

 

If you take a minute to stock up on your correct replacement parts now, it won’t be a big deal to replace hooks or endstops as they stop working or get lost.  Many of our hooks are packaged in multiples so if you only need two right now, you could buy a pack of ten and be ready when the next two disappear. If you keep them in arm’s reach of the curtain, maybe you’ll even be inclined to replace them as they are lost instead of waiting until the curtain is near impossible to open.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Check out Curtain-Tracks to see what small improvements you can make to your everyday life.  Aren’t sure what you need?  Email us a picture of your hooks or track and we will be happy to help you make a match.

  

Discount Program for Designers and Architects

January 4th, 2017

 

DISCOUNT TIME!

Calling all Interior Designers and Architects!  Are you taking full advantage of your professional memberships?  Did you know that you could be earning a Curtain-Tracks discount just for proving your active status with trade organizations?  A quick Google search for interior design discount will show you that many of the trendiest stores offer a discount to trades professionals and you can consider Curtain-Tracks part of that elite crowd.

 

Our Discount Program for Interior Designers and Architects is our way of showing how much we appreciate the business you send our way with your own projects as well as the referrals of clients who can use our products.

 

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THE DETAILS

Upon approval, Interior Designers and Architects will be awarded a unique promotion code to be used at check out.  That’s right, no cutting of coupons or Google searches for codes is necessary.  You will have VIP status to use your very own code, and bonus – it’s good for a whole year!

 

HOW?

It’s pretty simple, really.  To be sure you are “the real deal” we just ask for some verification. You’ll need to gather proof of professional status in two of the following categories (details can be found here):

  • Proof of Valid Membership
  • Copy of Business License Certificate
  • Copy of State Tax Exemption Certificate
  • Business card indicating your design profession

 

After you submit your paperwork and once approved, you will become a VIP-code-carrying-member of our Design Trade Discount Program and it will be valid for an entire year. It really is that simple.

 

Thank you for your business and referrals!

 

 

The Benefits of Curtains In Lofts

January 3rd, 2017

 

THAT’S LOFTY 

When choosing a home, some people enjoy a single family house, others like condos or apartment living, but many people prefer the loft life. Lofts appeal to so many not only because of the vast openness, but also because of the cool, trendy feel they provide. Exposed brick, large windows, and high ceilings are all wonderful features, but what happens when you have guests visiting overnight or want to create a smaller, more intimate feel?

 

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BYE, BYE DILEMMA

There is a simple solution to these design dilemmas: curtains! Adding curtains to your loft space is not difficult and the benefits are amazing. The best way to hang your floor to ceiling curtains to actually divide the space is to use our Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track. This track is super strong and can even be spliced together into one long track, allowing a smooth transition to open and close your curtains. So no matter how large of a space you have, adding curtains using this track should be a breeze.

 

SOFTEN THE LOOK

If you are looking to soften the feel of your spacious loft and want to add shears or curtains that aren’t too heavy, our ceiling-mounted tracks are perfect for the job.  They can create smaller spaces such as bedrooms and can also be added as a closet door. Many lofts do not offer a lot of storage space but by adding curtains, you can create your own storage spaces such as in a corner. If you are looking to be extra creative, you can even add curtain tracks and beautiful curtains along a wall to create a visual piece to the space.

 

We love to see how creative our customers can be with their Curtain-Tracks. Send us a picture and we will include you in a future blog post!  info@curtain-tracks.com.

 

 

The Curtains and Tracks Behind Luxury Dressing Rooms

December 29th, 2016

 

TIME TO SHOP

Did you receive any gift cards this Christmas?  According to this Washington Post article, the answer is likely yes. But what in the world does Curtain-Tracks have to do with Christmas gift cards?  

 

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LOOK UP! 

Well, if any of the gift cards burning a hole in your pocket are to stores that sell clothes, one trip inside will show you. Just head to the dressing room and look up to see how Curtain-Tracks is related to your favorite clothing store. That’s right, that hardware holding the curtains might just be our Aluminum Ceiling Mounted Track.  

 

True, some stores are still using the rows and rows of stalls with doors, but that can feel a little like a restroom. Many upscale and boutique stores are moving towards dressing rooms with privacy curtains. It can create a more upscale and luxurious feeling when done correctly.  

 

PEEK A BOO 

A few things need to happen in order to create a private, high end feeling in a dressing room. First, it needs to be 110% private. There isn’t much more unnerving than watching that one inch gap in the curtain while trying on clothes. Complete privacy can be accomplished by using a track just a little longer than the opening so the curtain closes the entire way. Add a large silver hook to your curtain and secure the curtain to the wall or side curtain to ensure complete privacy.  

 

IT’S A WRAP (AROUND) 

Some stores are taking the dressing room design a little further by creating a complete dressing room circle, completely encompassed by curtains. These dressing rooms are handy in retail stores with limited space. In this situation, the fabric should overlap with itself, so using our Flexible Curtain Track will be an easy solution.   

 

Of course the finishing touches on a project like this is the fabric. The fancier they are, the more high end they will feel and look. That usually also means they are heavy than typical curtain so we recommend our strong Double Wheel Carrier combined with our 7142 Steel Curtain Hook.

 

SPENDING SPREE

So, think of Curtain-Tracks the next time you are out spending your gift cards. Take a look up to the ceiling in the dressing room and let us know what you find. You can even send us pictures to info@curtain-tracks.com. Happy Shopping!

 

Creating a Frustration Free Shower

December 28th, 2016

 

*#@?#! 

I bet many of our readers have had a tension shower curtain rod fall on them at least once.  How frustrating! Staying up and holding curtains are literally the only two jobs these rods have, and they often fail. There isn’t much worse than opening the shower curtain in the morning, half awake, and having the entire thing fall on your toes. Ouch!

 

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Ahhhhhh….. 

Now, imagine opening your shower curtain with ease. Satisfying, right? (Sometimes it’s the simple things in life.)  With ceiling mounted curtain tracks, you can even take some frustration out on the shower curtain as you prepare for a long day at the office and bemoan the fact that you are awake well before the sun.

 

THE REVOLUTION

So, fellow Curtain-Tracks readers, it’s time to change the way we think. Who decided that we must all use a tension mounted rod to hang our shower curtains? A quick Google search will show you that several people have been cited; and really, this invention serves a great purpose in some situations. However, Curtain-Tracks believes that our products are better equipped to handle the daily use of the shower.

 

Because they can be mounted to the ceiling, they can hold much more weight. This weight could come from a super-fancy velour shower curtain, or from kids hanging from the curtain like Tarzan. The weight could come from your frustration as you get ready for work and realize you are running late. Whatever the case, the strength of our ceiling mounted tracks is hard to argue.

 

SLEEK AND STYLISH

In addition to strength, our ceiling mounted track, carriers, and brackets provide a sleek look. The added height of the curtains, all the way to the ceiling, is simply pretty. It gives a clean line from floor to ceiling, and hides any grime that might be lurking in the shower.

On last point, if you are a freeze baby in the shower, another benefit to ceiling mounted curtains is that they let out less steam, and therefore less heat. Think of it as your own personal sauna. You’re welcome.