You’ve just checked into your hotel after a long day of travels. You walk in the door, kick off your shoes, and plop down onto the bed. You probably click on the TV, or lay back for a couple minutes of R & R. Then you take a look around the room, and notice how nicely the window curtains look compared to the window treatments you have in your own home, and wonder why yours don’t look like theirs? You may realize how well the blackout curtains darken the room or how nice it is to have sheers over the windows even when the blackout curtains are opened. Perhaps you appreciate how sturdy the hotel’s curtain track system is or how easily it can be moved by hand with the use of a baton?
We speak to a lot of customers who get their inspiration for use of track systems under just such scenarios in hotels. They seek to replicate the set up they saw in the hotel room, or they conceptualize the track systems being applied for various applications. Regardless, the inspiration takes shape and they set out to find a source for this hotel type curtain and drapery hardware. Home Depot doesn’t carry it. Lowes doesn’t offer it. Neither do most other hardware stores or other big box home improvement stores. Their logical next step is to turn to the Internet, and that’s where Curtain-Tracks.com takes the lead, providing the right assortment of hardware and professional advice to accompany it.
Curtain-Tracks.com offers two track designs that are the industry standard for hospitality window décor and are used in most hotels. The 84003 and 84004 tracks both use a common set of accessories such as carriers, master carriers, batons, etc. The primary difference between the two is the mechanism by which the tracks are mounted, and we will describe these differences below. These track systems are great for sliding glass doors, floor to ceiling windows or glass walls, as well as any standard sized window where curtains or draperies are to hung.
This track can be mounted to either the ceiling or the wall, depending on the mounting hardware used. To mount the track to the ceiling, and 84152 ceiling clip is attached to the ceiling using screws, typically at approximately a 32 inch interval. These ceiling clips have a cam that is rotated 90 degrees with a screwdriver to lock the track into place. This track system also offers a splicer (84142) that allows sections of track to be joined for wider spans than the normal 8 foot lengths that Curtain-Tracks.com normally ships. Ball Bearing Carriers (84100) for curtains requiring hooks, or Wheeled Snap Carriers (84104) for curtains using Snap Tape (3091), as well as master carriers, all work well with this curtain track.
This track has a flange with holes punched every 16 inches, so screws can be used to mount the track to the ceiling without the need for additional clips or mounting brackets. This track cannot be used for a wall mount application unless it is mounted inside a cornice, pelmet, or valence box assembly as it mounts on horizontal surfaces only. These tracks can be mounted end to end for wider applications, but great care must be exercised to be sure the tracks are aligned properly to avoid any interference with easy movement of the carriers across the seam. The same carriers mentioned above work with this track as well.
In summary, here are the advantages for each of these two tracks that are commonly used in hotels and are our recommendation for most home window curtains as well, based on their durability, performance, and value.
- 84003 Track: Wall or Ceiling Mount, Splicer for Applications wider than 8 feet
- 84004 Track: No additional mounting brackets required for ceiling mount applications
Both track systems utilize the same carriers and master carriers. The master carriers are worth an additional mention and are usually money well spent. They serve two primary purposes: curtain overlap and attachment of batons/wands. Because the arms of the master carriers overlap when they come together, the leading edges of the curtain panels are forced to overlap. This provides better light blocking capability and privacy versus curtains that simply meet side by side. Batons or wands can easily be attached to these master carriers as well, making the movement of the carriers easier and also avoiding the hand prints that inevitably come with grabbing the curtain repeatedly. The batons are available in either clear acrylic or white fiberglass, and come in three, four, and five foot lengths.
Customers often want to combine blackout curtains or draperies with sheers. This allows the outer curtains or draperies (typically decorative or black out curtains) to be open while the inner curtains (typically sheers) are left closed. To achieve this look of multiple layers seen in hotels, you simply need to mount two or more tracks in parallel. For wall mount tracks, we offer a 84172 double wall bracket which mounts the two curtain tracks in parallel on the same brackets. For the ceiling mounted tracks, they tracks are mounted in parallel in the same way a single track is mounted. Be sure to take into account the stacking of the curtains so that the tracks can be spaced appropriately so as not interfere with the opening and closing of the curtains.
We also want to highlight that the hardware we offer is directly compatible with the hardware used in most hotels. Therefore, we are also a valuable resource for hotel proprietors or maintenance teams who need to replace missing or broken parts, or who are remodeling hotels and need to replace the drapery hardware across an entire facility. We count as customers many of the leading hotel brands across the US.
If you have any questions or need help specifying an order, give us a call. We are always willing to help on all projects, big or small. For home, office, or hotel, these curtain tracks offer great performance and great value, making them one of our most popular products and the answer for many window curtain projects.