Hotel conference rooms usually have tables set in rows, a table or bar area for coffee and water, and a screen at the front that the instructor can use while presenting. Sometimes these rooms have large windows that look out towards a pool area or even a road. This is when room darkening curtains and curtain tracks come in. Hotel meeting rooms almost always have curtains to cover the windows for a couple reasons.
1. They are room darkening. This is especially important when the instructor is presenting a PowerPoint presentation and the room needs to be darkened for attendees to see the slides more clearly.
2. Closing the curtains can prevent distractions. An all-day seminar is exhausting for anyone but add in distractions such as kids running and jumping into the pool, and well, that can be just plain depressing. Pulling the curtains closed can help avoid some of those distractions.
HERE COME THE CURTAIN TRACKS
When it comes to the best curtain tracks to use for a project like this, we offer a variety to accommodate your project. Ceiling mount curtain tracks are a great option when looking to cover large floor to ceiling windows. Ceiling mount curtain tracks can be mounted to the ceiling or other horizontal surfaces by screwing it directly into the ceiling through mounting holes. They can also be attached to the ceiling with specific ceiling mount hardware such as clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. When it comes to curtains, you are sure to find a style and print that you love on our website.
After you add curtains to match the decor of the room as well as a wand to pull the curtains open and closed to avoid getting dirty handprints on them, your meeting room is ready to go!
Most hotels know what they are doing when it comes to their window treatments. They usually have fantastic eclipse curtains and sheers on their windows and make quite a statement in the room. When pulled closed, the sheers give the room some privacy while still allowing light to shine in, and the eclipse curtains darken the room and help block sound allowing guests to get some solid sleep.
A DIFFERENT LOOK
On a recent visit to Kentucky, we noticed the hotel where we stayed did indeed have some great eclipse curtains on solid curtain tracks. Many hotels use the 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track This is a sturdy aluminum track that accommodates the 84100 smooth rolling ball bearing carriers. These steel ball bearings inside wheels allow for ease of movement on the curtain track. Usually hotels have a second curtain track with white sheers on a second curtain track, but not this hotel. Instead they had a thin white blind that could be lowered. When pulled down, the blind gave the room a bit of a modern feel. Adding a blind is just another way to cover your window to create privacy.
When it comes to your window treatments, you have lots of options and we have lots of answers! We encourage you to visit our Photo Gallery for ideas and inspiration and are available to answer all of your questions regarding curtain tracks, curtains, accessories and design.
HERE COMES THE SUN
For those who are fortunate to live in southern states during these cold winter months, you may be spending some time outdoors. If this is the case, why not create some privacy like C-T customer Jennifer W. did when she added curtain tracks to her lanai?
KEEP THE PEACE
Jennifer has a pool with a great lanai surrounding it. To create some privacy, she wanted to add curtains that could be left open or pulled closed for privacy. She decided to use the 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track mounted to the frame of her lanai along with snap tape and snap carriers. This aluminum curtain track is available in silver or black and can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. The 42124 track is compatible with 3 different carriers: 7120 Single Snap Carrier (used with 3090 snap tape), 7122 Button Carrier w/ Stainless Hook, and 7124 Button Carrier and the 7127 end stop.
To complete the look, she used weather-proof material for her curtains. The beauty of adding curtains and curtain tracks to an outdoor space like this is it doesn’t just create visual privacy from the neighbors, but it can also help contain sound. For example, if you have kids who love to play and yell in the pool, curtains can help keep the sound from traveling to the neighbors. Adding curtains to a lanai can also be helpful when it comes to sun protection. Many lanais offer UV protection but not all screen enclosures do. Adding UV protected curtains can be helpful when it comes to sun protection.
Even if you don't live in a part of the country that has warm days throughout the year, you can still start thinking about a summer project where you add curtain tracks and curtains to your lanai, screened in porch or pergola. We have everything you need!
We are in the height of basketball season and have had the pleasure of working with arenas and colleges across the country. A Curtain-Tracks team member recently attended a college game (unfortunately her team lost - it's been a tough year!), but she noticed the curtain tracks that were at every entrance from the concourse area to the arena. Each entrance was equipped with fantastic curtain tracks!
MUSIC IS IN THE AIR
For sporting events, the curtains on these tracks are pulled open and to the side. You may not even notice them. For concerts however, these curtains get pulled closed once the performance starts. There’s a good reason for this! The curtains (which are often eclipse curtains), when closed shut, help keep sound from traveling and also block out light. When there is a concert, these curtains are especially helpful to create an environment that is dark except for the light on the stage.
Oftentimes, arenas and stadiums will use the 84004 Ball Bearing Curtain Track. It is a strong aluminum track that is available in 8 foot sections and can handle tugging and pulling on the curtains from the ushers. Add smooth rolling ball bearing carriers and eclipse curtains, and the look is complete.
The next time you visit an arena, look to see if they use curtain tracks and thick, light blocking curtains to keep the sound from the concourse from traveling into the arena, and vice versa. You might just see some of our products!
After you complete that project using Curtain-Tracks’ tracks and accessories, you may find yourself with a little extra on hand. When this is the case, don’t throw that track away. Instead, use it in a creative way! Here we share some unique uses for that extra track.
A NEW LOOK
How about removing that old closet door and replacing that door with fabulous curtains? If you happen to have extra track, add that across the frame of the closet door, at the top of the frame, or even to the ceiling above the door, then select the curtain for your new closet door. To make the room feel larger and luxurious, add long, full curtains.
Curtain-Track’s customer, Libby, used the Extra Heavy Duty track to make a hockey back stop in her garage for her kids. The track is super strong and with solid carriers, she attached a heavy tarp to catch all of those hockey pucks. Now, you may not have enough extra curtain track for something like this, but our customer service team is available to help should you be interested in starting a project like this one.
How about using extra curtain track to create a puppet stage for your kiddos? Or, create a statement by adding curtain tracks to the ceiling behind your bed and adding curtains to create an accent wall or a headboard. What about creating an extra storage space in the basement or garage? The options are endless!
HERE FOR YOU
Whatever you decide, our friendly customer service team is here to help. Give us a call and we will brainstorm with you and find a use for that extra track (or tracks)! You can also check out our Blog for more ideas.
Restaurants are pretty popular places for significant events like celebrating a milestone birthday or popping the question to your fiancé. Restaurants are also great for hosting larger events such as a work meeting or company holiday party. But if you are a restaurant owner and do not have a separate designated room or large space for such events, how can you still appeal to the event planner and convince them that your restaurant can indeed host a large group?
Dividing a room to create smaller spaces is a popular concept in office spaces but can also be extremely effective in the restaurant industry. In fact, we recently encountered a restaurant that did just that-used curtain tracks and beautiful curtains to close off a large room so they could host an event. If you think this seems like an easy solution, you're right. Placing a sturdy curtain track on the ceiling and adding gorgeous curtains can soften the look of a room when the curtains are pulled back but will also divide a space when the curtains are pulled closed.
The Industrial Roller Track is a solid option for a project like this. Sold in 16 foot lengths, it’s compatible with a wide range of mounting hardware, trolleys, and end stops. This 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track is constructed with a safety flange to help guide trolleys safely when the curtain is pulled. It’s also beveled on the ends for splicing and adjoining multiple pieces. The Industrial Roller Track can support loads up to 100 pounds per linear when the weight is distributed evenly. This means you can have lush, gorgeous drapery on these tracks, creating an impressive statement in your restaurant.
READY TO GO?
If you are looking to create a smaller space in your restaurant, we would love to help! Visit our website to check out the widest selection of curtain tracks, hardware and accessories or reach out to our friendly customer service team.
HEART OF AMERICA
Truck drivers are the heart of America. Transporting goods across the country every day, they are dedicated to their jobs. Many truck drivers have long routes that require them to sleep in the sleeper cab, or sleeper berth, of their truck so this space becomes their home away from home. This space isn't very large and is limited when it comes to storage. However, there is often room for a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and even a tv. Separating the space with curtain tracks and curtains is a solution that allows truckers to not have to think about work 24/7, especially when they are trying to relax after a long day on the road or would like to get some shut eye.
To divide the sleeper cab from the driver's seat, the 5400 CurtainMate Track can be added. This track works well on semi trucks and is just three feet in length but can be joined end to end for a custom fit. We know no two trucks are exactly the same so this track can be bent when it’s warmed in hot water so it fits the space perfectly. The 5400 CurtainMate Track is also our most narrow track which means it protrudes less than a half inch away from where it is mounted so it allows very little light to shine into the sleeper cab when the curtains are pulled closed.
KEEP THE LIGHT OUT
Adding custom curtains allows you to choose the perfect fabric for your space. We carry flame retardant fabrics which meet FMVSS 302 standards. Plus, they have superior stain and odor release properties and are machine washable or can be dry cleaned. Plus, when you have custom curtains made, you can select Black Out Lining which will help keep the light out and also eliminate noise.
We want to thank truck drivers everywhere for a job well done. If our team at Curtain-Tracks can help make your truck a bit more comfortable, please let us know. If you would like to order custom curtains for your truck (or RV or boat), simply click here!
WIDE OPEN SPACES
Open office spaces were once thought to be the best thing since sliced bread. They allowed for improved social interaction, collaboration and increased productivity. Inc.com recently published an article discussing this short lived trend and how "people are still people and like most people you and your employees probably wouldn't mind a little time away from...well...other people." But if your work space is wide open and you aren't willing to move your team to a new office or you have another five years on a lease, what are you to do to keep your employees happy?
SMALL SPACES, BIG IMPACT
Creating a private space or two in an open office environment will allow employees to take a much needed break, if needed, from others. One idea is to create a quiet room and if adding walls to your office environment isn't feasible, the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track can be your solution. Available in silver or black anodized aluminum, it has a thicker top wall for added support. Add 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers, sound absorbing curtains, a couple extra comfy chairs to the space, and you have created an area where members of your team can take a quick break. This same concept works if you are looking to create a small meeting space.
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
Don't be frustrated with your office space. There are many options when it comes to creating an environment that allows for team work but also permits private spaces. Our team is here to help. For more ideas for your workplace, check out these blog posts.
HIT THE ROAD
If you have a van, camper or large SUV and are looking to make your vehicle something more than just a mode of transportation, such as a place to catch a nap or decent night's sleep while traveling, you might want to consider adding some divider curtains.
If you search online for creative ways to add curtains to your vehicle, you will come across several blogs of adventurous travelers sharing how they turned their van/SUV/camper into a home on wheels by doing just that. Some were creative by using wire affixed to each side of the van, while others used velcro on the ceiling. We are all about being innovative in your efforts but if you are looking for a solid, secure way to cover your windows or divide the front from the back to create separate spaces, we can help.
Curtain-Tracks customers David and Deborah added curtain tracks and curtains to their 1995 EuroVan Camper a few years ago and they used several of our products.They travel frequently and were looking for a way to create a divider between the front and the back of their camper. They used 3112 Curtain Track. It is made of PVC Plastic and is available in white, brown, gray, and black. Customers can easily drill mounting holes during installation and it is flexible for arched applications. They added 3115 Curtain Track End Caps, and 3091 Snap Tape, which can be sewn onto curtains and attached to the 3070 Snap Carriers to create ripple fold draperies and curtain panels (which Deborah made).
Once it was all installed, the curtains were used to close off the back of the van. We think the end result is fantastic and even included their photos in our website Photo Gallery or you can read more about their project on their blog.
We've written about the pros and cons of curtain rods in past blog articles but we haven't touched on tension rods. Tension rods are rods that use tension to stay in place. They are spring loaded with rubber tips on each end and are often used when someone is looking for a simple, inexpensive solution to a curtain hanging dilemma.
There are no tools required when installing a tension rod. In fact, one just needs to make sure the window space where they would like to place the tension rod is no wider than 84 inches as that is typically the largest size a tension rod is available. When using a tension rod, typically curtains must be lightweight. If the curtains are too heavy, the tension rod will bow or dip in the middle or the entire rod will slide down the wall trying to support the weight.
A BETTER SOLUTION
While there may be a place for tension rods (perhaps displaying a lightweight valance over a small window), these rods aren't made to support full length curtains. Curtain tracks are the best solution when hanging window coverings. Simple to install (we can walk you through the entire process and we promise, it's painless), curtain tracks are durable and the right track can cover small or large, short or tall windows, and the curtains that cover them. Wall mount or ceiling mount, plastic tracks or aluminum, curtain tracks allow you more options when hanging curtains with length and weight.
HERE FOR YOU
If you have always used tension rods in your decorating and are looking for a solution that allows you to be a bit more creative, visit our selection of curtain tracks or look through our Photo Gallery. You just might find exactly what you are looking for. If you aren't exactly sure what products you need, simply reach out to us. We are happy to help!