LET THE SUN SHINE IN
Did you know the sun shines approximately 237 days a year in Florida? People travel from all over the world to visit the Sunshine State because they want to see the sun! Exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin which helps boost moods. So for those who live in states where the sun doesn't shine quite as much as we would like, a visit to the south can help. But more often than not, when in Florida, especially during the summer months, the sun brings glaring light and excessive heat.
The Florida hotel where we recently stayed was designed in a way that a.) allowed guests to enjoy the gorgeous sun, but b.) covered the windows with sheer curtains to keep the glare and heat at bay. One of the areas of the hotel where we really noticed this solution was in the common spaces; the elevator areas on each floor. One particular set of elevators was located on the west side of the building and as the sun set each night, the light was pretty intense. The hotel had a wall of floor to ceiling windows in this area because they wanted their guests to enjoy the gorgeous view, but what they did was cover the wall of windows with sheer curtains. These curtains allowed guests to still enjoy the view without shielding their eyes, but also helped to keep the heat from the afternoon sun out of the area.
This hotel used ceiling mount curtain tracks for these areas as well as wands that could easily open and close the curtains on days when it is overcast and in the evenings. It's a great solution that allows the perfect amount of natural light into the hotel. Well done, hotel interior designers!
CLOSETS, CLOSETS, CLOSETS
We've written several blog posts on removing closet doors. By removing the old doors to a closet, you can create more space and even update the look of the entire room. But what curtain track should you order (ceiling mount? wall mount? plastic? metal?)? For a project such as this, you have options.
BYE, BYE BI-FOLDS
C-T customer John M. used the 85000 CS Aluminum Curtain Track when he removed dated bi-fold doors on his closets. He installed sheer curtains and sent our team before and after picture of the closets. The transformation is amazing! He said, "Worked perfectly, thanks." Happy to help, John! This track is available in white, silver, or black. If you decide to go ahead with this track for your project, don't forget the end stops and carriers!
GET THE KIT
Another option is our 84003 Ceiling Mount Curtain track kit. This is a strong aluminum track that works well with smooth rolling ball bearing carriers. The track and brackets are available in silver or white. The kit has everything you need, including: one x 8 ft track (84003), twenty eight ball bearing carriers (2 bags - 84100), two metal end stops (84131), and six ceiling clips (84152). After you have selected your curtain track and added accessories, choose a curtain for your new closet door. Our website offers several options.
HERE TO HELP
Should you have any questions about ho to tackle this project, and what curtain tracks and accessories you should buy, contact our team today! And when you are done with your project, we would love to see your pics!
A LOT OF HAIR
Hair professionals suggest that people with long hair should have it trimmed every eight to twelve weeks. For those with shorter hair, haircuts can be as frequent as every six weeks to keep it healthy. That’s a lot of haircuts! That means hair salons have to step up their game to keep current customers happy with their services and salon and do everything they can to gain new customers.
We recently visited a salon in south Florida and really liked what we saw. This particular salon is located within an upscale spa and is elegantly decorated. High ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and artwork as well as tall windows allowing in plenty of natural light from the Florida sun. The salon is located at the front entrance and the design followed along the lines of the rest of the spa including upscale furniture and clean lines. But what caught our eye is how they covered their tall glass partitions with beautiful white sheers. They subtly concealed the hair stylists chairs, hair basins and dryers, but made the salon feel absolutely a part of the spa. Simple yet elegant.
This spa used the 85000 ceiling mount curtain track. This is a strong aluminum track that is frequently used in hotels but also in homes. The tracks were barely noticeable (again, with the clean lines) and the sheers created privacy and a finished upscale look. A simple solution that serves a purpose and is classy. Well done!
THE IMPORTANCE OF EVENT MARKETING
As a business owner, you may always feel like you are trying to outrun your competition and you may do that by advertising, having a stronger social media presence or by being involved in events. All of these strategies can be effective but when it comes specifically to event marketing, Marketo, a company dedicated to marketing, offers this advice, "In today’s buyer-empowered world, marketers need to seize every opportunity to build relationships, generate goodwill, and earn the trust of prospective buyers and customers. The modern consumer wants more than a pitch when evaluating solutions or making purchasing decisions. Events offer a unique opportunity for them to interact with brands to get a firsthand sense of a company’s focus, perspective, and personality. Event marketing needs to be an integral part of the demand generation mix, and a strategic combination of offline and online events are essential to any company’s bottom line. Every year, trade show season rolls around and those in the healthcare, automotive and education industries (plus so many others) attend and exhibit at these trade shows. For those who have an exhibit booth, the goal is stand out from the competition."
At most trade shows, a standard booth space is 10 x 10 square feet and that's it. To make the most of your presence at a trade show (and the most out of your investment), you want to create a booth that will stop trade show attendees in the aisle and make them want to engage and learn more about your company. One way to do this is to create a frame around your booth space. The elevated look of the booth will attract attention. Then, add the 4108 Bendable I-Beam Curtain Track. This track is available in silver or black anodized aluminum and can be hand bent to accommodate the booth structure. Next, add curtains to the track. Depending on the industry of your business, your other booth decor and the theme of your space, it will help determine the style of curtains to hang in your booth. For example, if you are an interior designer at a home improvement show, you may want to demonstrate the versatility of curtain tracks as well as your decorating style by showcasing curtains with a beautiful pattern. If you are looking to stay within the colors of your company's brand, add curtains that reflect that.
CURTAINs SERVE MANY PURPOSES
Adding curtains to your trade show booth can be beneficial in several ways. They can be pulled back and tied when the show is open or, you can decide to close them if you are having a business development meeting with a potential client. Another idea is to pull them closed after booth hours to help deter any trade show stragglers from being tempted to take an extra giveaway!
Gone are the days of old, boring trade show booth displays. You have invested time and money to attend the trade show to grow your business so you might as well make an impression! Ready to start working on your booth design? Let us know if we can help!
YES, WE HAVE THEM
We often have customers contact us wondering if we carry heavy duty curtain tracks. The answer is a robust YES! At Curtain-Tracks, we don’t just carry tracks to hang up your bedroom or living room curtains (of course we do), we also carry the 6200 Heavy Duty I-Beam track AND the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain track.
The 6200 Heavy Duty I-Beam track is often used in commercial businesses such as large industrial spaces and warehouses. They can be used to cordon off an area for safety purposes or to divide a large space.
REALLY HEAVY DUTY
The 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain track is exactly that – extra heavy duty. This track is perfect when used with privacy curtains in areas where they receive frequent use such as hospital emergency departments. This track is compatible with the 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers.
If you are in need of sturdy and dependable heavy duty curtain tracks, give either of these tracks a try. We are confident you will love them just as much as we do!
INDUSTRIAL CURTAIN WALLS
We often write articles on the functionality of curtain walls in open office spaces but curtain walls can also be effective in industrial spaces. They are used in a variety of settings including auto & body shops, manufacturing plants, warehouses, stadiums, welding shops, and even churches. They are retractable so when pulled closed, they create a partition and when pulled back, they create an open space. We work with many business that use curtain walls for noise reduction, to contain fumes and dust when working on specific projects, or to create a separate area for storage and supplies. When you use industrial curtain walls, the options are endless!
SO MANY BENEFITS
Industrial curtain walls aren't just functional... they offer so many other benefits! They are resistant to high temperatures, are UV resistant, Hydrostatic resistant, and cold crack resistant. There are also flame resistance options available as well as reinforced vinyl options. Each curtain wall is made to meet your custom needs and include grommet tops and weighted bottoms. We stand by our products and offer a 1-year manufacturer warranty on curtain construction, plus, our curtain walls pass the NFPA 701 Large- & Small-Scale standard. If you have any questions, we encourage you to Contact Us. If you are ready to move forward with your industrial curtain walls, simply REQUEST A QUOTE.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Pleated curtains. We love them. They add a beautiful finished look to windows and will make all who see them envious of your design style. Pleated curtains have a sense of elegance to them and they allow you to try out some different pieces of hardware that you may not be completely familiar with.
If the pleated look is something you are trying to achieve, rest assured you CAN do it. Just follow these steps:
- Lay out the fabric
- Pinch the pleat in the front
- Fold the fabric into an accordion shape
- Sew a small seam top to bottom
- Double fold the edges on the top and bottom.
There are some options when it comes to drapery hardware. You can use Tail Slides (available in black, white and natural) into the pocket of the pleat. A tail slide eliminate the need for a carrier as it slides on the track on its own. When using tail slides in this way, you will need to use the 3296 aluminum curtain track.
The other option is to use a Drapery Hook placed into the middle of the pleat. Curtains hooks are a bit more familiar in the curtain hanging world. It hooks in the curtain pleat and requires a carrier to attach to the track. When using drapery hooks and carriers, chances are you can use whatever track you prefer, even if that means sticking with your existing curtain track.
We’ve written another article on this very topic but if you have any questions, please reach out to our friendly customer service team. We love to work with customers to make their windows beautiful!
If you have a teenager, then you may notice they typically crave privacy and will often spend hours upon hours in their bedrooms. You may also be familiar with ever changing moods. (If not, congratulations!) With the amount of time they spend in their rooms and as often as their moods change, so may their design preferences when it comes to their bedrooms. If you have a teenager that is constantly asking if they can paint their room, get new bedroom furniture, and rearrange everything in their space. There is a compromise - make a simple update.
We came across this article on 28 Design Ideas For Upgrading Your Teen’s Bedroom but if you don’t want to read through all of these tips, here are a few we think you might like.
- Rearranging furniture in a bedroom costs nothing but shows your teenager you are willing to be a bit flexible. Go ahead and move that dresser near the window or allow them to put their bed on an angle.
- Freshen up a room by purchasing new light fixtures or lamps, replacing a ceiling fan or changing out artwork. You can even add removable cling design elements to walls. Updating the general "theme" of a room can make it feel like an entirely new space.
- Add new window treatments! Replace those old curtains with new, fun ones to match the other updates. Window treatments can tie the entire room together.
Large home stores can help with the first two areas and Curtain-Tracks is pleased to help with the last. We have the largest online selection of curtain tracks so you can find the best track for the project. Whether you are looking for a wall mount track or a ceiling mount track, we have what you need, along with all the accessories such as end stops, carriers and even curtains.
LOOK AT THAT SMILE
Keeping your teenager happy can be tough but being a bit flexible in the bedroom redecorating department may just earn you some brownie points and maybe even an extra smile.
FAMILY ROOM VS. LIVING ROOM
Many older, traditional homes are built with a family room and a living room. Family rooms are often considered the “tv room” where the family gathers for entertainment and relaxation and includes comfy couches and recliners. Living rooms, on the other hand, are oftentimes located at the front of the house, are used less often, and typically are a bit more formal and ready for guests, aka “company” to visit. Because this room isn’t used as frequently as other rooms of the house, it is usually the last to be updated. If this sound like your living room, and especially if the room is at the front of the house where neighbors stroll by, perhaps this is the year you update that room and make it a bit more welcoming so it gets some use in the new year.
TIME FOR AN UPDATE
When updating a room where people gather, consider the furniture. Be completely honest: is the furniture comfortable or is it covered with a plastic slipcover to protect the upholstery? If your furniture is closer to the latter, perhaps it's time you consider donating that couch, or “davenport”, and purchase some new seating. That can be a sectional couch, armchairs, or even a comfy La-Z-Boy. Once you decide on the seating, add a table or two, some lamps that make a statement and some pieces of artwork.
YOU’RE NOT DONE YET
At this point you might think you are done, but that’s not quite the case. Look to your windows and the drapes you may or may not have hanging on them. If your living room is at the front of the house, all who pass by can get a glimpse of them. Is it time for an update? Simply by adding curtains with texture or a great print, you can create an entirely new look to your living room. Adding shears as well as curtains on double ceiling mount curtain tracks can create a new dimension to your room and give it that final touch.
Simple updates like these can make that living room a room in your house where your family and friends will want to spend time. For design ideas, check out our image gallery or these helpful sites: Houzz.com, HGTV.com, Interior Design Homes.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
Hanging curtains outdoors may not be on the mind of many people right now, especially those living in colder climates, but using curtains to enhance the look and functionality of outdoor spaces is becoming increasingly common. Extending our living space outside allows us to utilize spaces such as porches, patios and decks, more often. Curtains can serve many purposes including protection against the sun, wind, and even mosquitoes. They also can improve the overall appearance of your outdoor space and be used to provide privacy around pools and hot tubs, pergolas and cabanas.
SO MANY OPTIONS
There are many options when it comes to selecting curtain tracks for your outdoor space. One Curtain-Tracks customer used the RECMAR 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track on her lanai that surrounds her pool. She mounted the track to the frame and added 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. Another option is the RECMAR 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track. This is a silver anodized aluminum curtain track with satin finish. It can be mount to a pergola and mounting brackets are not required. Other tracks that work exceptionally well in outdoor spaces are curtain tracks 3120 and 84004. If you need a curtain track that can support heavy curtains, we recommend the 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track.
TIME TO GET STARTED
When it comes to enhancing the look of your pergola, patio or pool area, the options are endless! Whether you are looking to take on an outdoor project now or in the next few months, check out our blog for ideas and inspiration. When you are ready to get started, reach out to us and we can help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams.