We've recently read a few articles discussing the many downfalls of open office spaces. A recent article in The Journal Times shares, "Across America, companies have torn down walls, built big open spaces, and designed work environments to make it easier than ever for staff members to talk. But what's been the effect of all of these open spaces? A series of new studies suggest that open workspaces aren't all they're cracked up to be. In fact, opening up offices may actually have the effect of decreasing communication and hurting productivity rather than helping it." What this article, and several other we have read, is trying to say is this kind of environment actually decreases face-to-face communication. But if you have an open office space, what are you to do? Start building walls? This can be time consuming and expensive. However, there is a solution that allows you to break up an office space when needed or open it up for large meetings: curtain walls.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Curtain walls can divide a space into smaller offices and conference rooms for brainstorming sessions and we have everything you need! The 6200 Heavy Duty I Beam is a strong track that can be mounted to the ceiling or the wall with the appropriate brackets and can divide the room beautifully. The 6100 F6100 Flexible Track on the other hand, is great for creating a few cubicles. Adding Eclipse Light Blocking Curtains to the curtain tracks will help also absorb sound so larger meetings don't disrupt others working at their desks.
Imagine doing this project over a weekend and having your team walk in on Monday. Do you think they would love it? If this is a project you are considering for your office space, contact our Customer Service team at 1-888-465-0274 and we can help you.
AND THE WINNER IS...
We love a great awards program and Hospitality Design (HD) magazine recognizes the best of the best. They recently announced the winners of the 14th annual HD Awards. There are 23 categories and there are a number of commercial installments that feature elegant utiltization of curtain track hardware in their design. We wanted to share some of the winners and their use of curtain tracks, drapery hardware and accessories. The photos are simply stunning.
Congratulations to all of the winners! If you are looking for design ideas and inspration for your next interior decorating project, check out the winning project photos here.
MAKE A STATEMENT
Curtain tracks aren't just for window curtains. Many interior designers use fabrics to accent features of a room beyond just the windows. Decorative wall panels are one option, and here, fabric panels were hung with 84004 track and 84106 wheeled snap tape carriers to give this hotel lobby a striking feature while enhancing the look of a traditional column. The corded carriers give the panels a beautiful, consistent ripple fold pleat look.
The 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track works extremely well for this project. It is a ceiling mount aluminum architectural track that accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers. Available in white or silver, it comes in 8 foot sections which can be mounted end to end for wider spans. Pairing this track with the 84106 Wheeled Snap Carrier, it allows for easy movement. Available in white or black nylon, the snap pendant rotates in a wheeled base. By adding these panels to the columns, the decorator turned the entire look of the hotel lobby around. We think it makes quite the first impression.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Whether your project is in a home, hotel, hospital, RV or boat, curtain tracks can be used in many ways. If you are an interior designer and are in need in curtain tracks, hardware or accessories, we would love to help. We also have a "To The Trade" discount program intended for Interior Designers and Architects and we invite you to contact our customer service team at (888) 434-7444 to learn more.
Showers in boats typically aren’t very big, and that’s okay. You don’t need a large space to take a quick shower when out at sea. For these spaces and to help keep the water contained, we recommend our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. This track works extremely well in small spaces and is sold by the foot. It bends by hand without compromising strength and can be ceiling or mounted on the wall.
Our 6111 Flexible Curtain Track Carriers are white plastic wheel carriers with metal loop, sold individually, and work smoothly with the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. Add the Recmar 7142 Steel Curtain Hook, steel J shaped curtain hooks that are 1.5 inches long and easily attaches to any carrier with a ring to allow for curtains with holes or grommets, plus shower curtains, and your shower is ready to go. Should you need custom curtains to fit the space, we can make them for you from a wide variety of fabrics and colors.
If you already have a shower in your boat and just need replacement parts, chances are, we have exactly what you are looking for. If you are starting new, you don’t have to overthink a project like this. Our friendly customer service team is here to help you every step of the way. And of course, if you have completed a boat shower project, we’d love to see your photos!
JUST CRUISING AROUND
We’ve often written about using curtain tracks in personal boats but for this blog post, we want to talk about big boats. When we say big, we mean cruise ships! Cruise ships use curtain tracks in a wide variety of places. In fact, we noticed curtain tracks used not only in the main guest cabins, but also in the restaurant, fitness locker rooms, entertainment stage, and spa. That’s a lot of curtain tracks!
A LITTLE PRIVACY
When it comes to the guest cabins, Curtain-Tracks curtains and accessories are used to cover the window, in the shower, and to separate the sleeping area from the living space. This is particularly helpful when a family has young children who may go to bed early and the parents prefer to stay up watching some TV after the kids are in bed. But the most used curtain track in these rooms is most likely the one over the main window. These windows are often large round windows so guests can gaze out at the water while traveling. The 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track could be used for a project like this. It is an aluminum track with silver satin finish and is available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections. If a longer track is needed, sections of track can be spliced together for longer applications. Another option is our popular 6100 Flexible Curtain Track.
GETTING SOME EXTRA ZZZZZZs…
When you are cruising, you are usually on vacation. When you are on vacation, you may want to catch up on some extra sleep. But if you happen to be cruising in Alaska in the summer where the days are long and the sun doesn’t set until late in the evening, curtains are very much welcomed. For this reason, oure Eclipse curtains are perfect to help block out the light!
We’ve said it before and we will say it again, there are so many uses for curtain tracks and Curtain-Tracks.com has the best selection around. Let us know if we can help you with your next project!
GETTING SOME AIR
Curtain tracks are used in a variety of places: homes, hospitals, clinics, RVs, boats… we could go on and on. But one other place you will see curtain tracks that you may not have previously thought about, are in airplanes.
WHERE IN THE WORLD?
You may think, “Where in the world would there be curtain tracks in an airplane? They certainly aren’t on the windows.” Well, depending on the airline, you will see curtain tracks separating the main cabin from the business class seats and you will also notice them at the back of the airplane separating the main cabin and restrooms from the galley. The galley is the area where flight attendants prepare drinks and snacks. On a particularly long flight, they may draw these curtains closed to allow them some privacy from the passengers. Think of it as their “break room”. This is a fairly small space so the actual amount of curtain track needed is minimal but the system is the same that you will find in other places - simply a curtain track, carriers, and curtains. A couple tracks we suggest for this use are our 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track or our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. For curtains that will help block sound, we suggest our Eclipse curtains.
FIRST AND SECOND
For the curtain track and curtains separating the main cabin from business class, oftentimes this isn’t a solid curtain but rather a mesh curtain that allows flight attendants to see the entire length of the plane even when the curtain is drawn closed. However the purpose is the same, when closed, it allows for added privacy. You will notice that the curtains separating the cabins as well as in the back of the plane have a curtain tieback that holds the curtains open while the flight is taking off and landing. When the flight attendants want to close the curtains, they simply release the tieback and pull the curtains closed.
TAKE A LOOK AROUND
The next time you fly somewhere (and we hope it’s somewhere fun!), take a look around the plane. If you see curtains somewhere else besides where we mentioned, tell us about it. Better yet, send us a picture. But be sure to only take a picture when the Fasten Seat Belt sign isn't illuminated!
LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN
When members of the Curtain-Tracks team travel, our eyes automatically go to the window in the hotel room, the curtain tracks, curtains and wand. We’re naturally curious. We want to see how that particular hotel chooses to decorate their guest rooms as well as the overall functionality of the products. We’ve seen some interesting things. For example, on a recent trip to a casino resort, a Curtain-Tracks team member noticed the beautifully appointed room, the heavy duty black out curtains, and the handy wand to pull the curtains closed. But when it was time for bed and the curtains were drawn closed, it was painfully obvious (by the neon lights streaming into the room) that the curtains didn’t close properly due to a missing carrier.
You may think, “What’s one missing carrier?” One missing carrier can be all that is keeping you from a solid night of sleep. When light streams into the room, especially when you prefer complete darkness, it’s distracting. We get it, it happens. Perhaps the hotel staff didn’t notice this issue - after all, they are most likely in the room doing maintenance and cleaning it only during daytime hours. But if you find yourself in a situation like this while at home, we can help.
ALL THE IMPORTANT PARTS
Carriers are an important piece of the curtain track system. A quality carrier keeps your curtains gliding easily on the track and when used properly and in all the right places on your curtains, can help keep even the smallest sliver of light out of your room. Our Master Carriers and Wand Kit is specifically designed for this. It offers superior stability and overlap of curtains when drawn. That means no light will shine in at night! This kit includes a left and right master carrier and two 36 inch clear acrylic wands with clips for easy attachment.
We have a wide variety of carriers for you to choose from and if you are missing a carrier from an already existing curtain track system, chances are, we have what you need. If we don’t, we are glad to help you locate the right product. After all, we care about all of our customers and hope you all sleep soundly tonight!
If you are looking for industrial strength shower curtains for your hospital, rehab facility or institution, look no further. Sure-Chek Linen vinyl is incredibly strong and made to endure service wear and abuse. Extra strength and tear resistance means these shower curtains are meant to last!
MEANT TO LAST
Sure-Chek® Linen is stain and odor resistant and made with antimicrobial fabric protection which means it can be wiped clean for maximum protection. Not only will they last, they look good, too! This vinyl-like fabric is designed with an attractive linen surface texture and stocked in 12 popular colors so you can find a color that works best for your institution.
When it comes to Sure-Check Linen vinyl, there are many benefits:
- Easy-care, simply wipe down with mild soapy water
- Flame Resistant
- Stain Resistance
- Most oils, greases and contaminants may be wiped off with soap, water and mild cleansers, allowing for curtains to be cleaned in place.
- Odor Resistant – protects against odor forming bacterial growth
- Antimicrobial (Anti-microbial) – controlled release continually sends the antimicrobial agent to the surface of the fabric. Built-in protection lasts the life of the fabric.
- Economical – lower replacement costs, less inventory, minimal care and maintenance all contribute to the economy of the shower curtains.
Ordering is easy! Simply select the color of your choice and obtain the height and width measurements. Should you have any questions, email or call us at (888) 434-7444. We are happy to help!
We have had the opportunity to work with community theatres as well as school theatre departments when it comes to stage curtains and curtain tracks. Theatre curtains tend to be very long and heavy and the thickness helps with sound absorption when the crew is moving props or the cast is gathering on stage prior to the next act. You can't just use any ol' curtain track for a project like this - you need to use a track that can withstand the demands of the theatre.
NOW THAT'S HEAVY DUTY
We have a wide selection of tracks that work well in this environment, but the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track is best equppied for this project.The 3120 track is an Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track available in Silver or Black anodized aluminum. It has a thicker top wall for added support and cut to 8 ft and 4 ft or 6 ft and 6 ft sections for shipping (if you need 12 ft sections, give us a call for shipping information via a freight carrier). The 3120 curtain track is compatible with 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers.
A stage isn't complete without curtains, so depending on the size of your stage, our Eclipse fabric might be the perfect fit. Eclipse curtains helps absorb sound and blocks 98% of light. It is a heavy-duty fabric available in a variety of lengths and widths so you can customize the entire look of your stage.
If you work with a theatre department that is in need of a quality curtain track to withstand the tugging and constant opening and closing of stage curtains, we can help. Our experienced customer service team can walk you through the project so the next time you open those curtains for an Encore you won't have to worry about the curtain track holding those curtains. Give us a call to find the right track, drapery hardware, and curtains for your stage: 888-434-7444.
There's nothing like updating your home, whether that home is permanently affixed to the ground or is a home on wheels. Lila T. from San Antonio, Texas freshened up the inside of her home on wheels and is ready to hit the road this summer now that her project is complete! She recently sent us photos of her completed project and the end result looks fantastic.
For her project, she used Track 3110-4 cut to length and mounted it to the window frame with 2-sided foam tape. This is a PVC plastic track and is flexible, non-corrosive, and rust free. She added 3032 end caps, and 3042 glides sewn to the curtain. To top it off, the curtain material has a black-out backing for privacy and also helps block light and absorb sound.
Lila T. used Track 84003-S cut to length and drilled holes to mount to the bottom of the shelf with flat head screws. This is a strong aluminum architectural track that accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers and is available in white, silver, or black. She then used 84134 end caps, 84102 micro carrier, and 4146 pin hooks. She did all of this with two other identical windows.
THE END RESULT? FANTASTIC.
Whatever your project, the friendly and knowledgeable customer service team at Curtain-Tracks is here to help you every step of the way. Lila said, “Thanks for the great products!” Thank you, Lila, for sending us pics of your finished project! It looks great!