For many months, retail stores have taken extra safety precautions to protect customers from COVID-19. Now, according to the CDC, with a total of 161,473,715 Americans fully vaccinated, or 48.6 percent of the country's population, the same retail stores are starting to relax some of those precautions, including opening their dressing rooms back up to customers. Yea!
Depending on the store, when it comes to retail design, you might see hard structure walls and doors with locks. For more upscale boutiques or stores with unique design, you might see dressing rooms that have lush curtains rather than doors. One particular national chain in Chicago does just that – they use thick curtains for their changing rooms. They added hooks to the edges of the curtains so the customer can secure the panels as they would a door. The curtain is attached to the ceiling with a ceiling mount curtain track and uses carriers that provide a seamless opening and closing. This type of design provides an upscale feel.
Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be mounted by either being screwed directly into the ceiling through mounting holes or attached directly to the ceiling with ceiling mount hardware. This hardware can include clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. The 52124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track is a solid option for this type of retail project. This track is an aluminum track with silver satin finish that will not rust. Depending on the height of the ceilings, the 6200 Heavy Duty I Beam Track is another great choice. This track can be mounted to the wall or the ceiling and is super strong to hold even the most plush curtains.
Bridal salons also often use curtains for their dressing room spaces. As brides-to-be try on their dream gown, many of these bridal boutiques put them in a room that is much larger than a standard dressing room to accommodate the many dresses in various shapes and materials. Rather than using a cold, harsh door, you will see beautiful curtains. They soften the space and create an elegant feel – just what every bride deserves.
The next time you take a few moments to try on clothing in a store, take note of the dressing room situation. You might just see some curtain tracks and beautiful curtains instead of walls and doors. These quality, durable curtain tracks will last for years.
Customers often contact us in the midst of a bathroom remodel project with questions on how to hang a shower curtain from the ceiling. We are always happy to help. Hanging a shower curtain from the ceiling starts with the addition of a Ceiling Mount Curtain Track. A traditional shower curtain rod won’t get the job done but a ceiling mount track will. These curtain tracks may seem daunting, but it offers more flexibility with functionality and design.
Making the switch to a ceiling mount track may also mean you need a new shower curtain that is a different size than the traditional 72x72 inch curtain. This is especially true when using drop chains to help bridge the gap between the curtain and the track system if it is mounted higher than the height of the curtain. Whatever the size that is needed for your shower, Curtain-Tracks can make custom shower curtains in a variety of materials including commercial grade vinyl to fabrics. We are proud to say we are the best source to supply the curtain you need in the size that you specify, all at an affordable price.
Now that you have all the materials needed for your shower design you might ask, “How to install a ceiling-mounted shower curtain?” This is when our friendly customer service team really shines. Our team is here to support you from selecting the best products for your project to assistance when ordering to installation guidance. Also, we have great resources on our website including our Installation Guides. For example, if you are installing the 84001 curtain track, you would follow the steps as outlined below:
1. Purchase appropriate mounting screws and anchors as needed (not provided). Hardware required varies depending on ceiling construction. Verify screw head fits through track slot before proceeding.
2. Cut track to length. Any miter saw or hack saw will easily cut the track. When splicing tracks together, be sure each cut is a clean perpendicular cut and remove any burrs.
3. Add end caps to track where needed. Slip the top of the cap over the top of the track so that the open part of the end cap is facing down in the same direction as the slot in the track. Drive a metal screw through the hole in the end cap through the top of the track or pre-drill and use a small nut and bolt to lock the end cap in place. Be sure your screw is not too long to interfere with the path of the carriers. If the end cap has a removable gate, verify that it can easily be removed before proceeding.
4. Identify an optimal location to screw track into the ceiling. It is preferred to drive mounting screws into ceiling joists or solid supports. Anchors may be required if mounting directly to drywall ceiling. If mounting to drop ceiling grid, select drilling location off-center of T-bar grid hardware.
5. Mark screw locations on the track to identify where to drill mounting holes.
6. Using a small drill bit, drill holes through the top of the track. Be sure to center these holes through the slot in the track. Adjust the location of the hole if it is not centered. Be careful not to damage the slot with a drill bit or screw.
7. Re-drill each hole with a larger bit sized to accommodate your mounting screws.
8. Position the track onto the ceiling and mark the location of the holes in the track on the ceiling.
9. Drill pilot holes into the ceiling at the locations marked in step #7.
10. Feed all carriers into the end of the track with the body of the carrier hanging through the slot below the track.
11. Mount the track to the ceiling by driving screws up through the track so that the slot in the track is facing the floor. The head of the screws should be hidden inside the track. Take care not to leave screw heads in a position where they may interfere with the path of the carriers. If your application requires wall-to-wall installation, insert the carriers prior to mounting the track to the ceiling.
12. If splicing track sections together for wider spans, position the splicer halfway into one end of the track, leaving the other half of the splicer extended to accept the second section of track. Drive a screw through the splicer and each section of track being joined. Minimize any gap between the tracks.
Once you have your track mounted, installing the curtains is really very easy. Beginning at one end of the track, slide in your carriers (88102 two-wheel carriers with ball chains and hooks work well). These carriers have a white plastic body and are compatible with most other similar tracks. Follow up by adding your new shower curtains to the carriers. If you run into issues, please contact us at 888-434-7444.
Viola! The end result of your ceiling mounted shower curtains will be sleek and sophisticated.
The nail salon industry in the United States is comprised of nail care services including manicures, pedicures and the sale of nail care products like nail polish and nail care accessories. According to Statista.com, as of 2018, there were almost 395,600 nail technicians and just over 56,300 individual nail salons in the United States. That’s a lot of nail salons!
With so many nail salons for consumers to choose from, how do you get your business to stand out from the others?
Deliver an exceptional final product and amazing service.
This may seem like the most obvious answer but oftentimes, business owners and staff get caught up in the day-to-day operations that they think they are delivering quality service, but in reality, they are not. Not greeting customers when they come through the door and making them wait long periods of time, rushing through a service, not answering the phone, these are all things that may make that customer walk right back out that door and go to a competitor down the street. If you are a business owner, take a moment to step back and evaluate your customer service delivery. Look at add-on services that your customers may enjoy such as complimentary refreshing fruit infused water or a bar that serves wine and fun drinks. Offer packages for mommy/daughter pedicures or a bachelorette party bundle that includes more than one service. Create an experience that will keep your customers coming back again and again.
Be committed to safety and have an impeccably clean salon with sterilized tools.
According to Good Housekeeping when choosing a salon, take note of the tools they use and if they are sterilized. “Salons that are committed to the safety and well-being of your nails always use sterilized tools.” Are the workstations clean? Are all tools sterilized and in sealed plastic? Be sure to watch them open these packages in front of you. When in doubt, bring your own tool kit and nail polish. For more tips on salon safety, check out this article.
Create a spa-like experience for every guest that walks through your door.
This can be everything from working massage chairs at the pedicure station to soft touches throughout the salon. Live plants, aromatherapy, chandeliers, and beautiful curtains on windows as well as any areas storing supplies can all help create a soothing experience for your guests. One nail salon did just that by adding lush curtains to their windows. It not only helps create great curb appeal, but it also enhances the look in the interior of the salon.
Creating a salon that is welcoming and safe should be a top priority for all salon owners and can help your business stand out from the competition. If Curtain-Tracks can help your business achieve a more aesthetic look, please contact our friendly customer service team. We are here to help!
A Curtain-Tracks customer recently sent in some photos of her new and improved bathroom. She ordered her track from us as well as bead chains, carriers, and an extra-long liner. This is what she had to say about her experience.
I ordered this track and bead chain for our guest bath. I could not be more pleased with the look and quality of your product. The sales staff on the phone were more than helpful and guided me through the whole process. The track, rollers, bead chain, and extra-long liner came quickly and the price was very reasonable. I now have a shower area that is not only functional but looks amazing."
Thanks, Denise Q.
Thank you, Denise, for sharing your photos and positive feedback. Your finished bathroom looks amazing and we are glad we could help.
If you need assistance with a home improvement project, be sure to call the friendly team at Curtain-Tracks. We are here to offer guidance and help you every step of the way. (888) 434-7444
Investments in home improvement projects have skyrocketed over the past 12 months due to people staying home. With budgets accustomed to trips, concerts, plays, movies, gym memberships, and dining out, that money is being spent elsewhere. Bathroom remodels, creating living space in an unfinished basement, kitchen upgrades, pool installations, and adding a screened-in porch or four seasons room are just some of the common projects taking place. In fact, one study shows home extensions and additions jumped 52% compared to a year ago.
For this article, we wanted to talk about screened-in porches and four seasons’ rooms. These spaces that are connected to the home, offer a taste of the outside while still being protected from the elements. Once these rooms are built, depending on the structure and if there are windows or just screens surrounding the room, curtains can come into play. Curtains add a feature that not only can complete the look of a room but can also protect against weather. For a screened-in porch, adding curtain tracks, like the 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track or the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track and curtains that are weatherproof, can keep rain from blowing in through the screens and saturating the furniture. As soon as the storm blows through, open the curtains and enjoy your screened-in porch immediately (no need to wait for that furniture to dry out)!
For four seasons rooms with windows surrounding the space, curtains can again, add a finishing touch to the room and allow the design of the home to flow naturally onto the added bonus room. The problem with a room that is surrounded by windows, a space like this can become quite hot in the middle of the summer. Having curtains that can be drawn closed mid-afternoon, will help keep the space much cooler. Not only that, but curtains can also allow for privacy.
HONEY DO LIST
Curtain-Tracks has been able to help many homeowners complete their plans by providing tracks, glides, wands, and curtains. We can help you as well! We truly enjoy working with homeowners on their home improvement projects and we love seeing the finished product. If you have used a Curtain-Tracks product and would like to share some pictures with us, please email them HERE. We just may share them on our social media channels or in a future blog post!
SHINY AND NEW
Oftentimes when you move into a new house the window treatments stay. Perhaps it’s because they match the current wall color and the sellers think the new owners will love the existing decor and style and won’t want to make any changes. But more often than not, those curtains/blinds/valences and curtain rods come down to make way for something new. If this is the case for you and your new home, may we suggest something? We suggest replacing those old, tired curtains and rods with a sleek, durable curtain track and panels that actually match your design style.
FROM CURTAIN RODS TO CURTAIN TRACKS
A curtain track has many benefits including it can be mounted to the wall or the ceiling. Not only that, a track is sturdy and welcomes the frequent opening and closing of curtains. A curtain rod isn’t always so durable. How many times have you seen a curtain rod ripped out of the wall because someone was just a bit too rough when pulling the curtains closed? When this happens, you not only have to replace the rod, you also have some drywall repair that needs to be done. Curtain tracks are attached to the wall or ceiling at multiple points making it extra strong and reliable. Plus, our curtain carriers are made for these tracks so you are getting the best of the best.
When it comes to curtain selection, stick with the theme of high quality by purchasing curtains that not only look good but can withstand repeated use. We offer a wide selection of fabrics to match any décor, plus all of our fabrics are fire retardant and machine washable. Whether you are looking for blackout curtains, ripplefold curtains, or fabric that looks like linen, with Curtain-Tracks, you have options.
Don’t settle for some other homeowner's design style, make your own statement on your new home by starting with your windows. We can help!
Expos and conventions are starting to take place again, even if only on a smaller scale. Event marketing plays an important role in the success of many businesses. In fact, the majority (97%) of B2B marketers believe that in-person events have a major impact on achieving business outcomes. With in-person marketing events paused over the last twelve months, some hotels and convention centers have taken the opportunity to make some much-needed improvements and upgrades to try to entice future organizations to select their venues for annual conferences and meetings. Some of the improvements include better technology offerings, new flooring including carpeting and tile, artwork and fixtures, window treatments, and even infrastructure including expanded parking capabilities. These investments are all geared toward improving the guest experience.
Some of the more affordable improvements include replacing the curtain tracks along corridors. If the curtain tracks are purchased through www.curatin-tracks.com though, this replacement may not need to take place unless they have received continuous harsh treatment as our tracks are of the highest quality. If that is the case and the tracks do not need to be replaced, perhaps the curtains do, especially if the flooring has been upgraded and the current curtain colors no longer match the decor.
Smaller banquet rooms that have undergone an updated transformation may also need some curtain updates. Curtain-Tracks offers a wide variety of quality options for curtains. Our commercial-grade fabrics are sure to match any décor. We also offer many features including blackout curtains, sound-absorbing, sheer or semi-sheer, thermal, fabric that looks like linen, and ripplefold curtains.
Whether you are on the design team for a convention center, hotel, or banquet facility now is a great time to look at making updates to improve the appearance of your center. Make a list of improvements you would like to make and contact the Curtain-Tracks team if you are looking for a partner to help you accomplish your goals.
A recent visit to a spa showed several safety measures in place: masks worn by all, hand sanitizing stations, socially distanced markers on the floor, and plexiglass dividers at the main check-in desk. All these precautions that now seem so normal, made the experience no less enjoyable. In fact, it was quite pleasant having the opportunity to visit a spa, safely.
An observation at this particular spa was the waiting area near the hair salon. The space boasted floor-to-ceiling windows that allowed natural light to stream through from space to space. The open floor plan was welcoming and allowed guests to see many different areas from the front door, including a small shop selling products, the front desk, and a hair salon.
On the large windows we noticed the subtle curtain tracks, carriers, and curtain sheers. Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. While the curtains did provide a touch of privacy, the main function was to soften the look of the lobby while also allowing light to reach the adjoining spaces.
Even with all the social distancing guidelines, the waiting area was still extremely comfortable with seating areas placed at 6’ distances. The simple touch of adding curtain tracks and sheer panels to the windows in the waiting area was just another welcoming factor. It created a high-end, elegant feel. A simple addition with a big impact.
You don’t have to go “over the top” when designing your space, whether that be a spa, business or home. Curtain-Tracks can help you create a welcoming space that you, and your guests, will love.
SPRING IS IN THE AIR
Spring isn’t just for spring cleaning, it’s also for making some design updates in your home. Updating a room doesn’t mean you have to put all your furniture on the curb for someone else to take and purchasing all new. Making updates can be simple and affordable.
Making a fresh update can be as simple as adding a new accent color to your space. Adding throw pillows with splashes of a new and unexpected color can make a statement in a room. Splashes of orange or yellow can make a neutral room fun and welcoming. Lauren Lowe of Lauren Elaine Interiors says, "We are loving soft yellows used as a neutral or as an accent to pretty blues, and ochre and mustard block prints paired with earthy tones. We would love to see a room painted soft yellow with lots of stained antique case pieces and layered with collections and treasures." You can also continue with that color theme by adding a vase or picture and even, dare we say, curtains!
REPLACE THE OLD WITH NEW
Replace tired old curtains with new ones! A fresh new pattern on your panels will instantly make an impact. And of course, hang them from durable, and affordable, ceiling or wall mount curtain tracks and use glides that allow for easy opening and closing. Add a wand to avoid messy fingerprints on your new statement-making curtains and your redesign of your space is complete.
ON A BUDGET
Redesigning a space doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. Making some of these subtle updates can make a large impact. For more ideas and inspiration about current hot color trends, check out this article in Veranda. Happy decorating and Happy Spring!
The industrial look is quite popular. Craft breweries and restaurants are moving into warehouse-like spaces with brick walls, high ceilings with exposed stainless steel beams and vents. We love this look but have frequented some establishments that could be enhanced aesthetically, and functionally, by blocking out some mid-afternoon sun by adding curtain sheers over floor-to-ceiling windows. Don’t get us wrong - we love natural light but one particular brewery was blazing-hot at 3:30 in the afternoon because the sun streamed directly through the windows, increasing the temperature in the room and nearly blinding some customers. Adding simple sheers on curtain tracks would be an easy and affordable solution. And let’s be honest they would probably get more mid-afternoon business which would help pay for that investment.
For the curtain track, you have several options depending on your space. One idea is the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track. Made for heavy applications, this track can be used in lofts or other spaces with high ceilings and is compatible with the 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers. Another option could be the 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track. This ceiling mount aluminum track accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers and is available in white, silver or black. Each space is different so it is important to choose a track that will work for the appropriate application, including the height of the ceiling and weight of the curtains being used.
Once you have selected your curtain tracks and curtains, don’t forget the curtain wands! Our wands are available in 36, 48, and 60-inch lengths. Each wand (also known as a baton) has a clip-on end for easy attachment to the carrier or curtain and makes the opening and closing of tall curtains a breeze. Plus, using a curtain wand will help keep your curtains cleaner, allowing them to be used for a longer period of time.
Adding curtains will not take away from the ultra-cool industrial look of your space, they will enhance it, especially when you select the very best curtain tracks, hardware, and curtains. Contact our friendly customer service team and we will gladly help you enhance the overall look of your space.
Warehouses, auto body shops, and car washes often require heavy-duty industrial tracks. The Industrial Roller Track - 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track just might be the best track for these industrial applications.
NOW THAT'S HEAVY DUTY
Made from 16 gauge hot-dipped galvanized steel (which helps prevent corrosion), this track is compatible with a variety of mounting hardware, curved sections, trolleys, splicers, and end stops (like the Industrial End Stop - Top Mount), making it adaptable to many different applications. The Industrial Roller Track can support heavy loads up to 100 pounds per linear foot if the load is evenly distributed between supports spaced 3 feet or less, with a maximum load rating of 175 pounds. This track assists in guiding trolleys safely when the curtain is pulled and is punched and beveled on both ends for splicing and connecting multiple pieces. It is crafted with a safety flange that assists in guiding trolleys safely when the curtain is pulled. Need chains to suspend this track? Add the Industrial #2 Chain to your list. This chain is sold by the foot and is compatible with the B1137-1 S-Hook.
If your project requires a bend in the track, the Industrial 16 Gauge Curved Track - 90 Degree Bend is a great partner to the Industrial Roller Track. Also made from 16 gauge hot dipped galvanized steel the 90-degree bend of this track allows it to be connected to straight sections of Industrial Roller Track with the connectors that are included. This track can support loads up to 100 pounds per linear foot and mounting options include flush ceiling mount, chain mount, beam flange mount, wall mount, or threaded rod mount.
No matter the type of project you have or how tough your need your curtain tracks and accessories to be, you've found everything you need in one place at www.curtain-tracks.com. We work with customers across the country on their industrial projects and we can help you as well. Contact our team to speak with a customer service representative: (888) 465-0274.
DON'T BE BORING
You have options when you hang your shower curtains. The standard rod that comes in most homes is fine if you like something plain and boring like the picture below. But hanging your shower curtain from a curtain track will not only be more durable, it also looks better! Especially when you add your shower curtain from a track that is ceiling mounted.
The 4108 Bendable I-Beam track is an amazing option. This silver or black anodized aluminum track has a satin finish and can also be hand bent to a minimum 2-inch radius. Another option is Track 88001. This is a popular aluminum track with a silver satin finish. If you are looking to add chains to your curtains, try this track with the 88102 carriers with ball chain and hook. This is an incredibly popular look that is often seen in model homes because it creates a clean, sleek, yet stylish, feel to the bathroom. You can add a beautiful vanity, mirror, and light fixtures but if your shower curtain hangs on a regular old rod, well that’s just plain boring. And don’t forget: if you are looking for a great shower curtain, we have an amazing selection!
TIME TO UPGRADE
If you are upgrading your bathroom, don’t forget about your shower. For more inspiration and bathroom design ideas, check us out on Pinterest. Just remember that when it comes to adding shower curtain tracks to your bathroom, you have so many options!
KEEP IT PRIVATE
The HIPAA Privacy Rule “establishes national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization.” While HIPAA ensures the confidentiality of a patient’s health records, privacy curtains ensure physical privacy. That’s where Curtain-Tracks can help.
Our privacy curtains can be found in hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, nursing homes, and physician offices across the country. Healthcare providers turn to Curtain-Tracks for the high-quality construction, safety, style, and affordability of our privacy curtains as well as the exceptional customer service we provide. Our curtains are constructed with a triple-thick 1 ½ inch header sewn with a double-needle Safe-T-Lock stitch. With the constant opening and closing of the curtains, this triple thick header makes them nearly tear-proof.
All privacy cubicle curtains are constructed using fabrics that pass NFPA 701 testing, the most stringent national standard. Depending on the application of the privacy curtains, most fire codes require the use of mesh at the top 20 inches of the curtain. Our curtains feature ½ inch flame retardant mesh which meets NFPA requirements and this mesh is available in 11 colors, although white or ivory are used most often. If you prefer curtains without mesh, they can be made without. Whatever you decide to order for your healthcare organization, rest assured that all of our curtains only ship after they have passed an extensive 7-point inspection process.
ON THE CEILING
Privacy curtains are often mounted to the ceiling using the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track, an aluminum track with a silver satin finish. This track is available in 6-foot, 8-foot, 12-foot, and 16-foot sections. For larger spaces, sections of the 88001 track can be spliced together for longer applications.
Whatever the space, we have the tracks and hospital curtains to provide the privacy you need.
For some who were born and raised in suburbs and neighborhoods, when a new job calls for a move, they consider downtown living as an option. A recent study done by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance shows the population in Downtown Cleveland has grown 48% between 2013 and 2018. Many move to cities not only for the change of pace and scenery, but they also are attracted to the close proximity to sporting events, restaurants, and attractions. The amenities that come along with city living can be great but when it comes to the actual size of the new home, several people choose to downsize. Many choose something completely opposite from the traditional home that they may be accustomed to, such as a loft.
Lofts offer tall ceilings and wide-open spaces which can make even the smallest apartment or condo feel larger. With a loft, you can make whatever you want out of the space including creating individual living areas with furniture set-up, rugs, and curtains or partitions to create more privacy and space. Looking to create a separate space for your bedroom? Adding the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track to your ceiling will allow you to properly divide your space when you add floor to ceiling curtains. This track is made for heavy applications and is compatible with 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers. Love those tall windows and all that natural light but looking for some occasional privacy? The 3120 track can work for that as well.
COOLEST KID IN TOWN
Lofts can be super cool places to live and entertain. If you decide to make the move, Curtain-Tracks can help you make your new home the coolest place on the block.
STUFF, STUFF and MORE STUFF
As Christmas decorations are put away you may notice that you seem to have more stuff now than you did at the beginning of December. Perhaps you’re not ready to get rid of some of these items. Maybe some items hold a sentimental value or perhaps you just want to hold onto stuff because you will use it again. What do you do if you just don’t have enough storage for your stuff? Create it!
We work with a lot of customers who create storage in various areas of their home, in the basement, the garage, classrooms, or a corner of a room. One customer even created an extra pantry in their home. Wherever you want to create your new storage space, curtain tracks is here to help.
There are many options when it comes to the type of curtain track you use. For heavier applications and for curtains that will be opened and closed on a frequent basis, consider the Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track. This track is available in silver or black anodized aluminum and it has a thicker top wall for added support. The Extra Heavy Duty Track is available as a 12 foot track and cut to 8 ft. and 4 ft. or 6 ft. and 6 ft. sections. It is compatible with our 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers. For storage areas created in spaces with curves or angles, the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is a great choice. This flexible track can be ceiling or wall mounted and used for straight applications or bent by hand for curved applications. Once you have your tracks installed, just add curtains and your storage space is ready to go.
Creating extra storage space doesn’t have to be difficult. Start by selecting your space then look for the materials needed, like curtain tracks, end stops, carriers and curtains, to complete the project. Creating a space in your home or office to conceal extra items is a snap!
We are always excited to learn what fantastic color will receive the honor of being named the Pantone Color of the Year, and this year is no different. For over twenty years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced design, home furnishings and so much more.
This year is just a bit different. Instead of selecting just one color, Pantone announced they have selected 2 colors! The 2021 winners are… drum roll please… Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating!
According to Pantone, this is “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” And after a year like 2020, a little uplifting will do us all good!
These are two independent colors that share a message of happiness, aspiration and to give us hope. Pantone shares, “As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.”
The Color of the Year is meant as a trend forecast and if you enjoy keeping your interior design current and trendy, there are so many different ways to incorporate these colors in your design. Paint a room, an accent wall, a piece of furniture or purchase new curtains for your curtain tracks. If you decide to use Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating for a decorating project in 2021, have fun!
HERE TO HELP
The American Red Cross continues to collect blood, even during a pandemic. In fact, there is a critical need for blood right now and if you donate in the month of January, you have a chance to win 2 tickets to the 2022 Super Bowl in LA!
IS IT SAFE
You might wonder how safe is it to donate blood during a pandemic? A Curtain-Tracks team member recently donated platelets and plasma after recovering from COVID-19 and shared that the blood drive center she visited had implemented several enhanced safety precautions. These precautions included all staff wearing masks, taking temperatures upon entry, hand sanitizing stations, laundering blankets between each platelet donor, and so much more. One additional safety precaution she noticed was the use of curtain tracks mounted on the ceiling with plastic curtain dividers between each bed. The curtains were clear plastic with mesh at the top, allowing everyone in the center to have a clear view of the room. Even though each bed was spaced at least 6 feet apart, these curtain tracks and divider curtains added an extra layer of protection.
If you are interested in donating blood, you can find a Red Cross blood drive or donation center, click here. If you have recovered from COVID-19, there is a convalescent plasma shortage. Convalescent plasma contains antibodies that attack the virus. To learn more, visit the Red Cross.
Your help is needed more than ever.
UP, UP AND AWAY
As people return to travelling on airplanes, there are several safety precautions many airlines are taking to ensure the safety of their guests and staff. Everyone on the plane is required to wear a face masks and upon boarding, many airlines will give travelers wipes for their area to ensure their seat and tray tables are clean. Beverage and snack services are suspended on many airlines to ensure masks stay on all passengers for the entire duration of the flight. Another safety measure that some airlines use is closing the curtain in the galley when in flight. The galley is where flight attendants would prepare beverages but also congregate with other flight attendants. You may notice on your next flight that this curtain gets closed on more frequently to allow flight attendants a short break and to further distance themselves from others.
BEHIND THE CURTAINS
The galley curtains and curtains dividing first class from the main cabin are attached to the ceiling of the airplane on current tracks. There are a couple tracks that could be used for these applications. The 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track is perfect for the space between first class and the main cabin as these curtains get opened and closed frequently. The 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is an excellent option for spaces that need a track that can be slightly bent to accommodate the space.
CHECK IT OUT
On your next flight, be sure to check out the additional safety precautions and share in the comments any additional measures that take place on your next flight. We look forward to the day when we can all travel without the worry of COVID-19.