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Bathroom Upgrade with Beaded Chains

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


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Home Improvement Projects

SMART INVESTMENT

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.



BEING OUTSIDE

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)!

FOUR SEASONS

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!


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New Home, New Look For Your Windows

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.



CURTAIN CHOICES

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!

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Upgrades For Event Venues

EVENT MARKETING

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.


AFFORDABLE UPDATES

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.

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CURTAIN QUALITY

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.


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UPGRADES

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.


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A Simple Feature With A Big Impact

RELAX

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.

JUST WAIT

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.

GORGEOUS

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.

ELEGANT

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.

LOVE IT

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.

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Simple Spring Design Ideas

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.


THAT’S FRESH

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!


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Enhancing The Look Of Restaurants With Curtains

COOL SPACES

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.



CHOICES

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.


MAGIC WANDS

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.


ENHANCEMENTS

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.


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Heavy Duty Tracks For Heavy Duty Applications

INDUSTRIAL TRACKS

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.

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SLIGHT BEND

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.

 

TOUGH APPLICATIONS

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.

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Time to Get Rid of That Boring Shower Curtain Rod

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.


OPTIONS

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!

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Keep It Private with Hospital Privacy Curtains

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.



NO PEEKING

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.

TOP-NOTCH QUALITY

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.


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Loft Living

DOWNTOWN LIVING

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.

TALL CEILINGS

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.


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Overflow of stuff? Create a storage solution

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!

WHEREVER, WHENEVER

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.

OPTIONS

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.

SUPER SIMPLE

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!


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2021 Color of the Year

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!


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Blood Donation Center Using Dividers For an Added Layer of Protection

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.

DONATE TODAY

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.


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Traveling Safely

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.


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Mounting Brackets: Choosing The Best One For Your Project

Many curtain tracks can be mounted flush to a wall but there are other curtain track systems that are effective with the use of mounting brackets. Mounting brackets allow the track to be attached to the ceiling or the wall. There are many to choose from but don’t despair! The Curtain-Tracks team is always here to help you choose the best mounting bracket for your project. In this article, we will share some of the more commonly used mounting brackets our customers use.

The 85530 CS Adjustable Single Wall Bracket is our most popular mounting bracket. Available in white, black or silver, this bracket is perfect when mounting the 85000 track to a wall. The track just clicks into place. If you are using a 2-track system, you should use the 85535 Double Wall Bracket. This bracket is often seen in hotels when sheers are used on one track and blackout curtains are on the other. It is an adjustable bracket that holds tracks 2.5 to 4 inches and 6 to 7.5 inches from wall. Having this spacing allows both curtain panels to easily glide on the track without interference with the other panel.

For heavier applications, the 6260 Wall Bracket For I Beam Track - 1.25 In Extension. This is an aluminum bracket that is used to mount the 6200 I Beam Track to the wall. Attach the brackets to the wall and the I Beam Track is locked in place under the bracket.

Adding the 88001 Privacy Curtain Track? The 88206 Privacy Cubicle Wall Bracket is the bracket you need for this project. This aluminum bracket attaches the track to the wall in a suspended configuration when the track can't be attached directly to the ceiling. The 88206 Wall bracket is only intended to support the end of the track. It cannot be used along the length of the track to support it and attach it to the wall.

We’ve highlighted four of our wall brackets but there are more to choose from on our website. Again, if you have any questions at all, please contact our team. We will walk you through the ordering process.

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The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS

During most years, this season brings happiness and joy but 2020 is no ordinary year! This has been one unlike no other which is leading many to deck the halls earlier than normal. Christmas trees and menorahs are making an early appearance and holiday music is hitting the airways. If you are preparing for the most wonderful time of the year and are looking to hang the stockings with care, we have just the thing you need – our Stocking Hanger Kit.

STAYING SAFE

Stockings hung on decorative hangers are often unstable and have been known to fall off a mantle and cause injury to small children. We strongly recommend the Stocking Hanger Kit that allows customers to attach the track under a fireplace mantel or shelf. Sliding hooks can be added to hang Christmas stockings, and in the off-season these hooks can be removed or they can stay on the track and be used to display birthday banners.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Available in white, black, brown or gray, the Christmas Stocking Hanger Kit eliminates the use of tape or tacks and comes with everything you need to make decorating a breeze.

Kit includes (2) 3 foot sections of track, (6) sliding hooks, (2) end stops, (12) mounting screws, and installation instructions.


WIN!

If you would like a chance to win a FREE Stocking Hanger Kit, check us out on our Facebook page and on Instagram! There are three ways to enter:

1. LIKE our page and this post.

2. For an extra entry, TAG someone who you think would also like to win!

3. For one more entry, SHARE this post.

Contest is open until 11:59 p.m. CST, December 6, 2020, and a winner will be randomly selected from all entries. Winner will be notified by direct message. Good luck!

The team at Curtain-Tracks wishes you the very best this holiday season and hope you have a wonderful 2021!

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3 Tips To Create A Home Office

Did you know 18% of the workforce works from home? That's almost 2 out of every 10 people! With coronavirus hitting the United States in March, that number has increased dramatically. Now as businesses look to return to a "new normal", they are evaluating the effectiveness of remote employees vs. having a physical office space for their team. Studies show that employees that work from home can be just as productive, if not more so, than those who work in an office space. In fact, one study cites that 77% reported higher productivity as remote work allows for more flexibility with work schedules. If your temporary work from home situation has become permanent, do you have an office space that encourages productivity and is equipped to enable success?


You may have been on a Zoom call with a colleague who is working remote and noticed a child or dog in the background. Perhaps they are in a space that is clearly the kitchen table or a bedroom. For those who have not anticipated their office space to reside in their home for months on end, they may not be properly equipped in a space that is best suited to be successful. To transition a space into a home office, there are some factors to consider:

1. Does the space allow for privacy?

2. Is there ample light and strong connectivity for technology?

3. Is the size large enough that it can fit all needed equipment but not be distracting?


PRIVACY

For the first point and if the space allows for privacy, if your new home office is located in a public area like a kitchen, distractions can be at a peak. Moving your office to a basement if available or a guest room with a door, will allow you focus with less interruptions. For a basement, consider adding curtain tracks and curtains around a space that will be designated at "the office". Curtains can be closed when you need privacy for a call or open when you are heads down working on a project. One evening and weekends, close those curtains again so kids are discouraged from wandering over to your space. If you have a drop ceiling, the 85000 track system along with 85510 Drop Ceiling Clips work well together.

LIGHTING

When it comes to ample light, if your new office doesn't have access to windows, invest in quality light fixtures and desk lamp. It is important to create a comfortable space where you can easily spend 8 hours a day. The same does for internet connection. Best Buy offers several options to ensure fast internet connectivity.


SPACE

Finally, is the space large enough that you can fit a desk and ergonomically fit chair? Sitting on a wood chair at the kitchen table could be a temporary solution to working at home but if you are at home for the long run, consider investing in an office chair that will be comfortable. Your new office space should be able to accommodate the proper equipment for your new workspace.


If your work from home situation has been extended to 2021 or beyond, take the time to make your space comfortable, functional and equipped for success.


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Customer Project: Clawfoot Tub and Curtain Tracks

STAND ALONE

Clawfoot and stand alone tubs are making a comeback as homeowners tackle bathroom projects during COVID. Large soaker tubs are being ripped out and replaced with smaller stylish, or vintage tubs that don't take up as much space but still provide a relaxing soak. (If you are looking for the very best bathtub available, be sure to check out these selections from Business Insider.) One common dilemma with this type of remodel is what to do if the beautiful tub also doubles as a shower? How do you keep the water in the tub?



BEND IT!

One solution to this common issue is adding curtain tracks around the tub. Matthew M. from Washington DC recently contacted us for a similar project for his clawfoot tub and he installed the 4108 Bendable I Beam Curtain Track. This is a Silver or Black anodized aluminum track with a satin finish. Available in 8 foot sections, it can be hand bent making it perfect for this project. Ceiling or Wall Mount. This track works well with 4121 nylon wheel carriers or 3312 nylon block carriers, and 4126 ceiling bracket or our 3082 snap in retainer. Once the track was completely installed, Matthew added the Shower Shield Curtains in Shadow which are antimicrobial, machine washable and have stain and odor release properties, to complete the look.




VIOLA!

Tackling a project like this doesn't have to be daunting. We are here to help you select the right products and provide tips and tricks for installation. For design inspiration, check us out on Pinterest!

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Not All Wall Mount Curtain Tracks Are Equal

AGAINST A WALL

We often talk about ceiling mount curtain tracks and how they are designed to be mounted to the ceiling or any other horizontal surface. Depending on the track, it can be screwed directly into the ceiling, attached to the ceiling using specific hardware, or it can even be recessed into the ceiling. But we don't just carry ceiling tracks, we also have a robust selection of wall mount curtain tracks - and they are not all the same.


FLUSHED

Some wall mount tracks like the 5400 curtain track and 3112 plastic track can be mounted flush to the wall. These tracks only need screws and there is no need for any additional mounting brackets or hardware. The 5400 Wall Mount Track is available in 3-foot sections and has mounting holes every 9”. These tracks can even be overlapped for longer applications. What makes this track so fantastic is it can be bent to a 15” radius horizontally, and vertically 5” per 36-inch section. The way to do this is to heat the track in hot water first and then slightly bend it for arched and bent installations making it perfect for your project.



The 3112 Wall Mount Track (pictured below) is made of PVC plastic and is available in 8-foot sections. This track allows for mounting holes to be easily drilled during installation and is also flexible for arched applications. This versatile track is available in a variety of colors including white, brown, gray, and black.


DOUBLE TROUBLE

Others tracks like the 84003 or 4108 track both use wall brackets that enable for a space between the wall and the track. The 84003 track also offers double wall brackets which allow for a pair of wall mounted drapery tracks to run parallel. This use is common with sheers on one track and curtains on the second.


OPTIONS GALORE

No matter the project, we have the largest selection of curtain tracks giving you options when it comes to your curtain track project. Check out other articles on our Blog to learn more about wall mount curtain tracks or reach out to our customer service team with your questions: 888-465-0274.


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Custom Curtain Track Solutions

Whether you are a designer, architect or an individual looking for a DIY project, our track and curtain solutions are designed for simple installation. In addition to window curtain hardware, we also provide high quality, commercial grade curtains that are used for many applications such as RVs, bunk beds, cubicles, hospitals, boats and bathrooms. Our customer service team offers expertise and advice that is unmatched. If you need help, advice or a custom curtain track solution, we're happy to help keep you on the right track!

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