At one point in many of our lives, we live in a small, confined space. College dorm? First apartment? A condo while waiting for your dream home to be built? The list of reasons can vary, but it is safe to say that everyone can relate to sharing snug living quarters. Being creative in how the space is utilized is key, and also exactly where Curtain-Tracks enters the picture.
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
First, you’ll want to live in your small space for a little while to determine what purpose each part of the room should serve. You’ll find yourself tweaking where things are stored based on how you use the space, and before you know it, you’ll naturally create different “zones” of living. Or, you may have to be a little more direct about how the room is divided if you are living with a roommate for the first time.
QUIET AND DARK
Once you have the areas and purposes of the room decided, it makes a lot of sense to use a flexible solution to define the space. Curtains are a great choice because they can be pushed out of the way when you need the whole room to be functional. But when someone needs privacy, quiet, or darkness while another person does not, the curtains can be drawn to create that small space. Our personal favorite for this type of use is our Eclipse Curtains. Thanks to the sound and light diminishing nature of the fabric, you can block out neighbors who aren’t studying, or you can take a mid-day snooze.
Once you have made your favorite color selection from our 28 stylish fabrics, you’ll need to decide how to hang them. This will depend on what kind of ceiling you are working with, but our favorite for just about any situation is our best selling, ceiling mounted Flexible Curtain Track. Just like its name implies, it’s flexible! So, you can bend it by hand to even the most obscure of angles to make it work in your small space. It’s also one of our easiest to install, because it does not require any mounting brackets! Decide on a way for the curtains to hang on the track with a carrier or a glide and you are in business.
Not sure that a flexible track is the right one to mount to your particular ceiling? Need help with the best carrier or glide to choose? Just give us a call and we will walk you through each step of this process. We are happy to help! 1-888-434-7444.
IMAGINATIONS RUNNING WILD
Most kids love playing in forts. Whether it's a treehouse in the yard or a homemade fort in the living room, these fun enclosures bring out the best in imagination. Using curtain tracks to create an enclosure is just another fun and inexpensive way to allow kids to play make-believe. Parents, you just need to use your imagination when deciding how to create this fun space.
BUNK BEDS AND ROOM DIVIDERS
We have had many customers add our curtain tracks to bunk beds. Adding tracks and curtains can allow for more privacy (like night reading when a sibling is trying to sleep) as well as a small space for play. We have also had parents add curtain tracks to the ceiling in a child's room or in a small area of the basement. When the curtains are closed, it divides the space-play room on one side, bed on the other. Not only does it create a fun area that can be dedicated to play, it can also conceal all of the toys. Imagine adding curtains in a vibrant pattern or featuring a favorite character. It's much easier, and less expensive, to change curtain panels than paint, to go along with your child's most current interest.
For projects such as these, our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is easy to install with the right drapery hardware, and can be bent by hand and shaped so it will fit the desired space. Our ceiling mount curtain track is another great track and comes with all the compatible drapery hardware needed for your project. Be creative when designing the space by creating fun angles.
READY TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION?
Are you ready to allow imaginations to run wild? Let us know how we can help! Contact us with any questions or check out other blog posts for ideas and inspiration. Have fun!
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have impacted so many people, including all of us at Curtain-Tracks. Whether you live in the Houston area, the Keys, or west coast of Florida, thousands of people have felt the wrath of these powerful storms.
If you are in one of the areas that has been deeply affected by these treacherous storms and are in the process of rebuilding your home, business, clinic or hospital, Curtain-Tracks is here to help. If you need emergency or temporary hospital curtains as a result of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, we have three colors in stock and available for immediate shipment. Contact us and tell us your story and mention this post for 10% off your order of quick ship curtains through November 1. (888) 434-7444
Let’s work together as we rebuild.
How many parents use their basement? Some have decided that the basement will be the toy dungeon, where all the legos and matchbox cars can live behind a closed door away from adult feet stepping on them. Other homes have turned the basement into adult space, a tranquil space away from the kids. No matter the use, HGTV tells us that finished basements add value to our homes. Curtain-Tracks is here to help you make this additional space feel like home without breaking the bank.
DROP THAT CEILING
Most basements, even if not fully finished, use a drop ceiling as a cost effective way to cover air ducts and pipes while still giving the homeowner easy access to all that makes a home function. The good news: this solution is budget friendly in many ways. The better news: this solution also allows for easy addition of Curtain-Tracks products. Our 6155 Clamp eliminates the need to drill holes in the ceiling grid, allowing for eventual changes in design without having to figure out how to patch holes.
THE CLAMP PART IS CONNECTED TO THE CARTRIDGE PART
Our drop ceiling clamp allows for easy attachment to the metal parts of the drop ceiling. Our 6151 cartridge allows for the carriers and hooks to connect to the clamp. These cartridges should be placed every ten inches, so do the math before you order, and then do yourself a favor and order one or two more just in case your math skills are rusty. Pick up as much as 98 feet of continuous track with our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track and the rest is easy. You can decide to use the track in a straight line, but you can also curve it by hand to cover that ugly hot water tank, or strange pipe that juts out of the wall at an odd angle.
TO FINISH OR NOT TO FINISH?
Our products might be just the answer you are looking for, even if you are on the fence about completely finishing your basement. If you aren’t sure you will use the space, or you don’t have the budget to go all in, you can still give our products a try. Once attached to the drop ceiling, our curtains, carriers, and cartridges can hide even the ugliest cinder blocks or heating ducts. Our Eclipse Curtains are often featured in our blog posts, and for good reason. They are versatile! They not only block 98% of light (think basement movie theater?) but they also help keep the cold out, and create a cozy space even underground. They are energy efficient and also create a welcoming feeling.
Even if your basement is already finished but perhaps it needs a slight makeover, Curtain-Tracks products can be used to create a more cozy feeling. Our curtains can cover windows to create energy efficiency, or they can cover a whole wall. Or, as we've mentioned in previous blog posts, our curtains can create a moveable wall. No matter the stage of your basement, consider taking the next step to adding more useable and comfortable space to your home by working with Curtain-Tracks.com.
A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET
If you follow the Curtain-Tracks blog, you have heard us mention our Eclipse curtains. These curtains are wonderful in so many ways and can be used in a variety of settings. Most often, we talk about how they are fantastic in bedrooms where they block 98% of light, and reduce sounds from outside. These curtains are so effective at what they do, they are used in hotel rooms all over the world, in truck cabs, RVs, boats and cargo ships. We are sure you have seen these amazing curtains in several places!
ONLY THE BEST
These curtains aren’t just popular because they are functional. The Eclipse curtain fabric that we carry are simply the best of the best. They are machine-washable, flame-retardant, and available in over 25 colors so you are sure to find the curtains perfect for your space. They are also energy conserving, saving you money down the road.
Eclipse curtains have nickel-plated brass grommets every six inches (or you can use snap tape) so they require a hook and a carrier like our two-wheel carrier with hook. Hanging these curtains from a ceiling mounted track like the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Curtain Track, will maximize the perks of these curtains (light blocking, sound absorbing, energy efficient, etc.) by creating a floor-to-ceiling virtual wall.
HOW MUCH CURTAIN?
Before ordering, decide how you want to have your curtains look when the project is completed. For placement, if mounting on the ceiling, first decide how far out from the wall you would like your track to be. If you love the look of full curtains, multiply the length of the track by 0.6 and add this to the original track length. This is your curtain width. If you want even more fullness in your curtains, double the length of the track for your curtain width. You then will need to measure from the track to where you want the curtain to fall. This measurement becomes your curtain length. Confused? No problem! Contact us and we can help.
Create a sanctuary in your bedroom and get the sleep you deserve, and need, by adding Eclipse curtains. Not sure what color will work best? Contact our friendly customer service team and we will send you samples. Call us at 888-434-7444 so we can help you make it happen.
MORE THAN TRACKS
At Curtain-Tracks, we carry a large variety of products. Obviously, we have the best selection of curtain tracks available in the industry, and we have all the necessary accessories to accommodate those tracks allowing you to complete your project. But did you know we also have some other very handy products that we think you will love?
Let’s start with our bungee cords. That’s right, we have high quality bungee cords, and they are a bit different than the standard cord you would find at your local hardware store. Our bungee cords are a corded loop with a single hook. It is ten inches long and can stretch to twice its length. The one hook and one loop makes this bungee cord extremely secure. It allows you to connect the hook to the loop and eliminates slipping (and can also avoid injury). Available in black or white, these cords come 10 to a pack.
BOATS, RVs, TRUCKS AND MORE
Boat and RV owners love these cords because they keep tarps and boat covers firmly in place. Pick-up truck owners can use them for bed tie-downs, and car owners can use them for their car covers. Bungee cords are also useful to hang banners, store signage, and for use with tents.
PROMOTE A SALE!
Speaking of store signage and banners, our EasyKlip Banner and Tarp Clips are another unique product. Like all our products, they are high quality and work nicely with our bungee cords. They grip banners, tarps, clear poly, velour, muslin and countless other materials and fabrics. They are designed to increase the grip as the load increases making it the strongest clip on the market. They are available in black or white and come 10 to a pack.
When you think of www.curtain-tracks.com, think beyond the tracks and drapery hardware and accessories. You just might find a product that you’ve always been looking for!
ON THE ROAD
With Amazon Prime memberships on the rise, that means more and more packages are being delivered daily. That also means more truck drivers are working long hours, and for that, we are thankful! The packages that magically arrive on our door step in two days is simply life changing! In addition to being thankful, we have some great products for these amazing truckers to create an oasis right in the cab of their truck.
SHUT EYE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY?
Our Eclipse Light Blocking Curtains block 98% of light, which is really important for that mid-day nap at the truck stop. Worried about light sneaking through the corners? Our Bendable Curtain Track can bend to any shape to allow one piece of fabric to cover the window and the corner. Another tip is to order a bit more height or length and allowing the fabric to cover all the way to the roof, below the window, and wider than the edges to ensure total coverage. The Eclipse fabric comes in heights that increase by six inch increments and widths that increase by 18 inch increments.
NEED YOUR CAB TO FEEL LIKE HOME?
When you want the cab of your truck to feel just a bit more like home, our Eclipse fabric is available in 28 colors. Choose the color that makes you feel happy and relaxed and you automatically set the stage for coziness. After all those hours spent in a truck, you should like how it looks. And if you are unsure about the color and how it will match the existing upholstery, just contact us for a free sample.
Our shortest track, CurtainMate, measures in at just three feet in length, so you don’t have to worry about cutting down a track that is too long for a small truck cab. It can be joined end to end for a custom fit. In addition, it’s made of plastic that can be bent when it’s warmed in hot water. It is one of our most popular products for vehicles because it is the most narrow. Why is this good, you ask? This track protrudes less than a half inch away from where it is mounted, which allows very little light through in comparison to its counterparts.
NEED IT NOW?
Our wonderful customer service experts have great ideas when working with our beloved drivers. Rea more in this previous blog post, then, give us a call! 1-888-465-0274.
HOT AND COLD
There aren’t many parts of the country that maintain a comfortable temperature year round. We’re looking at you with jealous eyes, San Francisco! For the rest of us, we have four seasons with four very different temperatures. This change in weather can create some interesting challenges.
AN EASY SOLUTION
The fluctuating temperatures can be a challenge for those of us who have an addition on our house or condo. The ever changing temps might keep you from using the four-seasons room in your home because it is too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. And when you do decide to use that extra space, your furnace or air conditioning is constantly running because your thermostat is trying to compensate for the difference in temperature. We have a solution that can help. Adding our Eclipse Curtains will not only block light, they are also energy conserving so they also help when it comes to regulating the temperature in your four-seasons room. That means they help keep the cold air outside in the winter and the hot air outside in the summer. That also means a happy thermostat and a comfortable room temperature in a room that you can now enjoy.
MORE THAN ONE USE
Eclipse Curtains are a great feature for any four-seasons room (as mentioned above) that typically has three walls full of windows, because these curtains not only help with maintaining comfortable temperatures, they also block 98% of the light. By blocking the light in a room full of windows, they can help save your furniture from fading thanks to the sun.
When you are ready to start your project, consider a ceiling mounted Flexible Curtain Track. First, measure the perimeter of your space, then order the appropriate amount of track. Then, do a little math and divide that number by 10 because you will need these ceiling mounted cartridges every ten inches. Last, and the most fun, choose your favorite Eclipse Curtains. If you mount your most colorful and favorite curtains from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, you can drastically change the feeling of the room.
READY TO GET STARTED?
When you are ready to move forward with your project, our customer service representatives are available to answer any questions and we even have installation guides that will make this project a breeze. We get excited just thinking about the possibilities of this project! Send us pictures if you give it a try in your own home.
GLAD YOU LIKE THEM!
A Curtain-Tracks.com customer, Kristina V., recently ordered our Oxford curtains in Gull for her amazing wall of windows. After she received them and installed them, she emailed us and said, "The color is perfect, as is the length, and quality of fabric. They addressed my issue beautifully. I am definitely going to order other curtains." Thanks for the great review, Kristina! Hearing from our customers is music to our ears. We love that we offer products that can solve a problem, compliment a room, or serve a useful purpose and we think her finished project photos look great (and so is the view)!
THE BEST QUALITY
Our Oxford curtains are made of durable, top quality construction featuring a triple thick 1.5 inch header and Safe-T-Stitching locks in hems and seams. They are also machine washable. If you check out our website and just aren't quite sure what fabrics or colors to purchase, contact us and we will gladly send you samples (like we did with Kristina). We want you to find the perfect product for your project and are more than happy to send samples to help make the process easier.
If Oxford curtains aren't for you, check out our complete list of available curtains. We're sure to have just what you are looking for whether it's for your living room, bathroom, boat, or RV. Once you order your curtains, don't forget your curtain track, carriers and end stops. After you have received your Curtain-Tracks products, you can refer to our handy installation guides found on our website or contact one of our friendly customer service team members should you need assistance. When your project is complete, send us your photos. You just might see them on a blog post or one our Facebook page.
PLENTY OF CARE
If you live in suburbia, there are plenty of detached Emergency Rooms, Urgent Care Centers, and health clinics inside grocery stores, allowing you to get a Physical, flu shot or even be treated for more serious illnesses. Most of the time, these health clinics don't have private rooms for every single patient so instead, they use curtain tracks and privacy curtains to divide the space into smaller rooms.
Patients "rooms" aren't exactly a rectangular shape so hospital interior designers have to be a bit creative. Many health clinics use our 6100 flexible curtain track because it can be configured easily to fit just about any space. This track is smooth and comes in one piece, up to 164 feet for the standard weight. Our medium and heavy duty tracks are available in a length of 98 feet. The flexible curtain track has a metal spine making it not only flexible, but also strong.
With this track, flexible curtain track carriers can be added. We always tell hospital interior designers that to ensure proper fit and function of the carriers, they should choose the same weight as the track. Once the carriers are in place, just add a hook to hang the curtains. Our 7142 stainless steel hooks are perfect for hospital use because they won't stain or rust.
THE FINAL PIECE
Once the tracks and carriers are in place, privacy curtains can be added. Our privacy curtains come in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes, but our Sundance line is extremely popular for these settings. They are stain and odor resistant and they are antimicrobial and can be machine washed or dry cleaned. We understand that hospitals and health clinics want to create a calming feel in that environment so we have plenty of colors and styles to choose from to ensure there is a curtain to fit any style.
You may ask, "Why do I care about curtain tracks when I am in the ER?" Great question! A clinic that takes time to consider the patient's privacy and create a space that is comforting, especially in a time of need, might be the kind of health clinic we would check out (but only if needed, of course).
If you are responsible for your clinic, ER or Urgent Care Center's design or just need extra carriers for your already existing privacy curtains and curtain tracks, give us a call.