We are often asked why someone should choose curtain tracks over curtain rods. It's a fair question and the options can be overwhelming. Never fear! We are here to help!
KEEP THE LIGHT OUT
If you are looking to add room darkening, sound absorbing and energy conserving eclipse light blocking curtains to a window, curtain tracks would be your best bet. Curtain tracks can be mounted on the ceiling ensuring the entire window is covered, similar to what you see in nearly every hotel room. When the entire window is covered and your curtains block the light, you are more likely to get a solid night's sleep.
If you have tall windows in your home, a curtain track system is going to be most effective. Tall windows call for curtains with lots of fabric which means added weight. With curtain rods, heavy curtains can drag the rod down (or pull it off the wall completely). Several curtain tracks work well with rolling ball carriers allowing for smooth opening and closing of the curtains. Add a wand to the curtain panels (the 60 inch wand length is great for tall curtains and high ceilings), and opening and closing just became easier and eliminates hand prints on fabric.
If you are looking to attract attention to your window, besides just the curtains, you may want to consider curtain rods. Curtain rods are available in many styles and sizes and can have decorative corbels adding a different design element to your room.
STILL NOT SURE?
If you aren't sure if curtain tracks or curtain rods will work best for your project, give us a call or send us an email! We are happy to answer your questions.
When your project calls for a heavy duty curtain track, the Industrial Roller Track - 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel is the one you need! This heavy duty industrial track is roll formed from 16 gauge hot dipped galvanized steel, sold in 8 foot lengths and rated to support loads between 100 - 175 pounds. Now, that's strong!
The Industrial Roller Track is popular for many reasons including its compatibility with a wide range of mounting hardware, curved sections, trolleys, splicers, and end stops. The track is constructed with a safety flange to assist in guiding trolleys safely when curtain is pulled and is punched and beveled on ends for splicing and adjoining multiple pieces. You might see this track in warehouses, auto body shops, loading docks and even in commercial car washes. This track is that good.
Even though you might not notice the look of this track in a car wash or auto body shop, we assure you, it's a good-looking track. The finish on the Industrial Roller Track is galvanized steel which helps prevent corrosion making it a perfect fit for applications that include water or moisture.
If your business is looking for an industrial track that is strong, compatible with mounting hardware and looks good, the Industrial Roller Track - 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel is the one you need. Contact our customer service team for assistance at (888) 465-0274.
As a retail clothing business owner, you pride yourself on offering high quality items and exceptional customer service to every customer that walks through the door. The competition is tough so you want to create an experience that when people are shopping, whether it's for an outfit for a job interview, or maybe something to wear for a special date night, they think of your business. When they come to your store, you want the experience to be as pleasant as possible. That includes creating a dressing room area your customers will talk about (in a good way) even after they have left your store.
We work with many retailers who use our Alumninum Ceiling Mount Track for their upscale dressing rooms. It is a strong aluminum architectural track with a hand drawn system designed for hotel, commercial, or residential use. Not only are these tracks strong, they are also powder coated and lubricated for smooth operation. This versatile track can also be suspended using suspension brackets and track adapters and is great for ripplefold curtains, grommets, or drapery pin hooks.
NOW THAT'S FANCY
When retailers want to create a private, high end feeling dressing room, they add quality, lush fabric for their curtains. And if the store has a high ceiling and uses plenty of fabric for the dressing rooms like in the image below, the entire area feels even more upscale.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH
If you have a retail store and want to create a dressing room area that all of your customers will talk about, give us a call! We would love to help you create a luxurious dressing room space.
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
Softening the look of a room by adding lush curtains is great but adding sheer panels is even better! When you want to hang two sets of curtains, the 84172 Double Wall Bracket is your best friend. This bracket system allows you to install two parallel tracks making it a perfect solution when adding sheers, plus curtains, to your windows.
ONE - TWO PUNCH
The 84172 Extra Long Double Bracket allows for two of our 84003 Ball-Bearing Curtain Tracks to be installed in parallel, can be mounted with up to a 4 inch clearance between tracks and needs 6 1/2 inch wall clearance for the outer track. This wall bracket is sold individually and is available in silver or white. Please note that mounting screws are not included with this bracket.
In a previous blog post, we shared the advantages of the 84172 Double Wall Bracket. "Our double wall brackets are similar to a double-rod system with one HUGE advantage: the brackets don’t interfere with the movement of the curtains. These brackets hold the track above the carriers, allowing them to slide right under. This is particularly important if you are covering a large area or a whole wall. With rods you would have to create a curtain panel for each section of the rod (and you will have several sections if the area is wide), but with curtain tracks you can cover the whole wall with one large curtain if you want to."
Once you have your wall brackets and tracks installed, you can add your curtains. We can help with that, too! We offer a wide variety of curtains to fit almost any style, including a wide selection of Eclipse Light-Blocking Curtains available to over 35 colors and varying lengths and widths. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your project, contact our Customer Service Team or visit us on Pinterest.
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
The National Fire Prevention Association is the leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical and related hazards. Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. This year, they recognize Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13. This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one.
When it comes to having items in your home or workplace that can help prevent a fire from spreading, we recommend our fire resistant curtains. Our Eclipse Light Blocking Curtains are 98% Light Blocking, Sound Absorbing, Energy Conserving, Machine washable, but best of all, 100% flame retardant and they meet NFPA 701 requirements.
Not only are these curtains flame retardant, they look great as well! We recently received this testimonial from a Curtain-Tracks customer, “Had some very large curtains made for our rental properties. These curtains really do add a rich feel to the space and block the light from the huge wall of windows. They did take a few weeks to get here but it was worth the wait. Will order again.”
Take a look around your home or workplace and look for places where a fire could start. Once you identify potential fire hazards, take care of them. Perhaps that means replacing your window treatments with flame retardant materials. If you are looking for fire resistant curtains, please contact our Customer Service team. We are here to help.
AVOID THE DISRUPTIONS
If you work from home, you probably know that statistics show you are more productive than if you were to work in a large office with several people. The main reason is you *supposedly* have fewer interruptions. You don’t have co-workers knocking on your office door or stopping by your cubicle asking about your weekend. In fact, statistics show that for every time you are interrupted, it can take up to 23 minutes to become refocused, so working alone can be helpful when trying to get a lot of work completed.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Home offices do have downfalls however. FedEx may ring your doorbell setting the dogs into a barking spree. The kids may come home from school and start arguing or playing loudly. All of these things, and so many others, can cause disruptions, especially if you are on a conference call, GoToMeeting or Zoom call. We’ve worked with customers to try to alleviate some of these noise issues in home work spaces by adding a ceiling mount curtain track with eclipse curtains around the office space. When the curtains are pulled, it helps absorb sound (perfect when you are head down into a project or on a call) plus when pulled behind you, they can give your office a uniform look around your dedicated space (concealing a concrete wall), which your boss may love.
For those with a drop ceiling, our drop ceiling clamp attaches easily to the metal parts of the drop ceiling and our 6151 cartridge allows for the carriers and hooks to connect to the clamp. These ceiling cartridges are used to mount the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track and should be placed every 10 inches. The 6100 curtain track is perfect for a basement project because it allows long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. So if your home office is in a corner, you can bend the track to accommodate your work space. After you have installed your track, add the curtains of your choice. To help reduce noise, our eclipse curtains are the best and we have a vast selection of colors and sizes to choose from.
If you are looking for a sound-solution in your basement office, adding curtain tracks and eclipse curtains may be just the sound absorbing solution you are looking for!
Older homes, while having a ton of character and architectural detail, often have small closets and a lack of storage in the kitchen. The reasoning behind the lack of space in these older homes is because at the time, individuals did not own a lot of clothing or have excess food to store. This means these fantastic looking homes need a little modern improvisation when it comes to creating space, like a pantry. Rest assured, creating a space for a pantry is easier than you may think.
To create a pantry, find a small space in your home. The space doesn't necessarily need to be in the kitchen, it can be in a corner in a rarely used dining room, a section in the basement or even in the garage. Once you select your location, buy shelving units to accommodate your items. Use varying heights for your shelves which will help you maximize your space allowing for storage for tall cereal boxes and smaller spaces for canned goods. You can find a variety of shelving units at Home Depot, Lowe’s or The Container Store.
Once you have your shelves put together, add the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. This flexible curtain track allows for long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. It can be bent by hand to fit your space, meaning it works for even corner spaces. Once you have your track installed, purchase carriers like the 6111 Flexible Curtain Track Carriers. These carriers are white plastic wheel carriers with metal loop and work smoothly with the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. Once you have your track and carriers, just add decorative curtains. We offer a variety of curtain patterns for you to choose from or you can purchase curtains that are perfect for your home decor.
READY TO GO
Once you have found your space, installed your curtain track, carriers and curtains, all you need to do when you need an item, is simply pull the curtains back. When you have everything you need to make that big family dinner, pull those curtains closed and your pantry is concealed. We’ve said it before and will say it again - curtain tracks can be used for more than just windows. Check out our other blog posts for more creative ideas!
KEEP THE LIGHT OUT
Eclipse Curtains have many features including blocking out 98% of light, absorbing sound, conserving energy and they are color rich on both sides of each panel. In a downtown Boston hotel, we saw some great looking eclipse curtains but the hotel was located very close to a neighboring hotel. If you wanted any natural light in your room during the day, you had to leave the curtains open which meant you might end up staring at a neighbor in the hotel next door. This hotel did it right though - they came up with a solution that allowed for eclipse curtains (block light, absorb sound and look great) plus they added a thin shade to the window.
A THIN SHADE
During the day, the shade could be pulled down allowing in light but also provide just enough shade so you didn’t have to check out your next door neighbors. Besides providing privacy, a thin shade can also be used to keep a room cool when the hot afternoon sun streams in. But if you love the look and functionality eclipse curtains provide, you can do both. We have a wide selection of eclipse available to complete the look of your room. Our curtains are machine washable and 100% flame retardant. These extremely durable curtains are available in a variety of heights and widths and you can choose from 28 different colors.
When it comes to your windows, you don’t have to be committed to just one look - you can do both! Contact us an we can help you with your project!
A NICE SOAK
There are many therapeutic benefits to enjoying a nice, long, relaxing soak in a hot tub. The warm water can ease muscle soreness and arthritis pain and may also lead to a night of deeper sleep. But if you have an outdoor hot tub, you just may want a little bit of privacy from your next door neighbors. Curtain-Tracks.com can help!
For a project like this, we suggest placing your hot tub in a serene space (or as serene as possible). That may be next to a tree or two or some bushes. Then to enhance the space, you can add a simple pergola around your hot tub. A pergola project may seem daunting, but there are many ready-to-assemble pergola kits available and you can find the perfect design for your space.
RUB A DUB DUB
Once you assemble your pergola, you can add curtain tracks, carriers and curtains along the inside of the frame. A great track for a project like this would be the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. One of our most popular tracks, the 6100 can be bent by hand and allows for long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. Made of white PVC with an internal metal spine, it can be mounted on a wall or ceiling. Another option is the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track. The 3118 is a silver anodized aluminum curtain track with satin finish. Available in either 8 foot length plus 4 foot length or two 6 foot pieces (12 feet total), it mounts to the pergola and mounting brackets are not required. Once you build your pergola and add your curtain tracks, you just need to select carriers and curtains to complete your private oasis of relaxation!
TIME TO RELAX
Ready to relax in your sprivate hot tub oasis but not exactly sure how to tackle a project like this? Give our friendly customer servoce team a call. We love to help our customers with simple and challenging projects!
Gone are the dark and dingy basements of years passed. Basement spaces are now often being used as a living room where families gather for movie and game nights. Sometimes basements become bedrooms for teenagers wanting a little more space and privacy. Other times, basements are converted to home office spaces. No matter how you use your basement, you may find a need for curtain tracks, whether to divide the space into designated rooms, to conceal an ugly hot water tank, or for the most obvious reason: to use on a window.
SMALL WINDOW = BIG RESULT
A Curtain-Tracks customer recently sent us some pictures of a completed project to cover a smaller window. They used a ceiling mount curtain track and micro-ball bearing slides. Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be screwed directly into the ceiling through mounting holes or attached to the ceiling with specific ceiling mount hardware such as clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. Some ceiling mount drapery tracks can also be recessed into ceilings as well, and drop ceiling clamps are available for the 6100 curtain track, making it easy to quickly attach the track to the acoustical grid ceiling without any drilling or bracing. We think this project turned out beautifully. Mission accomplished!
TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY
If you are converting your basement into a liveable and enjoyable space and need to cover the windows for privacy, or you desire to divide the space into separate rooms, we have the products you need. Not exactly sure what you want to do in your basement space? Visit our blog where we have written about several basement projects and you just might find the inspiration you are looking for. We would love to help make your basement project a reality!