DON'T BE THAT HOUSE
Have you ever been to someone's home and noticed their window fixtures? Like really noticed them? Perhaps you admired their decorative curtains and how they billow ever so slightly on the floor beneath the window. Or maybe you noticed their tall windows and how they have added curtain tracks on the ceiling to support the massive drapes. But have you ever noticed a curtain rod (gasp!) that has bowed in the middle?
WHY YOU SHOULDN'T USE THEM
Most curtain rods are made of two pieces. One piece of the rod slides into the other which leaves a bump in the rod (that's an issue all in itself that we will talk about it in a bit). When you have a long curtain rod, a supporting bracket should be put in place in the middle to keep the rod from bending. This might solve the support issue of the curtain rods but that bracket causes a whole other problem; you can never completely close your curtains which can leave an annoying ray of light into the room when you want it to be dark.
As we mentioned above, using a curtain rod that has two (or three) pieces can cause a bump in the middle which can make easily opening and closing curtains a bit of a pain as they get caught on the rod. The easy solution to this curtain rod dilemma is simple: use curtain tracks.
One of our most popular curtain tracks is the 6100 flexible curtain track. What makes this track so special is it can be mounted to the wall or ceiling and it is bendable by hand. Sold by the foot, this track allows long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. If you are looking for a track to be recessed in the ceiling, the 3120 curtain track is the one for the job. Once you have your tracks hung, simply add carriers and your curtains will glide smoothly and easily along the entire length of track.
Ready to avoid all of the problems of using curtain rods? Give curtain tracks a try!
UNUSUAL ANGLES AND CORNERS
If you have ever tried to decorate or refurbish an older home, you know that a perfectly square angle is rare at best. Houses settle and time can make corners and windows slightly more or less than 90 degree angles. Other homes might have unusual windows with intentionally different angles. All of these give homes great character, but when it comes time for window treatments, designers and homeowners are puzzled.
Bob Vila probably has lots of great DIY tricks to help with renovating odd angles, but Curtain-Tracks has an even easier solution: our flexible 6100 curtain track. Homeowners can be happy that there are simple ways to hang curtains on each window in their home. Whether it is Grandma’s old house, a new house that has settled, or even in a hotel, our flexible curtain track will give you a custom look without the custom price.
MEET THE FLEXIBLE TRACK
Curtain-Tracks Reader, Kendra, sent us this photo of her recent hotel stay. Her room was wonderfully quaint and had a boutique style. The windows immediately grabbed her attention because they were an unusual shape. One of the windows was tucked into a corner of the room that served the purpose as a reading nook. Rather than leave the unique style of this space bare, the hotel designer used a flexible curtain track to add even more excitement to the already interesting part of the room. It allowed them to be creative and functional at the same time!
SO MUCH EASIER AND EFFECTIVE
In this particular space, if the designer would have tried to use two traditional straight tracks, they would have had quite the headache getting them to line up perfectly in the corner, and the hotel guests would have had an annoying gap of light between the two separate curtains. Instead, the designer was able to simplify the solution with the 45 degree corner. They used the 6100 track to make one smooth track with no gaps and one large curtain. That means no gaps nor annoying light coming through, and no struggle during installation.
NO STRENGTH NEEDED
Because our flexible curtain track can be bent by hand, the only measurement you need to order is the length. Once the track arrives at the doorstep, two hands are the only tools needed to get the right angle. Then, only a screw driver is needed for installation of the mounting bracket. Easy! Custom! Affordable! A pretty great collection of adjectives, if we do say so ourselves!
Check us out at www.Curtain-Tracks.com today to put the finishing touches on your own boutique window. The flexibility of our flexible curtain tracks is just awesome; try it out for yourself!
BACK TO SCHOOL
August will be here before we know it and with that many students are heading off to college. When it comes to dorm room essentials, what's on the list? Bedding, TV, a refrigerator of course, but what else? There's a myriad list of odds and ends including essential items needed for class but when it comes to your actual dorm room, have you really thought about how you can make it feel more like home?
SIMPLE BUT BRILLIANT
A couple years ago, curtain tracks customer, Laurie, jazzed up her daughter's dorm room by doing something very simple but with a big impact: she added curtain tracks and curtains. She used track 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track with clamps that would hold the track to the framework of the drop ceiling. By doing this, it allowed her to install a full length curtain track without drilling any holes. She installed two tracks spliced together and simply cut off any extra track that wasn’t needed. After the track was installed, she added curtains that not only helped make the room feel more welcoming but also served a secondary purpose by keeping the room dark when needed. College students often burn the midnight oil studying (or perhaps socializing) resulting in fewer hours of sleep during nighttime hours. That means they have to be able to catch some Zzz's during the day. Adding curtains is a perfect solution.
WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
This is an easy project that even the most "unhandiest" of people can complete. We loved it so much that we pinned this simple yet brilliant dorm room idea on Pinterest and since then, it has been repinned, and most likely replicated, hundreds of times. Such a simple idea but with such a big impact.
READY TO TRY IT?
So when you make your dorm room essentials list this year, perhaps you should consider adding curtain tracks to your room or apartment. Have questions? We are here to help! Looking for design guidance? Laurie runs L Interiors in the Houston area and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM OLD TO NEW
If you are familiar with any of the popular remodeling shows on tv, then you know that an “open concept” is a design element that nearly every homeowner requests. To create this open space, walls are knocked down, support beams are put in place and old single doors are replaced with beautiful French doors that allow more natural light to fill the space. The television designer often then decorates the home in a shabby chic or modern style. When they do this, you will notice that every window has a window treatment, including those French doors. But what about your home and your French doors or sliding glass doors?
SOFTEN THE LOOK
Adding beautiful floor-to-ceiling curtains will warm up any space, and French doors are no exception. To create this look, you simply need a ceiling-mounted curtain track, which we think is the best drapery hardware for dressing a French door. Often, there is very little space from the top of the door to the ceiling so adding a ceiling mounted curtain track is ideal. If you prefer a look where you can’t see the track, some of our tracks can be recessed into the ceiling giving your gorgeous curtains all the focus!If you have a wall of window or several doors that open to the outside, our curtain tracks can even be spliced together as one continuous design element.
Adding curtains to your glass doors not only add a finishing touch to your room, they are functional as well! Simply pull them closed when you need some privacy. If you have French doors in your first floor master suite, consider adding Eclipse light-blocking curtains which help block out light and sound.
ARE YOU READY?
Ready to be an interior designer like the ones on tv? Give us a call and let us help!
FUN IN THE CITY
Urban living is increasingly on the rise. Living in an apartment or condo in the heart of the city often provides a variety of restaurants, exciting nightlife and fulfilling sports and cultural activities. Twenty and thirty-somethings (and even empty nesters) are often drawn to this exciting lifestyle but the high cost of urban living might mean having a roommate (or two, or three….) If that’s the case and you are short on privacy, consider adding temporary walls (aka curtains) to your living space.
A LITTLE BIT OF PRIVACY
Curtain walls can create privacy when needed such as sleeping spaces or small bedrooms, or they can be pulled back to open up the space. Party, anyone? Our ceiling mounted curtain track kit is a perfect solution. Our ceiling mount curtain track kit comes with everything you need for your project including curtain track, ball-bearing carriers, and end stops for a strong 8-foot curtain track. And, for this track, you don’t need brackets. The track has pre-drilled mounting holes on 16-inch centers so it can be installed directly into the ceiling (which will save you even more space). The curtain track and drapery hardware are available in silver and white, and the super-smooth ball-bearing carriers are quiet so you won’t wake your roommate who might be sleeping in.Just add some fun or funky curtains! If you want to improve the curtain opening and closing and make it even easier, consider adding a Master Carrier and Wand Kit.
AFFORDABLE YET HIGH-QUALITY
Those on a budget can relax because Curtain-Tracks has a wide variety of products that are affordable. Plus, you can have peace of mind knowing you have an experienced customer support team ready to help you with your project. Enjoy your cool digs in the city and enjoy your Curtain-Tracks products!
NO MORE COOKIE CUTTERS
When it comes to building a house, builders are offering more choices for floor plans, exterior design and finishes. Oftentimes, these new houses have an open concept first floor allowing light to stream in from all of the windows or they have unique sloped ceilings. These new homes can be fabulous in so many ways but you just might have to put some extra thought into how you accessorize.
While we adore houses with character, some pose some decorating challenges. First, when it comes to hanging drapery from large two story windows, you need to consider the weight of fabric your curtain tracks can handle. We recommend our 6260 curtain track.This track can stand the weight of heavy curtains and is tough enough to handle frequent opening and closing. It comes in 12 foot sections that have to be cut into either two 6-foot sections, or one 8-foot and one 4-foot section for shipping and can be mounted to the wall or ceiling.
DON’T FALL DOWN A SLIPPERY SLOPE
When it comes to hanging curtains on a ceiling that is sloped, you might think you don’t have any available decorating options. Think again! While sloped and slanted ceilings can pose decorating challenges, all hope is not lost. Our ceiling-mounted curtains tracks for sloped ceilings are the perfect solution.
A previous blog post offers this solution: “There are some things to consider when planning to install curtain tracks for sloped ceilings. You can, of course, install the track directly into the slope of the ceiling. You will then have to make a choice about the curtain panel – do you leave it in a rectangular shape and have the bottom hem follow the angle of the ceiling? Or do you buy a very long panel and cut it so that it fits the space provided? Either is acceptable, but both have drawbacks. Transforming your rectangular curtain into a parallelogram is easy, but will leave an opening near the floor and increase the perception that the room is off kilter. Trimming a corner of a long curtain to fit will create a dramatic look, but opening the panel becomes tricky as the longer side of the panel will pool on the floor when moved to the shorter part of the ceiling.”
ONE MORE IDEA
Another idea is to use our 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track. Simply suspend the track to make it level. Check out our suspension parts which are compatible with 88001. They allow you to install the track on a sloped ceiling using suspension tubing. This will be required every three to four feet until you get to the bottom of the slope. You might see this design solution in lofts or stores that have extremely high ceilings.
Questions? Give us a call at 888-434-7444 and we will be happy to assist you.
STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
There is a lot of competition in the retail world and oftentimes, it can be difficult to stand out from other stores. Creating and maintaining a trendy store that’s just a little bit different than the next one can be a challenge, especially when you don’t have a lot of space or a huge budget. We believe Curtain-Tracks is your answer! We have one suggestion that is affordable but impressionable: create a stylish and sophisticated dressing room.
STYLISH AND SOPHISTICATED
When creating your dressing rooms, consider using quality fabrics that are more than just pretty colors. With a little something extra, like a pattern, or a texture, curtains can give a soft, stylish look to a dressing room in a retail space. We have a large variety of colors to choose from and are confident we can match just about any color palette. If you want to be absolutely certain of our colors before you make a purchase, you can always call us to request a sample. We’d be happy to send you a few so you can feel good about your order.
We take great pride in providing quality products that are sturdy and reliable. Our 84003 track, for example, is made from strong aluminum and is a great option for your store. If you have a corner of your store where you would like to add a dressing room and need a track that is flexible to fit a unique space, our 6100 curtain track is perfect for the job. All of our tracks are sturdy AND stylish, so no matter what tracks you choose, you are guaranteed quality.
ONE MORE THING
Once you select your curtai tracks, don't forget the hardware and acccessories to complete the project, like our ball bearing carriers (try 84100 that come 14 to a bag). With all of the opening and closing of the curtains your customers will be doing in your new dressing rooms, sturdy craftsmanship is especially important. Our products will pass this test time and time again.
If you have been contemplating adding or upgrading your dressing rooms in your store but don't have much room, or want something just a little unique, look no further! Give us a call and let our experts guide you through the process. 1-888-434-7444.
QUALITY AND MORE CHOICES
At Curtain-Tracks we believe quality and customer service are two areas that set specialty stores like us apart from big-box competitors. You see, we really know our stuff because it’s all we do. By narrowing our focus to curtains and tracks, we become experts in our field. That means making a product that will last, and offering more choices and high quality options for our customers. It also means that you are not alone in choosing the right hardware for your project; we are here to help every step of the way!
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
We won’t knock our competitors. But we think we have found a great combination selection, affordability and quality. The curtains, tracks, and glides offered at the larger stores are not meant to last. They are meant to get you back into the store at some point, to replace the track that just didn’t last. This leaves you spending even more of your hard earned money for a replacement product. Not fun. Our products come with a warranty that will give you peace of mind, knowing that if anything stops working during normal use, we will send you a replacement at no charge to you. That’s the kind of quality assurance you get with a small specialty store like Curtain-Tracks.
WE KNOW OUR STUFF
Because curtains and tracks are all we do at Curtain-Tracks, we really know our products. We know the specs of each of our products, so we know how much weight a particular track can handle, and we know which carriers won’t rust if you use them outside. We know which gliders will give you the smoothest opening and closing, and we know which tracks can be bent by hand and which ones can't be bent. What does this mean for you? It means we can guide you through just about any project with our expertise. It means we know the right questions to ask and the right product to do the job right, the first time.
BUT, WHAT IF I GET IT WRONG?
On the small chance that you don’t wind up with a product you love, don’t worry! We offer a generous return policy. If you receive a product that just doesn’t look right or work properly, you can send it back to us. We request that you call us first, for two reasons: 1. So we know to look for your package; and 2. So we can help guide you to a product that will meet your needs.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?
We think our products are a low-risk, high-reward investment. We give you high quality at an affordable price, which is the best combination we can offer in retail. We are so passionate about curtains and tracks, we even put it in our name (Now that's dedication!). So, visit out website soon: www.curtain-tracks.com
How many of you view online photos to help determine which hotel room you’ll book? It’s human nature to want to see as much as you can before you spend hard earned money on an experience. Have you ever noticed that many of the online hotel pictures include the lobby? Go ahead, do a quick Google search. We’ll be right here when you get back.
So, why do the hotels share these types of lobby pictures wih us? It’s not like we will be spending very much time in the lobby after check-in. But, it does serve as our first impression. And in the service industry, like hotels, first impressions matter. Simple and updated decor are must-haves in a hotel lobby to impress guests who choose their hotel, and more importantly, envourage a return visit to the hotel.
THINK OUTSIDE THE WINDOW
One simple strategy for adding an element of design and decor to a hotel lobby is by adding curtains. We really need to break away from the notion that drapes are only for windows, because our products can be used for so much more! Once you break out of that window box, the possibilities just keep coming. Maybe you want to put a backdrop behind the check-in desk or around the concierge desk? What about a subtle division between two areas in the lobby or two meeting rooms? Fabric as decoration has been used for years but continues to be a great and often overlooked option.
If you’ve read our previous blog posts, you’ve heard us mention how great curtains can be for adding depth to a space. There is something about layering curtains against a wall but behind furniture that gives a space a sophisticated, finished look. It creates interest for the eye, and makes an overall appealing first impression for hotels.
To create depth with curtains, first you’ll need a reliable track like our 42124 ceiling mount track. We think a ceiling mounted track makes a lot of sense when using curtains in non-window situations because it gives you the flexibility of hanging them away from a wall. Screw the track into a stud in the ceiling, and the track will be able to handle a fair amount of weight from very luxurious curtains. We really love the 42124 ceiling mounted track because it doesn’t require any mounting hardware; the screws are put in directly through the track.
Once you have the length of track for the space, you’ll want to do some math. You’ll need to measure the space you want to cover and multiply by 2 or 3 to determine how much fabric you want for your curtains. The higher the number you multiply by, the fuller the curtains. We like to believe the fuller, the better when it comes to creating a high-end look. We really like our shadow cube curtains for a contemporary, sleek look. This is especially important for hotel lobbies who often try to create a high end feel.
What combination of curtains and hardware do you like best? Check us out at www.curtain-tracks.com and create the hotel lobby that will make a great first impression!
CLEAN AND FRESH DIY PROJECT
Anyone who has read our blog knows that we love helping our customers with their DIY projects. We love it even more when we get to see the finished project! Check out the pictures that Hanna sent us about how well her vision turned into reality. To achieve the look shown in these pictures, Hanna used two of our products, 3096 Wrinkle Band Tape, and 4142 Hooks.
We love how clean and fresh her living room looks with the sheer white curtains. The wrinkle band gives this very simple fabric some depth and dimension by giving the illusion of pinch pleats on perfectly flat curtains. Using sheers on big windows like hers is a great choice because they still let in the light but allow for privacy and a different feel in the room.
BREAK IT DOWN
Our 4142 hooks come in bags of 14 and are meant to be combined with our carriers with glides, so anyone looking to duplicate this look could choose from 7130 Double Wheel Carrier or 4121 I Beam Nylon Wheel Carrier or other compatible carriers. The wrinkle band tape is made from white cotton and is sold by the yard. This tape is meant to be sewn into curtains or fabric, which creates a finished, professional look for just about any DIY project. We have a very similar hook, which is made from plastic. If you choose this one, you’ll need to choose our 7124 Button Carrier or our 84100 Ball Bearing Carrier.
NOT ONE BUT TWO PROJECTS
Hanna’s second set of pictures, a bedroom, are equally as pretty as her living room! She uses similar products here, but thinks outside of the window box by creating a room division with a ceiling mount track. So simple and so elegant! We love it when our customers use curtains and tracks in areas of the home other than windows. It adds an element of depth
Do you want to be famous on Curtain-Tracks.com?! Send us your project pictures today and YOU will be the topic of our next blog post! Fill out our Contact form and you can upload the picture directly to our website! We look forward to seeing yours soon!