WHAT IS IT?
Have you ever wondered how you should use snap tape? This blog post will cover all of the bases so you can get started on your next window treatment project. Snap tape is sewn onto curtains to attach various snap carriers and is commonly used for ripple fold draperies and curtain panels. It has a 1" wide polyester webbing and nickel plated brass snaps placed 4.25 inches apart and attaches to the back of the curtain panel. Once sewn onto the back of the curtain, it snaps to your curtain carrier or glide of choice. The photo below shows a ripple fold curtain using 3091 snap tape, 7120 snap carriers and the 52124 curtain track.
3091 Snap Tape - sold by the yard or available in a 100 yard roll, is available in white, black or gray. There are many benefits to using snap tape but the most notable benefit is it allows for easy removal of the curtains from the drapery hardware for easy cleaning of the curtains.
COVER YOUR CARRIERS OR TRACK
If you want to cover your carriers, just sew the snap tape 1/4" from the top of the curtain header. If you want to cover the hardware and the track, bring the snap tape even lower on the curtain panel. When using the 3091 snap tape, we suggest placing the first snap approximately 1" from the side of the curtain like the photo below.
If you have questions on how to use snap tape on your next project, our team at Curtain-Tracks can help you achieve the look you are looking for!
SMALLER IS BETTER
We live in a society where it is fairly common to want more but there are benefits to living with less. Becoming Minimalist shares 12 benefits of owning less and not only does having fewer items make it easier to clean your space, you will also spend fewer dollars and have less stress. For people that embrace a "less is more lifestyle" and live in a smaller (or tiny) home, there can be some challenges, specifically when it comes to storing those items. Off-season clothing, linens and kitchen items need a place when not in use so we suggest rethinking a closet space you already have. One way to maximize closet space is to remove the door entirely and adding a curtain.
EVERY INCH COUNTS
Removing the door and replacing with a wall or ceiling mount curtain track, along with a decorative curtain, not only enhances the look of your space, it also allows for some extra room to store those items. Maximizing space is critical when living in a small home with limited storage and using curtains instead of a closet door will allow you to utilize every single square inch. Simply install a durable curtain track along with carriers, end stops and mounting hardware and adding a curtain to an existing closet, and you will instantly create some extra space in your home.
Our friendly customer service representatives can help you decide on the best curtain track and accessories for your closet door and are happy to discuss any other storage challenges you might be facing in your home. Give them a call at 888-434-7444 and they will be happy to discuss this with you.
For those who work in a hospital, medical practice, urgent care or outpatient clinic, if you ever find your organization in a bind because a privacy curtain needs replaced STAT, we are here to help! We offer Quick Ship Privacy Curtains that are available to ship immediately. Each curtain includes 20 inches of white mesh to meet fire code requirements for most commercial applications and are available in the following colors and specifications:
Color: Cork, Gull, or Oatmeal with White Mesh
Size: 108 in wide x 84 in tall
This privacy cubicle curtains offers durable, top quality construction featuring a triple thick 1.5 inch header reinforced with a middle layer of nylon mesh. Safe-T-Stitching locks in hems and seams. Fabric patterns matched to enhance appearance. Grommets are two-piece rustproof nickel plated brass and located on 6 inch centers. All fabrics offered are flame retardant per NFPA #701 standards.
* Designed for institutional application
* Machine washable up to 160 degrees F
* Fabric width 71/72 inches
* 100% polyester
* 100% flame retardant. Meets NFPA 701 and California Code Title 19 requirements.
These curtains can withstand even the toughest environments! Call us to day if you need these immediately!
Curtain Trolleys are used for many different applications like warehouses, workshops an even for stage curtains. They attach the curtains to the curtain track and allow for super smooth operation. At Curtain-Tracks, we offer several different trolleys (20!) - some with nylon wheels and others with steel wheels. Some have two wheels and others have four. Whatever your project, we most likely have what you need. Below are just a few!
Heavy Duty Industrial Curtain Trolleys with Nylon Wheels with a 1" hook is recommended when using curtains that weigh 100 pounds or less and less than 15 feet tall. This trolley can be found on our website as Part # 16NR1 and is our most popular trolley.
Our Industrial Trolley with Steel Wheels are recommended for curtains that weigh more than 100 pounds or over 15 feet tall. These rollers are compatible with the 16RT tracks. The steel hook provides a drop of 1 inch below the roller track, and offer a round nest at the bottom of the hook for use with curtains with grommets.
Industrial Trolley - 4 Steel Wheels - 1.5 Inch Steel Plate with double steel wheels on steel bodies are recommended for heavy curtains like those weighing more than 100 pounds or over 15 feet tall. The steel plate on this trolley provides a 1.5" drop below the roller track, and has a hole for a chain, hook, or other fastening methods.
- Warehouse and truck bays
- Vinyl strip warehouse, freezer, walk-in coolers, and reefer trucks
- Paint booth curtains
- Stage curtains
- Wash bays
- Woodworking areas
READY FOR A QUOTE?
If you are looking for a quote, you can easily request one on our website or contact a C-T team member!
NOT THE END
End Stops are recommended to be used on each end of a curtain track. They keep carriers or glides on the track and can be used to anchor the curtain at the end or in the middle of the curtain track as needed. On our website under the Hardware & Accessories tab, if you click on End Stops, you will find several that you can choose from.
A FAN FAVORITE
One of our favorites is the 88136 End Stop. The 88136 Metal End Stop is compatible with the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track (Hospital Track), an aluminum track with silver satin finish commonly used in hospitals and clinics for privacy curtains. These End Stops have a metallic silver finish, are sold individually, and additional screws are not required. They are super easy to use!
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE?
If this isn't the exact end stop style you are looking for, we offer several additional choices available. Please don't hesitate to consult with a Curtain-Tracks team member to get expert advice and helpful hints. Give them a call at (888) 434-7444 and they will be happy to help!
BE THE BEST
Hotels have a lot of competition so attracting guests is a priority. And as a guest, there’s always that slight bit of excitement as you open your hotel room door. Will the room be large? Clean? Updated? Will there be a mini fridge? Large windows? That impression can be dismal if any of the above aren’t met and that includes what the window treatments look like.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY
With every visit to a hotel, look to the windows. You may be surprised how the window treatments and tracks are often the forgotten part of the room. But when a guest enters the room, the eyes scan the space and then look across the room which is most often where the windows are located. The curtains and how they hang can bring delight or disappointment.
If you make any of the design decisions for a hotel or you simply want to create a polished look for your windows like most hotels do, you want to check out our selection of hotel curtain tracks. The best tracks to create this finished look are curtain tracks like the 84003 or 84004 ball bearing carrier tracks, along with the master carriers and wands. The 84003 track is a ceiling or wall mount track and available in white, silver, or black. The 84004 track is a ceiling mount aluminum track available in white or silver that accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers.These high-quality tracks can withstand continued use and allow curtains to overlap when closed to block light and increase privacy.
Whether you want to make a lasting first impression for hotel guests or want to create this look for your own home, we have the curtain tracks, carriers, and hardware you will need for the project. Give us a call: (888) 465-0274!
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Summer is coming to a close and that means college students are moving in for the first time or returning to school in just a few short weeks. Dorm rooms historically haven't been particularly glamorous but colleges and universities are making vast updates to their housing options to attract more students. Even with the addition of private rooms and apartment-style living, the traditional dorm room still exists. This type of room usually consists of bunk beds, a couple desks and dressers and they don’t have a lot of frill, or privacy, for that matter. For those who live in a dorm room such as this, creating a space with a bit of privacy isn’t completely out of the question.
We have worked with students across the country to create this privacy by adding curtain tracks and curtains to their bunk beds. Adding curtains to a bunk bed can create a comfortable study space and help eliminate distractions (like your roommate).The curtains can be pulled closed to keep light from coming in, especially for any mid afternoon naps! If eclipse curtains are used, they not only block out light, they help absorb sound. That's a win-win!
For a project like this, our ceiling-mounted curtain tracks will work to transform your bunk or loft into your private space. These tracks can be installed directly into the ceiling if you have a loft, you can use clamps if your room has a drop ceiling, or you can add them in the frame of a bunk bed to cover the bottom bunk. After the track is installed, add our Bunk Bed Privacy Curtains. This awesome fabric is not only machine washable, it also blocks 98% of light. They are 48 inches wide and 36 inches tall and are available in beige, navy and black. But if you need different sizing, simply give us a call and we can make custom curtains for you!
SCHOOL'S IN SESSION
As unconventional as adding curtains to a bunk bed or loft may sound, it provides a solution that can help students get through the school year. Let us help you with your project. Give us a call at (888) 465-0274 to speak with one of our friendly customer service team members!
When you want to add curtain tracks to a large space, like a wall of windows, as a room divider, or in a conference room, you need multiple tracks. Several of our tracks come in 8' foot or 12' sections but you can lay multiple tracks end to end for a seamless track for your space.
STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW
Installing multiple curtain tracks is definitely possible and will look great when finished if you use the right drapery hardware, tools, and a level. Our 88001 Privacy Cubicle Curtain Track, an aluminum track with silver satin finish that is available in 6', 8', 12' and 16' sections, and the 4108 Bendable I-Beam Curtain Track, available in silver or black anodized aluminum I-Beam track with satin finish and comes in 8' lengths, can be spliced end to end with 4128 ceiling splicer or 4130 wall splicer.
ALIGN YOUR PRINCIPALS
If you are aligning tracks without splicers, the tracks need to be fully aligned to minimize the seam and reduce the carriers from catching on a seam when in use. If at all possible, placing the seam of the curtain tracks as close to the middle of the space as possible where the curtains meet will help minimize the carriers catching on the track.
EVERYWHERE YOU GO
Curtain tracks are all around us. They are in homes, offices, hotels, hospitals, salons, retail stores, restaurants, airplanes, boats and RVs. At Curtain-Tracks, we love to showcase curtain tracks and accessories from all over the country. In fact, a lot of what we like to feature are from customers just like you!
NOT JUST TRACKS
At Curtain-Tracks.com, we offer curtain tracks, hardware and accessories as well as a wide assortment of privacy curtains, hotel curtains, curtains for vehicles, and even shower curtains, and we like to write on our blog about the many uses of our products. To find ideas for your next project, simply check out our blog categories that are located on the right side of this page. There you will read about everything from adding curtain tracks to your RV and boat to home theatres and solutions for your basement, not to mention the traditional uses for curtain tracks such as on bedroom windows.
SHOW US YOUR PICS
If our blog isn’t enough when it comes to ideas, check out our Pinterest page where we have dozens of boards featuring images of curtain tracks projects from all over the world. And if you use curtain tracks or accessories, we would love to see your picture! You just might see them on our social media channels and our blog.
In the meantime, keep decorating and if we can help you in anyway, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly customer service team!
We hear a lot about curb appeal and how it is important for homeowners looking to sell their home. Realtors and even HGTV stress the importance of an attractive entryway, nice landscaping, and making sure even the littlest details are take care of, like the paint isn’t chipping around the front door.
GAINING NEW CUSTOMERS
Having nice curb appeal is also important for store owners and restaurant owners. According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 1+ million restaurants in the United States. That means restaurants have A LOT of competition. And while the quality of the food is of the upmost importance, with restaurants on every corner, getting new customers in the front door of the restaurant in the first place can be a challenge. This is when curb appeal is especially important.
We found this image of a restaurant owner who we think, did a great job with their curb appeal. Not only do they have welcoming bistro tables outside the restaurant, they also have an awning to give their establishment a quaint look. To top it all off, their windows have fantastic, eye-catching patterned curtains hung on curtain tracks. We are unsure if these curtains are on a ceiling mount curtain track or a wall mount track, or if they are plastic or aluminum. Regardless, the end result is very nice!
If you are a restaurant or retail owner and are looking for ways to create a great first impression for new customers, as well as returning ones, we suggest taking a fresh look at the outside of your establishment. Look at it with wide open eyes as if you were looking at it for the first time. What would you think? Is it welcoming? Then ask yourself, “What can I do to enhance the curb appeal?” Whether that be new signage, fresh landscaping or curtains in your windows, small changes can mean big results with customers.