HERE COMES THE SUN
We couldn’t be happier to have summer right around the corner. That means more sunshine and warmer days! We all know that sun exposure can increase the brain’s release of serotonin and boosts your mood, but with the sun comes heat and by July and August, if you are sitting in a sunroom or screened in porch, that heat can be unbearable. We have a solution that will allow you to enjoy these spaces while still being comfortable. Curtains!
AN EASY SOLUTION
Adding curtains to your sunroom or screened in porch is a cost-effective way to help regulate the temperature by keeping your space warmer on a brisk day and cooler on a hot day. Curtains can also help block rain and wind, but above all, curtains look great and allow privacy when closed.
If you are looking for a simple decorative look with minimal coverage, consider adding sheer curtain panels. Tie them back when not in use or allow them to gently flow in the breeze. For more functional curtains to help conserve energy and protect against the weather, consider a sturdy outdoor fabric for your curtains.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRACK
The 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track is an aluminum track that can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. This track works well with 7120 Single Snap Carrier with 3091 snap tape sewn on top of the curtain, 7122 Button Carrier with Stainless Hook, and the 7124 Button Carrier, with pinch pleated curtains, and sturdy 7127 end stops. Another option is the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Curtain Track, the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track and the 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track – Ceiling Mount.
ENJOY THE SUMMER
We understand there are many options to choose from and our team is here to help you make the best purchase for your project. We also will make sure you don’t forget any of the necessary hardware and accessories. Let us help you enjoy your sunroom or screened in porch this summer! 1 (888) 434-7444.
Patient safety and privacy is paramount in hospitals, emergency rooms and clinics so when your organization is in need of Privacy Cubicle Curtains quickly, Curtain-Tracks is here to help.
Our Quick Ship Antimicrobial Privacy Cubicle Curtains are durable, top-quality curtains featuring a triple thick 1.5 inch header at the top reinforced with a middle layer of nylon mesh. The hems and mesh have Safe-T-Stitching and grommets are 2-piece rustproof nickel plated brass and located on 6-inch centers. We know safety is critical so this fabric is flame retardant per NFPA #701 standards. Each curtain has an anti-microbial finish to help with infection control by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungus, mold and mildew.
Color: Oatmeal and Taupe with White Mesh
Fabric: Antimicrobial New Shadow Cube
Size: 108 in wide x 96 in tall
Our Quick Ship Oxford Privacy Curtains are made to the same specifications as the custom sized privacy cubicle curtains. These curtains are designed for institutional applications and include 20-inches of white mesh at the top to meet fire code requirements. They are machine washable and will hold up in the toughest hospital emergency room, long-term care facility or clinic, all while looking great!
Color: Cork (84 Tall), Gull (84 and 96 Tall), or Oatmeal (84 Tall)with White Mesh
Size: 108 in wide x 84 in tall or 96 in tall
A limited number of Quick Ship Privacy Cubicle Curtains are kept in stock for customers that have an urgent need. Our friendly customer service team is available to answer your questions, provide pricing and lead times on these curtains as well as any curtain track and accessories you may need. We can be reached toll free at (888) 465-0274.
Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Amazon Prime Video… all household names during the COVID-19 pandemic as families are staying home binge watching original tv shows as well as some old classics. And according to TV Guide, June is sprawling with some new Must-See options. As you spend more time with family watching some of your favorites, why not improve the experience by upgrading your home theatre?
Adding (or replacing) draperies can create a fabulous Hollywood feel to your room. Add curtains along the walls, in front of your large screen and pull them closed when a movie is not being shown, or add them to any walls with windows to help keep the light out. Theatre type curtains also help absorb sound and will create a real-life movie theatre experience as the surround sound of your favorite flick reverberates throughout the room. Your neighbors will be jealous – from at least 6’ feet away.
To create an authentic movie theatre feel, start with curtain tracks. We suggest checking out the 6200 I-Beam curtain track. This aluminum track can be mounted to the ceiling or wall and is available in two lengths: 8 foot length + 4 foot length or two 6 foot pieces (12 feet total). Add the 6210 Metal Wheel Block Carriers With Nylon Wheels and you will be able to smoothly open and close your theatre curtains all day, and all night long. Once you have the tracks installed, it's time to think about the curtains. Selecting the perfect curtain can be a challenge. We suggest checking out a new option that we are offering - the Apollo and Veil blackout curtains, available in black, beige, light grey and navy. To learn more, give us a call at (888) 465-0274.
Whether you are planning on watching E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when it comes out on Netflix June 1 or Miss Snake Charmer being released June 4 on Hulu, isn’t now the perfect time to tackle a DIY project and upgrade your home theater? And when it is all done, grab a box of candy and some buttered popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy some screen time.
When it comes to updating a room, there are several steps you can take. Some changes can be pretty major, like purchasing all new furniture, while other updates don't have to be, such as adding new accessories. If you are ready for a change, check out some of the suggestions below. We hope these ideas help you create a fabulous mini-makeover in your living room!
Have you heard of the KonMari Method? It is inspired by professional organizer Maire Kondo and encourages minimalism with the idea to "help more people live a life that sparks joy". The end goal - "Tidy your space, transform your life." So before you take that first step to check out new paint colors or shopping online for new furniture, step back and take a look at the room you are looking to update. If it needs some decluttering, start there first. After all, a cluttered room with a few updates is still just a cluttered room.
An easy way to transform the look of a room is to update the color on the walls. This year's Color of The Year is Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue. This color is elegant and simple but to some, painting all of the walls of a room in this color may be too much. You may want to consider painting an accent wall in this color (or any color of your choice). An accent wall can create a sense of architecture and a focal point. A good rule of thumb is to paint an accent wall 2 shades darker than the other walls. Whether you paint all the walls of your room or just an accent wall, a new color will refresh the space.
An area rug can do wonders by adding dimension to a room. Round, rectangular, square, so many sizes and options! Place the rug under your furniture to create a spacious feel and if you have hardwood or laminate flooring, an area rug can help protect it from damage. To learn how to pick the best rug for your space, check out this handy guide from Lowe's.
You knew we were going to mention window treatments! Windows are often forgotten when a room is being updated. Don't do it! Not only are curtains functional, they also create privacy and add character to a room. Strong and durable curtain tracks, hardware and accessories and high-quality curtains, can all be found in one place - www.curtain-tracks.com. Plus you have the added benefit of working with a friendly, knowledgeable customer service team who can walk you through your project.
Moving furniture and accessories around a room can create an entirely new perspective. Pull the couch away from the wall, switch out the artwork, put the area rug on an angle. Simple changes can revitalize the room and make it seem new and welcoming.
Whatever changes you make, we hope you love them. Happy decorating!
As restaurants transition from being closed or operating with “Take-Out Only” service, many owners are thinking long and hard about how best to safely open following the COVID-19 outbreak. Many are changing their operating procedures to incorporate additional sanitation efforts, incorporating personal protection equipment (PPE), and maintaining spacing to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
One example of some creative thinking by a restaurant owner in North Canton, Ohio is the use of transparent curtains between tables. Because the Twisted Citrus dining area is relatively small, it prevented the tables from being separated by the prescribed six feet. The restaurant owner decided to suspend working transparent vinyl curtains between each table. This allows diners to feel safely separated from other parties while not feeling confined while they ate.The vinyl curtains can be wiped down frequently and washed each evening. While they utilized a simple PVC pipe to hang these see-through curtains, a track option would provide a more refined look and improve upon this particular solution.
Photo Credit: Fox8.com
If you are considering an implementation of divider curtains in your restaurant, Curtain-Tracks.com can be your source to make that happen. We offer track systems that can be ceiling mounted or suspended from the ceiling. Drop chains can also be utilized to reduce the height of the curtains required while dealing with high ceilings in the restaurant. In addition, Curtain-Tracks.com offers commercial grade transparent vinyl curtains, as well as anti-microbial fabric curtains in a wide range of styles and colors. These are all options to help quickly deploy divider curtains in your dining area.
Our knowledgeable sales staff is at the ready to discuss your project and help you select the hardware and divider curtain combination that will best suit your needs. We all want to be safe while getting back to normal and supporting our local eateries. This may be one way to help establish trust with your clientele while increasing your immediate sales.
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Taking on a new project like redecorating a room or even your entire home, can be daunting. But do not fear. You’ve got this! Below we share some of our favorite inspirational quotes. While they may not have been referring to interior design when they were said, we hope these quotes will motivate you as you take on that project.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Neale Donald Walsh
“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” ― Amelia Earhart
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” ― Dr. Mae Jemison
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” ― Richard Branson
“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.” ― Thomas Edison
“Creativity takes courage.” ― Henri Matisse
“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.” ― Josh Billings
“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” ― Brené Brown
“The things you regret most in life are the risks you didn't take.” ― Farhan Masood
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Peter envisioned a track and roller system that could be used to suspend the Tesla charger cord and moved around the perimeter of his garage to allow easy charging in two of the bays in his three car garage. One of his design steps included consulting with one of the knowledgeable reps at Curtain-Tracks.com to determine which product would best meet his needs for an “L” shaped track that included a 90 degree turn. Following the advice given, Peter opted to use the Industrial Track components to easily install and sturdy track system that would allow a trolley to easily move over the full length of the track while supporting a retractable tool balancer via a standard carrier.
For the stores, restaurants and bars across the country that are beginning to reopen after the COVID-19 shut down, there is a sense of excitement and uncertainty. Excitement for new beginnings and uncertainty about what the future will look like. As preparations take place to ensure a clean and safe environment for both customers and staff, there is also the concern of communicating your efforts to customers. Certainly there are the traditional channels such as social media, email outreach campaigns and an up-to-date website, but for brick and mortar stores, there are additional opportunities to share that your business is back open via signage.
For many communities, there are city codes and restrictions when it comes to business signage. Typically owners would not be permitted to hang a temporary banner alerting potential customers of sales, Happy Hour specials or that you are open for business unless first approved by the city council. But during these unprecedented times, many cities are relaxing these requirements and in an effort to support local businesses, are allowing temporary signage including banners, sandwich boards and window decals. In fact, some signage companies are even offering a free "Open For Business" banner for local companies.
Whether you are open for carry-out or planning a complete reopening and have new banner signage to display, Curtain-Tracks has the best clips on the market to ensure your messaging doesn't blow away. The EasyKlip Midi Tarp and Banner Clips are available in white or black and are designed to grip tarps, banners, or any fabric that requires a super-strong, long lasting hold. Midi Clips, also knows as tarp clips, are designed for heavier applications and are durable, affordable and easy to use. They have been engineered to increase the clamping pressure or grip, as the load increases and has an instant grip up to 220 lbs. Even strong winds will be no contest for these clips.
Business owners, you've got this! If the team at Curtain-Tracks can help in any way, please reach out to us at (888) 465-0274.
CURTAIN TRACKS VS. CURTAIN RODS
There has long been the debate over the benefits of curtain tracks over curtain rods. In fact, we have written several articles on this very topic. Here, we will break down some of the benefits of using curtain tracks and why they have gained in popularity over recent years.
In the 80's, curtain rods were all the rage. Thick, heavy decorative rods with elaborate finials at each end. Simply add lavish curtains and your home was looking good! Since that time, window decorating trends have moved to a more simple, clean and modern look. With this shift in trends, curtain tracks have stepped up to the plate and here are some of the reasons why.
THE BREAK DOWN
1. They are simple and create a minimalist look. Curtain tracks can blend into the wall or behind a valance leaving the focus on the curtains, not the track. The carriers can be concealed within the track which means no large curtain rings.
2. Curtain tracks allow for the super smooth opening and closing of curtains due to the curtain carriers or glides. Curtain carriers "carry" the curtains along the track with minimal resistance. There are many carriers to choose from including: two-wheel carriers, ball bearing, wheeled snap, button carriers, and more. Add a curtain wand and the opening and closing of the curtains just got even easier.
3. Newer homes often boast tall windows and covering these windows with so much curtain fabric calls for strong tracks. Curtain rods need brackets to support it while curtain tracks can be mounted directly into the ceiling or wall at regular intervals. This means no sagging of heavy curtains!
4. They are easy to install. Curtain tracks may seem intimidating to install but they really aren't! In fact, most Do-It-Yourselfers can install curtain tracks using tools such as a drill, screw driver, laser level, and miter saw. Our website offers simple instructions and resources and our customer service team is also available to walk customers through the process.
Curtain tracks allow for many options unlike curtain rods. We invite you to check out the many tracks, accessories and hardware that Curtain-Tracks has to offer. And if we can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-465-0274.
CREATE THE WOW FACTOR
When you put your home up for sale, there is so such to be done, including staging for potential home buyers. According to Realtor.com, “Curtains are one of the most underused resources when preparing a home for sale, experts say. The right set of curtains or drapes can make or break some home sales—especially when it comes to transforming a room into the staged version you want your buyers to see.”
One of our customers, Michael V., was putting his Arizona home on the market and wanted to make some upgrades to his windows. He worked with our friendly customer service team and ordered several products including the 85000 curtain track, both ceiling and wall mount options and available in white, silver, and black, for the windows and closets in his home. He then added floor to ceiling curtains.
Along with curtain track 85000, he also used 84106 Wheeled Snap Carrier - Corded For Ripplefold and the team at Curtain-Tracks helped Michael by doing 60% fullness ripple fold styling for this project. Curtain fullness refers to the number of ripples or folds when the curtains are pulled closed.
When staging your home, Coldwell Banker suggests, "Installing curtains and blinds as close to the ceiling as possible draws the eye up and makes the room appear bigger. Panels should skim the floor." Michael did just that in every single room and the end result is fantastic!
In one room, Michael removed the old closet doors and added curtains on the 85000 track. Viola! Closet curtains! Replacing dated closet doors and adding a stylish curtain can create a completely new, fresh look for the entire room.
As he was preparing his home to be sold, he didn't just upgrade his window treatments, he also created a new look in the bathroom by adding aluminum track 88001, which is available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections. He used 88102 Privacy Cubicle Two Wheel Carrier with Ball Chain & Hooks and added a robin's egg blue shower curtain.
Michael's efforts paid off. He recently contacted us to say, "I had 3 offers in 2 days of showings and just accepted one above asking price. In part thanks to your awesome curtains!" Thanks, Michael. You certainly created the Wow factor. We are so happy for you and wish you much happiness in your new home!