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!
ONE OF OUR FAVS
You might have heard us mention the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track in previous blog posts or on our Facebook page. We talk about this fabulous track so often because we love how diverse it is. Whether you are working on a small project in your home, boat or RV, or even on a larger project, chances are, this track will be the best product for the job.
Our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is one of our most popular tracks and for good reason. The flexible track is a white, I-beam configuration track that can be mounted to the wall or the ceiling. It’s a durable track with an internal metal spine, and is available in standard, medium, and heavy duty sizes to accommodate various weights of curtains or draperies.
It’s not called the Flexible Curtain Track for nothing! What makes it so great is that it can be bent by hand without compromising strength (no need to be Superman!), so it can be used for straight and curved applications. Perfect for unique angles, like bay windows, around claw foot bathtubs, and even storage areas, this track is your go-to for your next project.
The 6100 Flexible curtain track is sold by the foot and requires mounting cartridges every 10 inches. Our new and improved website provides an entire list of compatible products so you can easily find everything you need to complete your next project.
READY TO GET STARTED?
If you are ready to tackle your next project, don’t be intimidated. Our friendly customer service team can help every step of the way. So whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or a professional interior designer, we’ve got you covered. Once you have completed your project, we would love to see your pictures. Who knows, we may even include them in a future blog post!
Summer is quickly approaching, which means many campers are pulling their RV’s out of storage and planning their road trips. This begins the spring cleaning and updating process, one that Curtain-Tracks is happy to help navigate. Because RV’s are investments that are meant to last a long time, things like curtains can begin to look dated long before the mobile home is ready to retire.
Curtain-Tracks can help you update your home on wheels in a variety of ways. We can supply custom tracks or curtains that will give your RV a facelift with a whole new look. We can help you select curtains for the small windows, a divider between the living and driving quarters, a divider between beds, or even a shower curtain. When you step back and look at how many curtains and tracks are used in a camper, you’ll be checking out our RV Curtain and Hardware Collection in no time.
COOL, DARK AND QUIET
What is the purpose of camping? We believe it is to relax, unwind, and connect with family. While many of these goals can be accomplished around the bonfire or on the hiking trail, there will be some days that are just too hot or too rainy to enjoy those activities. On those days, campers are thankful for the roof over their head in the RV. Those who have worked with our specialists are even more thankful for our products.
Our eclipse curtains are great for homes on wheels because they keep out 98% of the light and help block sounds. For parents, this can be the difference between nap time and a ridiculously grouchy little one. (Even for adults, this mid day nap might be the key to a restful and relaxing weekend!) The darkness created by our curtains can also mean that it’s easier to get the baby to sleep for the night even though the sun stays up late. In addition to less light and sound, these curtains can also help to keep the RV cool during a hot summer day.
CUSTOM AND/OR RETRO
Because the sizes of windows or sleeping quarters in a mobile home can vary by model and year, curtain sizes are often custom. Have we mentioned yet that we LOVE helping our customers with custom orders? Well, we do! And, we have lots of satisfied campers who will tell you that our tracks and custom made RV curtains fit just perfectly in their RV.
If you would like assistance with your spring RV project, consider filling out our request form. You can include as much or as little information as you have, and you can even upload a picture of the area you are working on. One of our specialists will give you a call to get your home on wheels ready for it’s busy season. Safe Travels!
Did you know that only 84% of Americans use their garage to park a car? Things like storage and workspace are beginning to invade garage space, according to a recent poll. Because of the flexibility needed in a garage, we would like to suggest a curtain wall created by some of Curtain-Tracks products.
HIDE THE CLUTTER
The first curtain wall in the garage could be used to partition and hide storage space. Many homeowners line the walls of their garage with their yard tools, lawn mower, out of season shoes, toys, etc., etc., etc. Although it makes sense to store these things in the garage, it also creates a visual nightmare that makes some homeowners embarrassed by the space. (Almost 1 in 4 homeowners report that their garage is too cluttered.)
Creating a curtain wall as a visual barrier can immediately create a feeling of calm and order in the garage. This visual boundary can also add a bit of flair and design to the garage, as a warm welcome home after a long day at work. Much better than a welcome home to chaos and reminders of projects that are not yet complete.
HIDE THE PROJECT NOISE AND MESS
The second curtain wall that could be used in a garage is one that can be opened and closed depending on what project is happening at the time. If your spouse is cutting tile, for example, a curtain track surrounding the wet saw would help to catch any spraying water and would also dampen the sound. We would recommend one of our heavier duty tracks for this purpose, such as our Extra Heavy Duty Track. This track has an industrial look that will fit an industrial space, and is made of aluminum which will hold up to the elements of a garage while also keeping it’s strength. You could also use a Flexible Track to create a curtain wall with an unusual shape, or any of the additional tracks listed here.
Because of the nature of a garage, we suggest using one of our more rugged, industrial curtains. We have a few that are not listed on our website, so give us a call at 1-888-434-7444 to learn more about these products. Another option for the more budget conscious DIYer is using a tarp from your local hardware store. Hanging a tarp or heavy duty curtain in a space like this can contain the dust and even some of the sound that comes along with projects happening in the garage.
So, what project have you been putting off? Why not create a fun and functional space in your garage today and start checking off your to-do list?