Four years ago we wrote an article on our blog about 3 Ways To Improve Your Living Space With Curtains In Lofts. The post was extremely popular so we thought we would revisit the topic and share some ideas on how to make super-cool lofts just a bit more functional by adding curtain tracks and curtains.
1. Windows, windows, windows! Loft apartments often have great windows and while we enjoy an awesome view as much as the next person, there comes a time when everyone needs some privacy. Hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains in front of windows not only helps create some privacy, they also block light and can save on air and heat costs. Just hang them on our sturdy ceiling mount curtain tracks and you will be good to go!
2. Open space! Loft apartments are large open spaces but you can create smaller spaces (like the bedroom), just by adding curtain tracks. Close the curtains when company is coming to visit or leave them open when you decide to make the bed and don't mind your friends seeing your space.
3. Storage solutions! As fantastic as a loft apartment is, they often come with a lack of storage spaces. Easily store bins of clothes, holiday decorations and extra what-nots by creating a storage space. Again, curtain tracks and decorative curtains to the rescue! Find an unused space in the loft (perhaps an unused corner of the space) and designate that area for your extra items.
Make your loft home just a bit more functional by adding curtain tracks and curtains to areas you think just could be made just a bit better. Don't forget to send us your pictures!
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE
Calling all interior designers, home stagers, homeowners and anyone who just loves learning about current design trends! Benjamin Moore Paints has announced the Color of the Year and Color Trends for 2020. Are you ready for the big reveal?
The winner is... Color of the Year First Light 2102-70! This is not any ordinary pink. It's a soft shade that is a nice change from the traditional beige or white. According to Benjamin Moore, the soft, rosy hue is blooming with potential and is the backdrop for a bright new decade. The other ten colors of the Color Trends 2020 palette "deliver modern paint color pairings that combine optimism with understatement, a timeless way to lighten up."
If you refresh your home with some of these new colors, whether it's with paint or accompanying accessories, consider changing up your window treatments as well. New, fresh curtains on high quality curtain tracks, can help create an entire new look for your space. Ready to transform your space? We can help!
NOT SO GREAT
Companies often boast that open work spaces allow for open communication and collaboration among team members but recent studies show it does just the opposite. An article recently published in Forbes states that, "31% of employees in open offices say they hold back their true thoughts and opinions while on calls in the office because they don’t want co-workers to hear and judge them." It also shares "1 in 8 (13%) of open office workers in the U.S. feel that their company’s office layout has pushed them to consider leaving their job and feel resentful towards more senior staff with private offices." Also, 1 in 3 workers feel distractions and noise from open work spaces hinder their productivity, while 1 in 6 say it hinders creativity as well. These are staggering statistics. So if your company office is an open work space, what are you to do?
BUILD A WALL
Constructing walls to create individual offices may not be realistic, or even within budget. But a simple solution to create private areas in an open office space is to install curtain tracks and eclipse curtains to create curtain "walls". Eclipse curtains help absorb sound so these curtain walls can be used to create smaller "phone booth" spaces so employees can speak with clients or customers and not feel like their conversation is being overheard by the entire office. Curtain walls can also be used to create conference rooms or huddle spaces. The beauty of creating these walls is when there is a need for an all-office meeting, simply pull the curtain walls back and open up the entire office space again.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Creating curtain walls may just be the answer your employees are looking for and Curtain-Tracks can help! We have the largest selection of online curtain tracks, hardware, accessories and curtains and our friendly customer service team will hep you through the entire project.
THE FINISHING TOUCH
Often when a room is being designed, top priority is given to the flooring and furniture. While these aspects are incredibly important when designing a room, we would strongly suggest careful consideration be given to the windows and window treatments. We encounter rooms of all shapes and sizes that look *almost* incredible. The problem is, the windows are often overlooked or are given very little thought. There may be a small valence or perhaps there are some curtains that don't hold the "wow factor", leaving the room to look GOOD but not GREAT. We wanted to share below a variety of images of rooms that we think look pretty fantastic and definitely catch your eye. Let us know what you think of these photos in the comments, or send us an email with images of your incredible rooms and we may just share them in a future blog post.
ALL IN ONE PLACE
At Curtain-Tracks, we have one of the widest online selections of drapery and curtain track systems in the US. We have hundreds of products ranging from curtain tracks and hardware to curtains and wands, all available on our website. And while we offer a wide range of products, we understand that the number of selections can be overwhelming. That is why we have a friendly team of customer service representatives available to answer your questions by phone and by email.kits
EASY AS 1...2...3
We've made it easy to navigate our website so you can easily find tracks, hooks, wands, and more. We have also created ceiling track kits like the 84003 Ceiling Mount Kit. This kit includes everything you need including all the necessary components for a strong 8 foot curtain track with outstanding performance for ceiling mount applications. Available in silver or white and includes one 8 ft track (84003), twenty-eight ball bearing carriers (2 bags - 84100) with steel ball bearings inside wheels that allow for ease of movement, two metal end stops (84132), and six ceiling clips (84152). Simply add a Master Carrier and Wand Kit (84114-Kit) for enhanced performance, or a splicer (84142) to combine kits for longer applications.This kit is perfect for floor-to-ceiling curtains and can be used with sliding glass doors or large windows.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Whether you are looking for a ceiling track kit, replacement parts, or something else, chances are you will find it on the Curtain-Tracks website. When you are done with your project, we would love to see pictures!
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!