French doors on their own, make a beautiful statement to a room. They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, allow plenty of natural light to flood into the space and give you a wide open view to the outdoors. But with all of these benefits, there can be a need to add curtains to these doors to allow for privacy. This is certainly possible and will not take away from the beauty of the doors. All you need to do are these three steps.
1. Choose a curtain track. We have a wide selection of curtains tracks and for French Doors, we suggest selecting a ceiling mount track. A ceiling mount track can create a seamless look to the room and some of our tracks can even be recessed into the ceiling. Another option is the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. It is a sleek, simple track that can be mounted to the ceiling or wall and even bent by hand if needed.
2. Choose end stops and curtain carriers. End stops keep the carriers or glides within the track. They can also anchor the curtain at the end of the track or mid track as needed and carriers allow for ease of movement of the curtains. Using high-quality drapery hardware allows the curtains to be opened and closed smoothly and quietly.
3. Select curtains. There are a couple schools of thought when it comes to adding curtains to French Doors. You can choose a curtain that is room darkening if you are looking for complete privacy or you can select a curtain that is light and airy yet still compliments the doors. There are curtains available that are thinner (similar to shears) that provide some privacy while still allowing light to shine into the room.
We love the look of French doors but adding curtains doesn't have to take away from their beauty, it can enhance it. Follow the steps above and once you are done dressing up your doors, we would love to see a picture to share on our blog.
WIDE OPEN SPACES
Open office spaces were once thought to be the best thing since sliced bread. They allowed for improved social interaction, collaboration and increased productivity. Inc.com recently published an article discussing this short lived trend and how "people are still people and like most people you and your employees probably wouldn't mind a little time away from...well...other people." But if your work space is wide open and you aren't willing to move your team to a new office or you have another five years on a lease, what are you to do to keep your employees happy?
SMALL SPACES, BIG IMPACT
Creating a private space or two in an open office environment will allow employees to take a much needed break, if needed, from others. One idea is to create a quiet room and if adding walls to your office environment isn't feasible, the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track can be your solution. Available in silver or black anodized aluminum, it has a thicker top wall for added support. Add 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers, sound absorbing curtains, a couple extra comfy chairs to the space, and you have created an area where members of your team can take a quick break. This same concept works if you are looking to create a small meeting space.
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
Don't be frustrated with your office space. There are many options when it comes to creating an environment that allows for team work but also permits private spaces. Our team is here to help. For more ideas for your workplace, check out these blog posts.
We obviously carry a lot of quality curtain tracks, curtains, carriers, end stops, wands, and a variety of additional hardware and accessories, but we also carry sturdy bungee cords. Our bungee cords are available in white and black and are 10 inches in length but stretch to double its length. They work exceptionally well when it comes to securing items. What types of items, you ask? We'd love to tell you!
Our bungee cords are frequently used to secure large tarps, tents and awnings, boat covers, tie-downs for pick-up beds, plus so much more. How many times have you gone to the hardware store and purchased a large item that required you to bungee down your trunk for the drive home? These bungee cords would have come in handy!
Not only are these bungee cords great for tying down items, they are also frequently used by business owners who use them to secure their retail banners. The corded loop with the single hook lets you wrap the cord around an object, like a pole or frame, then through the grommet of the banner, making them incredibly secure, even in challenging weather.
When it comes to securing a banner or holding down a trunk, or covering items like a boat or the bed of a pick-up truck, these bungee cords are the very best on the market. Give them a try!
HIT THE ROAD
If you have a van, camper or large SUV and are looking to make your vehicle something more than just a mode of transportation, such as a place to catch a nap or decent night's sleep while traveling, you might want to consider adding some divider curtains.
If you search online for creative ways to add curtains to your vehicle, you will come across several blogs of adventurous travelers sharing how they turned their van/SUV/camper into a home on wheels by doing just that. Some were creative by using wire affixed to each side of the van, while others used velcro on the ceiling. We are all about being innovative in your efforts but if you are looking for a solid, secure way to cover your windows or divide the front from the back to create separate spaces, we can help.
Curtain-Tracks customers David and Deborah added curtain tracks and curtains to their 1995 EuroVan Camper a few years ago and they used several of our products.They travel frequently and were looking for a way to create a divider between the front and the back of their camper. They used 3112 Curtain Track. It is made of PVC Plastic and is available in white, brown, gray, and black. Customers can easily drill mounting holes during installation and it is flexible for arched applications. They added 3115 Curtain Track End Caps, and 3091 Snap Tape, which can be sewn onto curtains and attached to the 3070 Snap Carriers to create ripple fold draperies and curtain panels (which Deborah made).
Once it was all installed, the curtains were used to close off the back of the van. We think the end result is fantastic and even included their photos in our website Photo Gallery or you can read more about their project on their blog.
We've written about the pros and cons of curtain rods in past blog articles but we haven't touched on tension rods. Tension rods are rods that use tension to stay in place. They are spring loaded with rubber tips on each end and are often used when someone is looking for a simple, inexpensive solution to a curtain hanging dilemma.
There are no tools required when installing a tension rod. In fact, one just needs to make sure the window space where they would like to place the tension rod is no wider than 84 inches as that is typically the largest size a tension rod is available. When using a tension rod, typically curtains must be lightweight. If the curtains are too heavy, the tension rod will bow or dip in the middle or the entire rod will slide down the wall trying to support the weight.
A BETTER SOLUTION
While there may be a place for tension rods (perhaps displaying a lightweight valance over a small window), these rods aren't made to support full length curtains. Curtain tracks are the best solution when hanging window coverings. Simple to install (we can walk you through the entire process and we promise, it's painless), curtain tracks are durable and the right track can cover small or large, short or tall windows, and the curtains that cover them. Wall mount or ceiling mount, plastic tracks or aluminum, curtain tracks allow you more options when hanging curtains with length and weight.
HERE FOR YOU
If you have always used tension rods in your decorating and are looking for a solution that allows you to be a bit more creative, visit our selection of curtain tracks or look through our Photo Gallery. You just might find exactly what you are looking for. If you aren't exactly sure what products you need, simply reach out to us. We are happy to help!
We talk about curtain tracks being in homes, workspaces, hospitals and clinics, but one place you may not think to find them is in churches. No matter the religion, many churches use their space in several ways in addition to Sunday services. Churches use their buildings for meetings, concerts, events like Vacation Bible School and weddings, and even plays. These versatile spaces require flexible solutions to accommodate these different functions.
Many churches have tall, expansive ceilings. When looking to add a curtain track, the 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track is the best bet. Available in silver or black anodized aluminum, it has a thicker top wall for added support. This track can support the weight of heavy curtains that are longer than 10 feet long. When selecting carriers, the 7140 Double Wheel Carriers are durable and the perfect choice. Available in white they have 11.5 mm diameter wheels supporting a large metal ring. These carriers make the opening and closing of tall curtains smooth and easy.
READY TO HELP
Whether you are a church staff member or a volunteer looking to create versatile spaces in your church, we are here to help. We can speak with you about the spaces in your church and how adding curtain tracks can create multiple uses, including smaller meeting rooms or even an enhanced backdrop in the sanctuary or auditorium. (888) 434-7444
Healthcare is a competitive field and emergency rooms are popping up in suburbs across the United States. Each year, ERs treat 117 million patients and these neighborhood emergency departments help eliminate overcrowding and long waits. They can treat everything from broken arms to more complex medical cases. To stay competitive, they are completely designed with the patient in mind.
Many of these ERs have private rooms for the patients but when it comes to other locations, such as registration areas and medical examining rooms, you will notice that privacy takes precedence. These spaces often have curtain tracks to allow the patient complete privacy in the event the door to the room is opened. In many cases, the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track is used. This aluminum track has a silver satin finish and is available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections but can be spliced together for longer applications.
Hospitals and Emergency Rooms not only choose durable curtain tracks, they also choose quality privacy curtains. Curtain-Tracks' cubicle curtains are constructed with a triple thick 1 ½ incher header sewn with a double needle Safe-T-Lock stitch, making them practically tear proof. This also eliminates unraveling and raw edges, providing enduring strength. Curtains are typically sewn with rust proof nickel plated brass grommets on 6 inch centers across the header, although customer specifications can be accommodated. These curtains pass NFPA 701 testing, the most stringent national standard and feature ½ inch flame retardant mesh which meets NFPA requirements.
IF YOU EVER HAVE TO VISIT
We hope you never have to visit an emergency room, but if you do, we hope you visit an ER that offers high quality privacy cubicle tracks and privacy curtains.
When you think of high-end, glamorous bathrooms, oftentimes they don't have doors on the showers. You see beautiful tilework, a magnificent shower head (or two, or three, or four...) and a quality shower curtain pulled open to the side. The shower curtain is usually connected to a ceiling mount curtain track, rather than a shower rod. A ceiling mount track is extremely stable and more secure than a rod so you can shower without worrying you are being too rough with the shower curtain.
Mounting a curtain track to the ceiling gives the appearance of a larger space and can create a luxury look to the room and with our Deluxe Shower Curtain Kit, you get everything you need - 6 foot Track (1), Ceiling Brackets and screws (5), End Stops (2), Wheel Carriers w/ Shackle and set screws (12). If you want to have some space between the top of your curtain and the ceiling to let out steam while showering, you can add beaded drop chains to the kit. These are nickel plated brass chains and eyelet with stainless steel hook so they won't rust or corrode. They are available in 12 inch, 16.5 inch, and 28.5 inch lengths and have removable eyelets so you can cut them to custom lengths.
To upgrade your bathroom, a simple change like replacing a shower curtain rod and adding a ceiling mount curtain track, can be the first step. Add the shower curtain of your choice (be sure to check out our wide selection!) and you are well on your way to a luxury bathroom, After your renovation is complete, we would love to see your photos so we can feature them in our Photo Gallery and on Facebook.
AND THE WINNER IS...
Pantone recently announced that the color of the year is Living Coral. "For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design." They say it is, "An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge." We agree. We think it's a great color - happy, bright and fun (kind of reminds us of a group of flamingoes).
When it comes to painting your home or workplace, the wide variances in colors can be overwhelming so our friends at Apartment Therapy gathered the best coral paint matches in case you decide to paint a room or piece of furniture this vibrant color. Once you are done painting, you may wonder what are some go-to colors for accessories, including the color of the curtain panels you want on your windows. Some accent colors that look great with coral are vibrant teal and grey.
Once you decide on curtains, we can help you choose the perfect curtain track to complete the look of your room. We have one of the best selections of ceiling mount and wall mount curtain tracks. Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be mounted to the ceiling or other horizontal surfaces. The ceiling mounted curtain track is either screwed directly into the ceiling through mounting holes or attached to the ceiling with specific ceiling mount hardware such as clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. Some wall-mounted curtain tracks like the 5400 and 3112 tracks are mounted flush to the wall with screws and do not require any additional mounting brackets or hardware. Others, like the 84003 or 4108 tracks, utilize wall brackets that provide space between the wall and the track.
No matter what color you paint your room, we have everything you need when it comes to covering your windows! Curtain tracks, curtains, mounting brackets, carriers, end stops, and more! Happy decorating and we hope you enjoy this fun color as much as we do!
As 2018 comes to a close, you might find yourself taking some extra vacation days before the end of the year. If you have some down time over the next few weeks and are wondering what you should do, it might be a good time to tackle a home project.
TACKLE A PROJECT
If you are looking to create a storage space in a basement or garage to conceal all of those Christmas gifts, convert your basement to the coolest movie room in the neighborhood, designate a space as a man cave so you can watch football all day long, or add bunk curtains or a room divider to your kid's room to keep the peace, look no further. At Curtain-Tracks, we offer, no surprise, curtain tracks plus all the accessories needed for all of these projects plus so many others. And if you aren’t a “handy person", no worries! The friendly customer service team at Curtain-Tracks is here to help you every step of the way.