Older homes often have a lot of character, like arched entryways, beautiful crown molding, cozy little nooks and sometimes even odd angles. The uniqueness of each older home sometimes poses a decorating challenge, especially when walls aren’t completely symmetrical. When it comes to window treatments, of course we always prefer using curtain tracks over rods, but especially in a home that may have a sloped ceiling; a curtain track will always win.
OPTION 1 & 2
Don’t be intimidated by the unevenness of a sloped ceiling. Ceiling-mounted curtain tracks offer a solution. You can install the track directly into the slope of the ceiling but then you need to decide about the curtain panel. You can leave it in a rectangular shape and have the bottom hem follow the angle of the ceiling or you can purchase or make a very long panel and cut it so that it fits the space provided. Either is acceptable, but the first has a bit more of a drawback. 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. The second option of trimming a corner of a long curtain to fit the space 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-which isn’t necessarily bad from a designer standpoint as curtains that pool slightly on the floor are all the rage in the decorator world.
BEHIND DOOR 3
There is an option 3. Hanging our 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track offers another option. Suspend the track to make it level. Our suspension parts, compatible with 88001, will allow you to install the track on a sloped ceiling using suspension tubing. Simply cut the tubing to length, and attach one end to the ceiling with the 88204 Ceiling Flange, and connect the other end of the tubing to the track with the 88202 Track Adapters. The tubing is attached by drilling a hole to allow the mounting bolt to pass through the tubing. You will see this method in retail stores, lofts and other establishments where there are extremely high ceilings.
Nervous? Don't be! Give us a call at 888-434-7444 and we will be happy to assist you.
LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN
We admit it. We look for curtain tracks everywhere we go, especially when we stay in hotels. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, a team member stayed in a hotel that was located right on the strip. The flashing lights and sounds are 24 hours a day because, you know, it's the city that never sleeps. Well, our team member happens to enjoy sleep and was sorely disappointed when she discovered the room she was staying in did not have curtains (let alone curtain tracks). This hotel instead chose to use plantation shutters on every window. While shutters LOOK nice, they aren't the most effective when it comes to blocking out light or sound. Perhaps in Vegas, that's the whole idea... they'd rather you DIDN'T sleep.
CAN I GET SOME ZZZZZs...
For a solid night's sleep, we always recommend using eclipse curtains, also known as black out curtains. They block 98% of light and are sound absorbing. They are extremely effective in creating a darkened, quieter room when installed using a ceiling mount curtain track, as they cover the entire window. Many hotels (but not this particular one in Las Vegas) use eclipse curtains and ceiling mount curtain tracks because they want their guests to get a good night's sleep. For this very reason, we hear from customers who want to replicate this look for their very own home.
If you are interested in creating a dark, quiet sanctuary in your bedroom, our eclipse light blocking curtains will certainly help. These curtains are custom made to your exact specifications so you can be sure they are perfect for your project. Contact us and we can walk you through your project. In the meantime, if you visit Las Vegas, we recommend a sleep mask and earplugs if you want to actually sleep.
In our blog, we've written a few posts about using curtain tracks for claw foot tubs. Claw foot tubs often need a curtain track to encircle the entire tub when they are placed away from the wall, allowing for privacy from all angles. In this blog post, we want to address using curtain tracks for a soaker tub/shower combo and how we recently helped a customer who had a triangular shaped soaker tub in the corner of the bathroom that doubles as a shower.
Enjoying a long, luxurious bath in a soaker tub sounds amazing but if that tub doubles as a shower, you need to think of a way to enclose the tub. Since our customer has a tub in the corner of the bathroom, she wanted to add a ceiling track that could accommodate the curved angle around the edge of the tub which would keep the water inside the tub when the shower is in use. We recommended our 6100 flexible curtain track. This track is simply the best. It can be bent to fit almost any angle (and certainly the curved angle of her tub) and you don't need tools as it can easily be bent by hand. Simply mount the track on the ceiling, add carriers, hooks and a shower curtain and your tub/shower combo is ready to go. If our customer wants to feature the tub, she can keep the shower curtain pulled back to one side or pull it closed to conceal the tub/shower.
A project like this is easy to complete and we are always happy to help solve a decorating/functionality dilemma. Interested in reading more about customer bathroom projects? Visit our blog under our bathroom category to get ideas or contact us and let us know how we can help you with your next project.
When anyone ends up in the hospital, they want to have confidence in their doctors, nurses, staff and the facility where these professionals work. The reality with hospital rooms is that they see heavy traffic and endure a lot of use and abuse. Sometimes it’s the little things that patients may notice about their hospital room, and below we cite the perfect example.
Sure, we applaud the ingenuity of the person that stuffed a rubber glove into the end of the track to keep the carriers from falling out. However, replacing the end stop is a quick and inexpensive fix and it would go great lengths to improve the appearance of the hospital room and help to inspire that confidence all patients seek.
Curtain-Tracks.com offers two Privacy Cubicle Track End Stops that would do the job in this particular case, and it’s only a $2 fix!
While they are at it, it looks like the hooks on their carries are bent and could stand to be replaced. Some may be missing since the end stop failed. Curtain-Tracks.com has got them covered there as well with several hospital track carriers available including what is shown in the picture above.
SO MANY STYLES
New windows not only look fantastic, they also add value to a home. There are many styles to choose from including double hung, casement, awning, picture, and one of our personal favorites, the bay window. Bay windows provide more interior space because they protrude out from the house. Oftentimes, they are a combination of windows such as a stationary window with double hung windows on the sides. The most common inside angles are 90, 135 and 150 degrees, though you can find triangular bay windows of two windows set at 120 degrees. A bay window is gorgeous, especially when it has some window accessories, such as sheers or curtains.
MAKING IT LOOK GREAT
We often speak with customers about ways to add curtain tracks and curtains to a bay window. It’s quite simple really: use our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. This incredibly versatile track is sold by the foot and it allows long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. Made of white PVC with an internal metal spine, it can be installed on a ceiling or wall. It can be bent by hand without compromising strength and is perfect for use on bay windows.
IT’S THE BEST FOR A REASON
The 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is our most popular track for good reason. Not only is it inexpensive, but because it can be bent by hand, it allows you to have complete control of the track location as well as manage the angles. That means that no matter the size or style of your beautiful bay window, this track is the best choice when it comes to hanging curtains.
GREAT IS GRAND
Wikipedia says a great room is, “a room inside a house that combines the roles of several more traditional rooms (e.g. the family room, the living room, the study, etc.) into one space. Great rooms typically have raised ceilings, and are usually placed at or near the center of the home.” A feature that is often found in a great room are tall, two-story windows. These grand windows are a focal point allowing in plenty of light. The tricky part about these windows (aside from the difficulty of cleaning them) is deciding how to “dress” them.
CREATING A FOCAL POINT
Adding curtains or sheers is indeed possible and they look fantastic once they are completely installed. This is when we strongly suggest you use a curtain track over a traditional curtain rod. The right curtain track can bear the weight of heavy curtains, and they will be heavy, because that’s a lot of fabric. This also means a sturdy curtain track will support the constant opening and closing of the curtains.
HEAVY DUTY QUALITY
If you plan on hanging long drapes, we recommend our 6200 Heavy Duty I-Beam Track. This track can be mounted on the wall or ceiling with brackets, and uses a metal block carrier with nylon wheels. If you have really, really heavy curtain panels, we suggest our 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Track. It can be drilled directly into the ceiling with no brackets and uses large double-wheeled carriers. The type of curtain panel you choose will determine the best hooks for your project. If your curtains have grommets, our inexpensive steel curtain hooks will work well, but if the curtain panel has pleats, our equally inexpensive drapery hooks are a perfect fit.
THE NEXT STEP
Now that you have decided to add curtains to your stunning tall windows, you will need a tall ladder, possibly some scaffolding, to get the job done. If this seems daunting, you can call a local handyman who has the proper equipment.
Don’t be intimidated, instead, be excited! Your great room will look grand with your sturdy curtain tracks and beautiful curtains! Give us a call if we can help, at 888-434-7444.
TIME TO STRETCH
At Curtain-Tracks, we offer quality products that include curtain tracks, carriers, end stops, hooks and curtains. But did you know we also carry products that are extremely useful but aren’t curtains, curtain tracks or drapery hardware? We offer several handy items that we think you will love and one of them includes our bungee cords.
NOT YOUR REGULAR BUNGEE CORD
This isn't just a bungee cord, it's a little different than the standard cord you find at a hardware store. Our bungee cords are a corded loop with a single chrome-colored hook at the end. It is ten inches long and can stretch to twice its length. The beauty about our bungee cords is they are very secure and the loop allows the cord to be wrapped around an object (like a pole or frame), or through a hole (like a grommet). The hook is then put through the hoop and hooked to the other side, making it extra secure.
SO MANY USES
Many of our customers use these bungee cords to secure large tarps, boat covers, tie-downs for pick-up beds, tents and awnings. If you add our EasyKlip Banner and Tarp Clips, you can easily hang signs and banners. Available in white or black, they come 10 per pack.
Speaking of our EasyKlip Banner and Tarp Clips, they grip tarps, clear poly, velour, muslin and countless other materials & fabrics, quickly and easily with a permanent hold. Available in white or black, they are ideal for tarp repair, tarp grommet replacement, hanging banners, suspending signs or anytime you need a clip to get a grip on material. The heavier the load - the greater the grip!
MORE THAN JUST TRACKS
We are always excited to talk about our curtain tracks and drapery hardware but we also love sharing information on our other great products like our bungee cords and EasyKlip Banner and Tarp Clips. Surf around our website to learn more about all of our products. You might come across an item that you just have to have!
LESS IS MORE
Minimizing possessions and living with less is a pretty popular topic right now. That means getting rid of a lot of “stuff” including excess clothes, shoes, books, kitchenware, furniture, knick knacks, etc., etc., etc. For those courageous souls willing to minimize their possessions and live in a tiny house, we salute you! As you embark on this new lifestyle, we wanted to offer a couple suggestions where our products might help with this transition.
Tiny houses range from 400 sq. ft. - 1,000 sq. ft. and most come with a bedroom/sleeping space, kitchenette, living space and bathroom. That doesn't leave a lot of space for storage. That means tiny house home owners need to get creative. For example, where there is a closet door (even a small one) consider replacing the door with curtains. They take up less space than closet doors when open and our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is a perfect option. This track can be bent by hand to fit any odd angle. Add6151 Ceiling Cartridges, carriers, your favorite curtain to jazz up the space, and decide which hook you’ll need and you are done!
Tiny houses often come with tiny showers. Adding a shower curtain track (again, we recommend the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track), it is the most versatile track because it is bendable by hand making it easy to fit nearly any space. Add a shower curtain of your choice and you are ready to take a hot shower.
EVEN MORE SPACE
Besides spicing up a closet or adding the finishing touch to a shower, you can add tracks behind the stairs or above kitchen cabinets. Add curtains and curtain tracks to create privacy and separate the living room from other spaces when you have guests staying the night. Our privacy cubicle track can be mounted to the ceiling so it is out of the way during the day, but can create a light and sound reduced area at night when combined with our eclipse fabric. The options are endless.
ARE YOU READY TO MINIMIZE?
Would you consider downsizing to a tiny house or already live in one? We would love to hear about your creative storage solutions!
Staying ahead of your competitors is something most businesses think about, and often. Whether it is creating better processes, developing new innovations, exceeding at customer service, or promoting your company to potential customers, business owners have to constantly think about how they are going to keep that edge. In this post, we are going to talk about the last point: advertising, and how an effective strategy can help a company go from good to great.
YOUR POINT IS...?
You may be asking yourself, "What do curtain tracks have to do with advertising?" We understand your query so let us explain. Advertising happens in many ways. Just a few include implementing digital strategies, traditional marketing including standard banner signage promoting products or services, as well as event marketing which may include participating in consumer or industry trade shows. When it comes to some traditional marketing strategies such as signage to promote your business, Curtain-Tracks can help. Our 610 EasyKlip Midi Tarp & Banner Clip and 600 EasyKlip Mini Tarp and Sign Clip are super handy. They allow you to hang a banner, signs, or even a tarp and are designed to increase clamping pressure as the load against them increases, making them the strongest on the market. Promoting a SALE? No problem. You will love these banner clips!
EVENT MARKETING KNOW-HOW
When it comes to event marketing and participating in a trade show where you have a "mini store-front" to attract attendees, you want to make sure your space stands out from the hundreds of others. Most standard booth spaces are a 10 x 10 space that comes with a covered 6' table, two chairs and a waste basket. Doesn't sound that inviting, does it? The clips mentioned above can certainly secure your company signs, but some of our other products may prove to be extremely helpful in making your booth stand out, including creating a frame that wraps around your booth space. The 4108 Bendable I-Beam Curtain Track can be hand-bent into curved shapes, and mounted to the frame. Adding curtains to the track will make your space visible by giving your booth some height as well as framing the space. This look will catch the eyes of attendees (aka potential customers) all the way from the other end of the long aisle.
ARE YOUR WHEELS TURNING
We hope we got you thinking outside the box when it comes to a couple creative ways to promote your business. Should you have any questions, reach out to our customer service team. We'd love to help you stay ahead of your competition!
A FINISHED BASEMENT
One of our very favorite blog posts shares about the benefit of transforming a basement that has drop ceilings simply by adding curtain tracks and curtains. Overall, finishing a basement is two to three times more cost efficient in adding space and value to your home than an actual addition because the overall cost is much less significant. This means refinishing a basement is an affordable way to add living space and value to your home. Added home value aside, finishing a basement so your family will actually spend time in it, can be priceless.
If you already have a drop ceiling, you are well on your way. Now you need to decide where you would like to add your curtain tracks and the purpose the curtains will serve (room divider to create bedroom space?) Using our 6155 Clamp eliminates having to drill holes in the ceiling grid and our 6151 cartridge allows the carriers and hooks to connect to the clamp. The beauty about a drop ceiling is it allows for easy attachment to the metal parts of the drop ceiling and eventual changes in design. Our 6100 flexible curtain track is a sensible choice for a basement project as it can be easily bent by hand if needed to conform to any odd angles.
Once you have your curtain track and accessories in place, you can add curtains that serve to divide a room (i.e. work-out room or craft room?), conceal a storage area or hot water tank, cover windows to create energy efficiency, or they can even cover a whole wall to create a softer, cozy feel to the room. We have a wide variety of curtains to choose from including our Allegro Fabric Curtains which have a slight sheen and a subtle pattern of irregular circles running throughout. These curtains are so durable, hospitals even use them because they are anti-bacterial, machine washable, and 100% flame retardant.
SO MANY USES
Once your project is complete, just think of the things your family can do in this brand new space:
- Slumber Parties
- Game Nights
- Movie Nights
- Football Parties
- Craft and Scrapbook Parties
- Work-Out Space
Have you finished your basement? We would love to see your photos. In fact, if you email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we might just use them on our website or post them on Facebook!