TO COVER OR NOT TO COVER... THAT IS THE QUESTION
There is the ongoing debate on whether or not you should cover your curtain tracks. Whether your curtain tracks are wall-mounted or ceiling mounted, our tracks look great uncovered. However, should you decide to cover your tracks, what are some options?
You will notice that most hotels use curtain tracks above their windows and oftentimes they are ceiling mounted. Most come with a wand so they can easily be opened and closed allowing the carriers to glide smoothly along the track. You will also notice that in most hotels, there is a valance of some sort concealing the curtain track like this hotel in Houston, Texas. We believe the reason they do this is to enhance the décor of the room. We have seen valances made of the same fabric as the curtains, wood valances made with intricate trim, and valances that have a fabric mounted over a frame (cornice box) so it gives a clean sleek look. In fact, we even wrote a post on how to build a cornice box so it fits over the track to hide the hardware even when the curtains are open. Every hotel has a different style.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?
When you decide to use a curtain track, you should consider what the look is you are going for in the room? If you love a simple style and want the focus to be on your curtains alone, then there is no need to add a valance unless you feel it is an important design element for your room. On the other hand, if you prefer clean lines, perhaps you may want to build a wood valance with crisp trim.
If you decide to add a valance, what style will you choose? Fabric? Wood? Fabric mounted on a frame? We would love to hear your thoughts. Let us know what style you prefer in the comments. If you are still searching for ideas, visit our Photo Gallery for dozens of design ideas.
Have you ever had to open curtains that are hung from a high ceiling? If you have, did you have to tug on them to open and close them or did you use a wand? A curtain wand (also known as a baton), is often added to curtains, whether they are at standard height or on tall windows. The wand allows for added ease when opening and closing. This handy-dandy item is often overlooked because let's face it, it's not an especially glamorous accessory. But this small piece of hardware allows for seamless opening and closing of curtains and you will find them at many establishments, most commonly, in hotels and homes. In fact, we would almost bet you will find them in 90% of the hotels you visit!
We will admit that the wand, or baton, is one of our favorite pieces of hardware. Our 84182 White Fiberglass Wand and 7136 Clear Acrylic Wand can be attached to almost any curtain simply by clipping it to the last carrier. It's not flashy but once installed, the wand allows you to easily open and close curtains, even those heavy draperies hung from a tall ceiling. If you are looking for a kit, our Master Carriers & Wands (Batons) Kit might be just what you are looking for. It has 8 Wheel Master Carriers to offer superior stability and overlap of curtains when drawn. Includes a left and right master carrier and two 36 inch clear acrylic wands with clips for easy attachment. The wands are hidden out of sight behind the curtain when clipped to master carrier.
WHY ASK WHY?
Our customers often ask us, "Why should I use a wand when I can just pull the curtains open?" The answer is simple. Using a wand can help save your curtain track, carriers and curtains from dirty hands and wear and tear. An added bonus: they are inexpensive!
GO FOR IT
The function of these little magic wands is pretty awesome. The next time you are working on a project, consider adding a wand. If you already use one, we would love to hear your thoughts.
We recently stayed in a hotel in downtown Chicago and were immediately impressed with the décor in the lobby. The architecture was stunning and the tall windows with curtain tracks behind the lobby bar were absolutely fantastic. The tall windows drew the eyes up and made the space feel elegant and sophisticated.
DON’T BE INTIMIDATED
Decorating tall windows doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can create an elegant look in your own home (even if the ceiling isn’t quite as tall as a hotel lobby), simply by adding the right track. One type of curtain track that is useful for tall windows is our 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track. It has a thicker top wall for added support and is available in Silver or Black anodized aluminum. This track is compatible with 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers.
Once your tracks are installed, you need to decide on the curtains. Oftentimes, our customers will add a simple set of sheers. This creates some privacy while still allowing light to shine in. To add a more dramatic effect, you can add billowing curtains that can be open or drawn closed. Next, consider the length of your curtains. There are two schools of thought on curtain length: 1.) Curtains just hit the floor, or 2.) Curtains break slightly and extend to the floor 3-4 inches. The second option creates a look that is a bit more relaxed. After you decide on the length, consider the width of the curtains. We suggest curtains have a combined width that is 2 to 2½ times the width of the window which will create fullness even when the curtains are drawn closed.
READY TO TRY?
The next time you are in a hotel and notice the elegant tall windows, think about the tracks that are used to design that look and how you can recreate a similar look in your own home. Don’t be intimidated by your tall windows, instead, embrace the decorating possibilities! Our friendly customer service team is here to help you select the right curtain track, hardware and curtains. Call us at (888) 434-7444 or send us an email.
Peter, Paul and Mary once sang a song that was not only famous, but extremely catchy as well. "Where have all the flowers gone?" is the theme for this post. That means everytime you ask yourself, "Where have all the carriers gone?" you have to sing it to the tune of this song!
Although we make light of the fact that curtain carriers do go missing, it is a very real question we must ask. Where do they really go? Well, if you didn't buy your curtain tracks and hardware from Curtain-Tracks, they could very well have disappeared due to low quality. Rest assured, we can help. We have a large inventory of carriers, glides, hooks, brackets, end stops, and accessories, and we can almost always find the correct drapery hardware that will work with your current curtain track, even if it is not one of ours.
REPLACEMENT PARTS TO THE RESCUE!
We often hear from our customers when they are missing carriers in their showers. We had a customer who was missing several carriers and the remaining ones were in poor working order. After speaking with him and learning more about the products currently being used, he was able to keep his existing curtain track simply by purchasing a full set of our 7122 Curtain Track Button Carriers. The 7122 Button Carrier has a stainless steel hook and provides a ready made accessory to hang curtains with pre-existing holes -p perfect for shower curtains! By keeping his existing track, he was able to save time and money. Win-win.
Can we help get your curtain track working for you again? Call our Customer Service Team at 888-465-0274 or send us some pictures at email@example.com and we will do our best to get your curtain track up and running again. As always, we are here to help and maybe, just maybe, you will be able to get that song out of your head once your track and hardware are ready to go.
TIME TO RELAX
Have you ever enjoyed a vacation at a resort or a hotel where they had beautiful cabanas by the pool or beach that you could rent for the day? Oftentimes, these cabanas are equipped with furnishings such as comfortable chaise lounges, a refrigerator, ceiling fan, and sometimes even a TV. Another feature that makes these cabanas so luxurious are the privacy curtains. A wait staff comes by to take your drink orders as you relax by the pool in your private space. Ahhhh, sounds amazing, doesn't it?
On a recent visit to Marco Island, Florida, we noticed a resort used ceiling curtain tracks like the 42124 curtain track, curtains in an aqua color, and a wand so the curtains would easily glide along the track. Guests could close the curtains for privacy or if they wanted to take a siesta. Don't get us wrong, we love the extra comfy cushions on the lounges in these cabanas. They are quite appealing. But the curtain tracks and curtains and being able to create that element of privacy and seclusion, makes the cabana rental daily rates a little bit more bearable.
CREATE YOUR OWN CABANA SPACE
We have many customers who use our tracks in their backyard to create their own private space. One customer in Florida added curtains to her lanai which helped block out the sun during peak hours of the day and also gave them privacy if they desired. Another customer added curtain tracks and billowing white curtains around his pergola. Curtain tracks are also useful on gazebos as well as in sunrooms and four season rooms.
Tell us: have you ever seen one of the cabanas that can be rented for a day? If you have, have you ever indulged yourself and rented one?
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME
There's a famous song that says Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year". While we agree that we love all of the festivities that go along with the season; the baking, shopping, the music and the get togethers, we one thing we especially love is the decorating and working with customers to make their mantel festive, functional and safe for little ones.
A few years ago, we came across an article about a child who decided to check out the colorful row of stockings that were hanging from the mantel. As the child investigated, they pulled down the heavy stocking holder and the 10-month old baby, who was playing on the floor, received a lump on the head. At Curtain-Tracks, we have a Christmas Stocking-Hanger Kit that is much, much safer than stocking hangers that sit atop a mantel. The kit comes with two three-foot sections of curtain track (available in white, black, brown or gray), six hooks, as well as the drapery hardware and instructions needed to install the track underneath the fireplace mantel. The hooks slide easily into place and are ready to go to hang everyone's stocking. Our kit allows stockings to be easily moved and more hooks can be added to accommodate everyone in the family - including distant relatives! Once the Christmas Stocking Hanger Track is mounted, its low profile allows it to be left up all year...just remove the sliding hooks. When you want to celebrate a special occasion with a banner or other decorations, simply add the hooks and add a birthday or graduation banner, or any other decorations. The best part is there is no need for heavy stocking hangers that can easily fall over and injure a child or your foot.
One word that seems to be synonymous with this time of year is "SALE". Even though our prices are already so low, we decided in the spirit of the season to offer a very special discount, especially since we believe our product can help avoid injury in little ones. When you buy your Christmas Stocking Hanger Kit, you will receive 25% off at check out. It's that simple!
Questions? Contact the friendly customer service team at Curtain-Tracks. We are here to help.
NOT TO BRAG, BUT…
Nothing makes us feel better than hearing from our customers. We love to hear your stories about how our customer service team was so responsive or how our products helped solve an issue in your home or place of business. This week, we heard from two very happy customers. Although we certainly don’t like to brag, on occasion we do like to share some stories
Jaime R. from Illinois emailed us this week to thank us for the great customer service. “…We had two curtains in our clinic that would constantly get stuck and carriers were constantly breaking. I called your company and I spoke to Brenda, who was very nice to deal with. Talking to her, I could tell that she was very knowledgeable which made me feel confident that we were going to buy something that was going to work. Our product was shipped very fast and we were able to install them this past Friday. So far, the curtains are moving great so we are very, very happy. Brenda should be commended for her great work.”
Jan S. from Florida sent us a quick note: “Thank you for the excellent service on my order this week.”
Thank you, Jaime and Jan for your kind words!
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Curtain-Tracks has been around since 2007 and providing outstanding customer service is a top priority. Whether it’s aiding in the selection of the appropriate drapery hardware, guidance during installation, or advice on returning a product, we will do all we can to be sure our customers are completely satisfied. If you encounter a problem, contact us immediately so that we help get the issue resolved. We offer phone support Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 12 AM and Saturday-Sunday from 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern Time.
We are confident our products are up to any task and will stand the test of time in a busy Clinic and we are absolutely certain our outstanding customer service team will be able to help you with your project.
At one point in many of our lives, we live in a small, confined space. College dorm? First apartment? A condo while waiting for your dream home to be built? The list of reasons can vary, but it is safe to say that everyone can relate to sharing snug living quarters. Being creative in how the space is utilized is key, and also exactly where Curtain-Tracks enters the picture.
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
First, you’ll want to live in your small space for a little while to determine what purpose each part of the room should serve. You’ll find yourself tweaking where things are stored based on how you use the space, and before you know it, you’ll naturally create different “zones” of living. Or, you may have to be a little more direct about how the room is divided if you are living with a roommate for the first time.
QUIET AND DARK
Once you have the areas and purposes of the room decided, it makes a lot of sense to use a flexible solution to define the space. Curtains are a great choice because they can be pushed out of the way when you need the whole room to be functional. But when someone needs privacy, quiet, or darkness while another person does not, the curtains can be drawn to create that small space. Our personal favorite for this type of use is our Eclipse Curtains. Thanks to the sound and light diminishing nature of the fabric, you can block out neighbors who aren’t studying, or you can take a mid-day snooze.
Once you have made your favorite color selection from our 28 stylish fabrics, you’ll need to decide how to hang them. This will depend on what kind of ceiling you are working with, but our favorite for just about any situation is our best selling, ceiling mounted Flexible Curtain Track. Just like its name implies, it’s flexible! So, you can bend it by hand to even the most obscure of angles to make it work in your small space. It’s also one of our easiest to install, because it does not require any mounting brackets! Decide on a way for the curtains to hang on the track with a carrier or a glide and you are in business.
Not sure that a flexible track is the right one to mount to your particular ceiling? Need help with the best carrier or glide to choose? Just give us a call and we will walk you through each step of this process. We are happy to help! 1-888-434-7444.
IMAGINATIONS RUNNING WILD
Most kids love playing in forts. Whether it's a treehouse in the yard or a homemade fort in the living room, these fun enclosures bring out the best in imagination. Using curtain tracks to create an enclosure is just another fun and inexpensive way to allow kids to play make-believe. Parents, you just need to use your imagination when deciding how to create this fun space.
BUNK BEDS AND ROOM DIVIDERS
We have had many customers add our curtain tracks to bunk beds. Adding tracks and curtains can allow for more privacy (like night reading when a sibling is trying to sleep) as well as a small space for play. We have also had parents add curtain tracks to the ceiling in a child's room or in a small area of the basement. When the curtains are closed, it divides the space-play room on one side, bed on the other. Not only does it create a fun area that can be dedicated to play, it can also conceal all of the toys. Imagine adding curtains in a vibrant pattern or featuring a favorite character. It's much easier, and less expensive, to change curtain panels than paint, to go along with your child's most current interest.
For projects such as these, our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is easy to install with the right drapery hardware, and can be bent by hand and shaped so it will fit the desired space. Our ceiling mount curtain track is another great track and comes with all the compatible drapery hardware needed for your project. Be creative when designing the space by creating fun angles.
READY TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION?
Are you ready to allow imaginations to run wild? Let us know how we can help! Contact us with any questions or check out other blog posts for ideas and inspiration. Have fun!
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have impacted so many people, including all of us at Curtain-Tracks. Whether you live in the Houston area, the Keys, or west coast of Florida, thousands of people have felt the wrath of these powerful storms.
If you are in one of the areas that has been deeply affected by these treacherous storms and are in the process of rebuilding your home, business, clinic or hospital, Curtain-Tracks is here to help. If you need emergency or temporary hospital curtains as a result of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, we have three colors in stock and available for immediate shipment. Contact us and tell us your story and mention this post for 10% off your order of quick ship curtains through November 1. (888) 434-7444
Let’s work together as we rebuild.