HERE COMES THE SUN
For those who are fortunate to live in southern states during these cold winter months, you may be spending some time outdoors. If this is the case, why not create some privacy like C-T customer Jennifer W. did when she added curtain tracks to her lanai?
KEEP THE PEACE
Jennifer has a pool with a great lanai surrounding it. To create some privacy, she wanted to add curtains that could be left open or pulled closed for privacy. She decided to use the 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track mounted to the frame of her lanai along with snap tape and snap carriers. This aluminum curtain track is available in silver or black and can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. The 42124 track is compatible with 3 different carriers: 7120 Single Snap Carrier (used with 3090 snap tape), 7122 Button Carrier w/ Stainless Hook, and 7124 Button Carrier and the 7127 end stop.
To complete the look, she used weather-proof material for her curtains. The beauty of adding curtains and curtain tracks to an outdoor space like this is it doesn’t just create visual privacy from the neighbors, but it can also help contain sound. For example, if you have kids who love to play and yell in the pool, curtains can help keep the sound from traveling to the neighbors. Adding curtains to a lanai can also be helpful when it comes to sun protection. Many lanais offer UV protection but not all screen enclosures do. Adding UV protected curtains can be helpful when it comes to sun protection.
Even if you don't live in a part of the country that has warm days throughout the year, you can still start thinking about a summer project where you add curtain tracks and curtains to your lanai, screened in porch or pergola. We have everything you need!
We are in the height of basketball season and have had the pleasure of working with arenas and colleges across the country. A Curtain-Tracks team member recently attended a college game (unfortunately her team lost - it's been a tough year!), but she noticed the curtain tracks that were at every entrance from the concourse area to the arena. Each entrance was equipped with fantastic curtain tracks!
MUSIC IS IN THE AIR
For sporting events, the curtains on these tracks are pulled open and to the side. You may not even notice them. For concerts however, these curtains get pulled closed once the performance starts. There’s a good reason for this! The curtains (which are often eclipse curtains), when closed shut, help keep sound from traveling and also block out light. When there is a concert, these curtains are especially helpful to create an environment that is dark except for the light on the stage.
Oftentimes, arenas and stadiums will use the 84004 Ball Bearing Curtain Track. It is a strong aluminum track that is available in 8 foot sections and can handle tugging and pulling on the curtains from the ushers. Add smooth rolling ball bearing carriers and eclipse curtains, and the look is complete.
The next time you visit an arena, look to see if they use curtain tracks and thick, light blocking curtains to keep the sound from the concourse from traveling into the arena, and vice versa. You might just see some of our products!
After you complete that project using Curtain-Tracks’ tracks and accessories, you may find yourself with a little extra on hand. When this is the case, don’t throw that track away. Instead, use it in a creative way! Here we share some unique uses for that extra track.
A NEW LOOK
How about removing that old closet door and replacing that door with fabulous curtains? If you happen to have extra track, add that across the frame of the closet door, at the top of the frame, or even to the ceiling above the door, then select the curtain for your new closet door. To make the room feel larger and luxurious, add long, full curtains.
Curtain-Track’s customer, Libby, used the Extra Heavy Duty track to make a hockey back stop in her garage for her kids. The track is super strong and with solid carriers, she attached a heavy tarp to catch all of those hockey pucks. Now, you may not have enough extra curtain track for something like this, but our customer service team is available to help should you be interested in starting a project like this one.
How about using extra curtain track to create a puppet stage for your kiddos? Or, create a statement by adding curtain tracks to the ceiling behind your bed and adding curtains to create an accent wall or a headboard. What about creating an extra storage space in the basement or garage? The options are endless!
HERE FOR YOU
Whatever you decide, our friendly customer service team is here to help. Give us a call and we will brainstorm with you and find a use for that extra track (or tracks)! You can also check out our Blog for more ideas.
TOUGH SHOWER CURTAINS
Are you looking for a shower curtain that can stand even the toughest environments but still look good? Look no further than the Sure-Chek Linen-Vinyl shower curtain!
The Sure-Chek Linen-Vinyl shower curtain is so strong it can endure the toughest wear and tear, even from the least gentle of users. It literally is tear resistant. The extra strength material allows for an extended shower curtain life but there are also other factors that make these shower curtains special: they are stain and odor resistant. The odor resistance protects against odor forming bacterial growth and the anti-microbial controlled release continually sends the antimicrobial agent to the surface of the fabric. The super-fantastic built-in protection lasts the life of the fabric. All of this means less replacement curtain shopping for you!
These shower curtains are not only durable, they are also easy-care. Our customers love that they are virtually stain resistant and that they can easily be wiped clean with mild soapy water (no need to machine wash). The vinyl-like fabric has a great linen surface texture and is available in 12 popular colors. Purchase the size that is right for you (Heights range from 60-102 and Width ranges from 36-288).
Whether you are looking for a top-notch shower curtain for your home or several shower curtains that can stand up against tough use in a hospital, clinic or correctional facility, the Sure-Chek Linen-Vinyl shower curtain could be just what you are looking for.
Restaurants are pretty popular places for significant events like celebrating a milestone birthday or popping the question to your fiancé. Restaurants are also great for hosting larger events such as a work meeting or company holiday party. But if you are a restaurant owner and do not have a separate designated room or large space for such events, how can you still appeal to the event planner and convince them that your restaurant can indeed host a large group?
Dividing a room to create smaller spaces is a popular concept in office spaces but can also be extremely effective in the restaurant industry. In fact, we recently encountered a restaurant that did just that-used curtain tracks and beautiful curtains to close off a large room so they could host an event. If you think this seems like an easy solution, you're right. Placing a sturdy curtain track on the ceiling and adding gorgeous curtains can soften the look of a room when the curtains are pulled back but will also divide a space when the curtains are pulled closed.
The Industrial Roller Track is a solid option for a project like this. Sold in 16 foot lengths, it’s compatible with a wide range of mounting hardware, trolleys, and end stops. This 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track is constructed with a safety flange to help guide trolleys safely when the curtain is pulled. It’s also beveled on the ends for splicing and adjoining multiple pieces. The Industrial Roller Track can support loads up to 100 pounds per linear when the weight is distributed evenly. This means you can have lush, gorgeous drapery on these tracks, creating an impressive statement in your restaurant.
READY TO GO?
If you are looking to create a smaller space in your restaurant, we would love to help! Visit our website to check out the widest selection of curtain tracks, hardware and accessories or reach out to our friendly customer service team.
HEART OF AMERICA
Truck drivers are the heart of America. Transporting goods across the country every day, they are dedicated to their jobs. Many truck drivers have long routes that require them to sleep in the sleeper cab, or sleeper berth, of their truck so this space becomes their home away from home. This space isn't very large and is limited when it comes to storage. However, there is often room for a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and even a tv. Separating the space with curtain tracks and curtains is a solution that allows truckers to not have to think about work 24/7, especially when they are trying to relax after a long day on the road or would like to get some shut eye.
To divide the sleeper cab from the driver's seat, the 5400 CurtainMate Track can be added. This track works well on semi trucks and is just three feet in length but can be joined end to end for a custom fit. We know no two trucks are exactly the same so this track can be bent when it’s warmed in hot water so it fits the space perfectly. The 5400 CurtainMate Track is also our most narrow track which means it protrudes less than a half inch away from where it is mounted so it allows very little light to shine into the sleeper cab when the curtains are pulled closed.
KEEP THE LIGHT OUT
Adding custom curtains allows you to choose the perfect fabric for your space. We carry flame retardant fabrics which meet FMVSS 302 standards. Plus, they have superior stain and odor release properties and are machine washable or can be dry cleaned. Plus, when you have custom curtains made, you can select Black Out Lining which will help keep the light out and also eliminate noise.
We want to thank truck drivers everywhere for a job well done. If our team at Curtain-Tracks can help make your truck a bit more comfortable, please let us know. If you would like to order custom curtains for your truck (or RV or boat), simply click here!
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.