Did you hit the Black Friday sales and purchase just a bit too much? Wondering how to hide or conceal everything? Consider creating storage space. It’s easy! We work with customers across the country who want to create a place to store items. Oftentimes, this area is in a basement or a corner of a garage. They just have some “stuff” (holiday decorations, bins of clothing, toys, high school yearbooks, etc.) that they want to conceal so it is out of the way. Depending on the space our customers choose, adding a ceiling mount curtain track and curtains can be a solution for your storage issues.
OPEN AND CLOSE
If the curtains are going to be opened and closed frequently, our Extra Heavy Duty Track is a perfect choice. Available in silver or black anodized aluminum, it has a thicker top wall for added support. It is available as a 12 foot track and cut to 8 ft. and 4 ft. or 6 ft. and 6 ft. sections for shipping and is compatible with our 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers. If you have a drop ceiling, our 6155 Flexible Curtain Track Drop Ceiling Clamp, which allows you to attach the track directly to the framework of the drop ceiling and works particularly well with the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track, is another solid choice. Add curtains to your track and your storage space is ready to conceal your stuff!
You don't need to have a large house to create extra space to store items. The perfect curtain track and accessories, plus a little creativity, and you can create a storage space in your basement or garage. Have some doubts? Give us a call or visit our Gallery for innovative ideas!
AVOID THE DISRUPTIONS
If you work from home, you probably know that statistics show you are more productive than if you were to work in a large office with several people. The main reason is you *supposedly* have fewer interruptions. You don’t have co-workers knocking on your office door or stopping by your cubicle asking about your weekend. In fact, statistics show that for every time you are interrupted, it can take up to 23 minutes to become refocused, so working alone can be helpful when trying to get a lot of work completed.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Home offices do have downfalls however. FedEx may ring your doorbell setting the dogs into a barking spree. The kids may come home from school and start arguing or playing loudly. All of these things, and so many others, can cause disruptions, especially if you are on a conference call, GoToMeeting or Zoom call. We’ve worked with customers to try to alleviate some of these noise issues in home work spaces by adding a ceiling mount curtain track with eclipse curtains around the office space. When the curtains are pulled, it helps absorb sound (perfect when you are head down into a project or on a call) plus when pulled behind you, they can give your office a uniform look around your dedicated space (concealing a concrete wall), which your boss may love.
For those with a drop ceiling, our drop ceiling clamp attaches easily to the metal parts of the drop ceiling and our 6151 cartridge allows for the carriers and hooks to connect to the clamp. These ceiling cartridges are used to mount the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track and should be placed every 10 inches. The 6100 curtain track is perfect for a basement project because it allows long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. So if your home office is in a corner, you can bend the track to accommodate your work space. After you have installed your track, add the curtains of your choice. To help reduce noise, our eclipse curtains are the best and we have a vast selection of colors and sizes to choose from.
If you are looking for a sound-solution in your basement office, adding curtain tracks and eclipse curtains may be just the sound absorbing solution you are looking for!
Gone are the dark and dingy basements of years passed. Basement spaces are now often being used as a living room where families gather for movie and game nights. Sometimes basements become bedrooms for teenagers wanting a little more space and privacy. Other times, basements are converted to home office spaces. No matter how you use your basement, you may find a need for curtain tracks, whether to divide the space into designated rooms, to conceal an ugly hot water tank, or for the most obvious reason: to use on a window.
SMALL WINDOW = BIG RESULT
A Curtain-Tracks customer recently sent us some pictures of a completed project to cover a smaller window. They used a ceiling mount curtain track and micro-ball bearing slides. Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be 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 ceiling mount drapery tracks can also be recessed into ceilings as well, and drop ceiling clamps are available for the 6100 curtain track, making it easy to quickly attach the track to the acoustical grid ceiling without any drilling or bracing. We think this project turned out beautifully. Mission accomplished!
TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY
If you are converting your basement into a liveable and enjoyable space and need to cover the windows for privacy, or you desire to divide the space into separate rooms, we have the products you need. Not exactly sure what you want to do in your basement space? Visit our blog where we have written about several basement projects and you just might find the inspiration you are looking for. We would love to help make your basement project a reality!
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 email@example.com, we might just use them on our website or post them on Facebook!
How many parents use their basement? Some have decided that the basement will be the toy dungeon, where all the legos and matchbox cars can live behind a closed door away from adult feet stepping on them. Other homes have turned the basement into adult space, a tranquil space away from the kids. No matter the use, HGTV tells us that finished basements add value to our homes. Curtain-Tracks is here to help you make this additional space feel like home without breaking the bank.
DROP THAT CEILING
Most basements, even if not fully finished, use a drop ceiling as a cost effective way to cover air ducts and pipes while still giving the homeowner easy access to all that makes a home function. The good news: this solution is budget friendly in many ways. The better news: this solution also allows for easy addition of Curtain-Tracks products. Our 6155 Clamp eliminates the need to drill holes in the ceiling grid, allowing for eventual changes in design without having to figure out how to patch holes.
THE CLAMP PART IS CONNECTED TO THE CARTRIDGE PART
Our drop ceiling clamp allows for easy attachment to the metal parts of the drop ceiling. Our 6151 cartridge allows for the carriers and hooks to connect to the clamp. These cartridges should be placed every ten inches, so do the math before you order, and then do yourself a favor and order one or two more just in case your math skills are rusty. Pick up as much as 98 feet of continuous track with our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track and the rest is easy. You can decide to use the track in a straight line, but you can also curve it by hand to cover that ugly hot water tank, or strange pipe that juts out of the wall at an odd angle.
TO FINISH OR NOT TO FINISH?
Our products might be just the answer you are looking for, even if you are on the fence about completely finishing your basement. If you aren’t sure you will use the space, or you don’t have the budget to go all in, you can still give our products a try. Once attached to the drop ceiling, our curtains, carriers, and cartridges can hide even the ugliest cinder blocks or heating ducts. Our Eclipse Curtains are often featured in our blog posts, and for good reason. They are versatile! They not only block 98% of light (think basement movie theater?) but they also help keep the cold out, and create a cozy space even underground. They are energy efficient and also create a welcoming feeling.
Even if your basement is already finished but perhaps it needs a slight makeover, Curtain-Tracks products can be used to create a more cozy feeling. Our curtains can cover windows to create energy efficiency, or they can cover a whole wall. Or, as we've mentioned in previous blog posts, our curtains can create a moveable wall. No matter the stage of your basement, consider taking the next step to adding more useable and comfortable space to your home by working with Curtain-Tracks.com.