For many months, retail stores have taken extra safety precautions to protect customers from COVID-19. Now, according to the CDC, with a total of 161,473,715 Americans fully vaccinated, or 48.6 percent of the country's population, the same retail stores are starting to relax some of those precautions, including opening their dressing rooms back up to customers. Yea!
Depending on the store, when it comes to retail design, you might see hard structure walls and doors with locks. For more upscale boutiques or stores with unique design, you might see dressing rooms that have lush curtains rather than doors. One particular national chain in Chicago does just that – they use thick curtains for their changing rooms. They added hooks to the edges of the curtains so the customer can secure the panels as they would a door. The curtain is attached to the ceiling with a ceiling mount curtain track and uses carriers that provide a seamless opening and closing. This type of design provides an upscale feel.
Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be mounted by either being screwed directly into the ceiling through mounting holes or attached directly to the ceiling with ceiling mount hardware. This hardware can include clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. The 52124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track is a solid option for this type of retail project. This track is an aluminum track with silver satin finish that will not rust. Depending on the height of the ceilings, the 6200 Heavy Duty I Beam Track is another great choice. This track can be mounted to the wall or the ceiling and is super strong to hold even the most plush curtains.
Bridal salons also often use curtains for their dressing room spaces. As brides-to-be try on their dream gown, many of these bridal boutiques put them in a room that is much larger than a standard dressing room to accommodate the many dresses in various shapes and materials. Rather than using a cold, harsh door, you will see beautiful curtains. They soften the space and create an elegant feel – just what every bride deserves.
The next time you take a few moments to try on clothing in a store, take note of the dressing room situation. You might just see some curtain tracks and beautiful curtains instead of walls and doors. These quality, durable curtain tracks will last for years.
Investments in home improvement projects have skyrocketed over the past 12 months due to people staying home. With budgets accustomed to trips, concerts, plays, movies, gym memberships, and dining out, that money is being spent elsewhere. Bathroom remodels, creating living space in an unfinished basement, kitchen upgrades, pool installations, and adding a screened-in porch or four seasons room are just some of the common projects taking place. In fact, one study shows home extensions and additions jumped 52% compared to a year ago.
For this article, we wanted to talk about screened-in porches and four seasons’ rooms. These spaces that are connected to the home, offer a taste of the outside while still being protected from the elements. Once these rooms are built, depending on the structure and if there are windows or just screens surrounding the room, curtains can come into play. Curtains add a feature that not only can complete the look of a room but can also protect against weather. For a screened-in porch, adding curtain tracks, like the 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track or the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track and curtains that are weatherproof, can keep rain from blowing in through the screens and saturating the furniture. As soon as the storm blows through, open the curtains and enjoy your screened-in porch immediately (no need to wait for that furniture to dry out)!
For four seasons rooms with windows surrounding the space, curtains can again, add a finishing touch to the room and allow the design of the home to flow naturally onto the added bonus room. The problem with a room that is surrounded by windows, a space like this can become quite hot in the middle of the summer. Having curtains that can be drawn closed mid-afternoon, will help keep the space much cooler. Not only that, but curtains can also allow for privacy.
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Curtain-Tracks has been able to help many homeowners complete their plans by providing tracks, glides, wands, and curtains. We can help you as well! We truly enjoy working with homeowners on their home improvement projects and we love seeing the finished product. If you have used a Curtain-Tracks product and would like to share some pictures with us, please email them HERE. We just may share them on our social media channels or in a future blog post!
SHINY AND NEW
Oftentimes when you move into a new house the window treatments stay. Perhaps it’s because they match the current wall color and the sellers think the new owners will love the existing decor and style and won’t want to make any changes. But more often than not, those curtains/blinds/valences and curtain rods come down to make way for something new. If this is the case for you and your new home, may we suggest something? We suggest replacing those old, tired curtains and rods with a sleek, durable curtain track and panels that actually match your design style.
FROM CURTAIN RODS TO CURTAIN TRACKS
A curtain track has many benefits including it can be mounted to the wall or the ceiling. Not only that, a track is sturdy and welcomes the frequent opening and closing of curtains. A curtain rod isn’t always so durable. How many times have you seen a curtain rod ripped out of the wall because someone was just a bit too rough when pulling the curtains closed? When this happens, you not only have to replace the rod, you also have some drywall repair that needs to be done. Curtain tracks are attached to the wall or ceiling at multiple points making it extra strong and reliable. Plus, our curtain carriers are made for these tracks so you are getting the best of the best.
When it comes to curtain selection, stick with the theme of high quality by purchasing curtains that not only look good but can withstand repeated use. We offer a wide selection of fabrics to match any décor, plus all of our fabrics are fire retardant and machine washable. Whether you are looking for blackout curtains, ripplefold curtains, or fabric that looks like linen, with Curtain-Tracks, you have options.
Don’t settle for some other homeowner's design style, make your own statement on your new home by starting with your windows. We can help!
A recent visit to a spa showed several safety measures in place: masks worn by all, hand sanitizing stations, socially distanced markers on the floor, and plexiglass dividers at the main check-in desk. All these precautions that now seem so normal, made the experience no less enjoyable. In fact, it was quite pleasant having the opportunity to visit a spa, safely.
An observation at this particular spa was the waiting area near the hair salon. The space boasted floor-to-ceiling windows that allowed natural light to stream through from space to space. The open floor plan was welcoming and allowed guests to see many different areas from the front door, including a small shop selling products, the front desk, and a hair salon.
On the large windows we noticed the subtle curtain tracks, carriers, and curtain sheers. Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. While the curtains did provide a touch of privacy, the main function was to soften the look of the lobby while also allowing light to reach the adjoining spaces.
Even with all the social distancing guidelines, the waiting area was still extremely comfortable with seating areas placed at 6’ distances. The simple touch of adding curtain tracks and sheer panels to the windows in the waiting area was just another welcoming factor. It created a high-end, elegant feel. A simple addition with a big impact.
You don’t have to go “over the top” when designing your space, whether that be a spa, business or home. Curtain-Tracks can help you create a welcoming space that you, and your guests, will love.