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.
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.
NO MORE COOKIE CUTTERS
When it comes to building a house, builders are offering more choices for floor plans, exterior design and finishes. Oftentimes, these new houses have an open concept first floor allowing light to stream in from all of the windows or they have unique sloped ceilings. These new homes can be fabulous in so many ways but you just might have to put some extra thought into how you accessorize.
While we adore houses with character, some pose some decorating challenges. First, when it comes to hanging drapery from large two story windows, you need to consider the weight of fabric your curtain tracks can handle. We recommend our 6260 curtain track.This track can stand the weight of heavy curtains and is tough enough to handle frequent opening and closing. It comes in 12 foot sections that have to be cut into either two 6-foot sections, or one 8-foot and one 4-foot section for shipping and can be mounted to the wall or ceiling.
DON’T FALL DOWN A SLIPPERY SLOPE
When it comes to hanging curtains on a ceiling that is sloped, you might think you don’t have any available decorating options. Think again! While sloped and slanted ceilings can pose decorating challenges, all hope is not lost. Our ceiling-mounted curtains tracks for sloped ceilings are the perfect solution.
A previous blog post offers this solution: “There are some things to consider when planning to install curtain tracks for sloped ceilings. You can, of course, install the track directly into the slope of the ceiling. You will then have to make a choice about the curtain panel – do you leave it in a rectangular shape and have the bottom hem follow the angle of the ceiling? Or do you buy a very long panel and cut it so that it fits the space provided? Either is acceptable, but both have drawbacks. 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. Trimming a corner of a long curtain to fit 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.”
ONE MORE IDEA
Another idea is to use our 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track. Simply suspend the track to make it level. Check out our suspension parts which are compatible with 88001. They allow you to install the track on a sloped ceiling using suspension tubing. This will be required every three to four feet until you get to the bottom of the slope. You might see this design solution in lofts or stores that have extremely high ceilings.
Questions? Give us a call at 888-434-7444 and we will be happy to assist you.
We’re not going to lie, decorating tall windows can be intimidating. Two-story and other tall windows are becoming common features of roomy, modern homes, but are a challenge for hanging window treatments. We’ve noticed that some home owners simply give up without hanging anything. This approach will certainly put you in the clean, simple, modern design category, but may also push you right into the stark, sterile, and cold category. You’ve got to warm up those windows with some curtains.