There are different ways to conceal or hide the drapery hardware that suspends your curtains. You may choose to install the curtains high enough so the top edge of the material covers the tracks, but this is not your only option. A cornice box fits over the track to hide the hardware even when the curtains are open. Material on the exterior of the box adds a decorative touch. This is a home improvement project that most you can complete on their own. If you can use a hammer and nails, you can likely build a cornice or valence box. Cornices also serve a practical purpose in closing off drafts from around the top of the window.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Albert Einstein once said, "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." We think one great way to do this is to explore our national parks. In fact, our national parks offer America the Beautiful passes which covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as day use fees at national forests and grasslands. If you are thinking of visiting some of our fantastic parks in 2018, how about sprucing up the inside of your RV or luxury van?
RVs, CAMPERS, VANS, OH MY!
Over the years, we have worked with dozens and dozens of happy customers who have used our products to renovate the inside of their home on wheels. C-T customers, David and Deborah wanted to separate the cab of their 1995 EuroVan Camper with the back so they used the 3112 Plastic Curtain Track, added snap carriers and snap tape. This track is very easy to install and works well in a small space. The snap carriers and snap tape allow the curtains to be easily removed if they need to be cleaned or if you want a new look.
For those who would like to cover the front windshield and two side windows of their RV, Curtain-Tracks’ 4108 Bendable I Beam Curtain Track is a perfect solution. If you find that you need more than eight feet of length, you’ll want 4130 wall splicer or 4128 ceiling splicer. And don’t forget the end stops! 4132 end stops are designed to keep the curtains in place when open.
HIT THE OPEN ROAD
Whatever your home on wheels needs, Curtain-Tracks is here to help! If you are looking for more helpful tips on adding curtain tracks, hardware and curtains to RVs, Motorhomes, Buses, Trucks, or Eurovans, visit our blog under RVs and Travel Trailers or give us a call at (888) 434-7444.
The holidays have a way of creeping up faster than you might think. In fact, they're here now! Is your home ready for the deluge of decorating that ensues after Thanksgiving?
Tired of sticking holes in your walls or struggling with the sticky residue from adhesives and tapes just to hang pictures or posters? You can still hang them without turning your walls into Swiss cheese. A curtain track installed along the top of your wall provides a convenient, unobtrusive way to hang all your pictures, like in the image below.
ANOTHER HAPPY CUSTOMER
We recently heard from a happy Curtain-Tracks customer who wanted to show us her completed loft space using some of our products. Chantell G. from New Mexico wanted to separate the bedroom from the living space in their loft. To do this, she decided to add a curtain track and curtain which would easily close off the space when needed, allowing for privacy. She used 84003 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track with 84104 Wheeled Snap Carriers for her project and the result is fantastic!
TRACK AND CARRIERS
The 84003 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track is a strong aluminum track that accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers. It can be mounted on the ceiling or wall and is available in white, silver, or black. This track is available in 8 foot sections and can be spliced together for wider spans to accommodate a variety of projects. She added the 84104 Wheeled Snap Carrier which is compatible with the 84003 and 84004 curtain track and 3091 snap tape. These affordable white snap carriers come 14/bag.
The end result – a loft that has a bedroom and living space. She said, “Your curtain tracks worked perfectly for what we had in mind. Thanks for all your help!”
Thank you, Chantell, for showing us your completed space. It looks great! We are always happy to help and love hearing from our happy customers.
We've written about the pros and cons of curtain rods in past blog articles but we haven't touched on tension rods. Tension rods are rods that use tension to stay in place. They are spring loaded with rubber tips on each end and are often used when someone is looking for a simple, inexpensive solution to a curtain hanging dilemma.
There are no tools required when installing a tension rod. In fact, one just needs to make sure the window space where they would like to place the tension rod is no wider than 84 inches as that is typically the largest size a tension rod is available. When using a tension rod, typically curtains must be lightweight. If the curtains are too heavy, the tension rod will bow or dip in the middle or the entire rod will slide down the wall trying to support the weight.
A BETTER SOLUTION
While there may be a place for tension rods (perhaps displaying a lightweight valance over a small window), these rods aren't made to support full length curtains. Curtain tracks are the best solution when hanging window coverings. Simple to install (we can walk you through the entire process and we promise, it's painless), curtain tracks are durable and the right track can cover small or large, short or tall windows, and the curtains that cover them. Wall mount or ceiling mount, plastic tracks or aluminum, curtain tracks allow you more options when hanging curtains with length and weight.
HERE FOR YOU
If you have always used tension rods in your decorating and are looking for a solution that allows you to be a bit more creative, visit our selection of curtain tracks or look through our Photo Gallery. You just might find exactly what you are looking for. If you aren't exactly sure what products you need, simply reach out to us. We are happy to help!
CHECK OUT THAT VIEW
Banquet halls are often used to host weddings, receptions, business luncheons, formal dinners, and so much more. We recently attended a business luncheon in a banquet center near a major city and were quite impressed with the facility as well as the view. The main room had floor to ceiling windows boasting a fantastic view of a river and the city. They also had floor to ceiling curtains hung on ceiling mount curtain tracks. The curtains were held open with tie-backs but could be pulled closed if the afternoon sun became unbearable in the room.
BREAK IT UP
We agree that a wall of floor to ceiling windows can be absolutely beautiful (especially with an amzaing view) but they can also come off as a bit stark. Adding curtains, even if there is no intention of ever closing them, can break up the large wall of windows and even soften the entire look of the room. This is especially effective when the function in the banquet hall is a beautiful wedding or reception. The curtains make the room feel more formal and luxurious, especially when they use high quality curtains.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What are your thoughts on adding curtain tracks and curtains to a room with an incredible view? Do you think it takes away from the city skyline or enhances the entire look of the room? Leave us a comment!
We hear a lot about curb appeal and how it is important for homeowners looking to sell their home. Realtors and even HGTV stress the importance of an attractive entryway, nice landscaping, and making sure even the littlest details are take care of, like the paint isn’t chipping around the front door.
GAINING NEW CUSTOMERS
Having nice curb appeal is also important for store owners and restaurant owners. According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 1+ million restaurants in the United States. That means restaurants have A LOT of competition. And while the quality of the food is of the upmost importance, with restaurants on every corner, getting new customers in the front door of the restaurant in the first place can be a challenge. This is when curb appeal is especially important.
We found this image of a restaurant owner who we think, did a great job with their curb appeal. Not only do they have welcoming bistro tables outside the restaurant, they also have an awning to give their establishment a quaint look. To top it all off, their windows have fantastic, eye-catching patterned curtains hung on curtain tracks. We are unsure if these curtains are on a ceiling mount curtain track or a wall mount track, or if they are plastic or aluminum. Regardless, the end result is very nice!
If you are a restaurant or retail owner and are looking for ways to create a great first impression for new customers, as well as returning ones, we suggest taking a fresh look at the outside of your establishment. Look at it with wide open eyes as if you were looking at it for the first time. What would you think? Is it welcoming? Then ask yourself, “What can I do to enhance the curb appeal?” Whether that be new signage, fresh landscaping or curtains in your windows, small changes can mean big results with customers.
BE THE BEST
Hotels have a lot of competition so attracting guests is a priority. And as a guest, there’s always that slight bit of excitement as you open your hotel room door. Will the room be large? Clean? Updated? Will there be a mini fridge? Large windows? That impression can be dismal if any of the above aren’t met and that includes what the window treatments look like.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY
With every visit to a hotel, look to the windows. You may be surprised how the window treatments and tracks are often the forgotten part of the room. But when a guest enters the room, the eyes scan the space and then look across the room which is most often where the windows are located. The curtains and how they hang can bring delight or disappointment.
If you make any of the design decisions for a hotel or you simply want to create a polished look for your windows like most hotels do, you want to check out our selection of hotel curtain tracks. The best tracks to create this finished look are curtain tracks like the 84003 or 84004 ball bearing carrier tracks, along with the master carriers and wands. The 84003 track is a ceiling or wall mount track and available in white, silver, or black. The 84004 track is a ceiling mount aluminum track available in white or silver that accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers.These high-quality tracks can withstand continued use and allow curtains to overlap when closed to block light and increase privacy.
Whether you want to make a lasting first impression for hotel guests or want to create this look for your own home, we have the curtain tracks, carriers, and hardware you will need for the project. Give us a call: (888) 465-0274!
When you want to add curtain tracks to a large space, like a wall of windows, as a room divider, or in a conference room, you need multiple tracks. Several of our tracks come in 8' foot or 12' sections but you can lay multiple tracks end to end for a seamless track for your space.
STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW
Installing multiple curtain tracks is definitely possible and will look great when finished if you use the right drapery hardware, tools, and a level. Our 88001 Privacy Cubicle Curtain Track, an aluminum track with silver satin finish that is available in 6', 8', 12' and 16' sections, and the 4108 Bendable I-Beam Curtain Track, available in silver or black anodized aluminum I-Beam track with satin finish and comes in 8' lengths, can be spliced end to end with 4128 ceiling splicer or 4130 wall splicer.
ALIGN YOUR PRINCIPALS
If you are aligning tracks without splicers, the tracks need to be fully aligned to minimize the seam and reduce the carriers from catching on a seam when in use. If at all possible, placing the seam of the curtain tracks as close to the middle of the space as possible where the curtains meet will help minimize the carriers catching on the track.
CLOSETS, CLOSETS, CLOSETS
We've written several blog posts on removing closet doors. By removing the old doors to a closet, you can create more space and even update the look of the entire room. But what curtain track should you order (ceiling mount? wall mount? plastic? metal?)? For a project such as this, you have options.
BYE, BYE BI-FOLDS
C-T customer John M. used the 85000 CS Aluminum Curtain Track when he removed dated bi-fold doors on his closets. He installed sheer curtains and sent our team before and after picture of the closets. The transformation is amazing! He said, "Worked perfectly, thanks." Happy to help, John! This track is available in white, silver, or black. If you decide to go ahead with this track for your project, don't forget the end stops and carriers!
GET THE KIT
Another option is our 84003 Ceiling Mount Curtain track kit. This is a strong aluminum track that works well with smooth rolling ball bearing carriers. The track and brackets are available in silver or white. The kit has everything you need, including: one x 8 ft track (84003), twenty eight ball bearing carriers (2 bags - 84100), two metal end stops (84131), and six ceiling clips (84152). After you have selected your curtain track and added accessories, choose a curtain for your new closet door. Our website offers several options.
HERE TO HELP
Should you have any questions about ho to tackle this project, and what curtain tracks and accessories you should buy, contact our team today! And when you are done with your project, we would love to see your pics!
Curtain tracks have many benefits. They are easy to install and are high quality to ensure years and years of use. But there are additional accessories that accompany your high-quality curtain track and we have made it easy for our customers by offering curtain track kits. In fact, the 84004 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track Kit includes a strong 8-foot curtain track with pre-drilled mounting holes on 16-inch centers for ceiling mount applications. The 84004 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track utilizes smooth rolling ball bearing carriers and is available in silver or white. This kit includes everything you need to complete your project, including: one 8 ft track (84004), twenty-eight ball bearing carriers (2 bags - 84100), two metal end stops (84132). Tracks can be mounted end to end for wider applications, but it is critical to get them aligned during installation. Looking to add a wand kit? Check out the 84114 Kit that allows the overlapping of curtains when drawn.
We know this curtain track kit is fabulous but don’t just take it from us, take it from this Curtain-Tracks customer who says, “Used these for a 12 foot wall of windows and doors that were floor to ceiling so a curtain rod wouldn't work. These were easy to get up and what I loved is that I could slide a huge wall of curtains back to the side with ease using the wand and master carrier kit. These were used at our primary rear access door so we'd be moving them back and forth all the time. Having that smooth glide was a huge benefit in that sort of application. Going to buy some again for our patio door in our new house.”
JUST WHAT YOU NEED
When you are looking for curtain tracks for your next project, whether that be hanging curtains in your bedroom or over your sliding glass doors, the 84004 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track Kit may be just what you need.
CURTAIN TRACKS VS. CURTAIN RODS
There has long been the debate over the benefits of curtain tracks over curtain rods. In fact, we have written several articles on this very topic. Here, we will break down some of the benefits of using curtain tracks and why they have gained in popularity over recent years.
In the 80's, curtain rods were all the rage. Thick, heavy decorative rods with elaborate finials at each end. Simply add lavish curtains and your home was looking good! Since that time, window decorating trends have moved to a more simple, clean and modern look. With this shift in trends, curtain tracks have stepped up to the plate and here are some of the reasons why.
THE BREAK DOWN
1. They are simple and create a minimalist look. Curtain tracks can blend into the wall or behind a valance leaving the focus on the curtains, not the track. The carriers can be concealed within the track which means no large curtain rings.
2. Curtain tracks allow for the super smooth opening and closing of curtains due to the curtain carriers or glides. Curtain carriers "carry" the curtains along the track with minimal resistance. There are many carriers to choose from including: two-wheel carriers, ball bearing, wheeled snap, button carriers, and more. Add a curtain wand and the opening and closing of the curtains just got even easier.
3. Newer homes often boast tall windows and covering these windows with so much curtain fabric calls for strong tracks. Curtain rods need brackets to support it while curtain tracks can be mounted directly into the ceiling or wall at regular intervals. This means no sagging of heavy curtains!
4. They are easy to install. Curtain tracks may seem intimidating to install but they really aren't! In fact, most Do-It-Yourselfers can install curtain tracks using tools such as a drill, screw driver, laser level, and miter saw. Our website offers simple instructions and resources and our customer service team is also available to walk customers through the process.
Curtain tracks allow for many options unlike curtain rods. We invite you to check out the many tracks, accessories and hardware that Curtain-Tracks has to offer. And if we can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-465-0274.
The term modern is often used when referring to a design style with clean lines. Modern design style also has a simple color palette and oftentimes incorporates materials such as metal, steel and glass. For those who love this style, they enjoy simplicity and often embrace a "less is more" mentality. According to House Beautiful, "White, beiges, and even some shades of black are the main color palette for modern design, but it can incorporate color as an accent, so long as it leans towards earthy. Also, "Modern design favors open-concept floor plans."
Creating a media room in a home with this design style can be done. We suggest mounting the television on the wall and hiding any cords to create a clean look. Although modern design encourages natural light, it is still possible to add window treatments that are neutral and simple. After all, a true media room is only complete when you can darken the room!
When it comes to adding curtains, a homeowner with modern interior design would embrace a ceiling mount curtain track over a curtain rod. Curtain rods often have finials that are intended to draw attention and stand out while a ceiling mount curtain track, like the 32124 Low Profile Ceiling Mount Curtain Track is much less obvious. The 32124 track has a low profile. Mounting brackets are not required and this track can be mounted end to end with additional tracks if a longer length is needed. This is an aluminum curtain track with silver satin finish and is intended for lower ceilings which many modern homes have. If your home has higher ceilings, we recommend 6200 Heavy Duty I-Beam Track. This track can be ceiling or wall mounted and is available in 8 foot length plus 4 foot length or two 6 foot pieces (12 feet total). It is a silver mill finished aluminum curtain track featuring an I Beam Configuration.
These are just two tracks that would work for a project like this. We have many more to choose from and our customer service team is happy to help you make the perfect decision. You can create a media room and still maintain a modern design. It can be done!