Working in the interior design industry, I have heard equally as many design success stories as I have horror stories. And while I don't like to bring up the negatives, I think there is some merit involved with bringing to light the challenges I've seen others face, as well as the ways to conquer them. Thankfully, Curtain-Tracks.com is definitely a huge help in tackling the woes that many of you come across when it comes to your curtain-hanging experiences. Take a look!
As we continue to develop both depth and breadth of our own blog here at Curtain-Tracks.com, we have come to form a greater appreciation for our customer's blogs as well. It is exciting for us to see our products highlighted in a DIY blog post or message board, both because it is satisfying to see the products that we offer put to work, and because there is nothing more informational for potential customers than an honest testimonial of a customer who is using your products.
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Have you ever been to a concert at an indoor venue? Perhaps one that doubles as a sports arena as well as a place that hosts concerts and special events? If you have, you may have noticed that when the artists take the stage, the entryways leading to the concourse, concession stands and bathrooms, become dark. That's because the ushers close heavy curtains to keep the light from the concourse streaming in, which can be distracting and take away from the performance.
The curtains, curtain tracks and the hardware that are used in these venues need to be tough - tough enough to withstand frequent opening and closing. These organizations often choose our Eclipse curtains which are light blocking and sound-absorbing (making it easier for the people at the concession stands to hear you when you order). This curtain is not only durable, it's also flame retardant and available in several different lengths. It also features a triple thick 1.5 inch header reinforced with a middle layer of nylon mesh. Hems and seams are locked in with Safe-T-Stitching making this a durable choice. Oftentimes, these curtains are paired with our 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track. This track is a strong aluminum architectural track that accommodates ball bearing carriers, and is available in 8-foot sections, but it can also be mounted end-to-end for wider applications.
NOT JUST FOR SPORTS ARENAS
These curtains and tracks aren't just for big sports arenas. Many of our customers order these same products for their theatres. High School, community and college theatres, all benefit from eclipse curtains and sturdy curtain tracks. The high quality of all of our products and our excellent customer service, are what keeps our customers coming back.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Whether you are planning on adding curtain tracks to an arena or to your home, Curtain-Track's products can be used for applications both big and small. Providing outstanding customer service is a top priority for our Team, so whether you need help in selecting the appropriate drapery hardware, guidance during installation, or advice on returning a product, we will do all we can to be sure our customers are completely satisfied.
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!
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.
NOT SO SMOOTH
Sometimes we take things for granted, like how curtains are supposed to glide smoothly on a curtain track. They should open and close easily without a second thought. But that's not always the case.
On a recent trip to Utah, a Curtain-Tracks team member stayed in a hotel and after settling in, went to the window to open the eclipse curtains using a wand to let some light into the room and to check out the view. Should have been easy-peasy. But these carriers didn't glide... force had to be used to open and close the curtains using the wand. How irritating...
In a case like this, we always recommend double checking the track to make sure it isn't bent out of shape. A track that is bent can cause carriers to get stuck and not move easily. If that isn't the problem, we suggest checking to see if there are two tracks joined and that they are even. If the track looks good, then the carriers should be looked at. It just may be time to replace one or more of them. For these particular curtains, our 84100 and 84102 ball bearing carriers are super smooth plus they are affiordable. They are made of alloy so they resist rusting and they are 20% - 25% smaller than traditional curtain carriers. That means there is less stacking space and the curtains will open into a smaller space. So not only are they smooth, they also allow the curtains to be be pulled back further revealing a bigger view from the window.
Not sure what carrier is right for your project? Our website has a wide variety of carriers, like Sew-In Button Carriers, the 7120 Curtain Track Single Snap Carrier, the 84104 Wheeled Snap Carrier, plus so many more. You are sure to find the perfect one for your project, but if you aren't 100% sure what carriers would work best, give us a call. We'd love to help.
Not everyone will admit it, but most people enjoy an occasional pampering, whether that be a massage, pedicure or facial. Spas are easily found and competition to be the best can be quite fierce. As a spa owner, how you actually treat customers isn’t the only important factor. The overall experience along with the physical environment of your spa can set you apart from your competitors.
When a customer walks in the door, what do they see? First impressions are critical so creating a welcoming environment is key. Are the colors and lighting soft? Is there music playing? Or is the main reception area stark and uninviting? One spa we visited took the first impressions to heart. They had serene music softly playing, aroma therapy filling the air and a friendly receptionist. This spa had extremely high ceilings so they added lovely, sheer curtains that were pulled to the side. Without the curtains, the room would have felt stark and cold and not exactly relaxing. Adding ceiling mount curtain tracks and beautiful curtains softened the feel of the entire room.
As if the welcoming reception area wasn't enough, this same spa had an upscale changing room with lockers and several amenities (plush robes and melon infused water, anyone?). They also had individual changing rooms with the same curtains that were found in the reception area. The curtains were very full (no skimping on material going on here) and closed easily on the curtain tracks allowing for complete privacy. Just another touch to make this spa feel luxurious.
AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION
Your customers come to you to relax and a spa that exudes serenity will keep them coming back time and time again. What can you do to your spa to enhance the the overall experience for your customers and stand out from the competition?
WHAT'S YOUR DESIGN STYLE?
If you watch shows like HGTV or the DIY network, or read Better Homes and Gardens or Interior Design magazine, you are faced with new design ideas every time you turn on the tv or flip the page. Trends in interior design, including window treatments, are always changing and it's hard to keep up. This is what we suggest: do what makes you happy. If you enjoy ripplefold curtains, go for it. If you like eclipse curtains on your windows, buy them. If you prefer longer curtains that pool on the floor, do it. When it comes down to it, no matter if your design style is coastal, traditional, transitional or rustic, you're the one that has to look at your windows everyday. (Not sure what your design style is? This quiz from Houzz might help!)
CURTAIN TRACKS AND MORE
No mater the style of curtains you choose, we have what you need. With a name like Curtain-Tracks, you know we are going to have the largest selection of quality curtain tracks anywhere. Ceiling Mount Tracks and Wall Mount Tracks, Plastic Tracks and Aluminum Tracks, nearly any track you need, we have it. Our goal is to make your shopping experience easy, so under every track on our website, we list all of the compatible hardware accessories, including carriers, end stops and hooks. And if you are looking for curtains, we have those, too! We also share images of completed projects in a range of design styles in our Gallery to help give you some inspiration and share how-to articles on our blog.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Trends will always change nut we encourage you to embrace your own design style and if you need help along the way, the friendly team at Curtain-Tracks is here to help.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EVENT MARKETING
As a business owner, you may always feel like you are trying to outrun your competition and you may do that by advertising, having a stronger social media presence or by being involved in events. All of these strategies can be effective but when it comes specifically to event marketing, Marketo, a company dedicated to marketing, offers this advice, "In today’s buyer-empowered world, marketers need to seize every opportunity to build relationships, generate goodwill, and earn the trust of prospective buyers and customers. The modern consumer wants more than a pitch when evaluating solutions or making purchasing decisions. Events offer a unique opportunity for them to interact with brands to get a firsthand sense of a company’s focus, perspective, and personality. Event marketing needs to be an integral part of the demand generation mix, and a strategic combination of offline and online events are essential to any company’s bottom line. Every year, trade show season rolls around and those in the healthcare, automotive and education industries (plus so many others) attend and exhibit at these trade shows. For those who have an exhibit booth, the goal is stand out from the competition."
At most trade shows, a standard booth space is 10 x 10 square feet and that's it. To make the most of your presence at a trade show (and the most out of your investment), you want to create a booth that will stop trade show attendees in the aisle and make them want to engage and learn more about your company. One way to do this is to create a frame around your booth space. The elevated look of the booth will attract attention. Then, add the 4108 Bendable I-Beam Curtain Track. This track is available in silver or black anodized aluminum and can be hand bent to accommodate the booth structure. Next, add curtains to the track. Depending on the industry of your business, your other booth decor and the theme of your space, it will help determine the style of curtains to hang in your booth. For example, if you are an interior designer at a home improvement show, you may want to demonstrate the versatility of curtain tracks as well as your decorating style by showcasing curtains with a beautiful pattern. If you are looking to stay within the colors of your company's brand, add curtains that reflect that.
CURTAINs SERVE MANY PURPOSES
Adding curtains to your trade show booth can be beneficial in several ways. They can be pulled back and tied when the show is open or, you can decide to close them if you are having a business development meeting with a potential client. Another idea is to pull them closed after booth hours to help deter any trade show stragglers from being tempted to take an extra giveaway!
Gone are the days of old, boring trade show booth displays. You have invested time and money to attend the trade show to grow your business so you might as well make an impression! Ready to start working on your booth design? Let us know if we can help!
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.
Expos and conventions are starting to take place again, even if only on a smaller scale. Event marketing plays an important role in the success of many businesses. In fact, the majority (97%) of B2B marketers believe that in-person events have a major impact on achieving business outcomes. With in-person marketing events paused over the last twelve months, some hotels and convention centers have taken the opportunity to make some much-needed improvements and upgrades to try to entice future organizations to select their venues for annual conferences and meetings. Some of the improvements include better technology offerings, new flooring including carpeting and tile, artwork and fixtures, window treatments, and even infrastructure including expanded parking capabilities. These investments are all geared toward improving the guest experience.
Some of the more affordable improvements include replacing the curtain tracks along corridors. If the curtain tracks are purchased through www.curatin-tracks.com though, this replacement may not need to take place unless they have received continuous harsh treatment as our tracks are of the highest quality. If that is the case and the tracks do not need to be replaced, perhaps the curtains do, especially if the flooring has been upgraded and the current curtain colors no longer match the decor.
Smaller banquet rooms that have undergone an updated transformation may also need some curtain updates. Curtain-Tracks offers a wide variety of quality options for curtains. Our commercial-grade fabrics are sure to match any décor. We also offer many features including blackout curtains, sound-absorbing, sheer or semi-sheer, thermal, fabric that looks like linen, and ripplefold curtains.
Whether you are on the design team for a convention center, hotel, or banquet facility now is a great time to look at making updates to improve the appearance of your center. Make a list of improvements you would like to make and contact the Curtain-Tracks team if you are looking for a partner to help you accomplish your goals.