As we have mentioned in past blog entries, Curtain-Tracks.com offers bunk curtains that are often used in ships and on oil rigs to provide privacy in the berths. But bunk curtains are certainly not limited to these commercial applications. Whether you may be trying to provide some privacy in bedrooms shared by siblings, or perhaps in a beach house or ski chalet where there are multiple bunks in guest rooms to provide greater sleeping capacity, bunk curtains may be just what you need.
IN THE KNOW
Many of our regular Curtain-Tracks blog readers know by now that several of our curtain tracks come in custom lengths that can be bent to the appropriate shape; but, what happens when you need more than the amount of length that is offered on our website? Curtain-Tracks has you covered with a few options.
THEY'VE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING
Not only are our customer service representatives at Curtain-Tracks top notch, our product developers are genius, too! They know that many applications for our products are custom and that many are used in very large spaces. They also know that quality is a high priority for our company, and a track that makes curtains stick is just unacceptable. A splicer will allow our tracks to be mounted end to end without getting in the way of a smooth glide from our curtains and our gliders. Just one of these splicers will double the length of curtain coverage in a jiffy. Need even more length? Just add more splicers!
TO SPLICE OR NOT TO SPLICE
Tracks such as the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track or the 4108 Bendable Beam Track are two that have splicers that match for under $5 each, making an easy and inexpensive choice for large projects. Our splicers come in a choice of colors to match your track and are very easily installed. Other tracks, such as the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Track, do not come with an option of a splicer. This track comes in 12 foot sections that must be cut to 8 foot and 4 foot or two 6 foot sections unless shipped via freight. No fear, however, because these tracks can also be mounted end to end in order to stretch a longer distance. They just need to be aligned edge to edge, and our carriers can glide right through.
A WORD TO THE WISE
It is wise to become good friends with your level while hanging tracks in a large space. The edges of the tracks should be aligned as closely as possible so there is no gap in between, and the sides should be as flush as possible. Although our splicers and our carriers allow for carriers to glide through with ease, it is our recommendation to do a little planning to determine where the seam will fall. It is best for the seam to not see a whole lot of action, so we recommend putting it in the middle of the track, where the curtains meet.
If you aren’t sure which track or splicer will be best for your project, just give us a call. Our experts will walk you through all the points to consider and recommend the perfect fit for your purposes and space. 1-888-434-7444
Your RV is like a second home on the road, and it should be outfitted with all the comforts of home, including curtains. On RVs, curtains play a more varied role than simply providing privacy from the windows outside. They may be used to partition off bunks or close showers. You also have the option to use them to block out light and/or cold from exterior windows by choosing light blocking or insulating material for your RV curtains.
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!
You probably don’t need to attend an educational seminar on sleep disorders to know that you sleep better in the dark. The production of sleep hormones can be affected by just the light from a child’s night-light. We’ve heard that ideal sleeping conditions are a pitch-dark room set to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. That seems a little chilly to us, but we couldn’t agree more about the light…or lack of light. Unfortunately, most bedroom window treatments do not effectively block enough light to create ideal sleeping conditions.
Showers in boats typically aren’t very big, and that’s okay. You don’t need a large space to take a quick shower when out at sea. For these spaces and to help keep the water contained, we recommend our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. This track works extremely well in small spaces and is sold by the foot. It bends by hand without compromising strength and can be ceiling or mounted on the wall.
Our 6111 Flexible Curtain Track Carriers are white plastic wheel carriers with metal loop, sold individually, and work smoothly with the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. Add the Recmar 7142 Steel Curtain Hook, steel J shaped curtain hooks that are 1.5 inches long and easily attaches to any carrier with a ring to allow for curtains with holes or grommets, plus shower curtains, and your shower is ready to go. Should you need custom curtains to fit the space, we can make them for you from a wide variety of fabrics and colors.
If you already have a shower in your boat and just need replacement parts, chances are, we have exactly what you are looking for. If you are starting new, you don’t have to overthink a project like this. Our friendly customer service team is here to help you every step of the way. And of course, if you have completed a boat shower project, we’d love to see your photos!
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!
Older homes, while having a ton of character and architectural detail, often have small closets and a lack of storage in the kitchen. The reasoning behind the lack of space in these older homes is because at the time, individuals did not own a lot of clothing or have excess food to store. This means these fantastic looking homes need a little modern improvisation when it comes to creating space, like a pantry. Rest assured, creating a space for a pantry is easier than you may think.
To create a pantry, find a small space in your home. The space doesn't necessarily need to be in the kitchen, it can be in a corner in a rarely used dining room, a section in the basement or even in the garage. Once you select your location, buy shelving units to accommodate your items. Use varying heights for your shelves which will help you maximize your space allowing for storage for tall cereal boxes and smaller spaces for canned goods. You can find a variety of shelving units at Home Depot, Lowe’s or The Container Store.
Once you have your shelves put together, add the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. This flexible curtain track allows for long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. It can be bent by hand to fit your space, meaning it works for even corner spaces. Once you have your track installed, purchase carriers like the 6111 Flexible Curtain Track Carriers. These carriers are white plastic wheel carriers with metal loop and work smoothly with the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. Once you have your track and carriers, just add decorative curtains. We offer a variety of curtain patterns for you to choose from or you can purchase curtains that are perfect for your home decor.
READY TO GO
Once you have found your space, installed your curtain track, carriers and curtains, all you need to do when you need an item, is simply pull the curtains back. When you have everything you need to make that big family dinner, pull those curtains closed and your pantry is concealed. We’ve said it before and will say it again - curtain tracks can be used for more than just windows. Check out our other blog posts for more creative ideas!
If you live in a home with a sloped ceiling you may be wondering to yourself, "How in the world can I even hang curtains in this room?" We've heard it from other customers so you wouldn't be the first one with this question. We are here to assure you, it is indeed possible!
ON A SLANT
When it comes to mounting a curtain track and curtains on a ceiling with a slope or slant, we suggest you start with our product line of suspension hardware. Suspension hardware is designed to mount to a slanted or sloped ceiling but provides a track system that is horizontal, and above all, level. Depending on the room and the end design goal, many customers add curtains and drapes to the track to create a room divider. This is especially popular in loft apartments and condos and other rooms that have tall ceilings.
HOW LOW WILL YOU GO?
When we work with customers on a project like this, we talk about the room, the direction of the slant in the ceiling as well as how far down the track should go. We work with each customer to help them decide what track is best for the project, whether it's the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track, an aluminum track in silver or white and available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections, the Privacy Cubicle Curtain Track 90 Degree Bend, a track bent to a 90 degree angle with a 12 inch bend radius measured on the inside edge of the track and can be spliced with straight sections for L" and "U" shaped configurations, or the Privacy Cubicle Curtain Track 45 Degree Bend, a track that can be bent to a 45 degree angle with a 12 inch bend radius measured on the inside edge of the track and has a 34 inch run in each direction.
Intimidated by all of this? Never fear - the Curtain-Tracks friendly customer service team is here to help! We love a challenge and are here to make sure you select the perfect track and accessories for your project. We will even help you with installation tips.
Don't let that sloped ceiling get you down... let us help you finish the design of the room!
For many, vacation plans were put on hold this year. Cruises, flights to exciting places and even week-long stays in a hotel to visit a different part of the country were cancelled or postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. The impact on the travel industry has been devastating. According to ustravel.org and a forecast prepared for the U.S. Travel Association by Tourism Economics (both domestic and international), through the end of 2020, the report estimates $505 billion in losses for the travel industry for a total of $81 billion in lost federal, state and local taxes by the end of 2020. The travel industry is not expected to recover until 2024.” With that being said, Americans are getting creative with their vacation plans by planning day trips, staycations, and even camping more, whether in a tent or an RV.
CAMPING IN STYLE
RV camping has increased in popularity in 2020 because it allows families to get away yet socially distance from others. The benefits of RV camping abound! Most vehicles include a kitchen, a toilet and shower, and of course, air conditioning. Families can go out hiking for the day but come back to their RV, shower and relax with the AC blasting. At Curtain-Tracks, we have seen an increase in RV owners wanting to upgrade their home on wheels and one of the most common projects we help with are custom curtains.
NO TWO ARE ALIKE
Every RV is different, especially when it comes to windows. Adding custom curtains not only personalizes your home away from home, it ensures the curtains will fit correctly. Recently, a Curtain-Tracks customer added custom curtains to his RV. He chose the Shadow Cube fabric in Oatmeal and had them made to perfectly fit his windows. He had 3089 tailslide tape sewn across the top and Velcro tabs added on the right front side, the center and bottom. He then added custom tiebacks with Velcro. After he received his brand-new curtains, he contacted the Curtain-Tracks team.
“We just installed the curtains in the RV. They fit perfectly and the color is just right too. Even the backside liner color works well for us. This is a very professional addition to our RV. I have attached some pictures to show you how they look. I will be showing these curtains off and will give your contact information to those interested. Thanks very much for your help.”
Nothing makes us happier than having our customers contact us after they have completed a successful project. If you have an RV, motorhome or boat, and need custom curtains, curtain tracks or hardware, we are more than happy to hep you as well!
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.
Older homes often have a lot of character, like arched entryways, beautiful crown molding, cozy little nooks and sometimes even odd angles. The uniqueness of each older home sometimes poses a decorating challenge, especially when walls aren’t completely symmetrical. When it comes to window treatments, of course we always prefer using curtain tracks over rods, but especially in a home that may have a sloped ceiling; a curtain track will always win.
OPTION 1 & 2
Don’t be intimidated by the unevenness of a sloped ceiling. Ceiling-mounted curtain tracks offer a solution. You can install the track directly into the slope of the ceiling but then you need to decide about the curtain panel. You can leave it in a rectangular shape and have the bottom hem follow the angle of the ceiling or you can purchase or make a very long panel and cut it so that it fits the space provided. Either is acceptable, but the first has a bit more of a drawback. 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. The second option of trimming a corner of a long curtain to fit the space 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-which isn’t necessarily bad from a designer standpoint as curtains that pool slightly on the floor are all the rage in the decorator world.
BEHIND DOOR 3
There is an option 3. Hanging our 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track offers another option. Suspend the track to make it level. Our suspension parts, compatible with 88001, will allow you to install the track on a sloped ceiling using suspension tubing. Simply cut the tubing to length, and attach one end to the ceiling with the 88204 Ceiling Flange, and connect the other end of the tubing to the track with the 88202 Track Adapters. The tubing is attached by drilling a hole to allow the mounting bolt to pass through the tubing. You will see this method in retail stores, lofts and other establishments where there are extremely high ceilings.
Nervous? Don't be! Give us a call at 888-434-7444 and we will be happy to assist you.
Our customers are constantly looking for various replacement drapery hardware (particularly carriers, glides, rollers and sliders) to fits in existing tracks when parts are broken or misplaced. Recently, Cynthia W. in Austin, Texas was kind enough to let us know that the 3050 Eye Slide works well with the IKEA Kvartal curtain tracks. She had been searching for replacement glides to work with this track system for some time, as IKEA apparently no longer offers the Kvartal curtain track or replacement parts.