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Outdoor Curtain Project

We recently received some great images of an outdoor curtain installation in Oakland, TN from one of our customers and wanted to share them.  Jerry C.  fabricated his own outdoor curtains from a Sunbrella outdoor fabric.   This outdoor fabric will hold up well in the elements, and provides shade while still offering some transparency through the curtains based upon the weave of the fabric.  The intent was to provide shade for the covered patio behind their home, and we really like the look of this finished do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

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Curtain Carriers - An Overview

What are Curtain Carriers?

Curtain Carriers are often referred to by a wide range of terms including curtain glide, curtain glider, curtain slide, curtain slider, curtain trolly, and even a do-hickey or thing-a-ma-jig. We've had customers even call not knowing what to call them other than the things the roll or slide back and forth on the curtain track or curtain rail. Regardless of what the curtain carriers are called, they typically fall into one of three categories: wheeled curtain carriers, friction curtain carriers, or master carriers. We will provide a bit of insight into the purpose and pros and cons of each.

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Protected From The Sun With Curtain Tracks


IN THE SOUTH

A Curtain-Tracks friend recently visited the west coast of Florida. On their visit, they noticed a beautiful home that had three levels of porches. Unfortunately, these porches all faced west which meant they received the brunt of the hot afternoon sun. Luckily the home owners were creative and added curtain tracks and curtains that are not only functional but look great, too!


We have had the opportunity to work with customers all across the country on creating outdoor spaces. We suggest a few different tracks for outdoor use including the 6100 Medium Weight, 6100-Heavy Weight, 3120, 84004 and 84003 curtain tracks. If you are looking for a track that will support heavy curtains hung from high ceilings, we suggest the 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track.

Once you have installed your tracks, you can add our steel hooks. These hooks are sturdy and easily attach to any carrier with a ring to allow for curtains with holes or grommets.



MAKEOVER

Revitalize your outdoor space and make it new again by adding curtain tracks and curtains to protect against the hot afternoon sun and even rain. Our blog has an entire section dedicated to outdoor curtains and projects to provide ideas and inspiration. Let us know how we can help you with your outdoor project!

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Here Comes The Sun: Outdoor Curtains

HERE COMES THE SUN

For those who are fortunate to live in southern states during these cold winter months, you may be spending some time outdoors. If this is the case, why not create some privacy like C-T customer Jennifer W. did when she added curtain tracks to her lanai?

KEEP THE PEACE

Jennifer has a pool with a great lanai surrounding it. To create some privacy, she wanted to add curtains that could be left open or pulled closed for privacy. She decided to use the 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track mounted to the frame of her lanai along with snap tape and snap carriers. This aluminum curtain track is available in silver or black and can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. The 42124 track is compatible with 3 different carriers: 7120 Single Snap Carrier (used with 3090 snap tape), 7122 Button Carrier w/ Stainless Hook, and 7124 Button Carrier and the 7127 end stop.


PROTECTED

To complete the look, she used weather-proof material for her curtains. The beauty of adding curtains and curtain tracks to an outdoor space like this is it doesn’t just create visual privacy from the neighbors, but it can also help contain sound. For example, if you have kids who love to play and yell in the pool, curtains can help keep the sound from traveling to the neighbors. Adding curtains to a lanai can also be helpful when it comes to sun protection. Many lanais offer UV protection but not all screen enclosures do. Adding UV protected curtains can be helpful when it comes to sun protection.


READY?

Even if you don't live in a part of the country that has warm days throughout the year, you can still start thinking about a summer project where you add curtain tracks and curtains to your lanai, screened in porch or pergola. We have everything you need!


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COVID-19 Home Improvement Projects

NO MORE PROCRASTINATION

Americans are staying home more and while they are hunkering down, they are tackling those long-awaited home improvement projects. Contractors are busier than ever and home improvement stores are bustling with DIYers. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, "Daily foot traffic to Home Depot stores since April has been running at least 35% above last year’s, according to Unacast Inc., which tracks location data from 25 million cellphones on any given day. In 26 states, traffic doubled following a surge in late May." If this sounds like you, read on because we have some easy and affordable updates that you can complete all on your own.


SWAP ‘EM

Swap out those old dated curtain rods for seamless curtain tracks and freshen up the room with new curtains. Curtain tracks, unlike rods, can be mounted to the ceiling or the wall and the smooth track allows for seamless opening and closing due to the curtain carriers or glides. These carriers help the curtains smoothly - and quietly - glide along the track, unlike large curtain rings that are often found on curtain rods. Curtain tracks are also extremely durable as they are affixed in various places along the track. With curtain rods, the bracket can easily pull out of the wall causing you to take on a whole new project: drywall repair.


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LOOK UP

Studies show that the average person spends at least 30 minutes in the bathroom every day. If that sounds accurate to you, maybe it's time to switch out that tired curtain rod and update your bathroom by adding a ceiling mount curtain track, drop chains and a sleek new shower curtain? For many of the same reasons listed above, curtain tracks are super sturdy and they look great, plus they create a sleek, modern and fresh look to your bathroom.


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Bathroom Curtains

LOOK OUTSIDE

Curtain tracks aren't just for living rooms and bathrooms, they can be used outside. Adding curtain tracks and weatherproof curtains to your porch or pergola can help protect against the hot afternoon sun and windy days and they also allow for privacy. Some great products for a project like this include: the 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track in Silver, the 7127 Stainless Steel End Stops, 7140 Large Double Wheel Carriers and 7142 Stainless Steel Curtain Hooks.


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TAKE ON THAT PROJECT

Each of these projects can be completed easily and quickly. So whether one, or all, of these projects are on your Honey-Do list, we have you covered. For the best selection of curtain tracks, curtains, hardware and accessories, look no further than www.curtain-tracks.com.


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Outdoor Curtain Project

We recently received some great images of an outdoor curtain installation in Oakland, TN from one of our customers and wanted to share them.  Jerry C.  fabricated his own outdoor curtains from a Sunbrella outdoor fabric.   This outdoor fabric will hold up well in the elements, and provides shade while still offering some transparency through the curtains based upon the weave of the fabric.  The intent was to provide shade for the covered patio behind their home, and we really like the look of this finished do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

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Curtain-Tracks and Pergolas: A Match Made on a Honey-Do List


HONEY-DO

Nearly every year, it seems Puxatawney Phil predicts winter will last a little longer, but the calendar officially tells us that spring is here. And if your house is anything like ours, that means the honey-do list has grown to include lots of outdoor projects. At Curtain-Tracks, we like to suggest you move one of those projects to the top of the list: Adding Curtains to Your Pergola. This outdoor project makes for a great first spring project for a few reasons.



BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Adding curtains to your pergola is easier than it sounds plus it gives a lot of bang for your buck. Simply adding a curtain track and some durable curtains, and your outdoor living space transforms from drab to classy. You can a lot of fabric to create a lush, layered effect. For a light, airy, and beachy feel, try using a sheer fabric that can easily blow in the breeze. For a more rustic look, try a textured fabric like burlap that will add great depth to the space. A simple and rustic tie back such as twine or even a small cut of the same fabric will allow the curtains to be out of the way when you don’t need them but still add another layer of design.


A PLACE TO RELAX

We suggest bumping this project to the top of your honey-do list so you can create a cozy retreat to enjoy after a long day of yard work (and all of the other to-do items on your list). Imagine mowing and weeding the yard in between soccer games this weekend and then being able to sit back with an adult beverage to admire your hard work. Would it be more relaxing underneath your bare pergola that needs a coat of stain or would it be more relaxing behind fresh curtains blowing in the wind? We know which we’d prefer as we toast our family for a job well done.


STAND UP TO THE ELEMENTS

Not only are Curtain-Tracks products exceptional for changing the aesthetics of your patio, but they are functional as well. Using our plastic tracks for outdoor use is a great choice because they won’t rust in the elements. You could also try our steel hooks for the same reason; they won’t rust and the look is simply classic.


So, the next time you are looking at your to-do list, consider drawing an arrow to the top of the list from the “update pergola” item. You won’t be sorry. And, bonus! We will help you place the order so you don’t forget any measurements or hardware. Heck, you can even call us right from your patio: 1-888-434-7444.



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Curtain Tracks And Cabanas


TIME TO RELAX

Have you ever enjoyed a vacation at a resort or a hotel where they had beautiful cabanas by the pool or beach that you could rent for the day? Oftentimes, these cabanas are equipped with furnishings such as comfortable chaise lounges, a refrigerator, ceiling fan, and sometimes even a TV. Another feature that makes these cabanas so luxurious are the privacy curtains. A wait staff comes by to take your drink orders as you relax by the pool in your private space. Ahhhh, sounds amazing, doesn't it?



SIESTA TIME!

On a recent visit to Marco Island, Florida, we noticed a resort used ceiling curtain tracks like the 42124 curtain track, curtains in an aqua color, and a wand so the curtains would easily glide along the track. Guests could close the curtains for privacy or if they wanted to take a siesta. Don't get us wrong, we love the extra comfy cushions on the lounges in these cabanas. They are quite appealing. But the curtain tracks and curtains and being able to create that element of privacy and seclusion, makes the cabana rental daily rates a little bit more bearable.



CREATE YOUR OWN CABANA SPACE

We have many customers who use our tracks in their backyard to create their own private space. One customer in Florida added curtains to her lanai which helped block out the sun during peak hours of the day and also gave them privacy if they desired. Another customer added curtain tracks and billowing white curtains around his pergola. Curtain tracks are also useful on gazebos as well as in sunrooms and four season rooms.

Tell us: have you ever seen one of the cabanas that can be rented for a day? If you have, have you ever indulged yourself and rented one?


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Outdoor Curtain Project

We recently received some great images of an outdoor curtain installation in Oakland, TN from one of our customers and wanted to share them.  Jerry C.  fabricated his own outdoor curtains from a Sunbrella outdoor fabric.   This outdoor fabric will hold up well in the elements, and provides shade while still offering some transparency through the curtains based upon the weave of the fabric.  The intent was to provide shade for the covered patio behind their home, and we really like the look of this finished do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

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Protected From The Sun With Curtain Tracks


IN THE SOUTH

A Curtain-Tracks friend recently visited the west coast of Florida. On their visit, they noticed a beautiful home that had three levels of porches. Unfortunately, these porches all faced west which meant they received the brunt of the hot afternoon sun. Luckily the home owners were creative and added curtain tracks and curtains that are not only functional but look great, too!


We have had the opportunity to work with customers all across the country on creating outdoor spaces. We suggest a few different tracks for outdoor use including the 6100 Medium Weight, 6100-Heavy Weight, 3120, 84004 and 84003 curtain tracks. If you are looking for a track that will support heavy curtains hung from high ceilings, we suggest the 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track.

Once you have installed your tracks, you can add our steel hooks. These hooks are sturdy and easily attach to any carrier with a ring to allow for curtains with holes or grommets.



MAKEOVER

Revitalize your outdoor space and make it new again by adding curtain tracks and curtains to protect against the hot afternoon sun and even rain. Our blog has an entire section dedicated to outdoor curtains and projects to provide ideas and inspiration. Let us know how we can help you with your outdoor project!

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Beat The Winter Blues With This Outdoor Project


IS IT SPRING YET?

February can seem like a long month. The days are still short, the weather is cold and skies are often gray throughout much of the country. The Team at Curtain-Tracks is here to help cheer you up and beat those winter blues with an outdoor project that will motivate you and get you wishing for sunny skies!

ENJOY THE OUTDOORS

We often talk to customers that share a common dilemma - how can they use curtains tracks and curtains outside so they can enjoy their yard even during wind, rain or scorching afternoon sun? A simple solution that allows you to enhance your outdoor living space includes adding curtain tracks and curtains along a pergola. Our 6100 flexible curtain track is durable and holds up well, even in inclement weather. We recommend pairing it with the 6152 ceiling cartridges and our 6111 carriers because, like the 6100 track, they stand up well in the outdoor elements. Simply add curtains (a heavier canvas curtain is effective and looks great) and when not in use, simply tie them back at the corners.

If you don’t have a pergola and instead prefer to spend time in a summer room or 2-seasons room, extend the use of the room by adding curtain tracks and curtains. They will allow protection from wind and shade from the sun. Plus, adding durable curtains in a fun color can enhance the look of the entire room.

NOW WHAT?

After you order your products, you may seem a bit overwhelmed. You can relax. We have simple instructions on our website and if you still have installation questions, our friendly customer service team is here to help. Just give them a call or send them an email.


ARE YOU READY?

So as you dream of spring, why not get started on this project now (visit our blog for inspiration!) so you can enjoy every bit of the season? Measure your space, order your curtain tracks (don't forget the carriers and end stops), order curtains and tie backs, and you will be on your way!

Don't hesitate to contact us with questions! Call us toll free: (888) 434-7444.


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Expanding Your Living Space To The Outdoors

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Hanging curtains outdoors may not be on the mind of many people right now, especially those living in colder climates, but using curtains to enhance the look and functionality of outdoor spaces is becoming increasingly common. Extending our living space outside allows us to utilize spaces such as porches, patios and decks, more often. Curtains can serve many purposes including protection against the sun, wind, and even mosquitoes. They also can improve the overall appearance of your outdoor space and be used to provide privacy around pools and hot tubs, pergolas and cabanas.




SO MANY OPTIONS

There are many options when it comes to selecting curtain tracks for your outdoor space. One Curtain-Tracks customer used the RECMAR 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track on her lanai that surrounds her pool. She mounted the track to the frame and added snap tape and snap carriers. This aluminum curtain track is available in silver or black and can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. The 42124 track is compatible with 3 different carriers: 7120 Single Snap Carrier (used with 3090 snap tape), 7122 Button Carrier w/ Stainless Hook, and 7124 Button Carrier and the 7127 end stop. Another option is the RECMAR 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track. This is a silver anodized aluminum curtain track with satin finish. It can be mount to a pergola and mounting brackets are not required. Other tracks that work exceptionally well in outdoor spaces are curtain tracks 3120 and 84004. If you need a curtain track that can support heavy curtains, we recommend the 16 Gauge Galvanized Steel track.


TIME TO GET STARTED

When it comes to enhancing the look of your pergola, patio or pool area, the options are endless! Whether you are looking to take on an outdoor project now or in the next few months, check out our blog for ideas and inspiration. When you are ready to get started, reach out to us and we can help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams.


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Adding Curtains To Your Sunroom Or Screened In Porch

HERE COMES THE SUN

We couldn’t be happier to have summer right around the corner. That means more sunshine and warmer days! We all know that sun exposure can increase the brain’s release of serotonin and boosts your mood, but with the sun comes heat and by July and August, if you are sitting in a sunroom or screened in porch, that heat can be unbearable. We have a solution that will allow you to enjoy these spaces while still being comfortable. Curtains!



AN EASY SOLUTION

Adding curtains to your sunroom or screened in porch is a cost-effective way to help regulate the temperature by keeping your space warmer on a brisk day and cooler on a hot day. Curtains can also help block rain and wind, but above all, curtains look great and allow privacy when closed.

If you are looking for a simple decorative look with minimal coverage, consider adding sheer curtain panels. Tie them back when not in use or allow them to gently flow in the breeze. For more functional curtains to help conserve energy and protect against the weather, consider a sturdy outdoor fabric for your curtains.


CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRACK

The 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track is an aluminum track that can be mounted end to end for longer lengths. This track works well with 7120 Single Snap Carrier with 3091 snap tape sewn on top of the curtain, 7122 Button Carrier with Stainless Hook, and the 7124 Button Carrier, with pinch pleated curtains, and sturdy 7127 end stops. Another option is the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Curtain Track, the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track and the 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track – Ceiling Mount.


ENJOY THE SUMMER

We understand there are many options to choose from and our team is here to help you make the best purchase for your project. We also will make sure you don’t forget any of the necessary hardware and accessories. Let us help you enjoy your sunroom or screened in porch this summer! 1 (888) 434-7444.


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Privacy Around A Pool

SNOOPY NEIGHBORS

Pool owners, have you ever had a B-B-Q and pool party and you didn’t invite your next-door neighbors, yet they can see all of the fun happening right there in your backyard? Awkward… Sometimes neighbors can seem just a little too close. For times like these when you are looking for a bit of privacy around your pool, we have a solution. Read on to learn more!



POOL + PRIVACY

A previous blog article on this very topic was so popular, we wanted to revisit it. Jennifer W., a Curtain-Tracks customer, was super creative in her backyard when she wanted to create some privacy around her pool. She added the 42124 Ceiling Mount Curtain Track along the frame of her lanai, along with snap tape and snap carriers and weather proof curtains. This is an aluminum curtain track, available in silver or black, can be mounted end to end for longer lengths, and is compatible with 3 different carriers: 7120 Single Snap Carrier (used with 3090 snap tape), 7122 Button Carrier with Stainless Hook, and 7124 Button Carrier and the 7127 end stop.



LOOKING GOOD

When Jennifer has the curtains open and pulled back to the side, the curtains create a welcoming, homey look to the lanai and pool area. But when she pulls them closed, they create a veil of privacy around the entire pool. Not only that, when the curtains are pulled closed, they also help contain sound. So, if there is a pool party with lots of kids having a great time, the squeals of laughter will be somewhat contained and the next-door neighbors can’t peer in to see who is at the party. This same concept of adding curtains outside can also be applied to a pergola or outdoor porch.



SUMMER FUN

This summer enjoy some privacy in your backyard, in your pool, or on your porch, by adding curtain tracks and curtains!


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Customer Project: Curtain Tracks on a Pergola

STAYING HOME

As it turns out, 2020 is the year spent at home. Hunkering down and taking precautions means more families are spending time outside. If you are spending hours and hours in the great outdoors, you may as well make the most of your outdoor space. That's just what one Curtain-Tracks customer from Centreville, MD, decided to do with her patio and the result is fantastic! This family already had a beautifully built pergola but they decided to enhance the look by adding a few different products from Curtain-Tracks, including the 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track in Silver, 7127 Stainless Steel End Stops, 7140 Large Double Wheel Carrier and 7142 Stainless Steel Curtain Hooks.



QUALITY PRODUCTS

The pergola was already white so they simply painted their 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track white to match. This track is made of anodized aluminum and has thicker top wall for added support. Perfect when using on tall ceilings or pergola! This is a 12 foot track but is cut to 8 feet and 4 feet, or two 6 foot sections for shipping. They also used the 7127 End Stops. End Stops are used to close the ends of the tracks so the carriers don't slip off. They also have another use: you can use two end stops to hold a curtain carrier in place by pinning the carrier between the end stops. Doing this will keep a curtain closed at one end. Genius!



TIME TO RELAX

Once the track was installed, this customer added blue and white striped curtains that can be pulled closed for privacy but can also protect against the elements, like wind and afternoon sun. The curtains look fantastic with the landscaping and create a finished look to the patio. This patio looks so inviting, we just want to sidle up to that bar!


Whether you are looking to add curtains to your pergola, screened in room or front porch, the Curtain-Tracks team is here to help bring your vision to reality. If you have completed a project using some of our products, we would love to see your pictures. We just might share them on social media and our blog. You can send your project pictures to: info@curtain-tracks.com.


Enjoy the summer and stay well!



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COVID-19 Home Improvement Projects

NO MORE PROCRASTINATION

Americans are staying home more and while they are hunkering down, they are tackling those long-awaited home improvement projects. Contractors are busier than ever and home improvement stores are bustling with DIYers. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, "Daily foot traffic to Home Depot stores since April has been running at least 35% above last year’s, according to Unacast Inc., which tracks location data from 25 million cellphones on any given day. In 26 states, traffic doubled following a surge in late May." If this sounds like you, read on because we have some easy and affordable updates that you can complete all on your own.


SWAP ‘EM

Swap out those old dated curtain rods for seamless curtain tracks and freshen up the room with new curtains. Curtain tracks, unlike rods, can be mounted to the ceiling or the wall and the smooth track allows for seamless opening and closing due to the curtain carriers or glides. These carriers help the curtains smoothly - and quietly - glide along the track, unlike large curtain rings that are often found on curtain rods. Curtain tracks are also extremely durable as they are affixed in various places along the track. With curtain rods, the bracket can easily pull out of the wall causing you to take on a whole new project: drywall repair.


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LOOK UP

Studies show that the average person spends at least 30 minutes in the bathroom every day. If that sounds accurate to you, maybe it's time to switch out that tired curtain rod and update your bathroom by adding a ceiling mount curtain track, drop chains and a sleek new shower curtain? For many of the same reasons listed above, curtain tracks are super sturdy and they look great, plus they create a sleek, modern and fresh look to your bathroom.


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Bathroom Curtains

LOOK OUTSIDE

Curtain tracks aren't just for living rooms and bathrooms, they can be used outside. Adding curtain tracks and weatherproof curtains to your porch or pergola can help protect against the hot afternoon sun and windy days and they also allow for privacy. Some great products for a project like this include: the 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track in Silver, the 7127 Stainless Steel End Stops, 7140 Large Double Wheel Carriers and 7142 Stainless Steel Curtain Hooks.


Outdoor curtain tracks


TAKE ON THAT PROJECT

Each of these projects can be completed easily and quickly. So whether one, or all, of these projects are on your Honey-Do list, we have you covered. For the best selection of curtain tracks, curtains, hardware and accessories, look no further than www.curtain-tracks.com.


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Home Improvement Projects

SMART INVESTMENT

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.



BEING OUTSIDE

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)!

FOUR SEASONS

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.

HONEY DO LIST

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!


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Custom Curtain Track Solutions

Whether you are a designer, architect or an individual looking for a DIY project, our track and curtain solutions are designed for simple installation. In addition to window curtain hardware, we also provide high quality, commercial grade curtains that are used for many applications such as RVs, bunk beds, cubicles, hospitals, boats and bathrooms. Our customer service team offers expertise and advice that is unmatched. If you need help, advice or a custom curtain track solution, we're happy to help keep you on the right track!

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