Four years ago we wrote an article on our blog about 3 Ways To Improve Your Living Space With Curtains In Lofts. The post was extremely popular so we thought we would revisit the topic and share some ideas on how to make super-cool lofts just a bit more functional by adding curtain tracks and curtains.
1. Windows, windows, windows! Loft apartments often have great windows and while we enjoy an awesome view as much as the next person, there comes a time when everyone needs some privacy. Hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains in front of windows not only helps create some privacy, they also block light and can save on air and heat costs. Just hang them on our sturdy ceiling mount curtain tracks and you will be good to go!
2. Open space! Loft apartments are large open spaces but you can create smaller spaces (like the bedroom), just by adding curtain tracks. Close the curtains when company is coming to visit or leave them open when you decide to make the bed and don't mind your friends seeing your space.
3. Storage solutions! As fantastic as a loft apartment is, they often come with a lack of storage spaces. Easily store bins of clothes, holiday decorations and extra what-nots by creating a storage space. Again, curtain tracks and decorative curtains to the rescue! Find an unused space in the loft (perhaps an unused corner of the space) and designate that area for your extra items.
Make your loft home just a bit more functional by adding curtain tracks and curtains to areas you think just could be made just a bit better. Don't forget to send us your pictures!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Pleated curtains. We love them. They add a beautiful finished look to windows and will make all who see them envious of your design style. Pleated curtains have a sense of elegance to them and they allow you to try out some different pieces of hardware that you may not be completely familiar with.
If the pleated look is something you are trying to achieve, rest assured you CAN do it. Just follow these steps:
- Lay out the fabric
- Pinch the pleat in the front
- Fold the fabric into an accordion shape
- Sew a small seam top to bottom
- Double fold the edges on the top and bottom.
There are some options when it comes to drapery hardware. You can use Tail Slides (available in black, white and natural) into the pocket of the pleat. A tail slide eliminate the need for a carrier as it slides on the track on its own. When using tail slides in this way, you will need to use the 3296 aluminum curtain track.
The other option is to use a Drapery Hook placed into the middle of the pleat. Curtains hooks are a bit more familiar in the curtain hanging world. It hooks in the curtain pleat and requires a carrier to attach to the track. When using drapery hooks and carriers, chances are you can use whatever track you prefer, even if that means sticking with your existing curtain track.
We’ve written another article on this very topic but if you have any questions, please reach out to our friendly customer service team. We love to work with customers to make their windows beautiful!
KEEP IT PRIVATE
The HIPAA Privacy Rule “establishes national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization.” While HIPAA ensures the confidentiality of a patient’s health records, privacy curtains ensure physical privacy. That’s where Curtain-Tracks can help.
Our privacy curtains can be found in hospitals, emergency rooms, clinics, nursing homes, and physician offices across the country. Healthcare providers turn to Curtain-Tracks for the high-quality construction, safety, style, and affordability of our privacy curtains as well as the exceptional customer service we provide. Our curtains are constructed with a triple-thick 1 ½ inch header sewn with a double-needle Safe-T-Lock stitch. With the constant opening and closing of the curtains, this triple thick header makes them nearly tear-proof.
All privacy cubicle curtains are constructed using fabrics that pass NFPA 701 testing, the most stringent national standard. Depending on the application of the privacy curtains, most fire codes require the use of mesh at the top 20 inches of the curtain. Our curtains feature ½ inch flame retardant mesh which meets NFPA requirements and this mesh is available in 11 colors, although white or ivory are used most often. If you prefer curtains without mesh, they can be made without. Whatever you decide to order for your healthcare organization, rest assured that all of our curtains only ship after they have passed an extensive 7-point inspection process.
ON THE CEILING
Privacy curtains are often mounted to the ceiling using the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track, an aluminum track with a silver satin finish. This track is available in 6-foot, 8-foot, 12-foot, and 16-foot sections. For larger spaces, sections of the 88001 track can be spliced together for longer applications.
Whatever the space, we have the tracks and hospital curtains to provide the privacy you need.
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.
MORE THAN TRACKS
At Curtain-Tracks, we carry a large variety of products. Obviously, we have the best selection of curtain tracks available in the industry, and we have all the necessary accessories to accommodate those tracks allowing you to complete your project. But did you know we also have some other very handy products that we think you will love?
Let’s start with our bungee cords. That’s right, we have high quality bungee cords, and they are a bit different than the standard cord you would find at your local hardware store. Our bungee cords are a corded loop with a single hook. It is ten inches long and can stretch to twice its length. The one hook and one loop makes this bungee cord extremely secure. It allows you to connect the hook to the loop and eliminates slipping (and can also avoid injury). Available in black or white, these cords come 10 to a pack.
BOATS, RVs, TRUCKS AND MORE
Boat and RV owners love these cords because they keep tarps and boat covers firmly in place. Pick-up truck owners can use them for bed tie-downs, and car owners can use them for their car covers. Bungee cords are also useful to hang banners, store signage, and for use with tents.
PROMOTE A SALE!
Speaking of store signage and banners, our EasyKlip Banner and Tarp Clips are another unique product. Like all our products, they are high quality and work nicely with our bungee cords. They grip banners, tarps, clear poly, velour, muslin and countless other materials and fabrics. They are designed to increase the grip as the load increases making it the strongest clip on the market. They are available in black or white and come 10 to a pack.
When you think of www.curtain-tracks.com, think beyond the tracks and drapery hardware and accessories. You just might find a product that you’ve always been looking for!
GET OUT AND STAY OUT
Many people enjoy spending time outdoors long into the fall season. For this reason, several home builders and home owners make the most of their outdoor living space by adding pergolas for extra shade or an outdoor porch covering/roof over their patio or deck to protect from rain. If you are looking for products that can enhance your pergola or porch covering, we have a wide selection of products that work well in the outdoors and are designed and built to withstand and hold up to even the harshest outdoor conditions.
QUALITY IS OUR MIDDLE NAME
Adding a curtain track and curtains to a pergola or porch can provide added protection against wind or rain and we pride ourselves on providing products that are the very best. One of these products is the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track. It is a silver anodized aluminum curtain track with satin finish. Available in either 8 foot length plus 4 foot length or two 6 foot pieces (12 feet total), it mounts to the pergola or roof ceiling and mounting brackets are not required. If you are looking for a heavy duty track, the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track could be just the product you need. Available in silver or black anodized aluminum it has a thicker top wall for added support. This is a 12 foot track that is cut to 8 feet and 4 feet or 6 feet and 6 feet section for shipping. Perfect for a project that will hold heavy curtains.
ENHANCE YOUR SPACE
Curtain tracks and curtains not only provide functionality, they can also enhance the look of your outdoor space. This concept is so popular, we've even written a few blog posts about it. So as the summer starts to wrap up, the leaves begin to change and the temperature drops, now is the perfect time to complete a project like this allowing you to enjoy the outdoors weeks longer than you did in years past. Should you have questions or need assistance in selecting the best products for your project, our team of customer service experts are here to help. Simply give us a call at (888) 434-7444 or email. Happy summer!
Healthcare is a competitive field and emergency rooms are popping up in suburbs across the United States. Each year, ERs treat 117 million patients and these neighborhood emergency departments help eliminate overcrowding and long waits. They can treat everything from broken arms to more complex medical cases. To stay competitive, they are completely designed with the patient in mind.
Many of these ERs have private rooms for the patients but when it comes to other locations, such as registration areas and medical examining rooms, you will notice that privacy takes precedence. These spaces often have curtain tracks to allow the patient complete privacy in the event the door to the room is opened. In many cases, the 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track is used. This aluminum track has a silver satin finish and is available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections but can be spliced together for longer applications.
Hospitals and Emergency Rooms not only choose durable curtain tracks, they also choose quality privacy curtains. Curtain-Tracks' cubicle curtains are constructed with a triple thick 1 ½ incher header sewn with a double needle Safe-T-Lock stitch, making them practically tear proof. This also eliminates unraveling and raw edges, providing enduring strength. Curtains are typically sewn with rust proof nickel plated brass grommets on 6 inch centers across the header, although customer specifications can be accommodated. These curtains pass NFPA 701 testing, the most stringent national standard and feature ½ inch flame retardant mesh which meets NFPA requirements.
IF YOU EVER HAVE TO VISIT
We hope you never have to visit an emergency room, but if you do, we hope you visit an ER that offers high quality privacy cubicle tracks and privacy curtains.
I confess that I can't recall ever hearing a joke about curtain rods despite drapery hardware being the focus of our business. I mean, how funny can drapery hardware be? So when this one hit our email box this weekend, we got an extra laugh from it and decided we ought to share it with our readers. It's certainly tame, so here goes...
We hope to see several of the first few episodes of the Man Card Crew be aired soon in the Chicago area. Curtain-Tracks.com supplied curtain hardware and curtains for Episodes 1 and 3. In the video below, you will see the design overview and computer generated graphics of the media room design for Episode 3, transforming a pink sewing room into a top shelf media room and man cave that anyone would be happy to call their own. In the video (at the 1:00 minute mark), you will see and hear mention of the Curtain-Tracks.com blackout curtain made of Eclipse light blocking fabric that is hung from 88001 privacy curtain track to provide a removable divider that can prevent light from entering via the stairwell and help reduce noise from media room back into the other floors of the home.
Curtain-Tracks.com uses FedEx to delivery a large majority of our packages to our customers. Whether the curtain tracks are shipped via ground service, 2nd day, or next day delivery, FedEx does a very good job for us of delivering our drapery hardware promptly and in good condition. An article today about hidden images in logos caught our eye this morning, and inspired one of those "ah ha" moments. Despite having a FedEx truck at our facility daily, and having their packaging boxes and envelopes around constantly, we had never noticed the hidden image in the FedEx logo. Can you spot it?
IMAGINATIONS RUNNING WILD
Most kids love playing in forts. Whether it's a treehouse in the yard or a homemade fort in the living room, these fun enclosures bring out the best in imagination. Using curtain tracks to create an enclosure is just another fun and inexpensive way to allow kids to play make-believe. Parents, you just need to use your imagination when deciding how to create this fun space.
BUNK BEDS AND ROOM DIVIDERS
We have had many customers add our curtain tracks to bunk beds. Adding tracks and curtains can allow for more privacy (like night reading when a sibling is trying to sleep) as well as a small space for play. We have also had parents add curtain tracks to the ceiling in a child's room or in a small area of the basement. When the curtains are closed, it divides the space-play room on one side, bed on the other. Not only does it create a fun area that can be dedicated to play, it can also conceal all of the toys. Imagine adding curtains in a vibrant pattern or featuring a favorite character. It's much easier, and less expensive, to change curtain panels than paint, to go along with your child's most current interest.
For projects such as these, our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is easy to install with the right drapery hardware, and can be bent by hand and shaped so it will fit the desired space. Our ceiling mount curtain track is another great track and comes with all the compatible drapery hardware needed for your project. Be creative when designing the space by creating fun angles.
READY TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION?
Are you ready to allow imaginations to run wild? Let us know how we can help! Contact us with any questions or check out other blog posts for ideas and inspiration. Have fun!