Customers often contact us in the midst of a bathroom remodel project with questions on how to hang a shower curtain from the ceiling. We are always happy to help. Hanging a shower curtain from the ceiling starts with the addition of a Ceiling Mount Curtain Track. A traditional shower curtain rod won’t get the job done but a ceiling mount track will. These curtain tracks may seem daunting, but it offers more flexibility with functionality and design.
Making the switch to a ceiling mount track may also mean you need a new shower curtain that is a different size than the traditional 72x72 inch curtain. This is especially true when using drop chains to help bridge the gap between the curtain and the track system if it is mounted higher than the height of the curtain. Whatever the size that is needed for your shower, Curtain-Tracks can make custom shower curtains in a variety of materials including commercial grade vinyl to fabrics. We are proud to say we are the best source to supply the curtain you need in the size that you specify, all at an affordable price.
Now that you have all the materials needed for your shower design you might ask, “How to install a ceiling-mounted shower curtain?” This is when our friendly customer service team really shines. Our team is here to support you from selecting the best products for your project to assistance when ordering to installation guidance. Also, we have great resources on our website including our Installation Guides. For example, if you are installing the 84001 curtain track, you would follow the steps as outlined below:
1. Purchase appropriate mounting screws and anchors as needed (not provided). Hardware required varies depending on ceiling construction. Verify screw head fits through track slot before proceeding.
2. Cut track to length. Any miter saw or hack saw will easily cut the track. When splicing tracks together, be sure each cut is a clean perpendicular cut and remove any burrs.
3. Add end caps to track where needed. Slip the top of the cap over the top of the track so that the open part of the end cap is facing down in the same direction as the slot in the track. Drive a metal screw through the hole in the end cap through the top of the track or pre-drill and use a small nut and bolt to lock the end cap in place. Be sure your screw is not too long to interfere with the path of the carriers. If the end cap has a removable gate, verify that it can easily be removed before proceeding.
4. Identify an optimal location to screw track into the ceiling. It is preferred to drive mounting screws into ceiling joists or solid supports. Anchors may be required if mounting directly to drywall ceiling. If mounting to drop ceiling grid, select drilling location off-center of T-bar grid hardware.
5. Mark screw locations on the track to identify where to drill mounting holes.
6. Using a small drill bit, drill holes through the top of the track. Be sure to center these holes through the slot in the track. Adjust the location of the hole if it is not centered. Be careful not to damage the slot with a drill bit or screw.
7. Re-drill each hole with a larger bit sized to accommodate your mounting screws.
8. Position the track onto the ceiling and mark the location of the holes in the track on the ceiling.
9. Drill pilot holes into the ceiling at the locations marked in step #7.
10. Feed all carriers into the end of the track with the body of the carrier hanging through the slot below the track.
11. Mount the track to the ceiling by driving screws up through the track so that the slot in the track is facing the floor. The head of the screws should be hidden inside the track. Take care not to leave screw heads in a position where they may interfere with the path of the carriers. If your application requires wall-to-wall installation, insert the carriers prior to mounting the track to the ceiling.
12. If splicing track sections together for wider spans, position the splicer halfway into one end of the track, leaving the other half of the splicer extended to accept the second section of track. Drive a screw through the splicer and each section of track being joined. Minimize any gap between the tracks.
Once you have your track mounted, installing the curtains is really very easy. Beginning at one end of the track, slide in your carriers (88102 two-wheel carriers with ball chains and hooks work well). These carriers have a white plastic body and are compatible with most other similar tracks. Follow up by adding your new shower curtains to the carriers. If you run into issues, please contact us at 888-434-7444.
Viola! The end result of your ceiling mounted shower curtains will be sleek and sophisticated.
WIDE OPEN SPACES
Open office spaces were once thought to be the best thing since sliced bread. They allowed for improved social interaction, collaboration and increased productivity. Inc.com recently published an article discussing this short lived trend and how "people are still people and like most people you and your employees probably wouldn't mind a little time away from...well...other people." But if your work space is wide open and you aren't willing to move your team to a new office or you have another five years on a lease, what are you to do to keep your employees happy?
SMALL SPACES, BIG IMPACT
Creating a private space or two in an open office environment will allow employees to take a much needed break, if needed, from others. One idea is to create a quiet room and if adding walls to your office environment isn't feasible, the 3120 Extra Heavy Duty Curtain Track can be your solution. Available in silver or black anodized aluminum, it has a thicker top wall for added support. Add 7140 Double Wheel or 7146 Short Snap Carriers, sound absorbing curtains, a couple extra comfy chairs to the space, and you have created an area where members of your team can take a quick break. This same concept works if you are looking to create a small meeting space.
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
Don't be frustrated with your office space. There are many options when it comes to creating an environment that allows for team work but also permits private spaces. Our team is here to help. For more ideas for your workplace, check out these blog posts.
We are happy to announce the addition of this blog to the Curtain-Tracks.com website. Our goal is to provide additional information to our customers on topics related to the curtain tracks, drapery hardware, and curtains offered on our Website. You can expect to see detailed explanations on customer questions, project overviews that include the installation of tracks and curtains, demonstrations of products and installations, customer profiles, and links to industry resources. If you’ve got an idea for a topic you would like to see covered, please let us know.
It’s been said that great design never goes out of style, and we’d like to share some evidence of that claim. Given our interest in all things related to curtain tracks, we’ve come across an interesting piece of history regarding a classic curtain track design. In England during World War II, it became increasingly important for residents to be in a perpetual state of readiness for air raids. At night, people’s lives depended on blacking out any light visible outside homes and offices for fear that the light would serve as a target during bombing raids. Curtains and the accompanying tracks served an important role in helping to mask these structures after nightfall. As a result, the curtain tracks shown below in this Woolworth (or as the Brits commonly referred to is, Woolies) advertisement from 1940 highlight the ability to “Blackout with EZE.” In fact, these curtain tracks (or rails as they were commonly referred to) were one of the few metal items that continued to be made available to consumers during the height of the war as raw material shortages became an issue for manufacturers.
Most orders placed through Curtain-Tracks.com are shipped the next business day, excluding holidays. There are also products offered through our site that require a lead time, such as privacy cubicle curtains or RV and Boat Curtains that must be custom made, and these products are noted accordingly. We do everything possible to ship orders promptly, and have an established track record of meeting this goal. Curtain-Tracks.com ships packages via two carriers:
We have the opportunity to speak with customers located across the US every day, helping them to select the right curtain track system to meet their needs. It is always great to hear back from customers after their project is complete. Sometimes the feedback offers constructive criticism that guides us through our continuous improvement efforts. Sometimes it is a simple thank you. Other times customers share images and descriptions of their projects. The entire team at Curtain-Tracks.com welcomes customer insight.
We've mentioned before in our blog about replacing closet doors with curtains. Along those lines, we came across an interesting article at realsimple.com regarding closet conversion by Nicole Sforza. The article highlighted three homeowners who took closet space that was disorganized and underutilized and converted it into stylish and highly functional alcoves in their living spaces. In each of the three examples, you will notice that a curtain was used to conceal the area or storage within the area, and you know by know that we are always on the lookout for creative ways to utilize curtain tracks in interior design.
Based on feedback from customers, we have added a metal curtain clip with a ring attached to the drapery hardware offering at Curtain-Tracks.com. The plated steel curtain clips with rings make it easy to hang a curtain or backdrop that doesn't have pleats, grommets, or other means of easily attaching a hook. The clips can be added directly to the top edge of a curtain and the rings can be looped through the holes in most curtain carriers or glides. These curtain clips can be great to hang flat curtains with pockets intended for use with curtain rods from curtain tracks instead.
The Little Black dress is a staple in most every woman’s wardrobe. And rightfully so, as it’s undoubtedly an iconic item, appropriate for all occasions, and goes with everything.
NEW IS GOOD!
In our last blog post, we shared information on our new Chateau Privacy Curtains. Today, we want to tell you about a couple other new products, the nylon Dobie curtain and new colors of our 84004 track.
The nylon Dobie curtain is our newest waterproof shower curtain. It has all of the same wonderful qualities of our shower curtain line with one added bonus: it’s pretty! There is a subtle pattern repeated in the weave of the fabric that gives this polyester an elegant look and feel. The depth of this pattern creates visual interest and because it is available in white and beige, the nylon Dobie curtain will look great in any bathroom.
Behind the pretty face of this new curtain are the features that make it a logical choice for any wet space. The fabric is polyester treated to be water repellent for 50 commercial washes (the industry standard is 12 washes), making it not only pretty but also durable.
STRONGER THAN STRONG
One of our most popular tracks, the 84004 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track, has two new colors for a total of four options. Now available in white, silver, black and bronze, the color of this track is sure to work with your next project. The 84004 strong aluminum architectural track accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers and can be mounted end to end for wider spans. Mounting holes are punched on 16 inch centers. This track is available in 8 foot sections, but please give us a call if you need longer lengths.
Stay tuned for our new line of industrial tracks coming soon. We are excited to share that these tracks, just like the Curtain-Track standard, will be strong, durable, and good looking. They will be able to take the toughest of the tough abuse and hold the heaviest of the heavy curtains.
SO MUCH AWESOMENESS
We are so excited about all of these new, awesome products! Some of these products are on our website, ready for you to order. Some will be posted shortly. All of them will make you happy! Visit www.Curtain-Tracks.com today to check out all of the updates.
Here is a preview of the first episode of the Man Card Crew home improvement show that should be begin airing in the Chicagoland area soon. Curtain-Tracks.com provided the curtain track hardware and curtain panels to conceal wall shelving units and overhead storage shelves suspended in the center of the room above the main light fixture, allowing for an interior look despite being a garage. By covering these storage areas, the designers can hide what is typically an unsightly mess on storage shelves with a simple and inexpensive curtains option. The use of curtains also provides flexibility since they don't take up the room a standard door or wall may require and provide easy access to the full span of the shelves. Small curtain panels also provide accents along the back wall, helping to soften the look and make it feel more like a den than a garage.
FUN IN THE CITY
Urban living is increasingly on the rise. Living in an apartment or condo in the heart of the city often provides a variety of restaurants, exciting nightlife and fulfilling sports and cultural activities. Twenty and thirty-somethings (and even empty nesters) are often drawn to this exciting lifestyle but the high cost of urban living might mean having a roommate (or two, or three….) If that’s the case and you are short on privacy, consider adding temporary walls (aka curtains) to your living space.
A LITTLE BIT OF PRIVACY
Curtain walls can create privacy when needed such as sleeping spaces or small bedrooms, or they can be pulled back to open up the space. Party, anyone? Our ceiling mounted curtain track kit is a perfect solution. Our ceiling mount curtain track kit comes with everything you need for your project including curtain track, ball-bearing carriers, and end stops for a strong 8-foot curtain track. And, for this track, you don’t need brackets. The track has pre-drilled mounting holes on 16-inch centers so it can be installed directly into the ceiling (which will save you even more space). The curtain track and drapery hardware are available in silver and white, and the super-smooth ball-bearing carriers are quiet so you won’t wake your roommate who might be sleeping in.Just add some fun or funky curtains! If you want to improve the curtain opening and closing and make it even easier, consider adding a Master Carrier and Wand Kit.
AFFORDABLE YET HIGH-QUALITY
Those on a budget can relax because Curtain-Tracks has a wide variety of products that are affordable. Plus, you can have peace of mind knowing you have an experienced customer support team ready to help you with your project. Enjoy your cool digs in the city and enjoy your Curtain-Tracks products!
UNUSUAL ANGLES AND CORNERS
If you have ever tried to decorate or refurbish an older home, you know that a perfectly square angle is rare at best. Houses settle and time can make corners and windows slightly more or less than 90 degree angles. Other homes might have unusual windows with intentionally different angles. All of these give homes great character, but when it comes time for window treatments, designers and homeowners are puzzled.
Bob Vila probably has lots of great DIY tricks to help with renovating odd angles, but Curtain-Tracks has an even easier solution: our flexible 6100 curtain track. Homeowners can be happy that there are simple ways to hang curtains on each window in their home. Whether it is Grandma’s old house, a new house that has settled, or even in a hotel, our flexible curtain track will give you a custom look without the custom price.
MEET THE FLEXIBLE TRACK
Curtain-Tracks Reader, Kendra, sent us this photo of her recent hotel stay. Her room was wonderfully quaint and had a boutique style. The windows immediately grabbed her attention because they were an unusual shape. One of the windows was tucked into a corner of the room that served the purpose as a reading nook. Rather than leave the unique style of this space bare, the hotel designer used a flexible curtain track to add even more excitement to the already interesting part of the room. It allowed them to be creative and functional at the same time!
SO MUCH EASIER AND EFFECTIVE
In this particular space, if the designer would have tried to use two traditional straight tracks, they would have had quite the headache getting them to line up perfectly in the corner, and the hotel guests would have had an annoying gap of light between the two separate curtains. Instead, the designer was able to simplify the solution with the 45 degree corner. They used the 6100 track to make one smooth track with no gaps and one large curtain. That means no gaps nor annoying light coming through, and no struggle during installation.
NO STRENGTH NEEDED
Because our flexible curtain track can be bent by hand, the only measurement you need to order is the length. Once the track arrives at the doorstep, two hands are the only tools needed to get the right angle. Then, only a screw driver is needed for installation of the mounting bracket. Easy! Custom! Affordable! A pretty great collection of adjectives, if we do say so ourselves!
Check us out at www.Curtain-Tracks.com today to put the finishing touches on your own boutique window. The flexibility of our flexible curtain tracks is just awesome; try it out for yourself!