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Ever Tried Using Drop Chains

WHY USE DROP CHAINS?

If you have ever visited a hospital emergency room, nursing home or clinic, you may have noticed privacy cubicle curtains around an adjustable bed. Oftentimes, these curtains have drop chains at the top that connect the curtain to the curtain track. Drop chains can replace the mesh at the top of the curtains and both (drop chains and mesh) meet fire code requirements by providing clearance for sprinkler systems in the event of a fire. The 7185 Beaded Chain Curtain Drop With Hook is a nickel plated brass chain and eyelet with stainless steel hook. The beauty of this chain is it will not rust or corrode. It is available in 12', 16.5', and 28.5' lengths and also has removable eyelets that allow it to be cut to custom lengths.


ACCESSORIES

Curtain-Tracks.com has everything you need for your privacy cubicle curtain project including connectors, eyelets, and stainless steel curtain hooks. The 7187 Beaded Chain Connector is a nickel plated 7-inch Beaded Chain Connector with Eyelets and allows spacing of carriers when the curtains are closed. This chain connector is recommended for curtains that require a drop of 16" or more. The 7183 Beaded Chain Eyelet Connector is used to connect the beaded chain (ball chain) to hooks, screws, bolt, or rivet and the 7142 Steel Curtain Hook easily attached to Curtain-Track carriers with a ring to allow for curtains with holes or grommets.

NOT JUST FOR HOSPITALS

You may notice drop chains in a hospital but they can also be used in non-medical settings to bridge the gap between a curtain and the curtain track that may be mounted higher than the height of the curtain. Oftentimes, they are used in a shower or around a claw foot tub in a bathroom with high ceilings. If this is the case for your project, Curtain-Tracks not only has drop chains in common lengths, we can also customize the length to meet your specific needs.


2 years ago

Customer Testimonial - Curved Shower Curtain Track

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.

12 years ago

Timeless Curtain Track Design

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.

12 years ago

Replacement Curtain Carriers

SMOOTH OPERATOR

Do your curtains glide seamlessly on your curtain track? If they don't, we recommend doing a few different things.

1. Double check the curtain track. Is to completely smooth or is it bent a bit out of shape? If there is even a slight bend in the track, it can cause the carriers to get stuck and not glide smoothly.

2. If the track looks great, if you have two tracks joined, our next suggestion would be to inspect where the two tracks meet to make sure they are completely even.

3. If they look great, then check out the carriers. It just may be time to replace one or more of them.



TIME TO REPLACE

If #3 seems to be causing the issue, you may just need a replacement carrier. There are many curtain carriers/glides to choose from, including wheeled curtain carriers, friction curtain carriers, and master carriers.

Wheeled Curtain Carriers: Wheeled carriers/glides have wheels that roll in or on the track and they either extend on the outside of the carrier so they can roll inside the curtain track, or have they have wheels oriented inward so they can run on an I-Beam curtain track. Wheeled curtain carriers are especially smooth since the roll along the curtain track as opposed to sliding along the track like friction carriers/glides.

Friction Curtain Carriers: Friction curtain carriers slide into the curtain track or a slot that fits over an I-Beam curtain track. These carriers slide across the track instead of rolling and require a bit more force to move them. They are however, extremely durable and affordable.

Master Carriers: Master carriers are larger and are used on the leading edge of the curtains. Often used in hotels, when these carriers are used in a pair, they two curtain panels can come together and overlap, eliminating any light to shine through. Master carriers are available in both wheeled and friction carrier designs.

At Curtain-Tracks, we offer the largest online selection of carriers/glides so whether you are looking for a 2-wheel carrier, a ball-bearing carrier, wheeled snap carriers, or a button carrier with a stainless hook, or just about anything else, we have what you need.

Each carrier/glide on our website shares the compatible tracks at the bottom of the product listing page. If you still aren't sure what carrier will work best for your project, our team is happy to help. You can even send us a picture and we will do everything we can to help you with your project.

2 years ago

Home Staging and Window Treatments

CREATE THE WOW FACTOR

When you put your home up for sale, there is so such to be done, including staging for potential home buyers. According to Realtor.com, “Curtains are one of the most underused resources when preparing a home for sale, experts say. The right set of curtains or drapes can make or break some home sales—especially when it comes to transforming a room into the staged version you want your buyers to see.”



One of our customers, Michael V., was putting his Arizona home on the market and wanted to make some upgrades to his windows. He worked with our friendly customer service team and ordered several products including the 85000 curtain track, both ceiling and wall mount options and available in white, silver, and black, for the windows and closets in his home. He then added floor to ceiling curtains.



Along with curtain track 85000, he also used 84106 Wheeled Snap Carrier - Corded For Ripplefold and the team at Curtain-Tracks helped Michael by doing 60% fullness ripple fold styling for this project. Curtain fullness refers to the number of ripples or folds when the curtains are pulled closed.



When staging your home, Coldwell Banker suggests, "Installing curtains and blinds as close to the ceiling as possible draws the eye up and makes the room appear bigger. Panels should skim the floor." Michael did just that in every single room and the end result is fantastic!



In one room, Michael removed the old closet doors and added curtains on the 85000 track. Viola! Closet curtains! Replacing dated closet doors and adding a stylish curtain can create a completely new, fresh look for the entire room.



As he was preparing his home to be sold, he didn't just upgrade his window treatments, he also created a new look in the bathroom by adding aluminum track 88001, which is available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections. He used 88102 Privacy Cubicle Two Wheel Carrier with Ball Chain & Hooks and added a robin's egg blue shower curtain.



Michael's efforts paid off. He recently contacted us to say, "I had 3 offers in 2 days of showings and just accepted one above asking price. In part thanks to your awesome curtains!" Thanks, Michael. You certainly created the Wow factor. We are so happy for you and wish you much happiness in your new home!


2 years ago

Elegant'sea - Boat Shower Curtain Project

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.

11 years ago

Curtain Tracks Or Curtain Rods?

WHICH ONE?

We are often asked why someone should choose curtain tracks over curtain rods. It's a fair question and the options can be overwhelming. Never fear! We are here to help!

KEEP THE LIGHT OUT

If you are looking to add room darkening, sound absorbing and energy conserving eclipse light blocking curtains to a window, curtain tracks would be your best bet. Curtain tracks can be mounted on the ceiling ensuring the entire window is covered, similar to what you see in nearly every hotel room. When the entire window is covered and your curtains block the light, you are more likely to get a solid night's sleep.


TALL WINDOWS

If you have tall windows in your home, a curtain track system is going to be most effective. Tall windows call for curtains with lots of fabric which means added weight. With curtain rods, heavy curtains can drag the rod down (or pull it off the wall completely). Several curtain tracks work well with rolling ball carriers allowing for smooth opening and closing of the curtains. Add a wand to the curtain panels (the 60 inch wand length is great for tall curtains and high ceilings), and opening and closing just became easier and eliminates hand prints on fabric.


FANCY

If you are looking to attract attention to your window, besides just the curtains, you may want to consider curtain rods. Curtain rods are available in many styles and sizes and can have decorative corbels adding a different design element to your room.


STILL NOT SURE?

If you aren't sure if curtain tracks or curtain rods will work best for your project, give us a call or send us an email! We are happy to answer your questions.


4 years ago

Using Wrinkle Band Tape

We have many of our customers inquire about the best options for holding up curtains. There are many ways to attach your curtains to your tracks, but one of the simplest, especially for light-weight curtains, small RV curtains that are not pinch pleated is to use wrinkle band tape. You may also find this called shirring tape if you go to a fabric store to pick it up. It works like snap tape, but instead of using snaps, it uses wrinkle band hooks to connect the curtain to carriers on the track.

10 years ago

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.


2 years ago

Uncorded Curtain Tracks

You may have noticed that all of the curtain tracks offered through Curtain-Tracks.com are uncorded.  This means there are no cords or strings used to draw the curtain open or closed.  We have found there a several compelling reasons to avoid the corded curtain tracks and we wanted to share our opinion with our customers.

12 years ago

Custom Shower Curtains For Your Dream Bathroom

SPECIAL PROJECT

When it comes to certain projects, we know sometimes you can't find exactly what you are looking for. For example, if you are remodeling your bathroom and decide to install a floor to ceiling shower to create a sleek, seamless look, you just might not find the perfect shower curtain to complete the project. That's when Curtain-Tracks can step in and help you by making a custom shower curtain!


USE THE BEST

Architects, designers and DIYers contact us for remodeled and custom bathroom projects because we have tracks and curtains that can be made to specific measurements. First however, you should consider how the curtains will hang. Curtain tracks are often to go-to because they offer greater stability than curtain rods and our ceiling mounted curtain tracks are the best on the market (and perfect for showers). Once you select your track, check out our custom-sized shower curtains that are available in a variety of materials. If you are looking for a shower curtain that is wider than a traditional curtain, or you need a curtain that is taller to accommodate a ceiling mount curtain track, we can help by making a custom shower curtain.


READY TO GET STARTED?

With custom-made shower curtains, the finished product will not finish at the exact width ordered. We adheres to industry standards that bases all curtains on CUT WIDTH. This means the approximate loss may vary up to 3.5” per panel. The reason is is due to varying fabric widths, side hems, and panel seams. The following chart is based on 72” fabric width.


VINYL SHOWER CURTAIN SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 1 3/8" triple thick top hem consisting of one ply of the curtain material
  • 1 1/8" reinforcement header strip of closely woven mesh covered by a 6 gauge clear strip of vinyl
  • Sewn with double needle construction, 1 1/8 inch between stitching rows
  • Top hem has two-piece rustproof anodized aluminum grommets on 6"
  • centers (use of single grommet with crimped undersides is not acceptable)
  • Height tolerance is +/- 1inch
  • Width tolerance is +/- 2 inches. (remember to add 20% width to your shower curtain beyond track length)
  • No bottom hem, allowing for easy run-off of soap and water
  • Vinyl formulated with an anti-microbial to insure maximum mildew resistance for the life of the shower curtain

FABRIC SHOWER CURTAIN SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 1 3/8 inch triple thick top hem consisting of a double layer of curtain material
  • 1 1/8 inch reinforcement header strip of closely woven mesh
  • Sewn with double needle construction, 1 1/8 inch between stitching rows.
  • Top hem has two-piece rustproof anodized aluminum grommets on 6"
  • Height tolerance is +/- 1inch
  • Width tolerance is +/- 2 inch (remember to add 20% width to your shower curtain beyond track length)
  • All curtains to have full length double thick turned ½ inch side hems locking the left and right sides of the curtain from top to bottom, eliminating raw side edges
  • Reverse double thick turned ½ inch bottom hem, eliminating raw bottom edge and allowing for easy run-off of soap and water
  • Polyester and Nylon to be treated with durable water repellent finish to make fabric water repellent and stain repellent


HERE TO HELP

If you are ready to move forward with your project or just have some questions, we encourage you to reach out to our friendly team of customer service representatives. We can walk you though the entire process and help you order everything you need. We are proud to be the best source to supply the curtain you need in the size that you specify at an affordable price.


5 years ago

Retail Display Projects with Pierre Deux

In 1967, Pierre Le Vec and Pierre Moulin opened a shop in Greenwich Village in NYC with the intent of bringing the beauty of French Country decor to America. They quickly discovered that the curtains, pillows and fabrics they used to accent the furniture sold spectacularly. Over time, the business evolved to include décor for every room in the house. Presently, Pierre Deux is a growing national chain of retail stores that continue that original focus.

12 years ago

Measuring Guidelines for Privacy Cubicle Curtains

There are several important considerations when ordering Privacy Cubicle Curtains, also commonly referred to as Hospital Curtains, and we would like to highlight these for your reference.

12 years ago

Smooth Sailing

Warmer weather is certainly on its way, which means a few things for me. First of all, I need to make sure the storm drains are clear so that when all the snow melts, we won’t have a flood in our front yard (I live close enough to Lake Michigan, I don’t need a smaller version at the onset of my porch). But aside from that daunting task, it also means fun things like planning my spring garden selections and prepping our boat for future outings once again.

11 years ago

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.


3 years ago

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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