CHECK OUT THAT VIEW
Banquet halls are often used to host weddings, receptions, business luncheons, formal dinners, and so much more. We recently attended a business luncheon in a banquet center near a major city and were quite impressed with the facility as well as the view. The main room had floor to ceiling windows boasting a fantastic view of a river and the city. They also had floor to ceiling curtains hung on ceiling mount curtain tracks. The curtains were held open with tie-backs but could be pulled closed if the afternoon sun became unbearable in the room.
BREAK IT UP
We agree that a wall of floor to ceiling windows can be absolutely beautiful (especially with an amzaing view) but they can also come off as a bit stark. Adding curtains, even if there is no intention of ever closing them, can break up the large wall of windows and even soften the entire look of the room. This is especially effective when the function in the banquet hall is a beautiful wedding or reception. The curtains make the room feel more formal and luxurious, especially when they use high quality curtains.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What are your thoughts on adding curtain tracks and curtains to a room with an incredible view? Do you think it takes away from the city skyline or enhances the entire look of the room? Leave us a comment!
There are many benefits when it comes to apartment living. The biggest benefit being they are often in the center of everything you could ever need, including shopping centers, entertainment and restaurants. Apartment complexes are also providing more and more amenities to its tenants that range from movie theaters to coffee shops to state-of-the-art fitness complexes. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it? The one downside, however, is the neutral look that comes standard in each apartment... usually beige paint on the walls and budget blinds on the windows. Pretty unamazing. If you are looking to spruce up your apartment home to reflect some excitement and character, there is a solution that won't break the bank. Add some curtains!
Curtains can add that instant "Wow" factor and can allow your personality to shine through. When we talk about curtains, it is natural to only think of hanging curtains on windows but they can also be used to divide a room and create additional closet and storage space Either way, many of our customers use our 84003 track with 84162 Wall Mount Brackets because they are the least obtrusive to the eye plus the brackets only leave small holes that can be easily repaired when removed. That means you can add curtains nearly anywhere in your apartment without worrying about not getting your deposit back when you move out!
Whether you are looking to add sheers, eclipse or ripplefold curtains to your windows, or a room divider to create a virtual wall, we have everything you need. Click on over to one of our other blog posts on ideas on how to add curtains to your apartment or check us out on Pinterest!
We often hear of the "Open Floor Plan" that is ideal for socialization and entertaining. In fact, most new builds offer an open concept that includes a "Great Room" and large kitchen and eating space. This open concept fad has led many homeowners who reside in an older home to look at renovating their interior space by taking down walls. But according to Bloomberg News, "If closed floor plans are considered such a nuisance these days, why did they prevail for almost 100 years in single-family working- and middle-class suburban housing? The answer: closed floor plans make a lot of sense, from both an environmental and a living perspective." If you are a homeowner who loves their closed floor plan but find it a challenge to make use of an extra room or two, these ideas just may help you transform the space into a room you will actually use.
CREATE A READING ROOM
Transforming an unused room into a functional space can create an entirely new feel to the house and often results in a, "Why didn't I do this sooner" mentality. A reading room can be used for just that - reading. It can house books, favorite knick-knacks, and just be a comfortable and quiet space for praying and meditating. Adding bookshelves or building built-ins that go to the ceiling will allow you plenty of space for all your favorite treasures. Find comfortable seating and turn them so they face each other. This will create a welcoming space for coffee and conversations. We love the added beams to this room from House Beautiful.
CREATE A FITNESS ROOM
Whether you have a treadmill, Peloton bike, or love to do yoga, make use of that currently unused space in your home by converting it into a fitness room. Clear the area of any unwanted or unneeded items and paint the room a soothing color like Green Earth CW-455 or Silver Mist 1619, both by Benjamin Moore paints. If you enjoy working out to music, add a speaker system or use a bluetooth speaker. Add some curtains on a ceiling or wall mount curtain track so the neighbors can't watch you sweat, and then you are ready to burn some calories!
CREATE A BAR
You read that right. If your dining room isn't being used and you think the square footage would be better suited as a bar, then go for it! We love this dining room conversion into a bar from Chateau Kitchens on Twitter. For this project, they removed the carpet, chair railing and furniture, and replaced the flooring, added a seating area and a fantastic bar. They also removed the door and opened up the room to the kitchen making this space extra inviting. Cheers!
YOU CAN DO THIS
If you have a room in your house that just isn't getting the use you would like, transform it! Making simple changes can make a big difference.
Curtain-Tracks.com is pleased to share our support of the local Little League Baseball organization in Bellaire, Texas. As a company, we believe in giving back to the community and supporting programs that promote the health, development, and well-being of children. It doesn't hurt that we're baseball fans too (Go Astros!).
Curtain-Tracks.com is pleased to announce that our privacy cubicle tracks and privacy cubicle curtains will be featured in the first two episodes of the new television show The Man Cave Crew. We entered into the product supplier agreement with the producers in hopes that their presentation of the our curtains and tracks will help attract new customers and inspire existing customers by demonstrating creative ways to leverage the drapery hardware offered via our online store.
How many of you view online photos to help determine which hotel room you’ll book? It’s human nature to want to see as much as you can before you spend hard earned money on an experience. Have you ever noticed that many of the online hotel pictures include the lobby? Go ahead, do a quick Google search. We’ll be right here when you get back.
So, why do the hotels share these types of lobby pictures wih us? It’s not like we will be spending very much time in the lobby after check-in. But, it does serve as our first impression. And in the service industry, like hotels, first impressions matter. Simple and updated decor are must-haves in a hotel lobby to impress guests who choose their hotel, and more importantly, envourage a return visit to the hotel.
THINK OUTSIDE THE WINDOW
One simple strategy for adding an element of design and decor to a hotel lobby is by adding curtains. We really need to break away from the notion that drapes are only for windows, because our products can be used for so much more! Once you break out of that window box, the possibilities just keep coming. Maybe you want to put a backdrop behind the check-in desk or around the concierge desk? What about a subtle division between two areas in the lobby or two meeting rooms? Fabric as decoration has been used for years but continues to be a great and often overlooked option.
If you’ve read our previous blog posts, you’ve heard us mention how great curtains can be for adding depth to a space. There is something about layering curtains against a wall but behind furniture that gives a space a sophisticated, finished look. It creates interest for the eye, and makes an overall appealing first impression for hotels.
To create depth with curtains, first you’ll need a reliable track like our 42124 ceiling mount track. We think a ceiling mounted track makes a lot of sense when using curtains in non-window situations because it gives you the flexibility of hanging them away from a wall. Screw the track into a stud in the ceiling, and the track will be able to handle a fair amount of weight from very luxurious curtains. We really love the 42124 ceiling mounted track because it doesn’t require any mounting hardware; the screws are put in directly through the track.
Once you have the length of track for the space, you’ll want to do some math. You’ll need to measure the space you want to cover and multiply by 2 or 3 to determine how much fabric you want for your curtains. The higher the number you multiply by, the fuller the curtains. We like to believe the fuller, the better when it comes to creating a high-end look. We really like our shadow cube curtains for a contemporary, sleek look. This is especially important for hotel lobbies who often try to create a high end feel.
What combination of curtains and hardware do you like best? Check us out at www.curtain-tracks.com and create the hotel lobby that will make a great first impression!
At one point in many of our lives, we live in a small, confined space. College dorm? First apartment? A condo while waiting for your dream home to be built? The list of reasons can vary, but it is safe to say that everyone can relate to sharing snug living quarters. Being creative in how the space is utilized is key, and also exactly where Curtain-Tracks enters the picture.
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
First, you’ll want to live in your small space for a little while to determine what purpose each part of the room should serve. You’ll find yourself tweaking where things are stored based on how you use the space, and before you know it, you’ll naturally create different “zones” of living. Or, you may have to be a little more direct about how the room is divided if you are living with a roommate for the first time.
QUIET AND DARK
Once you have the areas and purposes of the room decided, it makes a lot of sense to use a flexible solution to define the space. Curtains are a great choice because they can be pushed out of the way when you need the whole room to be functional. But when someone needs privacy, quiet, or darkness while another person does not, the curtains can be drawn to create that small space. Our personal favorite for this type of use is our Eclipse Curtains. Thanks to the sound and light diminishing nature of the fabric, you can block out neighbors who aren’t studying, or you can take a mid-day snooze.
Once you have made your favorite color selection from our 28 stylish fabrics, you’ll need to decide how to hang them. This will depend on what kind of ceiling you are working with, but our favorite for just about any situation is our best selling, ceiling mounted Flexible Curtain Track. Just like its name implies, it’s flexible! So, you can bend it by hand to even the most obscure of angles to make it work in your small space. It’s also one of our easiest to install, because it does not require any mounting brackets! Decide on a way for the curtains to hang on the track with a carrier or a glide and you are in business.
Not sure that a flexible track is the right one to mount to your particular ceiling? Need help with the best carrier or glide to choose? Just give us a call and we will walk you through each step of this process. We are happy to help! 1-888-434-7444.
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.
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!
Curtain-Tracks customer, Carrol M., recently emailed us photos of her project using our polyester glide tape. Her and her husband have a 2001 Monaco Knight motor home and they wanted to replace their windshield curtains as the old ones had stiff vinyl glide tape and were difficult to reuse. Carroll put on her creative hat and went to a local store and purchased some curtains. She turned them sideways and they fit the windshield! We love it when our customers are creative!
We love it when our customers are creative! Carrol discovered 63" x 42" curtain panels worked perfectly for her motor home project so she purchased four of them. She then purchased 7 yards of glide tape from Curtain-Tracks. Our 2097 Sew In Glide Tape must be sewn to the curtains and is sold by the yard. Her handy husband sewed it on using their sewing machine. Carrol said, "We skipped the pleats. Who needs pleats? Your site is the only place I could find the polyester glide tape except the manufacturer. Thank you so much!"
Thanks, Carrol, for sharing your project with us. We are so happy we were able to help!
Beginning with Wally Byam's dream to build the perfect travel trailer, Airstream travel trailers have been manufactured for over 70 years. The classic and efficient designs of those early trailers are still present in today's models, with the look of the Airstream mostly unchanged. Airstreams have certainly stood the test of time and their popularity continues to grow (as documented in the Today Show segment provided below), particularly as the RV industry begins to show signs that the US economy is indeed picking up some momentum on its way to a recovery.
One of the interesting things we encounter by providing drapery hardware to customers all over the US and Canada is the wide range of locations where we ship parts. Curtain-Tracks.com has satisfied customers in all 50 states in the US, and people from Hawaii and Alaska order frequently. However, sometimes the destination of an order will catch our eye, and yesterday was just such a day. It was the first time we had shipped anything to that particular location, and of course we had to check the name to be sure it wasn't for Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or Santa Claus. That's not to say we are not just as excited to earn the business of Donna T. from North Pole, Alaska versus that of a jolly old soul in a red suit. Besides, everyone knows he has his elves make his curtain tracks anyhow.
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME
There's a famous song that says Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year". While we agree that we love all of the festivities that go along with the season; the baking, shopping, the music and the get togethers, we one thing we especially love is the decorating and working with customers to make their mantel festive, functional and safe for little ones.
A few years ago, we came across an article about a child who decided to check out the colorful row of stockings that were hanging from the mantel. As the child investigated, they pulled down the heavy stocking holder and the 10-month old baby, who was playing on the floor, received a lump on the head. At Curtain-Tracks, we have a Christmas Stocking-Hanger Kit that is much, much safer than stocking hangers that sit atop a mantel. The kit comes with two three-foot sections of curtain track (available in white, black, brown or gray), six hooks, as well as the drapery hardware and instructions needed to install the track underneath the fireplace mantel. The hooks slide easily into place and are ready to go to hang everyone's stocking. Our kit allows stockings to be easily moved and more hooks can be added to accommodate everyone in the family - including distant relatives! Once the Christmas Stocking Hanger Track is mounted, its low profile allows it to be left up all year...just remove the sliding hooks. When you want to celebrate a special occasion with a banner or other decorations, simply add the hooks and add a birthday or graduation banner, or any other decorations. The best part is there is no need for heavy stocking hangers that can easily fall over and injure a child or your foot.
One word that seems to be synonymous with this time of year is "SALE". Even though our prices are already so low, we decided in the spirit of the season to offer a very special discount, especially since we believe our product can help avoid injury in little ones. When you buy your Christmas Stocking Hanger Kit, you will receive 25% off at check out. It's that simple!
Questions? Contact the friendly customer service team at Curtain-Tracks. We are here to help.