DON'T BE THAT HOUSE
Have you ever been to someone's home and noticed their window fixtures? Like really noticed them? Perhaps you admired their decorative curtains and how they billow ever so slightly on the floor beneath the window. Or maybe you noticed their tall windows and how they have added curtain tracks on the ceiling to support the massive drapes. But have you ever noticed a curtain rod (gasp!) that has bowed in the middle?
WHY YOU SHOULDN'T USE THEM
Most curtain rods are made of two pieces. One piece of the rod slides into the other which leaves a bump in the rod (that's an issue all in itself that we will talk about it in a bit). When you have a long curtain rod, a supporting bracket should be put in place in the middle to keep the rod from bending. This might solve the support issue of the curtain rods but that bracket causes a whole other problem; you can never completely close your curtains which can leave an annoying ray of light into the room when you want it to be dark.
As we mentioned above, using a curtain rod that has two (or three) pieces can cause a bump in the middle which can make easily opening and closing curtains a bit of a pain as they get caught on the rod. The easy solution to this curtain rod dilemma is simple: use curtain tracks.
One of our most popular curtain tracks is the 6100 flexible curtain track. What makes this track so special is it can be mounted to the wall or ceiling and it is bendable by hand. Sold by the foot, this track allows long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. If you are looking for a track to be recessed in the ceiling, the 3120 curtain track is the one for the job. Once you have your tracks hung, simply add carriers and your curtains will glide smoothly and easily along the entire length of track.
Ready to avoid all of the problems of using curtain rods? Give curtain tracks a try!
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!
In our blog, we've written a few posts about using curtain tracks for claw foot tubs. Claw foot tubs often need a curtain track to encircle the entire tub when they are placed away from the wall, allowing for privacy from all angles. In this blog post, we want to address using curtain tracks for a soaker tub/shower combo and how we recently helped a customer who had a triangular shaped soaker tub in the corner of the bathroom that doubles as a shower.
Enjoying a long, luxurious bath in a soaker tub sounds amazing but if that tub doubles as a shower, you need to think of a way to enclose the tub. Since our customer has a tub in the corner of the bathroom, she wanted to add a ceiling track that could accommodate the curved angle around the edge of the tub which would keep the water inside the tub when the shower is in use. We recommended our 6100 flexible curtain track. This track is simply the best. It can be bent to fit almost any angle (and certainly the curved angle of her tub) and you don't need tools as it can easily be bent by hand. Simply mount the track on the ceiling, add carriers, hooks and a shower curtain and your tub/shower combo is ready to go. If our customer wants to feature the tub, she can keep the shower curtain pulled back to one side or pull it closed to conceal the tub/shower.
A project like this is easy to complete and we are always happy to help solve a decorating/functionality dilemma. Interested in reading more about customer bathroom projects? Visit our blog under our bathroom category to get ideas or contact us and let us know how we can help you with your next project.
We love all things French: French wine, French chocolate, French fries…but we digress. French doors make it into our top-ten list of favorite French things for good reason. These entryways originated in France several hundred years ago as large windows with a frame that opened, and had a purely practical purpose – they let in light to areas that needed it before electricity was invented. Luckily, in this case, necessity was the mother of style. Far from becoming obsolete after the invention of the light bulb, these beautiful entryways have flourished and become a coveted addition to the modern home.
A NICE SOAK
There are many therapeutic benefits to enjoying a nice, long, relaxing soak in a hot tub. The warm water can ease muscle soreness and arthritis pain and may also lead to a night of deeper sleep. But if you have an outdoor hot tub, you just may want a little bit of privacy from your next door neighbors. Curtain-Tracks.com can help!
For a project like this, we suggest placing your hot tub in a serene space (or as serene as possible). That may be next to a tree or two or some bushes. Then to enhance the space, you can add a simple pergola around your hot tub. A pergola project may seem daunting, but there are many ready-to-assemble pergola kits available and you can find the perfect design for your space.
RUB A DUB DUB
Once you assemble your pergola, you can add curtain tracks, carriers and curtains along the inside of the frame. A great track for a project like this would be the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. One of our most popular tracks, the 6100 can be bent by hand and allows for long continuous lengths for curved or angled applications, but can also be used for straight applications. Made of white PVC with an internal metal spine, it can be mounted on a wall or ceiling. Another option is the 3118 Aluminum Ceiling Mount Track. The 3118 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 and mounting brackets are not required. Once you build your pergola and add your curtain tracks, you just need to select carriers and curtains to complete your private oasis of relaxation!
TIME TO RELAX
Ready to relax in your sprivate hot tub oasis but not exactly sure how to tackle a project like this? Give our friendly customer servoce team a call. We love to help our customers with simple and challenging projects!
French doors on their own, make a beautiful statement to a room. They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, allow plenty of natural light to flood into the space and give you a wide open view to the outdoors. But with all of these benefits, there can be a need to add curtains to these doors to allow for privacy. This is certainly possible and will not take away from the beauty of the doors. All you need to do are these three steps.
1. Choose a curtain track. We have a wide selection of curtains tracks and for French Doors, we suggest selecting a ceiling mount track. A ceiling mount track can create a seamless look to the room and some of our tracks can even be recessed into the ceiling. Another option is the 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. It is a sleek, simple track that can be mounted to the ceiling or wall and even bent by hand if needed.
2. Choose end stops and curtain carriers. End stops keep the carriers or glides within the track. They can also anchor the curtain at the end of the track or mid track as needed and carriers allow for ease of movement of the curtains. Using high-quality drapery hardware allows the curtains to be opened and closed smoothly and quietly.
3. Select curtains. There are a couple schools of thought when it comes to adding curtains to French Doors. You can choose a curtain that is room darkening if you are looking for complete privacy or you can select a curtain that is light and airy yet still compliments the doors. There are curtains available that are thinner (similar to shears) that provide some privacy while still allowing light to shine into the room.
We love the look of French doors but adding curtains doesn't have to take away from their beauty, it can enhance it. Follow the steps above and once you are done dressing up your doors, we would love to see a picture to share on our blog.
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.
Shower curtains are just one way to use curtain in a bathroom
GETTING SOME AIR
Curtain tracks are used in a variety of places: homes, hospitals, clinics, RVs, boats… we could go on and on. But one other place you will see curtain tracks that you may not have previously thought about, are in airplanes.
WHERE IN THE WORLD?
You may think, “Where in the world would there be curtain tracks in an airplane? They certainly aren’t on the windows.” Well, depending on the airline, you will see curtain tracks separating the main cabin from the business class seats and you will also notice them at the back of the airplane separating the main cabin and restrooms from the galley. The galley is the area where flight attendants prepare drinks and snacks. On a particularly long flight, they may draw these curtains closed to allow them some privacy from the passengers. Think of it as their “break room”. This is a fairly small space so the actual amount of curtain track needed is minimal but the system is the same that you will find in other places - simply a curtain track, carriers, and curtains. A couple tracks we suggest for this use are our 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track or our 6100 Flexible Curtain Track. For curtains that will help block sound, we suggest our Eclipse curtains.
FIRST AND SECOND
For the curtain track and curtains separating the main cabin from business class, oftentimes this isn’t a solid curtain but rather a mesh curtain that allows flight attendants to see the entire length of the plane even when the curtain is drawn closed. However the purpose is the same, when closed, it allows for added privacy. You will notice that the curtains separating the cabins as well as in the back of the plane have a curtain tieback that holds the curtains open while the flight is taking off and landing. When the flight attendants want to close the curtains, they simply release the tieback and pull the curtains closed.
TAKE A LOOK AROUND
The next time you fly somewhere (and we hope it’s somewhere fun!), take a look around the plane. If you see curtains somewhere else besides where we mentioned, tell us about it. Better yet, send us a picture. But be sure to only take a picture when the Fasten Seat Belt sign isn't illuminated!
JUST CRUISING AROUND
We’ve often written about using curtain tracks in personal boats but for this blog post, we want to talk about big boats. When we say big, we mean cruise ships! Cruise ships use curtain tracks in a wide variety of places. In fact, we noticed curtain tracks used not only in the main guest cabins, but also in the restaurant, fitness locker rooms, entertainment stage, and spa. That’s a lot of curtain tracks!
A LITTLE PRIVACY
When it comes to the guest cabins, Curtain-Tracks curtains and accessories are used to cover the window, in the shower, and to separate the sleeping area from the living space. This is particularly helpful when a family has young children who may go to bed early and the parents prefer to stay up watching some TV after the kids are in bed. But the most used curtain track in these rooms is most likely the one over the main window. These windows are often large round windows so guests can gaze out at the water while traveling. The 88001 Privacy Cubicle Track could be used for a project like this. It is an aluminum track with silver satin finish and is available in 6 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot and 16 foot sections. If a longer track is needed, sections of track can be spliced together for longer applications. Another option is our popular 6100 Flexible Curtain Track.
GETTING SOME EXTRA ZZZZZZs…
When you are cruising, you are usually on vacation. When you are on vacation, you may want to catch up on some extra sleep. But if you happen to be cruising in Alaska in the summer where the days are long and the sun doesn’t set until late in the evening, curtains are very much welcomed. For this reason, oure Eclipse curtains are perfect to help block out the light!
We’ve said it before and we will say it again, there are so many uses for curtain tracks and Curtain-Tracks.com has the best selection around. Let us know if we can help you with your next project!
UP, UP AND AWAY
As people return to travelling on airplanes, there are several safety precautions many airlines are taking to ensure the safety of their guests and staff. Everyone on the plane is required to wear a face masks and upon boarding, many airlines will give travelers wipes for their area to ensure their seat and tray tables are clean. Beverage and snack services are suspended on many airlines to ensure masks stay on all passengers for the entire duration of the flight. Another safety measure that some airlines use is closing the curtain in the galley when in flight. The galley is where flight attendants would prepare beverages but also congregate with other flight attendants. You may notice on your next flight that this curtain gets closed on more frequently to allow flight attendants a short break and to further distance themselves from others.
BEHIND THE CURTAINS
The galley curtains and curtains dividing first class from the main cabin are attached to the ceiling of the airplane on current tracks. There are a couple tracks that could be used for these applications. The 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track is perfect for the space between first class and the main cabin as these curtains get opened and closed frequently. The 6100 Flexible Curtain Track is an excellent option for spaces that need a track that can be slightly bent to accommodate the space.
CHECK IT OUT
On your next flight, be sure to check out the additional safety precautions and share in the comments any additional measures that take place on your next flight. We look forward to the day when we can all travel without the worry of COVID-19.