Gone are the dark and dingy basements of years passed. Basement spaces are now often being used as a living room where families gather for movie and game nights. Sometimes basements become bedrooms for teenagers wanting a little more space and privacy. Other times, basements are converted to home office spaces. No matter how you use your basement, you may find a need for curtain tracks, whether to divide the space into designated rooms, to conceal an ugly hot water tank, or for the most obvious reason: to use on a window.
SMALL WINDOW = BIG RESULT
A Curtain-Tracks customer recently sent us some pictures of a completed project to cover a smaller window. They used a ceiling mount curtain track and micro-ball bearing slides. Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be screwed directly into the ceiling through mounting holes or attached to the ceiling with specific ceiling mount hardware such as clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. Some ceiling mount drapery tracks can also be recessed into ceilings as well, and drop ceiling clamps are available for the 6100 curtain track, making it easy to quickly attach the track to the acoustical grid ceiling without any drilling or bracing. We think this project turned out beautifully. Mission accomplished!
TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY
If you are converting your basement into a liveable and enjoyable space and need to cover the windows for privacy, or you desire to divide the space into separate rooms, we have the products you need. Not exactly sure what you want to do in your basement space? Visit our blog where we have written about several basement projects and you just might find the inspiration you are looking for. We would love to help make your basement project a reality!
HIT THE ROAD
If you have a van, camper or large SUV and are looking to make your vehicle something more than just a mode of transportation, such as a place to catch a nap or decent night's sleep while traveling, you might want to consider adding some divider curtains.
If you search online for creative ways to add curtains to your vehicle, you will come across several blogs of adventurous travelers sharing how they turned their van/SUV/camper into a home on wheels by doing just that. Some were creative by using wire affixed to each side of the van, while others used velcro on the ceiling. We are all about being innovative in your efforts but if you are looking for a solid, secure way to cover your windows or divide the front from the back to create separate spaces, we can help.
Curtain-Tracks customers David and Deborah added curtain tracks and curtains to their 1995 EuroVan Camper a few years ago and they used several of our products.They travel frequently and were looking for a way to create a divider between the front and the back of their camper. They used 3112 Curtain Track. It is made of PVC Plastic and is available in white, brown, gray, and black. Customers can easily drill mounting holes during installation and it is flexible for arched applications. They added 3115 Curtain Track End Caps, and 3091 Snap Tape, which can be sewn onto curtains and attached to the 3070 Snap Carriers to create ripple fold draperies and curtain panels (which Deborah made).
Once it was all installed, the curtains were used to close off the back of the van. We think the end result is fantastic and even included their photos in our website Photo Gallery or you can read more about their project on their blog.
With some states implementing out of state travel restrictions this summer due to COVID-19, families are getting creative with their vacation plans in an effort to avoid hotels, planes, and other public places. They are purchasing RVs. In fact, in a recent Business Insider article, it stated that the RV Industry Association found that a survey revealed that 20% of US residents have become more interested in RV travel over air travel, tent camping, cruises and even rental stays. "According to a study conducted by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), which runs a series of privately owned campgrounds, 34% of prospective US and Canada-based campers say that road trips will be the safest form of travel when stay-at-home orders have been lifted. This increasing interest in road trips may also lead to 46 million Americans will take an RV trip in the next year, according to the RV Industry Association."
Not everyone is buying a brand-new RV though. Purchasing a used RV can bring just as much joy as a new one but at a lesser cost. For those who have purchased a used RV, there are ways to upgrade this new home on wheels to truly make it yours. We suggest starting with the windows. Whether you are looking to replace the windshield wraparound curtains, window curtains, divider and bunk curtains or even shower curtains, Curtain-Tracks can supply custom-sized RV curtains to fit any vehicle including recreation vehicles (RV), campers and motorhomes. We know that no two vehicles are exactly alike which is why having curtains custom made will ensure the perfect fit. Not only will your new custom curtain fit impeccably, we offer flame retardant fabrics which meet FMVSS 302 standards as well as lining materials for improved blackout and insulation purposes. So they look great, are safe and super functional!
Curtains aside, you may also want to update your curtain tracks and hardware. C-T customer Lila T. recently updated her RV. She used Track 3110-4 and mounted it to the window frame with 2-sided foam tape. This track is made of PVC plastic and is flexible, non-corrosive, and rust free. She then added 3042 glides sewn to the curtain and 3032 end caps. The end result is a refreshed look to her home on the road.
If you are planning on hitting the open road in 2020 and want to update the look inside your RV, Curtain-Tracks is here to help! Contact us to learn more about custom curtains, shower curtains, curtain tracks and hardware. Have a fantastic time socially distancing in your RV but don't forget the interior updates!
Mobile health centers can be found across the country delivering needed health care, annual screenings, COVID-19 screenings, and even allowing people to donate blood. The sizes and styles of these vehicles range from large motorhome / bus sized vehicles to smaller shuttle sizes. The interior of these vehicles also differ from each other depending on the service they provide, but all have a similar mission: to help people.
Image: Greater Seacoast Community Health
As health organizations venture into cities and neighborhoods to deliver care, their mobile health centers must first be properly equipped and part of that means providing privacy for every single patient. Using curtain tracks and curtains helps these providers achieve this critical need. The first step is to ensure the windows are properly covered. A Curtain-Tracks customer recently made some upgrades to her RV by adding Curtain Track 3110-4 to the window frame and mounting it with 2-sided foam tape. The 3110-4 track is made of PVC plastic and is not only flexible, it is also non-corrosive, and rust free. She then added 3042 glides sewn onto the curtain and 3032 end caps.
When it comes to adding privacy curtains to your mobile health clinic, you have many choices. Our privacy curtains combine safety, style, ease of use and care, as well as affordability. Depending on your specific needs, they can be made with or without the mesh at the top and are typically sewn with rust proof nickel plated brass grommets on 6 inch centers across the header. Our Privacy Curtains are constructed in any height and come in incremental widths of 18 inches. In addition to privacy curtains, we can provide your organization with the appropriate curtain tracks, hardware and accessories.
We know every vehicle is different which is why our friendly customer service team is ready to help. Our team can help you create the perfect solution and walk you through not only the ordering process, but also help guide you during installation.
To all health care providers, thank you for the sacrifices you make each and every day, especially during this pandemic. We thank you for your dedication and commitment to helping others.
Depending on the curtain track you choose for your project, if you select a track that is a wall mount track, like the 84003 Ball Bearing Carrier Curtain Track, it will require the use of mounting brackets to attach the track to the wall. Mounting brackets provide clearance from the mounting surface.
SINGLE AND DOUBLE
The 84162 Single Wall Bracket is compatible with the wall mounting 84003 curtain track. This wall bracket is available in silver or white and provides 1 3/4 - 3 3/4 inch clearance from the wall, leaving plenty of space for even lush curtains.
The 84172 Double Wall Bracket is an extra long double bracket that allows two 84003 curtain tracks to be mounted in parallel with up to 4 inch clearance between tracks and up to 6 1/2 inch wall clearance for outer track. The double wall bracket is found in most hotel rooms where there are sheers and curtain covering the window. This bracket is also available silver or white.
Whether you are looking to hang one curtain or two from your wall mount curtain track, we have the products you need! Curtain tracks, wall mount brackets, end stops, curtains and more, we are your one-stop-shop. www.curtain-tracks.com
CEILING OR WALL?
Many curtain tracks can be mounted flush to a wall but there are other curtain track systems that are effective with the use of mounting brackets. Mounting brackets allow the track to be attached to the ceiling or the wall. There are many to choose from but don’t despair! The Curtain-Tracks team is always here to help you choose the best mounting bracket for your project. In this article, we will share some of the more commonly used mounting brackets our customers use.
The 85530 CS Adjustable Single Wall Bracket is our most popular mounting bracket. Available in white, black or silver, this bracket is perfect when mounting the 85000 track to a wall. The track just clicks into place. If you are using a 2-track system, you should use the 85535 Double Wall Bracket. This bracket is often seen in hotels when sheers are used on one track and blackout curtains are on the other. It is an adjustable bracket that holds tracks 2.5 to 4 inches and 6 to 7.5 inches from wall. Having this spacing allows both curtain panels to easily glide on the track without interference with the other panel.
For heavier applications, the 6260 Wall Bracket For I Beam Track - 1.25 In Extension. This is an aluminum bracket that is used to mount the 6200 I Beam Track to the wall. Attach the brackets to the wall and the I Beam Track is locked in place under the bracket.
Adding the 88001 Privacy Curtain Track? The 88206 Privacy Cubicle Wall Bracket is the bracket you need for this project. This aluminum bracket attaches the track to the wall in a suspended configuration when the track can't be attached directly to the ceiling. The 88206 Wall bracket is only intended to support the end of the track. It cannot be used along the length of the track to support it and attach it to the wall.
We’ve highlighted four of our wall brackets but there are more to choose from on our website. Again, if you have any questions at all, please contact our team. We will walk you through the ordering process.
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
Softening the look of a room by adding lush curtains is great but adding sheer panels is even better! When you want to hang two sets of curtains, the 84172 Double Wall Bracket is your best friend. This bracket system allows you to install two parallel tracks making it a perfect solution when adding sheers, plus curtains, to your windows.
ONE - TWO PUNCH
The 84172 Extra Long Double Bracket allows for two of our 84003 Ball-Bearing Curtain Tracks to be installed in parallel, can be mounted with up to a 4 inch clearance between tracks and needs 6 1/2 inch wall clearance for the outer track. This wall bracket is sold individually and is available in silver or white. Please note that mounting screws are not included with this bracket.
In a previous blog post, we shared the advantages of the 84172 Double Wall Bracket. "Our double wall brackets are similar to a double-rod system with one HUGE advantage: the brackets don’t interfere with the movement of the curtains. These brackets hold the track above the carriers, allowing them to slide right under. This is particularly important if you are covering a large area or a whole wall. With rods you would have to create a curtain panel for each section of the rod (and you will have several sections if the area is wide), but with curtain tracks you can cover the whole wall with one large curtain if you want to."
Once you have your wall brackets and tracks installed, you can add your curtains. We can help with that, too! We offer a wide variety of curtains to fit almost any style, including a wide selection of Eclipse Light-Blocking Curtains available to over 35 colors and varying lengths and widths. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your project, contact our Customer Service Team or visit us on Pinterest.
You’ve just checked into your hotel after a long day of travels. You walk in the door, kick off your shoes, and plop down onto the bed. You probably click on the TV, or lay back for a couple minutes of R & R. Then you take a look around the room, and notice how nicely the window curtains look compared to the window treatments you have in your own home, and wonder why yours don’t look like theirs? You may realize how well the blackout curtains darken the room or how nice it is to have sheers over the windows even when the blackout curtains are opened. Perhaps you appreciate how sturdy the hotel's curtain track system is or how easily it can be moved by hand with the use of a baton?
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AND THE WINNER IS...
Pantone recently announced that the color of the year is Living Coral. "For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging, and graphic design." They say it is, "An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge." We agree. We think it's a great color - happy, bright and fun (kind of reminds us of a group of flamingoes).
When it comes to painting your home or workplace, the wide variances in colors can be overwhelming so our friends at Apartment Therapy gathered the best coral paint matches in case you decide to paint a room or piece of furniture this vibrant color. Once you are done painting, you may wonder what are some go-to colors for accessories, including the color of the curtain panels you want on your windows. Some accent colors that look great with coral are vibrant teal and grey.
Once you decide on curtains, we can help you choose the perfect curtain track to complete the look of your room. We have one of the best selections of ceiling mount and wall mount curtain tracks. Ceiling mount curtain tracks are designed to be mounted to the ceiling or other horizontal surfaces. The ceiling mounted curtain track is either screwed directly into the ceiling through mounting holes or attached to the ceiling with specific ceiling mount hardware such as clips, clamps, brackets, or retainers. Some wall-mounted curtain tracks like the 5400 and 3112 tracks are mounted flush to the wall with screws and do not require any additional mounting brackets or hardware. Others, like the 84003 or 4108 tracks, utilize wall brackets that provide space between the wall and the track.
No matter what color you paint your room, we have everything you need when it comes to covering your windows! Curtain tracks, curtains, mounting brackets, carriers, end stops, and more! Happy decorating and we hope you enjoy this fun color as much as we do!