As the popularity of Tesla electric vehicles increases and more of these cars hit the road, their owners are conscious of the challenges that come with the need to charge their vehicles regularly in their own garages. There are a number of products that have come to market that allow the unused cord of the charger to be hung when not in use. These products serves more like a cord rack where the cord can be coiled on the wall between uses.
We are pleased to share a project undertaken by a Tesla owner and Curtain-Tracks.com customer. Peter L. from Newberg, Oregon set out to tackle a challenge as he envisioned his DIY project. He wanted to create a solution that kept his charging cords off the ground during and after use. In addition, he preferred to keep the cord off his cars when charging as well. The position of his charging outlet made it a bit more challenging when charging in the garage bay that was not adjacent to the charging outlet.
In addition to preventing any potential car damage with the cord being drug across his cars, a suspended cord kept the cord off the floor. By keeping the cord dry and clean, it makes it a safer and tidier task to handle the cord before and after charging each day. By keeping the cord off the floor, it also reduces the wear on the cord that could result in damage to the insulation over time. This also improves the safety of long term use of the charger cable.
Peter envisioned a track and roller system that could be used to suspend the cord and moved around the perimeter of his garage to allow easy charging in two of the bays in his three car garage. One of his design steps included consulting with one of the knowledgeable reps at Curtain-Tracks.com to determine which product would best meet his needs for an “L” shaped track that included a 90 degree turn. Following the advice given, Peter opted to use the Industrial Track components to easily install and sturdy track system that would allow a trolley to easily move over the full length of the track while supporting a retractable tool balancer via a standard carrier.
The video below does a terrific job of outlining the products he used for this Tesla charging cable management project, the steps he took during design and installation, and a review of how well it works to meet his needs. We really appreciate the effort this took to document the project, and highlighting the products Curtain-Tracks.com provided to assist with his project.
In order to replicate this exact project, the following industrial curtain track components would be needed:
Qty 1 - 16CT - Industrial 16 Gauge Curved Track - 90 Degree Bend
Qty 2 - 16RT-96 - Industrial 16 Gauge Track - 8 feet
Qty 8 - 16TBWMU - Industrial Track Bracket - Wall Mount Up
Qty 1 - 16SR - Industrial Trolley - 1.5 in. Steel Plate
Qty 2 - 16ES - Industrial End Stop
Keep in mind that your application may be better served by mounting the track system to the ceiling instead of the wall as shown here. That would change the components to be ordered, substituting ceiling mount brackets instead of wall brackets. You may also notice that a lighter duty track was used lower on the wall to keep the hanging cable against the wall. Any number of tracks could work here, but we would suggest the 3120 track as a good option, with a 7120 carrier and 7127 end stops.
Thanks to Peter for sharing his project. We hope that this project may inspire other customers to think outside the box about how to leverage off-the-shelf hardware to tackle challenges. I you have questions regarding an idea and how a curtain track system may be suitable for an alternative application, we’re here to help. Whether you want to replicate this Tesla Charger project to something entirely different, Curtain-Tracks.com is here to help.Call (888) 434-7444 for a free consultation with one of our track system experts. #tesla #curtain-tracks.com
When it comes to updating a room, there are several steps you can take. Some changes can be pretty major, like purchasing all new furniture, while other updates don't have to be, such as adding new accessories. If you are ready for a change, check out some of the suggestions below. We hope these ideas help you create a fabulous mini-makeover in your living room!
Have you heard of the KonMari Method? It is inspired by professional organizer Maire Kondo and encourages minimalism with the idea to "help more people live a life that sparks joy". The end goal - "Tidy your space, transform your life." So before you take that first step to check out new paint colors or shopping online for new furniture, step back and take a look at the room you are looking to update. If it needs some decluttering, start there first. After all, a cluttered room with a few updates is still just a cluttered room.
An easy way to transform the look of a room is to update the color on the walls. This year's Color of The Year is Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue. This color is elegant and simple but to some, painting all of the walls of a room in this color may be too much. You may want to consider painting an accent wall in this color (or any color of your choice). An accent wall can create a sense of architecture and a focal point. A good rule of thumb is to paint an accent wall 2 shades darker than the other walls. Whether you paint all the walls of your room or just an accent wall, a new color will refresh the space.
An area rug can do wonders by adding dimension to a room. Round, rectangular, square, so many sizes and options! Place the rug under your furniture to create a spacious feel and if you have hardwood or laminate flooring, an area rug can help protect it from damage. To learn how to pick the best rug for your space, check out this handy guide from Lowe's.
You knew we were going to mention window treatments! Windows are often forgotten when a room is being updated. Don't do it! Not only are curtains functional, they also create privacy and add character to a room. Strong and durable curtain tracks, hardware and accessories and high-quality curtains, can all be found in one place - www.curtain-tracks.com. Plus you have the added benefit of working with a friendly, knowledgeable customer service team who can walk you through your project.
Moving furniture and accessories around a room can create an entirely new perspective. Pull the couch away from the wall, switch out the artwork, put the area rug on an angle. Simple changes can revitalize the room and make it seem new and welcoming.
Whatever changes you make, we hope you love them. Happy decorating!
Anyone out there a Lottery player? Have you ever wondered about the probability of winning the Powerball? The best odds are 1 in 38, which will get you a whopping $4.00. The grand prize odds are a little more of a stretch, at 1 in 292,201,338. Although we all have that tiny voice in the back of our heads that believes that “someone has to win so it may as well be me,” realistically, we are paying for the entertainment and excitement of playing the game.
At Curtain-Tracks, we like to give you 1-in-1 odds of getting a great product. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and high quality products that last and now are offering additional color options for two of our most popular tracks, 84003 and 84004. These curtain tracks now come in two additional colors. Instead of just white and silver, these awesome tracks are available in black and bronze. So it’s your lucky day if you ever looked at either of these products but didn’t consider them because they didn’t match your color scheme. We believe these four colors will be able to to match just about every color palate in any office or home.
STRONG AND RELIABLE
Both of these tracks are made of strong aluminum that accommodates smooth rolling ball bearing carriers. The track, which can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall, can be bent in our facility but not by hand, and comes in 8 foot sections. This fantastic track works with a wide range of compatible accessories, including carriers, master carriers, end stops, and batons. If you already have these fantastic track and are in need of compatible parts, we have a wide variety including metal end stops, ceiling clips and wall brackets.
If you are looking to take the guess work out of the project you’ve been putting off, it’s your lucky day again! (Seriously, go play the lottery!) We take all of the guessing out of your project by creating a kit with everything you need. All you have to decide is what color you’d like, and if you will hang it from the ceiling or the wall. Viola! Great options without the great risk = best lottery ever :)
Curtain-Tracks’ winning numbers are 1-888-434-7444. Give us a call today so we can make your day lucky!
For those customers who have expressed an interest in a metal end stop that is compatible with the 88001 privacy cubicle tracks, also know as hospital tracks, we are pleased to introduce the 88136 Metal End Stop. This end stop, with its metallic silver finish, provides an alternative to the off-white plastic 88132 End Cap with Removable Gate that has been offered on Curtain-Tracks.com for quite some time.
What do you do if you're a parent or teacher and have more children's drawings to hang up than you do space on your bulletin board or refrigerator? Before you think about putting holes in your walls from push pins to tack up the picture, consider a much more elegant approach that will let you hang other things, too: the bulldog clip.
Do you ever feel like installing curtain tracks is a mountainous task? Well, in some ways, it is. This is because the track must be mounted to the wall or ceiling. If you have rudimentary do-it-yourself skills, you can mount the track where it needs to go, but not everything you need can be found from our online catalog.
STYLISH AND FUN
Looking to add some flair, pizzazz or style to your bedroom? Remove that old boring closet door and add a beautiful curtain! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Remove the doors and measure the width across the top. If you are thinking of mounting a curtain track on the wall just about the door frame, consider adding a couple extra inches on either side. This will help ensure your curtain covers the entire door space. Do the same if you are mounting it on the ceiling.
Tip: If you decide to go with a ceiling mount curtain track, adding a long curtain will help elongate your room making it appear larger.
2. Order the curtain track of your choice (ceiling mount? wall mount? plastic? metal?) as well as end stops and carriers. A popular choice is our 84003 Ceiling Mount Curtain track kit, which comes with everything you need including the drapery hardware necessary for installation, including carriers. Once you select the track and added accessories, select the curtain for your new closet door. We have several options to choose from that will look great! At Curtain-Tracks, we have the largest selection of tracks and accessories so you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.
3. Install your new curtain closet door. Here you will find easy installation instructions for the curtain track and accessories or you can contact our friendly customer service team. We are always happy to help.
There’s just one more thing... be sure to send us a picture! We would love to feature it in a future blog post and on our social media channels!
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!
CUT TO THE TAPE
SHINY AND NEW
Oftentimes when you move into a new house the window treatments stay. Perhaps it’s because they match the current wall color and the sellers think the new owners will love the existing decor and style and won’t want to make any changes. But more often than not, those curtains/blinds/valences and curtain rods come down to make way for something new. If this is the case for you and your new home, may we suggest something? We suggest replacing those old, tired curtains and rods with a sleek, durable curtain track and panels that actually match your design style.
FROM CURTAIN RODS TO CURTAIN TRACKS
A curtain track has many benefits including it can be mounted to the wall or the ceiling. Not only that, a track is sturdy and welcomes the frequent opening and closing of curtains. A curtain rod isn’t always so durable. How many times have you seen a curtain rod ripped out of the wall because someone was just a bit too rough when pulling the curtains closed? When this happens, you not only have to replace the rod, you also have some drywall repair that needs to be done. Curtain tracks are attached to the wall or ceiling at multiple points making it extra strong and reliable. Plus, our curtain carriers are made for these tracks so you are getting the best of the best.
When it comes to curtain selection, stick with the theme of high quality by purchasing curtains that not only look good but can withstand repeated use. We offer a wide selection of fabrics to match any décor, plus all of our fabrics are fire retardant and machine washable. Whether you are looking for blackout curtains, ripplefold curtains, or fabric that looks like linen, with Curtain-Tracks, you have options.
Don’t settle for some other homeowner's design style, make your own statement on your new home by starting with your windows. We can help!