Sliding glass doors and floor to ceiling glass walls provide spectacular views to residents lucky enough to live on a beach or lake, near mountains, or simply those with a beautiful backyard flower garden. We encounter customers every day asking for advice on what hardware they can use to hang curtains or draperies in these type applications. These type sliding glass doors and glass walls are common in condominiums, apartments, and high rises. Given the frequency of these discussions, we wanted to share a few thoughts on hardware selection and also share a few images to help inspire you.
What are Curtain Carriers?
Curtain Carriers are often referred to by a wide range of terms including curtain glide, curtain glider, curtain slide, curtain slider, curtain trolly, and even a do-hickey or thing-a-ma-jig. We've had customers even call not knowing what to call them other than the things the roll or slide back and forth on the curtain track or curtain rail. Regardless of what the curtain carriers are called, they typically fall into one of three categories: wheeled curtain carriers, friction curtain carriers, or master carriers. We will provide a bit of insight into the purpose and pros and cons of each.
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We are happy to announce the addition of two new curtain carriers. These glides have been commonly used by RV, travel trailer, and camper manufacturers for many years. As we have had customers asking where to locate them to replace the missing or broken parts in their vehicles, we located sourced them and will now offer them through the Curtain-Tracks.com site.
Edited November 15, 2018: Silent Gliss is available in the United States as of 2014.
Earlier this year, Silent Gliss, a large global manufacturer of drapery hardware, withdrew from the US Market. With that departure, it has become very difficult for owners of these Silent Gliss systems that have been sold in the US for years to find replacement parts like carriers and end stops. These parts are readily available in the UK, but not in the United States. Curtain-Tracks.com offers a range of components that are similar to these Silent Gliss parts and compatible with the Silent Gliss tracks.
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?
NO MORE PROCRASTINATION
Americans are staying home more and while they are hunkering down, they are tackling those long-awaited home improvement projects. Contractors are busier than ever and home improvement stores are bustling with DIYers. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, "Daily foot traffic to Home Depot stores since April has been running at least 35% above last year’s, according to Unacast Inc., which tracks location data from 25 million cellphones on any given day. In 26 states, traffic doubled following a surge in late May." If this sounds like you, read on because we have some easy and affordable updates that you can complete all on your own.
Swap out those old dated curtain rods for seamless curtain tracks and freshen up the room with new curtains. Curtain tracks, unlike rods, can be mounted to the ceiling or the wall and the smooth track allows for seamless opening and closing due to the curtain carriers or glides. These carriers help the curtains smoothly - and quietly - glide along the track, unlike large curtain rings that are often found on curtain rods. Curtain tracks are also extremely durable as they are affixed in various places along the track. With curtain rods, the bracket can easily pull out of the wall causing you to take on a whole new project: drywall repair.
Studies show that the average person spends at least 30 minutes in the bathroom every day. If that sounds accurate to you, maybe it's time to switch out that tired curtain rod and update your bathroom by adding a ceiling mount curtain track, drop chains and a sleek new shower curtain? For many of the same reasons listed above, curtain tracks are super sturdy and they look great, plus they create a sleek, modern and fresh look to your bathroom.
Curtain tracks aren't just for living rooms and bathrooms, they can be used outside. Adding curtain tracks and weatherproof curtains to your porch or pergola can help protect against the hot afternoon sun and windy days and they also allow for privacy. Some great products for a project like this include: the 3120 Heavy Duty Curtain Track in Silver, the 7127 Stainless Steel End Stops, 7140 Large Double Wheel Carriers and 7142 Stainless Steel Curtain Hooks.
TAKE ON THAT PROJECT
Each of these projects can be completed easily and quickly. So whether one, or all, of these projects are on your Honey-Do list, we have you covered. For the best selection of curtain tracks, curtains, hardware and accessories, look no further than www.curtain-tracks.com.
If you tire of pulling your curtains shut only to have the opposite end of the curtains open, we have a couple quick tips for you. The appropriate method for you will depend on the type of curtain track you are using. For a simple C channel type track like the 32124, 42124, or 52124 tracks, you can use a pair of 7127 end stops to hold the first carrier in place to prevent curtain from opening at one end. This allows you to pull the curtain from one side without the entire curtain from being moved. This is especially useful in curtains that are used as room partitions for privacy because it allows for the single-handed complete closure of the curtain.
Curtain-Tracks.com is pleased to announce the addition of custom sized shower curtains to our product offering. This affords our customers a choice to purchase taller and wider sizes than what is available via retail stores. Whether it's extra tall shower curtains to account for a ceiling mounted track, or a wider curtain to wrap around a claw foot tub or form a shower enclosure for a corner shower, these shower curtains are the answer. These custom made shower curtains are available in commercial grade vinyl (including a clear vinyl), nylon, or waffle poly/cotton blend fabrics. The durability of these materials and sturdy construction set these shower curtains apart from off the shelf shower curtains.
Our customer support team gets a lot of calls and emails at Curtain-Tracks.com asking for advice on how to hang curtains or draperies on Bay Windows. Because the bay window is typically comprised of three or five separate windows oriented at angles to one another, it can create a challenge for anyone hoping to improve the appearance of their room with window treatments.
CURTAIN TRACKS VS. CURTAIN RODS
There has long been the debate over the benefits of curtain tracks over curtain rods. In fact, we have written several articles on this very topic. Here, we will break down some of the benefits of using curtain tracks and why they have gained in popularity over recent years.
In the 80's, curtain rods were all the rage. Thick, heavy decorative rods with elaborate finials at each end. Simply add lavish curtains and your home was looking good! Since that time, window decorating trends have moved to a more simple, clean and modern look. With this shift in trends, curtain tracks have stepped up to the plate and here are some of the reasons why.
THE BREAK DOWN
1. They are simple and create a minimalist look. Curtain tracks can blend into the wall or behind a valance leaving the focus on the curtains, not the track. The carriers can be concealed within the track which means no large curtain rings.
2. Curtain tracks allow for the super smooth opening and closing of curtains due to the curtain carriers or glides. Curtain carriers "carry" the curtains along the track with minimal resistance. There are many carriers to choose from including: two-wheel carriers, ball bearing, wheeled snap, button carriers, and more. Add a curtain wand and the opening and closing of the curtains just got even easier.
3. Newer homes often boast tall windows and covering these windows with so much curtain fabric calls for strong tracks. Curtain rods need brackets to support it while curtain tracks can be mounted directly into the ceiling or wall at regular intervals. This means no sagging of heavy curtains!
4. They are easy to install. Curtain tracks may seem intimidating to install but they really aren't! In fact, most Do-It-Yourselfers can install curtain tracks using tools such as a drill, screw driver, laser level, and miter saw. Our website offers simple instructions and resources and our customer service team is also available to walk customers through the process.
Curtain tracks allow for many options unlike curtain rods. We invite you to check out the many tracks, accessories and hardware that Curtain-Tracks has to offer. And if we can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 888-465-0274.
One of the questions our customers often ask is, “What is the benefit of using the Snap Tape”? Our 3091 Snap Tape works with several of our carriers. Snap Tape is made with one inch wide polyester webbing and nickel plated brass snaps spaced 4.25 inches apart. We offer snap tape by the yard in 3 colors: White, Black or Gray. It works by snapping the back of the curtain to your curtain carrier or glide of choice instead of utilizing a hook or pin. It can help you achieve many different design styles in a snap!
Based on feedback from customers, we have added a metal curtain clip with a ring attached to the drapery hardware offering at Curtain-Tracks.com. The plated steel curtain clips with rings make it easy to hang a curtain or backdrop that doesn't have pleats, grommets, or other means of easily attaching a hook. The clips can be added directly to the top edge of a curtain and the rings can be looped through the holes in most curtain carriers or glides. These curtain clips can be great to hang flat curtains with pockets intended for use with curtain rods from curtain tracks instead.
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!
We are happy to share the feedback provided by another highly satisfied customers. She used a ceiling mounted track to help decorate her room and her comments and photo are shared below:
When Garrett at Cricket Trailer set out to combine his expertise in the design of small living quarters honed working for NASA on the Habitation Module of the International Space Station with his interest in camping, the concept of an "innovative, lightweight, compact, and flexible small environment" in which to travel and explore was born. As he worked through the design process, it eventually came time to address the need for a toilet and shower in his creative camper. Logically he set out to find the right curtain track that could be used to hang a curtain that would offer privacy and retain water. That's were the relationship between Cricket Trailers and Curtain-Tracks.con was born.
We confess we are late in getting this posted, as the images were shared some time back, but better late than never. The husband and wife duo Scott and Kim of Yellow Brick Home, a very popular home interior design blog, have become repeat customers of Curtain-Tracks.com. In a mid year project focused on the interior redesign of a bedroom, they again chose to utilize curtains hung from ceiling mounted tracks. The simple silver curtain track offers a nice contrast to the colors of the curtains and the walls, and provided the functionality the creative pair was seeking.
Privacy Cubicle Track is a ceiling mounted track that is typically used to hang privacy cubicle curtains, divider curtains, shower curtains or other curtains that have grommets across the top. There are several reasons why this type of track is the industry standard, being the hardware of choice in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, spas, gyms, locker rooms, dance studios, and retail outlets across the US.
The customers base at Curtain-Tracks.com ranges widely from Interior Designers, Architects, Work Rooms, and General Contractors on the commercial side to Home Owners, Renters, and DIY lovers on the consumer side, and we are here to serve this wide range.