Will likely be moving to a new house in the near future.
One of the earliest jobs will be putting up curtain tracks as neither of
us can cope with sleeping in rooms that are not sufficiently dark. Seems
to me that we should select one make of track and fittings and use it
throughout. (We might need to consider cording, and maybe a heavier duty
track in the living room with full length curtains. Ideally the same
gliders everywhere.) No bays or any other awkwardness to cope with.
What make track would you choose, and why?
Swish products are commonly available. However I don't see a
requirement to use the same type in every room. I would think it
unlikely that you would want to move curtains from one room to another.
You can sometimes buy standard length curtains at a lower price than
made to measure. The exact height of the rail then becomes more
important if the curtains are to reach to the floor.
I know I don't have to use the same make - but given the choice, I would
prefer to have one packet of spare gliders and another of spare hooks,
rather than several. :-)
Also, if one make seems "best" overall, I can't see any point in
switching to the second-best...
Curtain length isn't much of an issue as partner is an excellent curtain
maker. Bought ones only exist here because sometimes they have been
cheaper than even the material. (There, that gets real DIY into this
On Wed, 25 May 2016 02:30:28 +0100, Michael Chare wrote:
I'd certainly go for a brand like Swish rather than a "brand" from a
DIY shed, the latter have a habit of changing what their "heavy duty
curtain track" is. So what you buy today will have changed by the
next time you want some more, or even just hooks. BTDTGTTS...
Spares. Only need to carry one set of hooks, brackets, cord sets, etc
Can shuffle parts about if required.
As for the track itself, I use the heavy duty plastic stuff
everywhere with the cam operated bracket to track clamps. Makes it so
much easier to fit/remove the track. The only "problem" I've had with
plastic is a build up of dust causing stiff/juddery action. Squirt of
silicone based furniture polish on a bit of kitchen roll wiped along
removes the cack and reduces friction almost to zero. Works on ali as
well. Hooks that fit around the track, things that run in a slot
aren't easy to clean.
I also put a batten (20 x 35 mm ish) on the wall and fix the wall
brackets to that rather than trying to drill quite a number of holes
in the wall at exactly the right places.
After only 25 years all the plastic cams go brittle (UV getting at
them?) and they snap off ... is nothing made to last these days :-P
Talking of brittle plastic, I noticed the B&Q extending plastic feet on
my kitchen cabinets have started going brittle/crumbly after about 9
years, nothing more volatile than Jif used on the floors. Annoying to
have to drag the cupboards out and replace them all, but surprisingly
buying a bulk pack of 40 Hafele legs from Screwfix works out cheaper
than buying el-cheapo ones from Toolstation.
That looks rather good, thanks. Did you get the plain aluminium finish
or, what I'd be thinking, the white? If white, is it a good dense white
or that rather thin, slightly grey white that you sometimes get?
We have one, across a patio door and adjacent full-length window. I
hadn't realised just how much width they took up even when drawn back.
Maybe OK if not mounted within the reveal, but I wouldn't get one
I agree with others. Choose a well known maker, with parts available
almost anywhere. Swish or, second choice, Harrison. Living in a house
with mixed curtain rails is as bad as mixed plastic plumbing or gutters.
Not that it stops me from having a large, old toolbox stuffed to the
gunnels with countless curtain hooks and accessories, all safely kept
'just in case' :-)
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