Curtain tracks are primarily used for hanging curtains that cover windows, though they may have some other uses too!
There are a couple of things you need to consider while deciding if you should use curtain racks for hanging your curtains or not. Apart from the matter of personal preferences, like some prefer to use curtain rods, you need to consider their functioning and availability of space.
Here are some important factors that you should take into consideration while making your choice:
You should know beforehand if you are going to have blackout curtains. You may be aware that such curtains serve two purposes. Of course, the most important function of these curtains is to stop the sun from entering the room. That means you can extend the duration of “dark hours” for your room and also reduce the brunt of the sun to reduce your energy bills. Use of curtain blocks certainly enhances the efficacy of curtains to offer this dual benefit.
You would appreciate that use of tracks enables you to have the curtains closer to the window as compared to having curtain rods. As a result, there is hardly any gap left near the top and also the sides of the curtains from where the sun could filter in the room and spoil its total darkness and hence your early morning sleep!
It’s not difficult to understand that once the sun gets blocked on the top as also the sides, the heat produced because of the shining sun falling directly on the window is also prevented from entering the room, meaning that your air-conditioned is not unduly strained and your energy bills don’t shoot up while the room continues to remain comfortable even when the summer is at its peak.
The other aspect needing your consideration is the location of your window. If it’s positioned in a tight space or a corner, you’ll realize it’s a better option to use curtain tracks. That’s simply because it’s not practical to have a curtain rod at oddly positioned windows. Even if you insist on having a rod at such places, the curtain will not solve the intended purpose. Moreover, the rod will look asymmetrical and as a result the curtain will mar the look of your room.
At times it becomes a bit too difficult to fix curtain rod on a narrow wall since the rod would need to be slightly longer than the real window to enable a curtain to effectively block the sun from entering the room. This lopsided arrangement of the curtain rod also affects the privacy and the looks of the room adversely. When it’s not feasible to have a curtain rod under such circumstances, your best option would be to go for curtain tracks for effectively blocking the sun.
And last but not the least it’s also a matter of aesthetics. There is a category of people who prefer having curtain tracks to curtain rods and vice versa. Some may not prefer having curtain tracks for technical or practical reasons as mentioned above, but simply because they like to use curtain tracks for the overall looks that curtain tracks impart to their room. It’s just a matter of personal taste.