Curtain Track Recommendations

As we have now been in the window furnishings business for over twenty years, both supplying, and early on fitting curtain tracks; this page on curtain track recommendations will be of great to anyone in need of help choosing a new curtain track.

For most people a trip to the local DIY store is usually where they start their search. Generally DIY or larger chain stores stock a limited range of tracks manufactured by the likes of Swish and Integra possibly labelled under their own brand names. A few very large DIY chains may also have their own tracks manufactured. Either way you are generally going to get a very limited range of in many cases not very capable or durable curtain tracks for which spare parts aren’t readily available.
The online range is vast, but sadly also often includes many curtain tracks which aren’t going to do the job, or at least not very well.
So where to start with curtain track recommendations?
Well this really depends on your criteria, i.e.

  • Do you want a corded or un-corded track?
  • Do you need the track to be a certain finish or will white do?
  • What weight are your curtains? As far as curtain tracks are concerned, this can be very subjective and dependent on other factors such as whether the track needs to be corded. This is possibly the most significant factor when considering which track to buy in relation to your curtain weight, but if the track is for a bay window or other installation where bends are required, then this will be an additional factor.
  • Does the track need to be bent for a bay window and does it need to have reverse bends for returns?

Lets keep things simple.

Europe’s top selling curtain track is the Silent Gliss 1080 and many other manufacturers make more or less identical copies. There are also numerous non-brand copies on the market. There’s a reason for this! Although many of you probably haven’t even heard of Silent Gliss let alone the 1080 curtain track, it has been on the market since the 1950’s and is very widely used in commercial installations due to its smooth operation and durability.

So my curtain track recommendations start with the Silent Gliss 1080.

Hand Drawn Curtain Tracks

The Silent Gliss 1080 is by far my choice for a hand drawn curtain track, indeed when I ran Fitting Services the only track I stocked was the 1080.

silent gliss 1080 curtain track from below

Silent Gliss 1080:

  • is a hand drawn curtain track
  • is suitable for very long installations, and can be extended indefinitely but comes in up to 6m lengths without a join.
  • can be bent by hand with the Filler Set, but generally unless you have experience I would recommend having the 1080 made to measure if you have a bay window installation.

So which boxes can the Silent Gliss 1080 tick?

Hand Drawn Yes
Cord Drawn No
Available in Different Finishes Yes, various finishes are available
Suitable for Bay Windows Yes
Can be Reverse Bent for Returns Yes
Curtain Weight Medium / Heavy
Range of additional options Wide range of specialist brackets including extension brackets

My curtain track recommendations definitely start with the Silent Gliss 1080, although a cheaper plastic alternative is the very popular Swish Deluxe curtain track.

Another option for hand drawn curtain track recommendations are those tracks which use what are termed hook gliders, and very definitely my only recommendation here is the Integra Aluglide

integra aluglide track from front

 

Cord Drawn Curtain Tracks

Curtain tracks on which the curtains are drawn by pulling on a cord present specific issues where weight is concerned. This can be a big concern especially if there are extension brackets; pulling on the cord will generate additional force where the brackets are secured to the wall and also may bend the brackets themselves if too much force needs to be applied. Additionally if the track has bends then the friction on the system is increased and the capability of the track to operate comfortably will be reduced.

For lightweight curtains you may like to consider the very popular Swish Superluxe curtain track or a similar track.
What do I mean by lightweight curtains? As far as the Superluxe is concerned, I mean a drop of around 150cm max with curtains which are of light fabric with light lining. The Superluxe is marketed as being suitable for bay windows and it can be bent by hand.

So which boxes does the Swish Superluxe curtain track tick?

Hand Drawn No
Cord Drawn Yes
Available in Different Finishes No white only
Suitable for Bay Windows Yes
Can be Reverse Bent for Returns No
Curtain Weight Light / Medium
Range of additional options Extension brackets are available

I really like the Swish Metal Extension Bracket range and would recommend them; they have a small fillet at the bend which makes them particularly rigid and the short length of the fixing to the wall and wall box make for a neat installation especially if you have a space issue.

More generally my curtain track recommendations for corded curtain tracks revert back to the higher end Silent Gliss or equivalent Goelst and Mottura variants. Mottura in particular make some very well engineered and capable tracks for a wide range of installations and curtain weights. Mottura used to be available in the UK, but since 2014 the main UK importer has opted for cheaper components to make up similar products and sadly it shows; you get what you pay for. I am happy to quote for Goelst and genuine Mottura tracks: please get in touch

So, apart from Goelst and Mottura, for corded curtain tracks the entry model is the Silent Gliss 3000. Although I say entry level the 3000 is very capable. When I used to go out in my van and fit and maintain curtain tracks I once replaced the overlap arm on a 3000 track which was carrying a pair of curtains in a four bend bay window with heavy lined linen curtains which had a 300cm drop and the Silent Gliss 3000 to my astonishment handled the weight and bends with ease!

So which boxes does the Silent Gliss 3000 curtain track tick?

Hand Drawn No
Cord Drawn Yes
Available in Different Finishes Yes, various finishes are available
Suitable for Bay Windows Yes
Can be Reverse Bent for Returns Yes
Curtain Weight Medium /Heavy
Range of additional options Wide range of specialist brackets including extension brackets

Silent Gliss helpfully supply detailed weight charts for their corded curtain tracks, which is very handy and should ensure that you install a corded curtain track which is recommended for your particular curtain weight. If you find the 3000 doesn’t match up to your expectations then check out the Silent Gliss 3900 which is more heavy duty and the only restriction is that it isn’t available off the shelf in a variety of finishes, although everything is available at a price and Silent Gliss do bespoke finishes.

 

So the above pretty much covers curtain track recommendations for most domestic and a significant number of commercial installations. For those of you who have more specialist requirements then the tracks below may give you some indication of what is available.

Below are my curtain track recommendations for some particularly niche installations.

Niche Curtain Track Recommendations

For those looking for an ultra easy to bend track for bay windows then the Silvo I-Beam curtain rail has got to be one of the easiest. Personally I used to be a big fan of the Silvo, recently more modern equivalents have been introduced.

Particularly in this range of modern I-Beam curtain tracks which you can bend by hand without any specialist equipment is the Toso Refre. This is available in the UK, but at a price which I still consider to be excessive but hopefully prices will come down if it becomes more popular.

toso refre curtain track

So which boxes do these I-Beam curtain tracks tick?

Hand Drawn Yes
Cord Drawn No
Available in Different Finishes Yes, various finishes are available
Suitable for Bay Windows Yes
Can be Reverse Bent for Returns Yes
Curtain Weight Medium / Heavy
Range of additional options Limited range of other brackets which can be used on the Silvo rail

Curtain Track Recommendations for Caravans

The recommendations here are for a wide range of installations where a small curtain track is required and by far the most popular system uses Silent Gliss Loop Tape in conjunction with a couple of different gliders depending on the installation. Those in the caravan and camper van community will be familiar with the system, but it is also used extensively on small boats, tracks and aircraft.

silent gliss loop tape gliders and hook top

 

The tracks which are generally used are from the Silent Gliss range:

  • 1021 face fix and 1025 ceiling fix
  • 1011 recess into wood and the 1012 surface mounted to either wood or concrete

The 1011 requires special fixing screws, whereas the 1012 can be secured with normal fixing screws provided the fixing clamps are used.

So which boxes do these slim curtain tracks tick?

Hand Drawn Yes
Cord Drawn No
Available in Different Finishes Yes, various finishes are available
Suitable for Bay Windows Yes, BUT must be made to measure
Can be Reverse Bent for Returns Yes
Curtain Weight Light / Medium
Range of additional options Limited range of end stops

In this section you may also want to consider the Integra Discreet range of tracks which although not quite as unobtrusive as the Silent Gliss range are good quality and being made from steel provide slightly more rigidity.

Available in a ceiling fix

integra discreet top fix front

and face fix option.

integra discreet face fix bottom

Corded Curtain Track Recommendations for Smaller Installations

The range here is very limited and in fact there is only one which comes to mind and it is the Mottura Surf, a multichannel variant is also available. Mottura’s online information and technical diagrams are exceptional.

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