Do-It-Yourself Room Divider Installation - Ceiling Tracks


We installed a room divider using IKEA VIDGA tracks, ceiling mounted, to show you how to do it yourself. Curtain track installation isn't complicated. Track systems may vary from brands to brands, but installation should be fairly similar. We picked IKEA for their easy access. The downside is the tracks only come in 55" pieces, it would require a connector in between two pieces. Most of the readily available tracks come in 4', 6' or 8' pieces. They can be cut with a handsaw into your desired lengths. Custom tracks can be made longer than 12', but there is a high risk of bending during transportation. Another tip when ordering curtain tracks is to check the maximum weight load. Heavyweight drapery requires durable heavy duty tracks. 

Step 1. Prepare fasteners such as screws, anchors and etc. Depending on the surface you mount tracks onto, fasteners may vary. Consult your local hardware store to pick up fasteners that meet your needs. 

Step 2. Measurement. Figure out the place where the tracks start and end. Hang a rope from the start to the end to make a straight line. Cut the tracks into desired lengths. If the track is one piece, mark the location along the line where you would like to have the mounting hardware. They are usually placed in the same distances. If the tracks are in two pieces or more, measure and mark the location of the connectors. 

Step 3. Drilling and installation. Drill hole and screw the mounting hardware/connectors in. Mount tracks onto the hardware. If the tracks come with carriers installed, skip Step 4.

Step 4. Cap one end and leave the other end open. Slide in carriers according to the drapery hooks quantity. Close the caps. Some tracks include master carriers where you can put a baton. If the track doesn't have a master carrier, you can leave one extra carrier in between the 1st and 2nd carrier where the baton can go in. 

Step 5. Hook on your drapery and attach the baton. 

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Shown in the photo is Canvas collection warm gray with French pleat heading.


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