Corded wave curtain bay window track

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Looking for a corded wave curtain bay window track that doesn't cost a fortune? These white metal slimline wave tracks can be ceiling fixed or wall fixed. Or a combination of both?

If you want to have your corded wave curtain bay window track wall fixed within your bay. Then this will only be possible if you have very small depth window sills. such as 3 or 4cm, or no window sill.

The wall fix curtain brackets come at a maximum of 10cm projection. Any less than this and the waves in your curtains will push up against the wall/window.

If you're not sure what a wave track is, or does?

Then it's simply a curtain track system that makes your curtain headings into a wave shape. So making your curtains hang smoothly undulating back and forth from top to bottom. The magic ingredient is the gliders in the track.

These gliders are all connected to each other with a slim cord that only allows the spaces between the gliders to reach a maximum of either 6cm or 8cm apart. So as the first glider get pulled along the track. The cord behind it then pulls the next glider along until it then pulls the next glider along.

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Cord controls for opening and closing your curtains

All but the smallest of corded wave curtain bay window tracks. Will have controls to both sides so each curtain is operated separately. This will make to so much smoother and lighter to operate. Trying to have cords to only one side will cause problems. Such as too much strain on the pulley systems, cord and the bracket next the control.

This goes double if the track is ceiling fixed. As before too long the track will pull away from the ceiling. You can see a couple of images just below of the cords and of the tension that fits to the wall.

You can see how thick the non stretch cords are compared to ready made corded curtains tracks. Then then cord tensioner is nothing like the cheap plastic ones found supplied in ready made corded tracks. These are heavy duty metal cord tensioners. 

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Glider options - 8cm or 6cm spaced wave gliders

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Other than the obvious 2cm difference is spacing between the gliders. Which one would you choose and why?

If you choose the 6cm spaced wave gliders you will end up with slightly more gliders across the width of the track compared to the 8cm spaced gliders. This means not just more gliders but more inportantly more curtain waves being created across your track. 

Compared again to the 8cm wave gliders not only will you have a few more waves in the curtains. Those waves will be slimmer. so the 8cm gliders give your curtains a wider more rounded wave effect. The 6cm gliders will give your curtains a slimmer more angled wave effect.

The sheer wave effect curtains (image bottom of page) are fitted to the same width curtain track. You can see the difference on the look between the two. Or can you?

Practical reason to choose one over the other?

The only practical thing to consider with your corded wave curtain bay window curtain track is the stack back. When the curtains are open and stacked back to the sides of your window. How much space will they take up?

If you have limited space on each side of your window, or one side if you are hanging a single wave curtain. Then the 8cm spaced wave gliders will be your best option. As you will have a few less wave pleats to stack back away from the window area.  

If you have lots of space on the sides of your window and you are happy with the curtains covering this area. Then which size wave glider is purely down which look you prefer. The wider wave or the narrower wave.


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Other reasons for choosing wave style curtains

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You would choose a wave curtain style if you want to continue a modern conpemporary look in the room. The simplicity of the look means regular even folds even across wide windows. Wave curtains work best when hung floor to ceiling. I personally would choose another curtain style if going for shorter curtains.

From a practical point of view there is sometimes just little or no wall over the top of the window frame. So the only option is to hang from ceiling fixed hardware. At with the bay window image above. This wave track is ceiling fitted within the bay and on the returns out of the bay on each side.

This bay was complicated by having a coving all the way around the room and within the bay. This meant the track returns had to sit just in front of the coving when fitted to the ceiling.

This then pushed the wave curtain pleats further out from the return walls. However, every problem has a silver lining. With the curtains being wave effect. This space allowed plenty of room for the backward facing pleats to sit.

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Measuring for your corded wave curtain bay window track

When it comes to measuring for a corded wave curtain bay window track to fit your bay perfectly. It is no different than measuring for a regular bay window curtain track. That's because you aren't measuring for the track itself.

You only need to measure the bay following our measuring guides. We then work out the best way for the track to fit within the bay, and returns if ordered.

Wave track and curtain position

Whether  the wave track can be wall fixed within the bay. This will be determined by how deep the window sill is within the bay. If the sill is more that 2 or 3cm deep. Then the 10cm projection wall brackets won't project far enough out. That is far enough for the curtain waves to clear the window sill.

So wider window sills mean the wave track will have to be ceiling mounted. Even if longer projection wall brackets were available. One if would start to look really odd on such long brackets. Then you have the problem of such long brackets sagging under the weight of the curtains. Also, the longer the bracket, the more strain on the wall fixings.

So ever longer brackets are not the solution to deeper window sills.

The big difference between tracks with standard gliders and those with wave gliders. Is the track fitting position. The wave tracks need to fit somewhere between 8 to 10cm away from the window sill front edge. The same again for any walls.

The other big difference between regular curtains and wave curtains. Is that regular curtains tend to hang in front of the curtain track. So when the curtains close the track is not seen.

With wave curtains the curtains sit under the track. Half the fabric folds forward of the track position. The other half of the folds backwards of the track position towards the window sill/wall. Hence the need to extra space behind the track.

In this image above the corded wave curtain bay window track is ceiling fixed within the bay (only option). Then wall fixed on the returns out of the bay. 

The great benefit of having your new wave bay window curtain track made to fit perfectly. Is not having to cut the track down to size. Also not bending it in the wrong place. Then trying to re-bend it and making things even worse. 

All you have to do is unpack the ready shaped track. Then fit the return brackets if not also ceiling fixed. That's if the ceiling in the bay is at the same height as the ceiling in the room.

Then with the help of an extra pair of hand present the bay track up to the ceiling. Prior to this I usually put a few small pencil marks on the ceiling. These mark the back of the track position. This way you know the track is in the correct position ready for fixing in place. Then finally secure the ceiling brackets. Anyone with very basic DIY skills can complete this project within an hour. More often a lot quicker.

You can get a instant price including delivery by using the simple calculator below.  We can make these to fit almost any bay window shape. These curtain tracks are super smooth running and your curtains will glide around your bay. 

Corded wave track spec

  • Colour: White
  • Material: Aluminium
  • Depth (front to back) 20mm
  • Height (including ceiling brackets) 17mm
  • Guarantee: 10 Years