CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY SMITH
I’ll never forget walking into my base house here for the first time and seeing those metal tracks on my ceiling. And then after trying to pull open those awesome vertical blinds I knew that something had to change in my house AND pretty quickly. Prior to arriving to Incirlik, I had seen discussions on the Facebook Spouses Page about these metal tracks, but I had no idea how I was actually going to make them work with my curtains. My determination was driven by one small factor: The vertical, plastic blinds had to go as soon as possible!
Some might be fortunate and have curtains that are pre-made to use with track hooks, but I wasn’t one of them. Ikea sells several curtains in multiple lengths, material and color that can be ordered online and are ready to be hung with the curtain track hooks.
My curtains were made strictly for being hung by a curtain rod, so I needed to add in a strip of curtain track tape. I purchased my curtain track tape at the Thursday Market.
The vendor who sells the curtain hooks and curtain track tape is past the vendor who sells pasta and spices, but before all of the produce.
Adding curtain track tape to your existing curtains may seem like an impossible task if you don’t sew, but if you don’t you can simply take them to a seamstress or a tailor in the alley (or even on base – alterations is located next to the post office). The seamstress I use has a shop called Aleyna and it is located near the Thursday Market. Click here for directions. Ask for Emine! She speaks some English, but the rest of her staff does not.
In addition to retrofitting your curtains, Emine can sell you the curtain track tape and hooks. It runs about .50-1TL per meter for the tape and about 3-4TL for 50 hooks. Recently, I went with a friend who needed 70 hooks and 7 meters of the curtain track tape and it cost her 10TL total. Emine can also sew the tape on your curtains for about 5-10TL per panel, including materials and hooks.
If you are able to sew, then sewing on the curtain track tape is very easy. A straight stitch across the top and bottom of the tape will secure the tape to your curtains. I did it really quickly on my sewing machine! When we leave Turkey, I plan to remove the curtain track tape and use them with a curtain rod again.
Once your tape is in place, add a hook every 8-10 spaces and then slide your curtains on the track by the hooks!
If you have any additional curtain questions, please leave a comment and I will be glad to help!