When choosing window coverings for your home there are many aspects to consider. Privacy is one of the most common reasons home owners require blinds or curtains in their home. If privacy is your main requirement then read on as here we list our top 5 options.
- Shutters – Plantation Shutters are the ultimate window covering for privacy for both day and night. With louvreable blades that can be positioned to get the best of light control and cooling breezes, shutters will provide you with a solution for all times of the day.
- Sheer and blockout curtains on a double rail – Sheer curtains will give you the daytime privacy and the filtered light you need without blocking your view. Blockout curtains will provide night time privacy as well as light and warmth control.
- Day/Night roller blinds – As with sheer and blockout curtains sunscreen fabric roller blinds will give you privacy during the day as well protection from the heat and glare. A blockout roller blind provides you with night time privacy and light control.
- Venetians – traditional Venetian blinds are still a winner providing privacy whilst allowing light and breeze to filter into your home. The blades can be moved to suit your requirements at different times of the day.
- Panel Glide Blinds in light filtering fabrics – A translucent fabric is a lovely option for providing privacy in an area that does not need to be darkened. Living areas that need privacy will sometimes need filtered light and sun control without making the room dark. Translucent fabrics provide privacy night and day.
Plantation Shutters with louvreable blades provide many options for privacy.
Sheer and blockout curtains provide privacy for both day and night requirements.
A Basswood Venetian Blind provides privacy and filtered light when required.
Panel Glides in Translucent Privacy Fabric allow light to filter into the room
New release ‘Tuscany’ by Wilson Fabrics
New release ‘Tuscany’ by Wilson Fabrics is the perfect option to complete this years hottest looks for curtains and window furnishings.
Selling at the top as one of Wilson’s blind fabrics Tuscany is now available as a light filtering curtain fabric. Tuscany is suitable to be used for wavefold, gathered or pleated curtains and can also be used for Roman Blinds and soft furnishings.
Natural, earthy and simple Tuscany looks like a linen blend but has the practicality of polyester, making it a long lasting and durable fabric.
Tuscany is not only Australian Made, it is also Oeko-Tex certified and Fire Retardant tested making it ideal for domestic and commercial use.
Available in 17 colours, 11 coordinate back to the Tuscany II blockout and translucent blind range.
New Cool Blind technology from Wilson Fabrics as the name says really is Cool. According to the brochure “Cool Blind is a unique Australian Made PVC Free screen fabric designed to meet the energy saving requirements of modern environmentally responsible building design, while still remaining stylish for any home or office. Surface temperature of Cool Blind remains on average 26% cooler than PVC screens in direct sunlight; reducing heat transfer into rooms, thereby reducing the demand on A/C systems”.
Our Wilson Rep Dean showed us how he puts Cool Blind fabric to the test by using a heat lamp and digital temperature gauge. A standard PVC screen fabric and the Cool Blind fabric are placed over a light box with a heat lamp directing heat evenly onto both fabrics and left to sit for approximately 20 minutes. After that time we measured the temperature of both the fabrics and the results were indisputable.
The Cool Blind showed a significantly lower radiant temperature than the standard PVC screen fabric. These results will have have a great impact on home owners who choose Cool Blind fabric for window treatments. Inside temperatures of rooms where the sun hits directly onto the window will be great reduced keeping your home and inside environment cooler and more comfortable.
Cool Blind fabrics are suitable for Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds and Panel Glides. They have the same visual benefit as PVC screens but are cooler and PVC free. Cool Blind is protected by Stain Protect fabric protector which makes it more resistant to stains and soiling and easier to clean.
A standard PVC screen fabric and Cool Blind fabric are put to the test using a heat lamp to mimic the suns rays
Standard PVC screen showing a temperature of over 50 degrees.
The temperature of the Cool Blind is significantly lower at 33.6 degrees.
Our Wilson representative Dean explaining the benefits of new Cool Blind technology.
On the Sunshine Coast we are lucky to be enjoying warmer weather at this time of the year and it’s getting to the time to start opening your home to cooling breezes and pleasant sunny days. We still need to feel secure in our homes whilst enjoying the feeling of outdoors. Security screens and doors are essential in the warmer months to keep your home safe from intruders as well as bugs and snakes or other wildlife.
Finding the right balance between appearance and performance is not always easy. Our range of Alspec’s wide range of designs and proven quality ensure security requirements for any home can be met. All products are custom made to enhance the design of your home.
All grilles have a 7mm strand thickness and meet the requirements of the Australian Security Door Standard. All Diamond Grille Doors and windows are available with the option of One Way Mesh, ideal if added privacy is required. One Way Mesh allows you to see out through your door at the same time as reducing the visibility into your house from the outside.
Alspec Security Grilles are made from special Tempered Aluminium for greater strength and increased peace of mind. When combined with our quality framing and hardware our Alspec Security Grilles offer good looking, low maintenance protection for your home.
Security Grilles for our custom-made sliding doors provide optimum protection and smooth operation. Adjustment screws face inside the door out of intruders reach. All security grilles for doors and windows are available in a range of modern colours. Security Doors can be fitted with the extra feature of a 3 Point Safety Lock. Three interlocking security hinges deter even the most persistent intruder. All our security doors can be fitted with a pet flap in a size to suit your dog or cat.
Security screens can also be made into custom designed patio enclosures increasing your living space during the warmer months.
Diamond Grille Security Sliding Doors
Alspec Security Window
For a limited time only a selection Wilson Fabrics Australian Made coated fabrics are up to 30% off regular pricing. Avalon, Kairns, Delhi, Flinders, Morocco II, Brooome II, Santiago and Maitland are 30% off the list price until the 31st of October 2015. Made in Australia and Oeko-Tex Certified Wilson blockout fabrics offer superior blockout properties and draping ability. The ‘Confidence in Textiles’ stamp means no harmful chemicals have been used in the manufacture of these textile products which will pose no risk to your health. With no minimum order requirements now is a great time to curtain those windows you having been meaning to do. Each range has a large selection of contemporary colours to suit any decor. To arrange a measure and quote for curtains in any of these or our regular range of fabrics contact our showroom or ‘Request a Quote’ online.
One of the most common questions we get asked when visiting customers in their home is ‘Which blind would be the best option?’
There is no one answer for each situation but to provide a solution I ask a few questions first. Such as why do you need a window covering there? Is it for privacy, to make the room darker, to keep the room cooler – or warmer? Is it purely aesthetic? How do you use the window or door? Is it mostly closed or open or is it used a lot if it is a door. Do you need cooling summer breezes at night? How sunny does it get – does it face west?
Once I have established that information it is so much easier to provide an answer. For example a Maleny customer I saw yesterday needs a blind on her kitchen window. The main reason she wants that blind is for privacy at night as the window faces her driveway. It is not a sunny or hot situation and she doesn’t worry about the privacy during the day. Since the blind is over a sink my suggestion was to use a roller blind in a blockout fabric that can be rolled up out of the way in the daytime and closed at night for privacy. By using a low maintenance fabric like Dawn any splashes from the sink can be removed easily.
A roller blind can be up out of the way when you don’t need it or down when you do.
Another customer I visited last week in Elimbah has a large west facing living room that has three windows and a sliding door around the room. A priority for this customer is to be able to keep out some of the summer heat and also keep the room warm in winter. It was a particularly cold day when I was there and easy to see how the large amount of glass allows warm air to escape. The floors in the room are tiled so there are a lot of hard surfaces in the room. To help with thermal insulation and sound absorption my suggestion was to use curtains with a blockout lining that stack each side of the windows. These would give the room a balanced and pleasing symmetry whilst also providing a soft and inviting look for a family living room. My customer is also very keen to keep the products she uses in her home low VOC so we chose a Wilson lining that is Oeko-Tex certified and a natural linen for the face curtain.
What works for a sliding door? A panel glide is one option that could suit you.
One common question that is asked is what would be suitable for a large sliding door. As sliding doors can be commonly used areas it is important that what is used on the door is practical and easy to use. The most appropriate window coverings for these situations are Curtains, Panel Glides or Shutters on a sliding track. Panel Glides are excellent for doors as they easily span a large area without compromise in their function or appearance. The panels can be stacked away over a wall where possible when not in use and pulled across when needed. The panel glides slide easily along the track and can be opened when access to the door is required. There are many options for fabric for a panel glides and can be made in Blockout, Translucent or Sheer to suit your specific needs.
Curtains are also ideal for large areas as they can easily span large widths and can also be stacked back against or over a wall. The options for fabric choices are almost endless and any style can be achieved with a curtain.
Almost any style can be achieved with the seemingly endless options for curtain fabrics.
Shutters are also a lovely option for a sliding door as they be installed on a tracking system allowing the panels to be stacked over each other. The blades can be left open or closed to suit your privacy or light control needs.
When it is time to choose your window coverings it is a good idea to think about your needs and requirements for each area and put them in order of priority. This will give you the best chance of the choosing the right blinds for your home.
Bedspreads are a lovely way to incorporate style and decoration into any bedroom and they make the morning ritual of making the bed so easy. Customise your bedspread by choosing a style and fabric that suits your decor. Bedspreads can be made in standard bedsizes or custom made to suit unusual sizes. At Custom Curtains and Shade we have a large range of fabrics available suitable for use as soft furnishings and bedspreads.
A custom made bedspread can be made in the following styles:
Throwover – a flat bedspread that is not fitted but falls to the floor at the end and each side. It is a slightly more casual style and can be made quilted or plain. The throwover style bedspread can also be made with a long top or reverse top to cover your pillows.
Throwover Style Bedspread
Fitted – a slightly more traditional style with frilled sides. Can also be made with a reverse top.
Fitted Style Bedspread
Slimline – a minimal style that is padded with fitted sides and pleats at the corners. This style can be made with a long top or a reverse top.
Boxed – as the name says it is a box shaped that completely fits the bed and can be made with a long top.
Boxed Style Bedspread with Long Top
Nightcap with Valance – a short boxed style with a valance to cover the base. This design looks lovely in co-ordinating fabrics.
Nightcap with Valance
Ken Bimler Fabrics have a range of fabric designs specifically suited for making into bedspreads. For more information on pricing or available fabric designs please contact us. We can post bedspreads to anywhere in Australia.
With the colder weather here covering your windows especially at night is so important for helping to keep your home warmer and to help reduce your heating costs. Uncovered windows can significantly increase the heat loss in your home in winter and also the heat gain in summer.
According to Wilson Fabrics Energy Savings information ‘Up to 40% of heating and cooling energy loss occurs via your windows’
The best types of window covering for insulation are close fitting drapes that fit snugly to the windows creating a pocket of dead air between the glass and the window covering. Curtains in a thick or blockout fabric that does not allow air flow is the most effective for increasing the insulation value of your window coverings. Installing a separate lining on your curtains will further increase its insulation properties. Windows furnished with drapes and pelmets contributes to a 220% improvement in R value compared to exposed glass* (Insulation is measured as an R value).
To reduce further heat loss installing a pelmet over the curtains will stop the flow of cool air over the drapes and into the room. Drapes that are snug against the wall and block vertical airflow as well cut heat loss up to 25%**
It is important to allow warmth into your home during the day by opening your blinds or window coverings to let in as much sun as possible. This warmth will be retained in the home for longer by closing the curtains at dusk.
Blockout curtains and pelmets have the added value of keeping your home cooler in summer and providing acoustic/noise reduction. They are also the most effective window covering for blocking out light and are perfect for children’s rooms, media rooms and for shift workers who need to sleep during daylight hours.
Curtains and pelmets are an attractive and value adding addition to any home and can be made in a variety of styles and fabrics to suit your décor whether it is traditional or contemporary.
*Source Wilson Fabrics – http://www.wilsonfabrics.com.au/EnergySavings.aspx
**Source – Green Energy Efficient Homes http://www.green-energy-efficient-homes.com/energy-saving-window-coverings.html#Energy_saving_drapes_and_curtains
Thanks to INVISI-GARD’s Kid’s Safe protection screen you can have open windows in your home without compromising the safety of small children. With building regulations changing it is now a requirement to have a child safe screening on a window if it opens more than 15cm.For more information go to http://www.invisi-gard.com.au/kidsafe_protection_screen.php
Keep your children safe with a Kid’s Safe protection screen.
Great news Maurice Kain and Filigree’s free lining promotion has been extended until the end of June this year. Now is the time to think about keeping your home warmer for winter and curtains, particularly lined curtains, are the best way to insulate. For more info see our original post http://www.customcurtains.com.au/2015/02/free-lining-promotion-2/ or contact us in store.
Latitude by Maurice Kain