Archive for June, 2015

Nightcap with Valance

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

Throwover Style Bedspread

Fitted – a slightly more traditional style with frilled sides. Can also be made with a reverse top.

Fitted Style Bedspread

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.

Slimline Bedspread

Slimline Bedspread

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

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

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.

 

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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