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How To choose The Right Types Of Blinds For All Of Your Windows

Roxana Pascu - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Are you working on an interior design project in your home, but still deciding on the final touches? Maybe you're looking for a few decorative cushions or trying to figure out how to organize the kitchen cabinets. Either way, keep in mind no room is complete without the right window treatments.

Window treatments are the blinds and curtains of a window, as well as the trimming around the window. They can make or break how the whole room comes together, and as such, require some serious thought while you're remodeling.

To make sure everything looks just right, use the guide below to help you choose the best types of blinds for your home.

Understand the Different Types of Blinds

When most homeowners hear the word "blinds," they think of horizontal strips that cover a window which you can move up and down. But, there are many more blinds for windows available!

Some popular types of blinds are:

Roller blinds move up and down to cover or unveil a window. But, instead of being small strips that you may be used to, these are made of one singular piece of fabric that rolls up and then unwinds to ensure privacy.

Roman blinds work in a similar way, except that they create pleated folds as you roll them up. Venetian blinds, on the other hand, are the classic blinds most people think of.

Vertical blinds hang in large strips from the top of the window to the bottom of the panel or all the way to the floor. Panel blinds also do this, but they are much thicker strips, usually made of fabric.

Set a Budget

To help you narrow down the options, pay attention to the cost of each type of blind as you're researching all their many forms. This will help you set a budget for your window treatment, but don't forget to keep in mind your other redesigning expenses!

Once you have a budget, you're better able to move forward with your decision. This should include installation and delivery costs for the most accurate estimate.

Take a Look Around Your Home

With your budget in mind, take a look at the design you're creating and think about what would complement it best. Are you going for a sleek, modern feel or something a bit cozier and inviting? How much natural light does this part of the home get throughout the day?

Use these details to get one step closer to your final choice. If you have a few window blind ideas that you can't decide on, go back to your budget for a bit of direction.

Choose Your New Window Treatments

Lastly, choose your blinds and place your order! This is the most exciting part of the whole process. After all your research, crunching numbers, and overall indecisiveness, it's nice to know what the best blinds for your home really are.

All that's left now is to receive your order, put up your new blinds, and enjoy the design you've created. You may even throw a party to celebrate all the pieces coming together.

Transform Your Home with Beautiful Blinds

Ready to really wow your guests when you have company over? The best way to create a stunning design in your home is to pay attention to every single detail.

From the types of blinds to the color of the walls to where the furniture goes, every decision counts. For help getting your blinds taken care of, contact us today!

New Showroom in Geelong!

Brianna Hatton - Friday, March 31, 2017

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Our Geelong team have opened a new showroom in East Geelong! The DCB Showroom is now located at 6 Ormond Road, East Geelong, Victoria, 3219.

The new showroom has full size retail displays which mean you can see, touch and feel before you decide. We don't want you to have to try and guess from using a tiny fabric sample. Don't risk it, If you come into our large showrooms you can get MORE of an idea how it will look with the finished product.

Our Geelong team come to you to design, measure, quote and install whatever it is your looking for. Dollar Curtains & Blinds is unique as it specialises in both curtains and blinds, as well as outdoor window treatments, awnings, alfresco blinds and homewares. We can safely claim to offer the largest range of window furnishing and home décor products in Australia, most of them made in Melbourne.

The new showroom has updated and generously sized samples, ensuring you are able to accurately visualise how our products will look in your home. We also have on offer full length curtain samples that our customers take home and hang up prior to placing their order.

If you live in the Geelong area call 5222 8055 to book in your FREE measure & quote for Curtains, Blinds, Shutters, Awnings or Homewares. Our Geelong showroom can service curtains, blinds, shutters and awnings in several suburbs including: Anglesea, Armstrong Creek, Bannockburn, Drysdale, Geelong, Highton, Inverleigh, Lara, Leopold, Moriac, Mount Duneed, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, Torquay and Waurn Ponds.


 
 

 

Can window coverings save you money?

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, February 02, 2017

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We recently spoke with realestate.com.au about how the right window coverings can and will save home owners money.

Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40 per cent of the heat loss from a home in winter, and up to 50 per cent of unwanted heat gain in summer.

A one degree fall in temperature in your home adds 10 per cent to your heating bill. Conversely an increase in temperature in summer adds significantly to the energy required for cooling.

Choosing the right window coverings will create an insulating layer of still air on the inside of the glass and this reduces heat loss through windows resulting in a greater control over the interior temperature of your home and significant savings on power bills. It works in the same way in summer to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. So yes our window coverings can and will save you money!

By choosing our curtains, you can preserve up to 20 per cent of the total heat in your home resulting in significant savings on your power bills. Curtains create a trapped layer of air between the fabric and the window, which results in an insulating air pocket. Studies demonstrate that curtains made from block out fabric can reduce heat gains by 33 per cent. Adding lining onto your curtains is also a must as it creates a second layer of trapped air and further insulation.

curtains

The beauty of curtains is there abundance of both aesthetic and practical benefits. Aesthetically speaking they add softness and warmth to a room. Curtains shape and frame your windows, adding the illusion of height to rooms and the fabric creates movement and texture.

In addition to the visual opportunities they offer the practical benefits of curtains are endless. Curtains offer increased thermal and noise insulation, UV protection, privacy and room darkening. Curtains are the top window covering for energy efficiency so they are truly worth the investment and will save you money in the long term.

Our pelmets form a barrier that stops warm air that has risen to the top of the room from escaping over the top of the curtain or blind & through your window. Pelmets also stop air coming back through the glass in summer by trapping it under the pelmet before it gets into the room. There cant be enough said of the benefit of adding pelmets over your curtains or blinds to ensure your not wasting your money on heating or cooling your home. Without pelmets the hot or cool air will simply escape through the top of your window.

pelmets

Our Whisper cellular blinds are the top blind product for energy efficiency. They are constructed using a fabric that is cellular / honeycomb in shape providing superior insulation properties. This unique shape traps air helping to create a more constant indoor temperature, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. The unique construction of our Whisper cellular blinds results in savings of up to 32 per cent on your energy costs. When lifted they also have one of the smallest stack backs available. This minimal stack back along with its cord lock operation creates minimal obstruction to your views and can let you allow in the maximize natural light.

cellular blinds

Another popular product is our double roller blinds. They offer double the insulation; by having two blinds in one you have two air pockets to keep the cool air out. Control of each blind is separate so you can enjoy your window views and soft diffused light during the day and have complete privacy and darkness at night. Very handy!!

double roller

Ensuring you buy custom made window coverings rather than pre-made window coverings is also very important. Custom made curtains and blinds are manufactured specifically to your window dimensions without any pre-fabrication or short cuts. This is crucial as it ensures that your window coverings are installed snug onto your windows to get the best possible light control, privacy and insulation benefits. Pre-made or ready-made curtains and blinds are most often poorly fitted and won't adequately cover your windows enough to properly insulate.

Sustainability Victoria also recommend this to help improve your homes insulation. A recent article from Sustainability Victoria identified how a poorly fitted curtain allows heat loss to occur, while a well fitted curtain combined with a pelmet significantly reduces heat loss.

AND lets not forgot awnings and outdoor blinds. Our Alpha Awnings for example are proven to significantly reduce cooling energy costs by keeping a standard home at a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout the summer months. Independent tests have shown that they offer energy cost reductions of up to 58%.

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Click Here to read the full article on realestate.com.au

 

Successful first year of partnership with MIA

Brianna Hatton - Monday, September 12, 2016

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We are thrilled that our strong partnership with Ricky Richards has helped to exceed their target of $100,000 by raising $102,668 in the first year of their partnership with the Melanoma Institute Australia.

At DCB we range Ricky Richards selection of awning fabrics. This includes diverse fabric solutions for coverings such as folding arm awnings, side channel awnings and straight drop blinds. Ricky Richards collection of colours, designs and textile options help our customers create aesthetically pleasing window coverings that will last for years to come.

Thank you for your support

If you’re looking for a window treatment that offers sun control and the ability to invite cool breezes in, while also allowing uninterrupted outside views, the outlook collection of fabrics from Ricky Richards is the ideal solution. 


Ricky Richards has recently revamped the collection, which now features over 50 colour and design options, giving you an almost limitless choice of fabrics that “help let the outside in”. 

New additions to the range are Mode Privacy and Outlook Fusion. 


Mode Privacy has a tighter basket weave construction than the traditional Mode fabrics and with a one per cent openness factor is ideal if you want to retain your view and air flow but maximise privacy. 


Outlook Fusion is a combination of a basket and twill weave that creates a “self-stripe” appearance, perfect if you want a softer looking stripe.

Outlook fabrics work well in a number of applications, including automated awnings, patio blinds, side channel blinds and straight drop blinds.


For more on our outdoor products please Click Here

For more on Ricky Richards range of outdoor furnishing fabrics please Click Here

Window coverings that complete your home

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Few people realise the difference window coverings can make to your home. We spoke with Hotondo Homes about choosing the best window coverings for their clients homes!

Not only are there valuable energy-related benefits, but beautiful curtains, blinds or shutters can make a room look ‘complete.’

These days, there is a huge range of window coverings you can choose for your home. Brett Martin of Dollar Curtains & Blinds says the two most important factors when choosing your window coverings should be deciding what kind of interior design you want, and what kind of functionality you need.

“Different rooms in a home can require very different coverings,” Brett says. “These days it is quite common to mix and match blinds and curtains to suit the individual needs of each room. This can look especially good when done correctly.”

We have listed some of the most popular window coverings below to help you decide which window coverings would be best for your home.

YOU LOVE: PLANTATION SHUTTERS

Shutters have grown in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. They are easy to clean, block light well and look amazing.

“Shutters are a great feature for your home,” Brett says. “Some people opt for shutters at just the front of the home for street appeal. Shutters look attractive from both inside and outside, and they can actually add value to your home, unlike some other options. Consider them an investment if you like!”

plantation shutters

YOU LOVE: BLINDS

If you are unsure what you need in a home, blinds are a great choice. Available in a huge range of colours and fabrics including blockout, sunscreen, translucent and sheer, blinds are a budget-friendly choice. They can control light, they block out heat and glare in summer and retain heat in winter and can disappear whenever you want to open up the room.

blinds

Roller Blinds

Roller or Roman blinds are well suited to a modern-look home. For functionality, Brett recommends dual roller blinds.

“A popular trend at the moment is to use dual roller blinds,” Brett says. “Having one blockout blind and one sheer blind means you can still enjoy views during the day, and have complete privacy and darkness at night.”

roller blinds

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds allow you to rotate the direction of sunlight into the room. Ideal for large windows with long drops, they can be stacked to one side or to the centre, depending on what you prefer.

vertical blinds

Panel Blinds

The ideal solution for sliding doors, panel blinds offer a modern alternative to vertical blinds. With large panels that slide from side to side, they stack at the end to keep the room open when you need it.

panel blinds

“Panel blinds can be matched to your roller blinds to help create some consistency through the home,” Brett adds. “But people should be careful, they don’t block out light 100%.”

YOU LOVE: CURTAINS

For a stunning visual impact, curtains come in a range of colours, patterns and fabrics. With multiple headings (the way the drape is made) and tracks to choose from, customising a curtain to suit your home is a great way to complete your interior.

drapery fabric

Drapes

Drapes can add warmth and elegance to your home. Great at reducing outdoor noise levels, they also have the added advantage of staying cooler in summer than other window treatments. These days there are many modern alternative curtains you can choose, with plenty of colours and patterns that will help block out most light.

window curtains and drapes

Additional extras
  • Swags and Tails: For the ultimate elegant look, swags and tails can be added to roman blinds or curtains.
  • Pelmets: Pelmets can also be added to your curtains for a clean finish. Pelmets frame your window, and can be of great benefit in stopping heat entering the rooms during the warmer months.
pelmets frame
Sheer Curtains

If you have home with a beautiful view you do not want to obstruct, sheer curtains may be the way to go. Sheers defuse sunlight which can soften your home, while still being able to see outdoors.

“A lot of people opt for a blind with a wavefold sheer curtain over the top to get that good balance of privacy and openness,” Brett says. “It is a very delicate look, and it ticks all the boxes for both appearance and functionality.”

sheer curtains

YOU LOVE: MOTORISED COVERINGS

Homes are becoming more automated and technological in every way, and so too has the curtain industry. Motorised blinds can be controlled with just the touch of a button, eliminating the need for cords and chains.

“Motorised blinds are great if you have a skylight or windows set too high to reach,” Brett says. “They can also be used on alpha awnings or bistro blinds which can be used on your patio or alfresco space. It adds just a touch of luxury to your home.”

motorised coverings

Hotondo Homes is Australia's leading network of professional builders. For more information on Hotondo Homes please contact them today www.hotondo.com.au
 

Motorisation

Danielle Crosby - Friday, March 25, 2016

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With the touch of a button you can watch your window coverings glide from side to side, up and down, and stop exactly where you like. Eliminating the need for unslightly cords & chains, our motorisation provides a seamless look combined with a safer environment for children and pets.

WE HAVE YOU COVERED

We cover all aspects of motorisation and our own exclusive roller & roman blind motorisation system means less hidden costs and allows us to pass the cost savings onto you, making motorisation more affordable than ever before. Using cutting edge technology, we offer you the ability to control your blinds individually or as a group at the one time, from a single remote.

Motorisation can be installed on nearly all of our product range including motorised roller blinds, motorised roman blinds, motorised cellular blinds, motorised curtains or sheers, motorised awnings, motorised alfresco or outdoor blinds and motorised roller shutters.

COMPLETE FREEDOM

 Our motorisation gives you complete freedom of operation, allowing you to control your window coverings from anywhere in your house. We also offer motorisation that means you can operate your window coverings remotely via home automation systems. Our motorisation can be integrated with building management systems, allowing all of your electrical products to be controlled together - window coverings, lighting, home entertainment, security and heating/cooling systems all with the one control.

TOTAL CONTROL

Motorisation systems can also come with sun, wind and temperature sensors that will adjust your window coverings as the weather changes, allowing your window coverings to automatically close to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. If it gets too windy outside, the wind sensor can automatically lift your awnings to protect them from being damaged. The preset program means you don’t even have to worry about remembering to open or close them!

 

As well as having exclusive motorisation solutions, Dollar Curtains & Blinds is a Somfy Expert Retailer. Somfy is the world's leading manufacturer of motors and control solutions for Blinds, Curtains, Awnings and Roller Shutters. Visit the Somfy website by clicking below or ask our team about the Somfy motorised solutions we can offer you.

Where to buy            

Dollar Curtains & Blinds can design a automated window covering solution to suit your home. Our showrooms cover the whole of Melbourne and Victoria as well as areas surrounding Fyshwick and Mitchell in Canberra, Griffith, Batemans Bay, Merimbula and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and Mt Gambier in South Australia.

Contact the DCB team for a showroom or in-home consultation.

 

Whisper Cellular Shades Sale

Danielle Crosby - Friday, January 01, 2016

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds is currently offering 20% off Whisper Cellular Shades! Book in your FREE in-home measure & quote or drop by one of our showrooms before the 1st of April to take advantage of our sale.

Whisper Cellular Blind Sale

For more information click below to view our whisper cellular shades brochure!

Curtains, Blinds & Awnings for Summer Energy Efficiency

Danielle Crosby - Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Purchasing window coverings from dollar curtains & blinds is a great way to enhance your interior design scheme, but importantly, it will also save you energy and money.

The right window coverings will insulate your windows, resulting in greater control over the interior temperature of your home and significant savings on your power bills.

Uncovered windows are responsible for up to 40 per cent of heat loss from a home in winter, and up to 50 per cent of unwanted heat gain in summer. A one degree fall in temperature in your home adds 10 per cent to your heating bill. Conversely an increase in temperature in summer adds significantly to the energy required for cooling.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds specialises in a number of products that can make a difference to your energy consumption and your bank balance!

Curtains

By choosing drapes from Dollar Curtains & Blinds, you can preserve up to 20 per cent of the total heat in your home, creating a trapped layer of air between the fabric and the window, which results in an insulating air pocket. Studies demonstrate that curtains made from block out fabric can reduce heat gains by 33 per cent. Curtains also stay cooler than other window treatments in the summer because their pleats and folds lose heat through convection.

Linings

Adding Dollar Curtains & Blinds lining onto your curtains creates a second layer of trapped air and further insulation. It is also the highest quality lining available - Australian Made, manufactured in Melbourne and ISO Certified to 9001- 2008.

Pelmets

Our boxed pelmets form a barrier that stops the warm air that has risen to the top of the room from escaping over the top of the curtain and through the window. The pelmets also stop air coming back through the glass in summer by trapping it under the pelmet before it gets into the room.

Roman blinds

The fabric layers in our roman blinds create an insulating air barrier, resulting in reduced heat loss in winter and the retention of a cool interior temperature in summer. An ideal product to use in conjunction with pelmets and drapes, our soft romans can be further enhanced through the addition of soft facing fabric, meaning the window is effectively being covered with a double layer of material.

Venetian blinds

The slats in our venetian blinds allow you to control light and ventilation, you can adjust the slats to block and reflect direct sunlight onto a light coloured ceiling, which will diffuse the light without much heat or glare.

Cellular blinds

The unique construction of our cellular blinds allows air to be trapped within each cell, creating a layer of insulation, cooling or heating the air to the internal temperature before it is released. This results in savings of up to 32%* on your energy costs.

Roller blinds

Dollar Curtains & Blinds roller blinds are available in UV filtering and energy reflective fabrics which help control the amount of energy that enters and exits the room and vice versa.

dual roller blinds

Our dual or double roller blinds double the insulation; by having two blinds you are creating two air pockets to trap the air and cool or heat it before it enters.

plantation shutters

Dollar Curtains & Blinds shutters are ideal for UV protection in summer, the louvres allow ventilation and natural daylight to enter a room, while blocking out heat and glare. In winter when the louvres are closed the timber barrier insulates.

external roller shutters

Our external roller shutters offer weather protection all year round, resulting in up to 40% energy savings on a homes heating and cooling.

awnings

Our awnings are ideal for regulating the amount of solar energy that reaches the facade of your home. They can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency in summer, reducing solar heat gain by up to 77% on windows. Our adjustable or retractable awnings can then be rolled up in the winter to let the sun warm your house.

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Curtains, Blinds & Awnings Pre Xmas Delivery & Installation

Danielle Crosby - Thursday, October 01, 2015

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At Dollar Curtains and Blinds we offer you MORE! Like MORE in time for the Holiday Season. Place your order NOW and have your Curtains, Blinds and Awnings, ready in time for Christmas. That's right order NOW and have your window furnishings by Christmas! While stocks last. Add MORE to your home with quality window furnishings from Dollar Curtains and Blinds.

Please contact your local store for Christmas cut off dates for 2015.

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Curtains, Blinds, Shutters, and Awnings in Canberra

Danielle Crosby - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Since it can get really hot in Canberra, we understand that climate control is a priority for a majority of homeowners. When looking for window accessories to filter the harsh light coming into your home, you only need to visit Dollar Curtains and Blinds.

We have a store and showroom near you whether you’re in North or South Canberra. Our store in Mitchell serves Northern Canberra, particularly the areas of Crace, Franklin, Palmerston, Gungalin, Harrison, Watson, Downer, Giralang, Kaleen, Lawson, Lyneham, Braddon, Dickson and Ainslie. For the southern area, our store in Fishwyck services Yarralumla, Lyons, Phillip, O'Malley, Chifley, Hume, Environa, Hume, Jerrabombera, Googong, Yarrow, Oaks Estate, Capital Hill, Acton, and Campbell.

Although curtains can help keep your house cool, you need not sacrifice style for temperature control. Visit one of our stores and we will help you create curtains that fit your design and budget. With more than 180 fabric patterns, you will never run out of colors, materials and prints to choose from. We also boast 50 fabrics that are exclusive to Dollar Curtains and Blinds. Our staff can provide large samples to let you feel the texture for yourself.

We’re proud to say that the curtains in our stores are 100% made in Australia. One hundred and fifty craftspersons in our Melbourne based facility sew your custom made orders. Because our manufacturing is local, we save on logistics and pass these savings onto you. Whenever you choose from our Make-Free line, we will make the curtains free for you. Not only are our products cost-effective, you also have our quality guarantee.

In case curtains don’t fit the bill, we also sell an assortment of products that will help you achieve the look you’ve been dreaming of. We have roller blinds, vertical blinds, venetian blinds and fabric blinds. For shutters, we carry plantation, roller and aluminum shutters. Or if you want to create accents and highlights in your rooms, you can also consider our decor options. We stock a variety of cushions, wallpaper and wall art. So you can style your room to your heart's content.

We have been perfecting the craft of making curtains and installing, awnings, blinds and shutters since 1967. Our decades of work has made us the “one and only complete window covering specialists”. We provide end-to-end window treatment services from manufacturing to installation.

Call us today for your window treatment needs. You will get a visit from one of our Dollar Curtains and Blinds specialists who will measure your windows, provide you with samples to choose from, and give you a quote - free of charge. For more news about discounts and the latest designs and models, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Dollar Curtains and Blinds provides you with value beyond just covering your windows, we help you customize your living in your own terms. Call us on (02) 6255 5293 for our Mitchell store or (02) 6280 9272 for our Fishwyck store. See how Dollar Curtains and Blinds can make a difference in your home today.


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