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Recommendations for curtains

By miss molly - 23 February 2011 15

Have you ever had curtains made for you in Canberra?

We only have blinds which are terrible for Canberra’s Winter, so we need to get insulating curtains for nearly every room in the house.

Have you got any advice on any of the companies who do this sort of thing?

What’s Your opinion?


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Fairdinkum 12:25 pm 07 Aug 14

Have to recommend Classic Curtains & Blinds in Fyshwick 61620827, i think its the cheapest in Cbr n good quality work. I did try to get a quote from Dollar Curtains, but their final quote is significantly higher than their initial one, eventhough the windows measurement are not much different. Also, have to chase them few times to get a measure done. Les Novak mobile service is friendly and offer good advice and suggestion, but if you don’t mind the price, he’s good, just pricy.

miss molly 5:26 pm 23 May 11

We went with Firths in Yass. They were terrific! Best price, great service, and now our living room is toasty warm. Thanks for the advice everyone

wildturkeycanoe 5:53 am 25 Feb 11

My wife can do it. We went to Spotlight and got the pre-made [loops and hem] curtains with backing, by the metre. multiply by around 1.5 to give it some frill and cut to lenght. Then all you do is sow the cut edges and the bottom if it’s too long.
I know you’re after someone to do it for you but if you’ve got a machine and a bit of skill [I think I could even do a decent job and I’m a male], it’s worth it financially. We did four 2400mm wide windows and one 1800mm in cotton/velour with backing for under $1000. Plus they keep the heat and cold outside brilliantly. Mind you it helps to be there when it’s on sale.
What about Kmart and BigW. We got all our blinds [roman and venetian] at bargain prices when they were on special. They also have curtains and accessories.

Spykler 9:43 pm 24 Feb 11

Spectra said :

We’ve used Dollar Curtains and Blinds twice now and been quite happy with the results.

Plus they are significantly cheaper than any of the other quotes we got.

+1, excellent friendly service and they had a heap of orders to get through before xmas and still managed to get ours completed on the exact day they promised. Cheap too..

ThisIsAName 12:42 pm 24 Feb 11

I once tried getting a quote through Curtain and Blind Creations (Fyshwick), but the people there didn’t seem to comprehend window width and drop measurements.

I had a curtain + pelmet done by Regency Knights. It worked out pretty well. On an aside, I’d avoid getting honeycomb blinds through RK though (well the supplier is David Rice). The people at DR screwed up and couldn’t make the blinds to the requested measurements. This happened *twice*, or in real terms, 6 months of stuffing around. Hopefully no-one else has the same experience…

ThisIsAName 12:32 pm 24 Feb 11

DeadlySchnauzer said :

If your goal is mainly energy efficiency, don’t get curtains, get double or triple cell honeycomb blinds. In real world situations they perform much better than curtains, primarily because they maintain a more airtight seal against the window (unless you feel like velcro-ing your curtains to each other and the walls every time you shut them).

An added advantage of them is the on most windows they don’t need pelmets (because they attach and seal across the top of the window).

I believe Kresta and Luxaflex do them in Canberra.

There are a few cons of honeycomb blinds:
– When fitted inside the window frame, they’ll usually have a 5mm gap each side. If you want a dark room, you’ll end up with light leakage around the edges. I’ve seen some with almost no gap, but you’d need some non warped windows. I’ve seen at least one manufacturer (can’t remember the name) make a variant with a runner on each side of the window – but it’s probably exxy
– Honeycomb blinds can be a bit of a pain if the windows are open: they tend to blow/bash around a bit if there is a breeze & the blind isn’t mostly retracted.

saraj 12:40 pm 23 Feb 11

Ive used Decorating Den twice in the past to install curtains and pelmets throughout two houses. Was a fantastic personalised experience with mobile advisory service to assist with fabric selection/colour choice, careful and complete installation and follow up to ensure all needs have been met.

Details via http://www.yellowpages.com.au/act/monash/decorating-den-12876933-listing.html

or call (02) 6258 4270

sid 11:37 am 23 Feb 11

We had our blinds done by Firth’s in Yass. They were cheaper than anywhere we found in Canberra and did house calls to Canberra (Belco) to measure up, discuss designs etc. 10/10.

Spectra 11:00 am 23 Feb 11

We’ve used Dollar Curtains and Blinds twice now and been quite happy with the results. Plus they are significantly cheaper than any of the other quotes we got.

DeadlySchnauzer 10:42 am 23 Feb 11

If your goal is mainly energy efficiency, don’t get curtains, get double or triple cell honeycomb blinds. In real world situations they perform much better than curtains, primarily because they maintain a more airtight seal against the window (unless you feel like velcro-ing your curtains to each other and the walls every time you shut them).

An added advantage of them is the on most windows they don’t need pelmets (because they attach and seal across the top of the window).

I believe Kresta and Luxaflex do them in Canberra.

Lefty 10:15 am 23 Feb 11

I recently obtained three quotes for curtains (top insulating rating), sheers and pelments.
Well, the guy at Charnwood (Oatley Crt) was rude – it was a hassle to come out and give a quote – so whether the price was good or not, he didn’t get the job because of that reason.

I ended up with the Blind Man Company (which I had used previously, but still went out and got other quotes). I absolutely love my curtains and pelments. They are exactly what I ordered and wanted.

They made one slight error with one of the sheers which they happily rectified for me.

One hint of advice – their communication is not 100% – but if you don’t mind that, they were really good.

clp 9:48 am 23 Feb 11

I’ve found our Freedom (Halley) curtains were great as we’ve got standard ceiling heights.

But if I was doing a house I would probably look at custom made.

niceplacetolive 9:46 am 23 Feb 11

Don’t use the company who make “windows come alive” We had an absolutely shocking experience:

They incorrectly measured the windows, and were short one set of curtains
They threatened to take me to court when I wouldn’t pay … when the agreement was that I would pay after installation, not before.
I arrived home to find my furniture all pushed to the centre of the room with my lounge suite used as a work trellis to cut tracks, with the expectation that the company would leave the tracks there for a few weeks while they fixed the curtains.
They asked for a fax number to fax an invoice through to… I gave them my work number and they then rang my boss to threaten my job (luckily I had asked for permission beforehand to use the fax)

Very bad service, very threatening company…. I would never use or recommend them

EvanJames 9:37 am 23 Feb 11

Just as important as the curtains is to ensure you get proper pelmets, not just curtain rods. Boxes over the top of the curtains.

Have you investigated what’s available ready-made? Spotlight, Lincraft etc et al have big ranges of ready-made curtains these days. Worth checking what will work, and then maybe get the remainder made up.

ohpiem 9:31 am 23 Feb 11

We had a good experience getting our curtains custom made by Spotlight in Queanbeyan.

There are two companies (whose names I won’t mention), both large national companies, that I have heard absolutely horror stories about from more than one person.

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