Benefits of Blockout Curtains

When it comes to choosing the right curtains for your home, there are two main considerations; aesthetic and practicality. A popular choice that meets both these requirements is Blockout and separately lined curtains. So why are these curtains so great? We have broken down the top 3 benefits of blockout curtains for your home:

Light Control

Blockout blinds and curtains prevent more light from entering your room and this is one of the biggest benefits when it comes to choosing window coverings for the bedroom or theatre room.

Light control is an important feature if you have young children who tend to wake up very early or for people working night shifts and need to sleep during the day. Being able to create the right ambiance will result in a restful night’s sleep, and let’s face it, we could all do with that!

Noise reduction

It may not be obvious, but blockout curtains are actually incredibly effective at reducing outdoor noise and internal acoustic noise bounce! This is due to the fabric being thicker and heavier as well as lined at the back.

Energy Savers

Did you know you can lose a lot of energy through the windows of your home? By choosing blockout curtains and blinds, you can save money by keeping the heat in during the winter and the sun out during the summer.

Value For Money 

Investing in high quality, custom made-to-measure blinds will improve your sleep quality, conserve energy, look great and last a long time. All our curtains and blinds are locally made using the best materials and expert workmanship. Plus they come with a 5-year warranty as standard.

Click here to find out more about our curtains and to book in your free measure and quote.

Curtain Headings Change The Flow

Curtain headings

When you imagine curtains, you think about billowing fabrics, luxurious in style and feel. They add a sense of drama and sophistication to every room and are highly practical. There are many curtain styles to choose from, such as wave sheers, lined or coated curtains. However, there is more to curtains than just the fabric.

Have you ever noticed how curtains hang? This is dependent on the curtain heading. A curtain heading is where the curtains are attached to a curtain track or rod. The way the curtains are looped, pleated or folded, affects the way they look when opened.  

Like the curtains themselves, headings are another design element to consider.

Many modern curtains suit minimalist headings, allowing the fabric to fall straight down. Want something a bit more traditional? Opt for a tightly pleated style instead which creates uniform spacing and, smooth operation.

To find out what curtain style and heading will best suit your room and requirements, click here or give us a call. Our friendly staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can help create the perfect look for your home.

Call us today on (08) 9309 9455, pop in to see us in our Wangara showroom or email info@beachsidecurtains.com.au

The Pros and Cons of Window Shutters

Basswood Timber Shutters

When it comes to home design, the window dressings can really complete a room. You can spend thousands of dollars on new furniture, feature walls and ornaments, but if you neglect your window, your entire look will be unfinished and fall short.

There are many different window dressings to choose from. You can opt for curtains, sheers, and a whole range of different blinds, but shutters are a top favourite. They just scream elegance but are they practical and will they work in your home?

Here are the pros and cons of window shutters so you can make an informed decision.

Pros

Who doesn’t love shutters? They are a stunning addition to any home and look just as great from the outside as they do on the inside. They also provide:

Protection from the elements – They keep the heat out in the summer and heat insulation during the winter.

Adjustable for Privacy and Light Control – Shutters can easily be controlled to let just the right amount of light in. A slight adjustment in the panels is all you need to let the light in, while still protecting your privacy. 

Customisable – You can custom design your shutters to suit your home. Here at Beachside, we will measure and create the perfect shutters to perfectly fit your windows. Plus you can also choose from a range of materials, styles and, stains and paint colours.

A Clean Look – Wood shutters fold open neatly to expose the entire width of the window and when they are closed, perfectly display all the little details and workmanship of the shutters.

Timeless – Shutters provide a timeless look to your home and because they are so durable and do not fade, they will last years without ever going out of style.

Increase in value – Shutters can completely transform a space. They look beautiful and sophisticated and is why the addition of shutters in your home can actually increase the resale value. So they’re definitely a great investment!

Cons

Reduced visibility – If you live by the ocean or the river and want to take full advantage of the view, then your shutters need to be fully opened. Trying to adjust the slats to let maximum light enter will work to a slight extent, but will still provide an obstructed view.

Awkward – As interior shutters swing inward, you will have to keep the furniture far enough away so it does not get in the way when opening and closing your shutters each day. This may be a problem if you have a smaller room and limited space. 

Not Always Functional – Did you know some shutters are decorative only? The side panels are mounted on the wall and can be painted any colour to either match or contrast the window frame. This looks great but of course, you will still need to think of functional window coverings as well.

If you need help choosing the right window coverings for your home, click here to see how our friendly and experienced staff can help. 

Top 5 Ways To Decorate Your Home, Without Breaking The Bank!

As the entertainment season approaches, we all like our home to look its best. From pool parties and canapés to Christmas dinner and indoor movie nights. Your home needs to be ready for it all, but how can you spruce up your living space without breaking the bank?

Here are our top 5 ways to transform your home on a budget

#1 The quickest and easiest way to transform your home is with soft furnishings. This includes cushions, candles, wall art and, new bedding. As they are more affordable than larger pieces of furniture or rugs, for example, you can change them up more frequently to suit your mood or occasion. 

# 2 Painting your walls or creating a feature wall allows you to add instant drama or sophistication to your home.  You can really express your personality through the colours you choose and there is a myriad of wall decals available online to turn a blank wall into something truly wonderful.

# 3 Upcycling is not only great for the environment, but it also means you will have your very own unique piece of furniture for next to nothing! Take that old pine dresser, sand it down, paint it white, add some new handles and you now have a very trendy shabby chic dresser taking up pride of place in your bedroom. You can do the same with an old garden chair or some shelving units…the possibilities are endless!

#4 Light up your life. Don’t worry if your budget won’t stretch to a fancy chandelier. You can get some really great lamps and shades from your local op shops. Flat-pack furniture stores also have great lighting options at reasonable prices. Don’t just focus on the ceiling either. Include floor lamps and table lamps to ramp up the elegance.

# 5 Invest in custom-made window treatments. Any transformation will look unfinished without quality window treatments. Not only do they complete the look, but they are long-lasting and offer many benefits including privacy, temperature control, eco-friendly and stylish. It is important to make smart decisions when selecting the right window treatments for your home.  Take into consideration the purpose of the room and the colour scheme. There are many cheap options to choose from but you pay for what you get. The last thing you want is flimsy, or poorly constructed curtains and blinds. Buying online also means it is harder to send back and while many high street stores offer great discounts, they do not offer any guarantees or warranties. 

Nothing beats quality, custom-designed window dressings. You can choose from blinds, curtains, wave sheers, motorised blinds and more from Beachside Blinds and Curtains. We can also make matching pelmets, curtain ties, cushions, bedding and, even bed heads. 

All our products are locally made using the highest quality materials. Our friendly team have years of design experience and can create the perfect look for your home. 

Contact us today to book in your free measure and quote or pop in to our showroom in Wangara.

Buyer Beware – Not All Sales & Discounts Are As They Seem!

Discount Sales

You’ve heard the saying Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware. They usually evoke memories of dodgy second-hand car salesman or backstreet markets selling rip-off DVDs. However, the main culprits of manipulative promotion are the large, well-known companies who’ve built their brand and recognition through heavy advertising spend versus actual customer value.

Here at Beachside Blinds and Curtains we often see curtain sales as high as 40-50% off from some competitors. No doubt that it is an attractive proposition for anyone looking to update their home…and even those who are happy with their window coverings but cannot resist a good bargain.

Let’s take a step back and think for a moment. The aim of any business is to make a profit and this desire to make money doesn’t stop at the beginning and end of each season. 

Do you really believe a business offers these sales as legitimate discounts? We Don’t. Often prices are marked up a few weeks before the sale to present a perceived large discount which in reality is higher than our everyday retail price! We’ve also seen discounts and sale prices which are HIGHER than the original price, but the word “sale” is enough to draw in potential customers in their droves.

That’s not to say we don’t offer curtain sales ourselves because we do. We’re a small company and cannot afford to lure people under false pretences. All our sales are genuine and though they may not be the 40-50% off discounts offered by our larger competitors, our clients are always pleasantly surprised.

But don’t take our word for it. In fact, the message is don’t take anyone’s word for it. Always get 3 quotes and compare not only the price but carefully consider the product, quality, and service.

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