When you're building, renovating or simply re-styling your home, it's often tempting to cut corners to save time or money.
However, even when the other costs associated with your project start to add up, it's important not to compromise on the customisation of your window coverings. While there are some affordable and readily-available window coverings on the market, they often lack durability, are made from inferior materials, and may not fit seamlessly with your space. Some even pose safety risks, and most don't offer the level of sophistication or quality that can make an all-important difference to your interiors.
At Luxaflex, window coverings are completely customised and have been since 1954. Here are five reasons why we believe you should always choose customised window coverings for your home.
#1 - The Quality Fit and Finish
With window coverings, it's certainly true that you get what you pay for when it comes to their overall 'look' and how they make your home feel.
Cheaper, 'one-size-fits-all' blinds, shutters or curtains will often lack the level of refinement and sophistication of a customised, quality solution. An ill-fitting blind may, for instance, let light in around the edges, jut out awkwardly from the window cavity, or have cords that hang too low or high. This can leave a room looking unfinished, and can ruin the impact of other interior elements that you may have invested in, like your furniture, carpets or cabinetry.
The Luxaflex range of fully customised solutions are all made to measure and are designed to fit perfectly to each and every window shape and size, as well as with your overall design aesthetic. You get a personalised consultation with a product expert, whether in our showroom or in your home, to ensure you're choosing the product type, fabric, opacity, operating method and accessories that are the best fit. This can help ensure you're creating a look of refinement that will endure over time.
#2 - Long-term Savings
Even though cheaper window coverings may appeal initially, evidence shows that choosing a quality solution can actually help you save money over time.
Luxaflex Duette® Shades, for instance, have a unique honeycomb 'cell' structure that traps air and acts as an insulation barrier for windows. In fact, these smart air pockets can reduce the heat transfer through a window and reduce the average home's heating costs by up to 43% in winter*.
Similarly, when it comes to outdoor awnings, the Evo MagnaTrack Awning with Luxaflex Spectra Fibreglass Sunscreen fabric can help eliminate up to 95%^ of solar heat. This delivers long-term energy savings and can help keep your home comfortable no matter what the weather is doing.
Also, all Luxaflex products are also designed to be durable, low maintenance, and easy to clean. Plus, they are backed by a five-year warranty, for peace of mind.
#3 - Fit-for-Purpose
Importantly, window coverings aren't just about aesthetics. They can also serve a range of important functions in the home - whether it's blocking out light in a bedroom or TV room, creating filtered light in a living area, protecting interiors from the harsh Australian sun, or reducing a home's heating and cooling costs.
The wide range of blinds, awnings, curtains and shutters from Luxaflex can all help you control the way in which light flows through your home. All of our window coverings are also measured and then installed by skilled technicians, to ensure they're a perfect fit for your interiors, and the entire range is engineered and thoroughly tested to meet high quality standards, and to deliver high performance in the harsh Australian environment.
#4 - Flexibility
When you choose a custom-made window covering, you also get the advantage of being able to choose from a range of fabrics, finishes and operating models. Our expert consultants can walk you through the full range of available options and recommend those that are an ideal fit for your home.
With our curtains and shades, you can usually choose from a range of fabrics as well as opacity levels, depending on how much light you want to let in:
- Sheer - softly filters sunlight and offers a view through the window, whilst maintaining a discreet level of privacy.
- Translucent - creates a soft, ambient light by filtering harsh light and dispersing it evenly throughout the room, whilst still providing daytime privacy.
- Room-Darkening - provides maximum light and privacy control, and is perfect for bedrooms, as well as media rooms and home theatres.
#5 - Safety
With a customised solution, you can also optimise the safety of your home for young children and pets. In a child's bedroom, things like unrestrained cords, loop chains and wires (which you'll find on most commercial window coverings) can be potential safety hazards. This is particularly the case if the windows can be easily reached - for instance, when a child stands or sits on their bed.
With a custom-made solution, you can ensure that your window coverings are both safe and convenient - for the whole family.
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