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Create an automated + sustainable sanctuary

Brianna Hatton - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Our Automate window coverings add more to a home than just convenience, they facilitate advanced control of your indoor climate – be it natural heat or natural light. Regardless of how sophisticated your window glazing, or tint may be, they’re rarely a match for mother nature’s dynamic tendencies. Wild weather shifts, from strong sun rays, to cold overcasts, usually invite excessive use of air-conditioning, heating + lighting.

With the touch of a button your window coverings glide open or close, + stop exactly where you like. Eliminating the need for cords + chains, opting for motorised indoor + outdoor window coverings provides a seamless look throughout your home combined with a safer environment for children + pets.

Allowing you complete freedom you can control your window coverings from anywhere in your house. Control one window covering individually or all of your window coverings as a group at the one time, from a single control. We also have automated options that operate through home automation systems + can be integrated within building management systems – control your blinds, lighting, heating + cooling all within the one control.



Although it may be second nature to reach for the thermostat + reverse undesired temperature spikes, it can prove to be detrimental to yearly energy expenses, as well negatively contributing to current global climate health. Similarly, switching the lights on in your home is traditionally more convenient than manually raising blinds or opening drapes. Unfortunately, this too has a negative impact on your home, your wallet + our planet.

Traditional methods of light + heat control remain necessary for home comfort, however we’re on a mission to help reduce the impact of these traditional methods. Our Automate window covering systems add a new dimension of control + convenience that can help you break out of conventional + costly habits.

Research has found that uncovered windows are responsible for up to a 40% loss of heating energy, while conversely also contributing up to 87% of a home’s heat gain,1 depending on external weather conditions. Mitigating such high amounts of energy transfer through windows can be as simple as raising or lowering your shades at optimal times.

Motorised window coverings seamlessly integrate into modern-day living + propose a safer, more elegant + efficient solution to their manually operated counterparts. Effortlessly manage your shades with dynamic control options, from remotes to sun-sensitive sensors.

Introducing our Pulse Hub

Our Pulse Hub allows you to accurately control your window coverings via an intuitive animated interface in our app on your smartphone or tablet. Using our app, easily personalise the daily routine of your window coverings; organising them by room, grouping them by scenes + automating them with timers. Unlock the convenience of smart shade operation.

Our Pulse Hub connects to home networks to unlock the luxury of automated window covering control, using voice control via Apple HomeKit + Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT or SmartThings.

With built-in Wi-Fi or the option of a LAN connection, our Pulse Hub quickly connects to the home’s network to unlock the luxury of automated window covering control.

When opting for app control using your smart phone or tablet, or voice control using your own preferred smart device, our Pulse Hub is required. Once we have finished installation, + a remote is setup + programmed for you by our installers, you can then proceed to setup the Pulse Hub to connect to your own devices.

When opting to control your window coverings solely with our Paradigm remote, our Pulse Hub is not required.

Automation is the way of the future + our exclusive + innovative systems now make it more affordable than ever before.

For more information, click here to view our Automation brochure.

Proudly Supporting Rotary

Brianna Hatton - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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As a family owned and operated company, Dollar Curtains + Blinds are proud of their focus on craftsmanship and quality, which has ensured the company’s longevity for over 50 years. 

During this time, our focus has been on best practice throughout the entire business and as such, we have become a market leader in the design, manufacture, delivery and installation of window coverings. However, our focus is not just on the company – we believe strongly in giving back to the community and making a positive impact to people’s lives. Our corporate social responsibility initiatives include working towards making a positive impact on the world through supporting local and international initiatives that make a real difference to those in need.

We are very proud to have a 10-year partnership with Rotary and Rotary International organisations through the “Rotary Donations In Kind” program. Rotary Donations In Kind is a major recycling operation run by volunteers that supplies free products to people in need. Their projects provide solutions in delivering the most practical and cost effective way to help people in developing countries and also to provide excellent opportunities to help local communities.

Working closely with the Rotary Donations In Kind program, we have made many fabric donations, which have been distributed to people in need, including to East Timor and North Cambodia. The fabrics are made into very practical items including clothing, rice carry bags and sanitary products, of which remain in high demand in many countries and can significantly change the lives of many people.
 

 
A comprehensive program was featured in Siem Reap in North Cambodia through Rotary International, Opportunities of Development thru Art (ODA) and Days For Girls. Days For Girls is an organization that focuses on mobilising girls and women through changing the status quo with quality care solutions, health education and income-generation opportunities. 
 
The colourful and informative Days For Girls kits are distributed to students and include long lasting, easy- to-care health and hygiene items. In conjunction with these kits, an educational session on health and safety is delivered that includes topics such as self-defence. The assistance and knowledge accompanying this program is priceless and will stay with the students all their lives.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million people who want to take action to create lasting change in the world and our communities. There are 35,000+ clubs that work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education and much more.

Click here to learn more about Rotary and their programs.

 

Australian Made

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, December 17, 2020

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2020 may be the hardest thing our generation has ever encountered, and to succeed will require the best of us – from all of us. The need to care for and support each other has never been greater. Which is why we feel so strongly about being Australian Made and Australian Owned – helping other Australian families rebuild by employing and manufacturing locally.

The Australian Made logo is not only a celebration of Australian craftsmanship, it is a commitment to the future of Australia and the wellbeing of fellow Australians. We are proud to be officially certified, Australian Made and Owned. The mark of authenticity.

For over 50 years, Australian families have chosen dollar curtains + blinds. They choose us for our exceptional quality, our extensive range and our excellent service. But they also choose us because we are Australian made.

As a mark of Australian dependability, we proudly bear the Australian Made logo in recognition of our dedication and commitment to Australian craftsmanship. From design to installation, our entire team are focused on providing the highest quality products and the most complete service, at the best possible price.

Making a dc+b product requires time, materials, tools, talent, emotion, intelligence and skilful hands. We focus on what matters to you – a quality handcrafted product. It’s in our design DNA. Behind the smallest detail there is a dedicated person guided by pride in a job well done.
 
Market leading materials, manufacturing processes and quality control systems feature just as highly as design. We are always on the lookout for new opportunities that enhance our product and service, ensuring that our customers are provided with a high quality, innovative product.

Our commitment and the desire to offer the very best in quality and value has kept our business at the forefront for over 50 years. This longevity means we’re now very familiar to generations of families who know they can trust us to produce a quality product at a value for money price.

Experience Australia’s largest range of indoor and outdoor window coverings today at dollar curtains + blinds.

Generations of Australians have started their day with dollar curtains + blinds, maybe you should too.

dollar curtains + blinds. 50+ years in the making.

 

 

One tree planted for every order placed

Brianna Hatton - Monday, November 30, 2020

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Dollar Curtains + Blinds is proud to partner with ‘One Tree Planted’ to promote sustainability through reforestation. We are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and give back. What better way to do it than giving Australia more trees? And this is made possible by your orders with us.

For every order placed in December 2020, we will plant a tree on your behalf as part of One Tree Planted’s reforestation project within Australia. Trees will be planted to recover forests affected by the 2019-20 Black Summer Bushfires and restore native habitat vital for wildlife, by planting in areas requiring rehabilitation or ecological diversity to provide homes for animals.


Reforestation in Australia

With over 123 million hectares of native forests, Australia has the seventh largest forest area in the world, making up three per cent of the Earth’s forests. The highly documented bushfire crisis in Australia has been one of the worst in the country’s history. The land, wildlife, people and businesses affected from this disaster has been unfathomable with nearly 6 million hectares (15 million acres) of bush devastated and over 480 million animals killed across the country, as of January 2020. 

It’s with this in mind, along with One Tree Planted and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, we are supporting the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries project to replant trees in affected locations across Australia. Locations will all have a focus on re-building habitats for affected species’ such as the black glossy cockatoo and koala.


As an Australian owned and family operated business for more than 50 years, we value these types of partnerships to give back to our local communities. Working with One Tree Planted we, along with you for choosing Dollar Curtains + Blinds, will be doing our part to reforest land and restore habitats in 2020 and beyond.

Please click here to find out more about One Tree Planted or click here to book in your free in-home design, measure + quote.

How to Increase the Value of Your Home with Curtains + Blinds

Brianna Hatton - Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Most Aussie families come to a time where we wish to sell our homes. Maybe you need to move closer to work or other family members. Perhaps you have a growing family, and your house has become too small. Or perhaps you’ve got an empty nest and it’s time to downsize.

There’s also those that invest in property and come to the point that it’s time to sell. Whatever your reason, the one thing we all want is the highest price possible. Before you put your property up for sale there are clever ways to increase its market value. By investing a little into the appearance of your home, you’re more likely to get top dollar for the sale. You don’t need to invest in a major home renovation to accomplish a greater sale price. More often than not, simple cosmetic upgrades can have a great impact. Simple items like changing your curtains or  blinds can do the trick.

Below we have a few simple tips that can help you make your home more attractive to buyers using cost effective window dressings.

What room needs curtains or blinds?

Different interior décor works in different types of homes and rooms, as does window dressings. From a strategic perspective your personal taste does not matter. For the general consumer, some rooms work well with curtains, while others are better off with blinds. There are several factors to consider including the styling of the room itself, the amount of natural light it gets and how much privacy it requires.

Curtains and blinds are more than just decorative items. Part of their purpose is to control how much natural light gets inside the room and to provide privacy. Additionally, they can provide warmth in cold weather and help to allow air circulation in climates where that’s suitable.

Weigh up these factors when choosing between curtains or blinds for each of your rooms and how it may suit the lifestyle of potential buyers.

Go for neutral colours

Many of us have a hard time imagining a property with minor cosmetic changes. Using vibrant curtains or blinds in your interior decorating can be a great way to add a visual statement to your personal home. The problem is your personal sense of style may not suit potential buyers.

When you’re selling your home, it’s preferable that you use neutral colours throughout your styling. Neutral colours are understated which can also make a room appear more elegant. They are less likely to overwhelm potential buyers and therefore allow your buyers to see all the possibilities a room holds for them.

Create visual appeal

Lived in homes tend to show signs of wear and tear over the years particularly for families with young children. We don’t tend to noticed the marks, stains and tears when it’s our own home however visitors notice them immediately, particularly if they are assessing the quality of the property like a prospective buyer does. Replacing old window dressings is a great way to give the whole home a clean, fresh look.

Your curtains and blinds can be the finishing touch that makes or breaks a great sale price. The right selection for your property is the key. For example, if your living room is built with floor-to-ceiling windows with lots of natural light and a great view, installing motorised blinds can create a dramatic effect in the room. The room’s natural beauty can be shown gradually by raising the blinds with the remote control, slowly letting the light in and view revealed.

Your choice of curtains and blinds can play a huge role in how attractive your home is to buyers. We’ve all seen the reality TV shows about renovating and flipping houses and how the budgets can blow out unexpectedly.

Installing curtains and blinds is an easy way to raise your home’s market value. Contact us today for our recommendations to suit your property along with a free quote.


 

 

Partnership with Building Angels to support bushfire-affected communities

Brianna Hatton - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Dollar Curtains + Blinds are proud to announce our partnership with the Building Angels charity to support victims of the devastating 2019–2020 summer bushfires which left over 3,500 homes destroyed.  

Building Angels is a registered charity that provides support to those experiencing financial hardship due to misadventure and climate events and are committed to supporting fire-affected communities.

Through the Building Angels’ ‘Building Back Better’ initiative, we are their preferred window furnishing’s supplier to support those in need throughout bushfire-affected communities with the installation of our indoor and outdoor window coverings.

DC+B’s range includes our Rollashield Sentry Bushfire Protective Roller Shutters which are CSIRO certified under severe bushfire simulated conditions and proved to be able to withstand a maximum radiant heat exposure of 40 kw/m2 after 60 minutes. As no ignition or flaming was observed throughout testing, the sentry roller shutter has received a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) of 40.

As an Australian owned and family operated business for more than 50 years, DC+B value’s these types of partnerships to work and give back to our local communities. Eligible applicants can register via the Building Angels portal.
Please click here to find out more.

COVID-19 UPDATE - WE’RE OPEN

Shane McGeorge - Monday, April 20, 2020

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We wanted to touch base to reassure our customers that we remain open for business. Our stores are open, we're manufacturing our range of curtains, blinds, shutters and awnings, and most importantly we're here to help our customers in any way we can.

During this difficult time related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of our customers and team are our top priority. We remain operational and open for business, while ensuring we are adhering to government protocols and the specific needs of our customers.
 
We have implemented significantly enhanced measures that focus on the health and safety of our customers and employees. We are actively assessing and making operating decisions based on real-time information and guidance from government and health authorities.
 

AUSTRALIAN MADE

All of our operations are continuing, including our production facilities which remain open and on time and our team is going above-and-beyond to keep the spaces clean and sanitary. Furthermore, we have had no impact to our lead times and production capacity, so you can be assured that we can produce our range of high-quality products as normal.
 

FREE MEASURE + QUOTE

Although our stores remain open for you to visit, we can also arrange your window coverings without you needing to leave the comfort of your home.
We can come to you with our in-home consultation service. This measure + quote service is still continuing to operate, and we have implemented increased health and safety procedures to keep our customers and team safe during all in-home appointments. Click here to book your free measure + quote.
 

E-CONSULTATIONS

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to order your window coverings without us coming to your home then our interior consultants can assist you remotely with an e-consultation through phone, email or video. Our stores are here to help you every step of the way. We can provide you with a measure guide so you can measure yourself, or we can provide quotes off your house plans.
 
Simply call or email your local store for our measure guide. If you already have your house plans or window measurements on hand, then call or email us and we can arrange your e-consultation and provide you with expert advice and a free quote. To assist with your consultation, we can email or deliver our product brochures and arrange for samples to be delivered to your home to select from. Click here for your local store to arrange your e-consultation.
 
Are you building a new home? Then we can arrange a free quote off your house plans. Simply email your house plans to your local store and we can provide you with expert advice and a free quote.
 

GET INSPIRED

We've been renovating windows for over 50 years. Find all the inspiration you need in our living magazine. Click here
to view on our website or contact your local store for your free copy.
 

THANK YOU

We thank our customers for all their support during these difficult times. Our customers support will help us continue to manufacture our Australian Made products and continue our family owned business which has now been running for over 50 years.
 
We would like to extend our thoughts to those personally affected by COVID-19 and show our appreciation and thanks to our country’s phenomenal medical practitioners and health care professionals.
 
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your local store. Alternatively, you can call or email our customer service team on 03 9237 1200 or customerservice@dollarcurtains.com.au.
From our family to yours, stay safe, and we thank you for all of your continued support.
 

BOOK TODAY

To book your free in-home or video call consultation, and quote, Click here to contact your local store or complete the below form and our local team will be in touch.

 

 

 

The 5 Benefits Of Double Roller Blinds Or Day/Night Blinds

Shane McGeorge - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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When you're looking to enhance the style and functionality of your space, window treatments are one of the most important elements. Double roller blinds, also called day/night blinds, have so much to offer in terms of both attractiveness and incredible flexibility. 

How do Double Roller Blinds work?

This innovative design features two blinds that hang together on the same mechanism but operate independently. One blind is blockout material while the second is a sunscreen or sheer fabric that allows light to filter in. You can use both, switch between the two or choose partial coverage from each one. Having this level of control allows you to easily design the perfect arrangement for your needs at that moment. Learn more about why double blinds have become such a popular option.

Control Light

The biggest advantage of this window covering is having access to such a wide range of options for blocking out light or letting it stream in. For example, use the blockout blinds to create the total darkness ideal for optimising your sleep cycle and helping you wake up more rested. During the day, sheer blinds can be utilised to allow varying amounts of light for reading or working. Double roller blinds are highly adaptable to your specific lifestyle and preferences.

Ensure Privacy

If you live close to the neighbours or have large windows that face the street, having adequate privacy is a real concern. Double roller blinds are an excellent solution for helping you maintain privacy, especially during the day when you want to enjoy natural light. The sheer blinds are designed to allow sunlight and provide views of the outdoors while still acting as an effective barrier that prevents outsiders from looking in. You're able to get the best of both worlds.

Multifunctional

This window solution is designed to optimize how your home functions throughout the entire year, allowing you to enjoy your space as much as possible. One reason why double roller blinds are so popular in Australia is that you can choose a sunscreen material with built-in UV protection as the fabric for your sheer blinds. Having this crucial protection is important during the summer. Not only can a sunscreen protect your home's occupants from the harmful effects of solar glare, but it can also protect your furniture and textiles from getting faded over time. Double roller blinds also help the home become more energy-efficient and comfortable because the material provides an extra layer of insulation, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summertime.

Attractive and Sleek

Along with versatility and high functionality, double roller blinds are a very stylish window covering option. At Dollar Curtains + Blinds, we have a wide range of colors, patterns, textures, and fabrics to choose from. Whether you prefer neutral tones or a more colorful approach, we have the options for creating a perfect look. The simple lines of double roller blinds can fit right in with any decor and will even combine perfectly with curtains.

Durable and Easy to Use

All our roller blinds are manufactured in Melbourne, Australia. They're solidly constructed with quality materials, including sturdy fabric and a steel double bracket system. Double roller blinds are easy to clean and designed to be enjoyed for many years to come. We have options for operating the blinds manually with a chain drive or by remote control, but either method is very simple. This window solution is a very low maintenance and seamless addition to the home.

Double roller blinds offer you high functionality and a great look. If you want to enhance your home with this attractive window covering option, Dollar Curtains + Blinds can help. We offer a wide range of products, friendly staff, and high-quality professional installation. Contact us to learn more about our great double roller blind options.

 


 

 

Rollashield sentry bushfire roller shutters

Shane McGeorge - Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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It is common knowledge that hot or burning embers entering the home during a bushfire is a major factor in the ignition of the building itself. Our Rollashield sentry roller shutters have been credited with saving homes from burning to the ground when other surrounding properties were not so fortunate.

The sentry roller shutter has been extensively tested by the CSIRO under severe bushfire simulated conditions and proved to be able to withstand a maximum radiant heat exposure of 40 kw/m2 after 60 minutes. As no ignition or flaming was observed throughout the testing, the sentry roller shutter has received a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) of 40.

Sentry roller shutters are designed with the sentry fireshield extruded slat profile, making them ideal for residential or commercial use when added strength and security is required. When assembled with our extended guides, the roller shutter can span to a maximum of 4600mm in width.

Along with bushfire protection, there are many additional benefits to installing our roller shutters on your windows and doors. Rollashield shutters not only offer protection and peace of mind, they provide a more comfortable and eco-friendly environment. Lightweight yet extremely strong the shutter consists of an aluminium skin injected with a polyurethane foam for added strength and insulation qualities.

Increases security + privacy – Window shutters present an immediate visible deterrent, protecting your home against burglary and vandalism. They offer you privacy during both day and night. You control the extent by simply adjusting the shutter to suit your needs. When fully open the shutter is completely out of sight leaving you unrestricted views through your window.

Increases insulation – Shutters offer thermal insulation properties that reduce the effects of summer heat as well as retaining the warmth during the colder winter months.

Energy cost savings - The cost of heating and cooling your home is substantially reduced all year round making this product an ideal investment for the future. Rollashield shutters can save up to 40% energy savings on heating and cooling costs.

Noise + light control - University tests have proven that roller shutters have a positive effect in the reduction of noise levels from outside of the home. Light and ventilation can be adjusted to create a pleasant, softly lit atmosphere.

Manufactured right here in Australia, our roller shutters are available in several painted coatings that are long lasting and fade resistant under the most demanding conditions.

We offer several operating options available which allow you to control your roller shutters with the touch of a button from inside your home. Our e-series drive system is an affordable motorised control system that is battery operated and therefore not reliant on mains power. Solar charging is also available.

 

Roller shutters are available in selected stores. Please contact your local store for more information.


 

 

Bring indoor entertaining outdoors with Zipscreen

Shane McGeorge - Thursday, February 06, 2020

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Dollar Curtains + Blinds new Zipscreen awnings are the ultimate external screening solution for any outdoor area or window. Privacy and protection all year round, this outdoor blind will keep you shielded from the elements and insects, regardless of the season. Whether it be an alfresco, pergola, or veranda, their Zipscreen is the perfect addition for any outdoor entertaining area. Your custom designed system can be made by DC+B in widths up to 5.5 metres offering you an external solution to fit almost any area.

Breakthrough Z-lock technology provides a unique fabric guide, fastening and securing the welded zip and fabric concealed within the side channels; creating a strong, smooth and streamlined blind. This also ensures no gap between the fabric screen and side channels and a secure guided movement that won’t blow out in the wind. A total seal is provided with this technology along with bottom sealing strips which aids to create a relaxing insect free environment.

Invisibly integrated, Ultra-lock patented technology seamlessly reinforces your outdoor blind, for reduced movement and an ultra-smooth fabric finish. This perfectly secures your blind automatically, without an external lock or latch, and utilises an in-built, self-correcting system, to ensure your blind evenly clicks in place.

DC+B’s Zipscreen Outdoor Blinds

+ wind resistant

+ sun/uv protection

+ insect resistant

+ coastal approved

+ privacy


 


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