Side note: WE HAVE INTERNET AGAIN, HOOORAY!
If you’ve been following the blog you’ll know we’ve been umming and ahhing over blinds for a while now. We started the search early, knowing full well we would have to wait 8 weeks for them to be made.
One problem was that we couldn’t get the blind salespeople to come into the house to do a measure while it was still being constructed, which left us waiting until we moved in. Now that we’re in we’ve waited two weeks for the next available appointment.
Once we worked out that we wanted cellular blinds, it became a bit easier to narrow down choices. Cellular blinds offer great insulation, are easy to clean and don’t take up much room when they’re pulled all the way up.
This is how our decision process went:
1. Did they call back? Often you need to book the measure and quote online or over the phone. Usually, we had to leave our contact details and they promised to get back to us. We gave them no more than 2 days to get back before scratching their names of the list. I requested an appointment with Sydney Blinds 2 weeks ago and have heard nothing. I doubt we ever will.
2. Was the quality ok? We had a good play with the samples, cords and how they fixed to the window. Once you see a few you get a pretty good idea what you do and don’t like. If you don’t like the samples there’s not much point getting a quote. Some companies also offered us off cuts of other customer’s blinds so we could see “the real thing”.
3. Do they have colours that will work? We very nearly went with Blinds Online. They are very cheap and when I ordered the samples I was impressed by the quality. Plus, you can measure and install yourself (saving you quite a bit). The only reason we decided against it was that they didn’t have colours that we liked. 😦
4. Is the price right? We had to balance quality with our budget. The top of the range blinds came in at a whopping $21 000. We ended up settling with a similar product from another company, coming in at $9 100. The difference is the price of two leather lounges!
One last thing that influenced our decision was that some companies are experiencing supply issues at the moment for their cellular blinds.
In the end we went with Kresta. We need 27 blinds and it came in at $9 100 for double cellular blinds throughout. We went with blockout (room darkening) blinds in all of the bedrooms and the media room, and light filtering everywhere else. The quote says we received a 45% discount- we think they’re on sale but we forgot to ask. They required a 50% deposit (ouch!) and will take between 6-8 weeks to arrive.
In the meantime we have been going with highly fashionable brown craft paper on the windows. This is a genius idea concocted by myself and mum over a morning cup of tea. We originally wanted pretty wrapping paper, but this time of year the only wrapping paper you can get in large rolls is Christmas paper, which was just a bit too much for me to handle. We were pretty pleased with ourselves when we found craft paper (choice of brown or white, we thought the brown was superior quality), $5 for 12 m rolls. Couple of packets of blu tack and we’re sorted. Obviously not a “trend setter” but definitely one of the cheaper options!