Make no mistake, off the shelf blinds are cheaper than Custom made Australian blinds. If you are lucky enough to have your window measurements the exact size of the blind, then you may be in luck. You can pop into a hardware store or fabric store and pick up one if they have your size in stock.
Let's look at the differences....
After the walls in your home, the windows and window furnishings cover the biggest space in your home, but more importantly you use your blinds every day.
For outside blinds they are exposed to the harsh weather and a cheaper blind can look shabby pretty quickly and ruin your street appeal. Most of the Australian custom-made outside blinds have anti mould and fire retardant treatments in them. The Australian made blind manufacturers have access to leadfree fabrics and fabrics that do not emit any harmful VOCs when warmed up in the hot Australian sun.
There are fabrics available now in Australia that are made with equilibrium, which offers a renewable alternative that is lead phthalate free and lowers greenhouse gas emissions as much as 40%.
There is a move in Australia for more sustainability and less waste. It's now more relevant than ever to buy things that are built to last and create less landfill. It appears even the blinds you choose could be part of that decision.
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