curtains: the ultimate guide

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Curtains

Live Comfortably.

Modern curtains and drapery are the hot window furnishing of the moment. Used in homes by contestants on The Block TV show to make stunning statement spaces, through to a simple sheer over a Roller Blind in a spare bedroom, curtains are highly versatile, with a vast range of options, styles, fabrics and looks. Choosing the right curtain for you can be complex as you try to find the perfect balance of form, function and value. We at Stan Bond are here to help! We have a team of Interior Designers, Decorators and Window Covering consultants who come to your home to give you personalised advice. However, to help answer many of the commonly asked questions, our team sat down and made this Ultimate Guide to Curtains.

Our History in Curtains

At Stan Bond, we understand the intimate role that blinds and curtains play in transforming a house into a home, a sanctuary of retreat and relaxation. Stan Bond SA was started in 1970 and has been well known for Indoor and Outdoor Blinds along with a range of home improvement products, including Crimsafe Security. When the business transitioned from one generation to the next, we could see that modern Curtains were an essential product, but we didn’t yet have the skills and knowledge critical to do it well. So, in 2016 our journey into the artistry of curtains began when we incorporated the Sawade Curtains & Blinds team, a business founded in 1960 with a rich history in curtains, into the Stan Bond business. The amalgamation of their knowledge with our existing expertise represented a union of tradition and innovation—a commitment to modern and fashionable home improvement products and customer satisfaction that continues to define our ethos today.

Stan Bond SA has always had a tradition of manufacturing the blinds, awnings and security door products it sells. However, the Sawade business did not have curtain manufacturing which meant that we relied upon on a local SA curtain workroom. In 2021, with a move to a larger custom manufacturing plant, Stan Bond acquired the Julan Soft Furnishing workroom team to bring the expertise of Curtain Manufacturing into our Blinds, Awning, Crimsafe and Roller Shutter manufacturing operation. Our Operations team saw the need to modernise the manufacturing process and travelled around Australia, Asia and Europe looking for the best and latest sewing, cutting, joining and measuring equipment. Now, with a team of up to 15 curtain specialists, we bring the expertise, artisan skills, manufacturing capacity and the latest technology to be Adelaide’s largest manufacturer of Blinds, Awnings, Curtains and Crimsafe security products. Continue Reading …

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Transform your space

room by room guide

When it comes to decorating your home, selecting the right curtains for each room can transform the look and feel of your space. From the privacy of your master bedroom to the entertainment hub in your home theatre, curtains play a vital role in enhancing the functionality and aesthetic appeal of every room. Let’s explore room by room, delving into the unique needs of each space and offering tips on choosing the perfect curtains.

Living Space

Your living area often serves multiple purposes as it's where you entertain guests, relax with family, and sometimes even work. The key here is versatility. Layering sheer and opaque curtains gives you control over privacy and light throughout the day. Sheer curtains allow natural light to brighten up the space while still offering some seclusion.
For larger windows or sliding doors commonly found in living areas, consider wave fold or S fold curtains that glide effortlessly on their tracks for easy operation. Their contemporary design creates an uninterrupted flow that complements modern interiors.

Study/Office

With more people working from home than ever before, creating an environment conducive to productivity is essential. In a study or home office space, opt for light-filtering fabrics that reduce glare on computer screens without plunging the room into darkness.
If noise is an issue in your workspace, acoustic curtains can help dampen external sounds. This creates a quieter atmosphere that can aid concentration and reduce stress—ideal for those important video conferences or deep work sessions.

Kids Bedroom

In children's bedrooms, you need a balance between light control for nap times and vibrant designs that spark imagination. Blackout curtains are ideal for blocking out sunlight during daytime naps, early bedtimes or daylight savings. Choose playful patterns or bright colors that reflect your child's personality and interests.
Safety is also crucial in kids' rooms, so consider cordless options or motorised tracks to eliminate any potential hazards. These smart solutions not only add a layer of safety but also make it easier to adjust lighting without disrupting a sleeping child.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is your sanctuary, a place where comfort and tranquility reign supreme. Privacy is paramount in this intimate setting, so opt for curtains that create a serene atmosphere while keeping prying eyes at bay. Consider blockout curtains that not only ensure complete darkness for a restful sleep but also provide excellent thermal insulation, maintaining a comfortable temperature year-round.
For a touch of luxury, layer sheer curtains behind your blockout ones. During the day, you can draw back the heavier drapes and let the soft light filter through the sheers, adding an airy elegance to your personal retreat.

Home Theatre Room

For movie buffs and avid gamers alike, home theatre rooms demand high-performance curtains. This is where thick fabrics come into play—they enhance audio quality by reducing echo and reverberation within the room. Select heavy velvet or similarly dense materials for their sound-dampening properties as well as their ability to block out any external light.
Motorised blackout curtains are particularly suited for home theatres; with just a click of a button, you can transition from open windows to an immersive cinematic experience.
When selecting curtains for each room in your house, remember it's not just about matching decor—it's about crafting spaces that meet your functional needs while reflecting your style preferences. By considering these room-specific recommendations and tips from Stan Bond SA's experts, you'll be well on your way to achieving beautifully dressed windows that elevate every corner of your home.

Latest Trends and Textile Insights

In the area of sustainability and specialty options, our offerings champion eco-friendly solutions and adapt to the latest trends. NETTEX Homestead, with its 3600mm width and chunky textured appearance, brings a warmth embraced in more rustic settings, whereas James Dunlop’s Distill and Antipodes ranges play with light sheerness to elevate minimalism.

From the chunky textures of Odin by Basford, designed to infuse depth into a space, to the old-world charm of Charles Parsons’ Federation Collection, these fabrics don a Jacquard weave, all the while promising a decorative flourish that resonates with luxury and comfort.

Decorative sheers have also found their moment in the sun, with the NETTEX Hargrave, a light decorative sheer with a 3200mm width that exemplifies minimalistic beauty, showcasing how even the most understated of textures can significantly impact a room’s vibe.

Selecting the perfect curtain fabric for your home melds personal style with fabric functionality, creating spaces that are both inviting and reflective of your taste. With Stan Bond SA, rest assured that whether you’re after sheers that float like a whisper or a blockout fabric rooted in privacy and energy efficiency, the breadth of our curated range will meet your every need.

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Create Your Look

Your Style Guide

The beauty of curtains is that they have the versatility to become the centerpiece or the subtle enhancers of room decor. They are the finishing touches that can either make or break the style of a room. Here, we delve into how to harmonise your curtains with trending and timeless interior design styles, blending form with function and aesthetics with practicality.

Scandinavian (Scandi)

Function and simplicity with an emphasis on minimalist beauty.

Scandi design prizes function and simplicity with an emphasis on minimalist beauty. Curtains within this style are typically lightweight and airy, enhancing the feeling of space and natural light. Fabrics like the NETTEX Lucern or the James Dunlop Antipodes range are perfect examples, offering a clean, simple appearance with their sheer voile style. Their generous widths ensure they can cover large windows typical of Scandi interiors while imparting a sense of openness and tranquility.

Japandi

Japanese minimalism, creating a serene and uncluttered style.

Japandi combines Scandinavian functionality with Japanese minimalism, creating a serene and uncluttered style. This design approach focuses on natural textures and calm, muted colours.
For curtains, select fabrics that are light and airy, yet rich in texture such as linen poly blend. These should feature understated hues like soft greys or warm beiges, aligning with Japandi’s earthy and tranquil palette.
Opt for simple, clean lines in curtain designs, avoiding excessive decoration. The aim is to complement the room’s natural light and minimalist decor while adding warmth and subtle elegance.
In essence, Japandi curtains should enhance a space's peaceful atmosphere, balancing beauty with functionality.

Contemporary

A beautiful blend of minimalism, clean lines, and functionality.

Contemporary design keeps its finger on the pulse of the current moment, blending minimalism, clean lines, and functionality. Curtains in this domain are streamlined and fuss-free, like the Warwick Icon range. Their textured yet modern appearance complements the sleek nature of contemporary furnishings.

Bohemian (Boho)

Vivid colours, intricate patterns, and varied textures.

Boho style embraces a more-is-more philosophy with vivid colours, intricate patterns, and varied textures. Curtains become a canvas for expression here, making a statement with lively prints or lush materials. Fabrics from the Basford Federation Collection, with their richly dyed jacquard weave, add an artistic touch to any Bohemian styled space.

Hamptons

Elegant and relaxed coastal vibes.

The Hamptons style is synonymous with an elegant and relaxed coastal vibe that borrows from classic interior cues. It's all about bright, airy spaces. Opt for breezy, light-filtering curtains like NETTEX's Bali or Warwick's Genoa collection for that textured linen look achievable without the high maintenance of real linen, capturing the seaside aesthetic perfectly.

Modern Farmhouse

A balance between country charm and modern chic.

This aesthetic strikes a beautiful balance between country charm and modern chic. Rustic textures mixed with contemporary lines define this style. Fabrics such as Warwick's Homestead serve this look well with their chunky textures that exude rural appeal while conferring a homey warmth.

Art Deco

It's all about glamorous shapes and opulent finishes.

The Art Deco style is all about glamorous shapes and opulent finishes. It calls for lush fabrics with distinctive patterns like the Zepel Warlock collection, providing velvet furnishing fabrics that pairs remarkably well with the geometric symmetry and boldness of the Art Deco style.

Shabby Chic

Antique styling, embracing softness and ornate detailing.

With its distinctly feminine, antique stylings, Shabby Chic embraces softness and ornate detailing. Delicate floral patterns and gentle hues from the Basford's Precision Coloured Lining range can add that understated yet vintage appeal intrinsic to the Shabby Chic aesthetic.

Industrial

Stripping back to basics and adding a layer of ruggedness.

With its roots in exposed and raw interiors, the Industrial design is all about stripping back to the basics and then adding a layer of rugged elegance. Strong, bold lines are key, and curtain fabrics like Warwick's Paros and NETTEX's Linesque offer this through their medium and heavy decorative sheers, which complement the solid structure of industrial decor.

Coastal

Inspiration from sandy shores and ocean waves.

Light, bright, and serene, Coastal style takes its inspiration from sandy shores and ocean waves. Curtains like the whisper-light NETTEX Hargrave impart a breeziness that is at the heart of this design, offering a gentle nod to the ease of beachside living.

Mid-Century Modern

1950s and '60s, combining simplicity with nature.

Mid-Century Modern design harks back to the 1950s and '60s, combining simplicity with a connection to nature. Fabrics from the Zepel Jupiter collection, with their unique textures, echo the retro vibe while adding a touch of elegance true to the mid-century modern palette of design.

Minimalist

Functional, emphasising clarity and simplicity.

Functional and stripped-down, the minimalist design emphasises clarity and simplicity. Neutrally toned, unobtrusive curtains feature here, aligning with a 'less is more' philosophy. The Warwick's Dario collection with their subtle sheen, offers an uncomplicated yet sophisticated window dressing that fits the minimalist mold perfectly.

Eclectic

Japanese minimalism, creating a serene and uncluttered style.

Eclectic style is a harmonious mishmash of the old and the new, traditional with modern, textures with colours. Mixing and matching is key, and using curtains from the Charles Parsons Federation Collection, known for their textured jacquard, or the NETTEX Homestead provides the depth and variety that are the life force of eclectic decor.

Functionality and Benefits of Curtains

When it comes to home comfort, privacy, and energy efficiency, curtains are more than just a decorative element, they are functional powerhouses that can transform your living experience. Stan Bond SA is at the forefront of harnessing these functionalities to bring you curtains that do much more than beautify your space.

Curtains play a pivotal role in crafting the ambience of a room. By softening the harshness of natural light, they create a gentle luminescence that fosters relaxation—a necessity in today’s fast-paced world. Post-pandemic, our homes have become our havens, and the calming effect of well-chosen curtains cannot be overstated. They frame your windows, but they also temper the light to fashion serene spaces conducive to unwinding and recharging.

Privacy is paramount, and curtains deliver it with grace. Sheer fabrics offer a delicate veil during daylight hours, obscuring views from the outside while maintaining a connection with the world beyond your window. As dusk falls, heavier drapes or blackout curtains provide an impenetrable shield against prying eyes without sacrificing style. This dual functionality ensures that whether day or night, your private moments remain just that—private.

In the quest for energy savings and eco-conscious living, thermal efficiency is key. Curtains are unsung heroes in this domain. The layering effect of fabric, be it through plush blackout curtains or lined sheers—creates an insulating barrier between your room and the window. This not only prevents heat transfer but also minimises drafts from affecting room temperature. Our expertly designed curtains often encompass wall-to-wall coverage or utilise pelmets to further enhance these insulating properties, leading to tangible reductions in heating and cooling costs over time.

While not soundproofing per se, the right curtains can significantly improve a room’s acoustics by dampening echoes and softening reverberations. The thick weave of curtain fabrics acts as an acoustic buffer—a consideration that’s become increasingly relevant as home theatres and quiet workspaces gain popularity.

Embracing modernity means integrating smart technology into every facet of home living—and curtains are no exception. Motorised tracks synced with home automation systems allow you to adjust light and privacy settings effortlessly. Imagine curtains that glide open with sunrise or close automatically when temperatures soar; Stan Bond SA makes this convenience a reality.
In summary, Stan Bond SA’s range of custom-made curtains offers multifunctional benefits that extend far beyond aesthetics. From fostering comfort to ensuring privacy, from boosting thermal efficiency to enhancing room acoustics, and from traditional charm to smart home integration—the right set of curtains is an investment in the quality of your domestic life that pays dividends in both tranquillity and cost savings over time.

Understanding Curtain Fabrics

When it comes to crafting the perfect ambience in each room of your home, the fabric of your curtains plays a transformative role. From sheer voiles that daintily dance with the light to robust blockout weaves that ensure privacy and tranquility, each fabric comes with its own narrative. In this detailed guide, we will delve deep into the world of curtain fabrics to help you understand their characteristics, advantages, and where they best fit within your home.

A Tapestry of Textiles: Natural vs Synthetic Fibres

Your journey into the world of curtain fabrics first takes you through the divide between natural and synthetic fibres—each bringing their distinctive qualities to the fold.

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Natural Curtain Fabrics

Embracing the bounty of nature.

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Cotton

Cotton offers a cool, casual elegance perfect for a relaxed aesthetic.

We recommend: NETTEX Colorado Range, featuring a width of 1450mm and a brushed cotton look.

Ideal for: Lounge areas and bedrooms.

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Linen

Embracing the bounty of nature, fabrics like Linen from suppliers such as NETTEX, offer a cool, casual elegance perfect for a relaxed aesthetic. With the Colorado range, featuring a width of 1450mm and a brushed cotton look, you’re investing in a cozy atmosphere ideal for lounge areas and bedrooms

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Silk

Luxurious Silk, while offering unmatched sheen and drape, requires mindful placement within the home due to its delicate nature. For the elegant charm of silk without the high maintenance, Warwick’s Emporium faux silk range gives you the best of both worlds, with a 1400mm width exuding opulence in every thread.

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Wool

Venturing into the warmth of Wool, its texture and innate fire resistance make it a wise choice for a homely touch.

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Viscose / Rayon

For those seeking an eco-friendlier option, Viscose/Rayon and the Warwick range’s Dario, with its shiny trilobal fiber structure, bring contemporary flair to the modern home.

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Synthetic Curtain Fabrics

Offering unparalleled durability and maintenance ease.

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Polyester

Polyester stands tall in this category with its resistance to wrinkles and UV degradation. The NETTEX Lucern range, a 3300mm wide voile, exemplifies this, providing a lightweight option that softens your space while ensuring long-lasting quality.

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Nylon

Akin to polyester in strength, pairs well with other fibres to offer enhanced durability for spaces like children’s rooms, which ask for a balance between functionality and aesthetics.

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Acrylic

When it comes to Acrylic, offerings like the NETTEX Galaxy and Soleil ranges, both with a 3000mm width and acrylic coating, ensure practical blockout solutions without compromising on style.

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CS Trevira

Stand out as specialised synthetic textiles for their flame-retardant and hard-wearing qualities, aligning with the demands of commercial areas or homes seeking high-grade materials.

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Dralon

Stand out as specialised synthetic textiles for their flame-retardant and hard-wearing qualities, aligning with the demands of commercial areas or homes seeking high-grade materials.

Understanding Curtain Lining

The lining behind the elegance. Linings are an essential feature of curtain fabrics. They influence the drape, thermal efficiency, and, sometimes, the acoustic properties of your curtains.

The Simplicity Basic Curtain Lining from Basford

Simplicity

The Simplicity Basic Lining from Basford, available in a width of 1500, 3000, or 3200mm and neutral shades, speaks to the need for versatility, offering light filtering and privacy under its Silicone Lining style.

The Precision Basic Curtain Lining from Basford

Precision

For added room darkening, acrylic-coated linings like the Precision Basic Lining, also from Basford, enhance durability while maintaining the softness needed for a graceful presentation.

The Triple Weave Curtain Lining from Basford

Twilight

And then there's the Triple Weave Fabric from Basford, such as the Twilight range measuring 3000mm in width, which, though not the ultimate blocker, performs admirably in dimming rooms for media use or bedrooms where partial darkness suffices.

smart home integration

Curtain elegance meets automation. Gone are the days when curtains were simply window coverings. In our rapidly advancing world, they have evolved into dynamic elements of the smart home ecosystem. Stan Bond SA, renowned for their bespoke window treatments, is pioneering this transition by ensuring all their products effortlessly integrate with cutting-edge home automation systems.

Stan Bond SA And The Age Of Smart Integration​​

Recognising the longevity of quality curtains, Stan Bond SA encourages clients to consider smart home features as part of their long-term home enhancement plans. A forward-thinking approach is essential, especially as we witness soaring energy prices in South Australia and around the globe. Smart home-integrated curtains play a pivotal role, not merely for automation but for the strategic management of home energy usage. They contribute significantly to controlling interior temperatures, indirectly influencing the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.

Specialised Installation Services

Understanding that seamless integration is key to unlocking the full potential of smart home systems, Stan Bond SA arranges for a specialist electrician team to manage the installation and connection. These experts are trained in Somfy and Acmeda Rollease motorisation, ensuring that your smart curtains function as envisioned, adding convenience and fostering energy efficiency.

The Sophisticated Simplicity Of Somfy Tahoma​

As an open and scalable system, the Tahoma hub can control up to 125 end products, including curtains, blinds, lights, and even security products—uniting them under one intelligent network that you can manage from anywhere. The Somfy Tahoma is a central hub designed to connect and centralise your home equipment natively via Wi-Fi, with the option to connect via ethernet if necessary. This versatile and user-friendly system is capable of supporting:

Up to 40 standard scenes plus additional timed and advanced scenes.

Voice control by integrating with leading smart devices.

Compatibility with Zigbee 3.0, Somfy RTS, and cloud internet technologies.

Bi-directional feedback, invaluable for monitoring battery levels in Somfy Zigbee motors.

The Adaptability Of Acmeda Rollease Pulse Hub

Designing your smart home with Stan Bond SA means installing motorised blinds, curtains, or awnings that not only provide comfort and convenience but also synchronise with your lifestyle by connecting to a robust home network for comprehensive device management. The Acmeda Rollease Pulse Hub is a testament to minimalistic but powerful design. Fit to complement any modern architecture, the Pulse 2 brings the following to your smart home setup:

App and voice control for shade automation, compatible with iOS and Android devices, including Apple watches & iPads.

Sunrise and sunset detection for automated adjustments.

Live feedback capabilities for monitoring shade positions and battery levels.

High-speed connection via built-in Wi-Fi, ensuring swift control of Automate shades.

Future-Proof Your Home with Stan Bond SA

As smart homes become the norm, adopting features that align with this modernity is crucial. With Stan Bond SA, you can future-proof your window treatments today. Our compatible motorised curtains are designed to integrate seamlessly with smart home technologies, allowing for a personalised and energy-efficient living experience. Whether interacting through voice commands or automated settings that understand your daily routine, the investment in Stan Bond window furnishings is an investment in your home’s future.
As you plan for the next 10 to 15 years, consider how the landscapes of convenience and energy management are changing. With smart solutions like the Somfy Tahoma and Acmeda Rollease Pulse Hub, along with expert installation services from Stan Bond SA, your beautiful curtains can be a key component in your intelligent home. They’ll not only enhance the aesthetics of your rooms but also contribute to a greener, more cost-effective living environment.

Maintaining your curtains

Curtains not only adorn your windows but also protect your space from dust, light, and external views. However, just like any other home furnishing, they require proper care to ensure they remain beautiful and functional over time. In this section, we’ll provide practical tips to help you maintain your curtains, ensuring they continue to enhance the look of your home for years to come.
We attach care labels to every curtain with a code that shows the correct cleaning process for that fabric. Always read the instructions before cleaning. We strongly recommend Adelaide Curtain Cleaners for cleaning your curtains professionally.

Care Instructions for Various Fabric Types

Understanding the fabric type of your curtains is crucial as it dictates the most suitable maintenance method. Here’s a brief summary of how to care for common curtain materials:

Durable and often machine-washable, these curtains can typically withstand gentle cycles and mild detergents but should be air-dried to prevent wrinkles.

While often machine-washable, cotton curtains may shrink if exposed to high heat, so use a low temperature for both washing and drying.

Although linen curtains can give a room a beautiful, natural look, they generally require professional cleaning to maintain their crisp appearance.

Delicate and luxurious, silk curtains should only be dry-cleaned to preserve their quality and colour.

Wool curtains can benefit from gentle vacuuming to avoid dust accumulation, and like silk, are generally best cared for through dry cleaning.

Due to its absorbent nature, viscose can change size and shape with changes in humidity, thus dry cleaning is typically recommended.

Offer low maintenance but should not be machine washed; spot-clean or professional dry cleaning is the best method for these curtains.

Most can be gently machine washed due to their durable weave.

Regular Maintenance Tips

With an understanding of how to care for your curtains and the services available to assist you, maintaining your window treatments is simple and stress-free.

Dusting

Regularly dust your curtains with a soft cloth or a hand-held vacuum on a low setting to prevent dust and allergens from accumulating.

Spot Cleaning

For small stains, spot clean with a mild detergent and water, taking care to rinse thoroughly to prevent watermarks.

Refreshing

Curtains can be steamed to freshen them up and remove wrinkles without taking them down.

Regular Checks

Routinely inspect your curtains for any signs of wear or damage, addressing any issues promptly to extend their lifespan.

Professional Cleaning Tips

For deep cleaning, especially with heavy or sensitive fabrics, professional dry cleaning services like Adelaide Curtain Cleaners offer a specialised approach. They possess knowledge of how to handle different curtain types and often provide take-down and rehanging services, making the process convenient and seamless for their clients. Adelaide Curtain Cleaners' rates are based on the curtain's square meter size, and they specialise exclusively in curtains, ensuring expert care and treatment. You can calculate your curtain cleaning cost by measuring the height and width in meters and multiplying or obtaining a personalised quote by contacting them directly for their free take-down and rehang service.

Price and Value of Curtains at Stan Bond

Investing in custom curtains entails not just an aesthetic choice but also a financial consideration. At Stan Bond, we believe in demystifying the costs and clearly articulating the long-term value offered by our custom window treatments. Curtains are not merely decorative; they are a practical addition to your home that can enhance your living space’s comfort, privacy, and style.

the costing structure

At Stan Bond, the pricing of our curtains is meticulously calculated to ensure you get the best possible value. Here’s a breakdown of how we determine costs:

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Fabric Metreage

The amount of fabric required for your curtains depends on window dimensions and the style of the curtain itself. We carefully measure the space to ascertain the exact meterage needed, ensuring minimal waste and maximal efficiency.

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Manufacturing Labour

The time spent crafting your custom curtains in our top-of-the-line workroom, utilising the latest technology from Asia and Europe, is factored into the overall cost. Our 6m x 6m automated hoist ensures the manufacturing process is of high quality but also cost effective and lean.

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Track Components

Our experienced installers measure the windows, prepare the space, and fit your curtains with precision and care to ensure a perfect fit and a polished finished look.

Understanding Value in fabric choices

Our core range is a curated collection designed to bring you the best fabrics for every style, selected from top suppliers for their quality and appeal. As we hold stock in popular colours and buy rolls in bulk, we can offer competitive prices without compromising on quality. It's true, not all curtain fabrics are priced equally. Sometimes, two fabrics can seem almost identical, yet one may cost substantially more than the other. This discrepancy can arise due to manufacturing scale, importation methods, or simply demand. While the lower-priced option can indeed be of high quality, mid-range and higher-priced fabrics often bring a certain je ne sais quoi to your decor. They might drape more elegantly, feature intricate weave patterns, or boast superior durability.

Maximum Value Without The Hefty Price Tag​

Our goal at Stan Bond is to strike a balance: we steer clear of cheap components that won't stand the test of time, and we're also mindful not to overcharge. With over half of our customers either returning or coming through referrals, we understand the importance of that fine line between cost and lasting value. One way we maximise value is by making curtains locally, crafted by South Australians for South Australians. When you purchase from us, you're invigorating the local economy and ensuring the quality standards of Australian manufacturing. Following the principle of "made to last", we focus on creating curtains that not only enhance the beauty of your home but also withstand the rigours of time. This is why we pride ourselves on using state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, ensuring precision and care in every stitch.

The Stan Bond Difference

When it comes to investing in curtains, think of it as not just covering your windows but enhancing your whole living experience. Custom-made curtains from Stan Bond are more than a product; they're a service—from initial design consultation to final installation, we're with you every step of the way. In the end, the curtains you choose from Stan Bond are an enduring contribution to your home's comfort, efficiency, and style. Your investment today is our promise of value that you will appreciate every time the fabric sways gracefully with the breeze or frames the soft Adelaide sunlight pouring into your room.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to selecting curtains for your home, a handful of queries tend to crop up frequently. Below, we address some of the most common questions to aid in your decision-making process.

The cost of curtains can vary widely depending on several factors: the fabric quality and type, the size of your windows, the complexity of the design, and any customisations or additional features such as linings or motorisation. At Stan Bond, we aim for a balance of affordability and quality. While we do not aspire to be the cheapest option in the market, we focus on providing value for money and ensuring that our curtains are constructed to last.

While consistency can be visually pleasing, it's not a necessity to have the same curtains throughout your home. Each room can have different functional and aesthetic requirements. For example, a bedroom may benefit from thick, blockout curtains for privacy and darkness, while living areas might bask in the elegance of sheer curtains that allow for more light. Ultimately, your curtain choice should reflect the purpose and style of each room.

No is the easy answer! Curtains most often sit around 10mm - 15mm above the floor at their lowest point, but there are lots of exceptions.
Modern houses are rarely level, with ceilings and floors often having high and low points. As such, curtains often sit higher or lower depending on the nature of your room. Even though we custom measure each curtain, we do not make curtains to follow out of level floors or ceilings.
Also, curtain fabrics, especially natural fibres, can lift and lower in different temperatures and humidity. As such, it is not recommended to have curtains 'kissing' the floor.
If the curtains are too long, they may attract dust or get in the way, especially if doors or windows are frequently opened. However, for a more formal setting or for stationary side panels, allowing curtains to "puddle" on the floor can bring a sense of dramatic opulence to the room.

Absolutely. Quality curtains add both functionality and aesthetic appeal to your home, contributing to insulation, privacy, and interior harmony. When it comes time to sell, potential buyers will often appreciate the finished look and the inherent benefits that curtains bring to the living space, which may positively impact the perceived value of your home.

Definitely, just check out The Block television show which uses curtains in every home. Curtains have a timeless quality that transcends fleeting trends. They continue to be an integral part of interior design not only for their decorative possibilities but also for the practical benefits they offer. Modern innovations, such as motorised curtains and eco-friendly fabrics, keep them both current and highly sought after.

Considering the wide array of options when it comes to curtains, it's no surprise these questions arise. At Stan Bond, we are about creating timeless window treatments that encapsulate both form and function, ensuring they continue to be a beloved feature in homes now and into the future.

Modern curtain styles are leaning towards the use of soft, sheer fabrics in the front, usually in an S or wave fold heading style for a chic, contemporary look. This sheer layer is often paired with a plain-coloured lining on its own track, offering an economical yet elegant way to manage privacy and light. This setup marks a departure from traditional designs where a less expensive scrim or lace was used as the back layer, and the blockout, often textured or patterned fabric took precedence. Current popular fabrics include the likes of Warwick's Genoa, NETTEX's Lucerne and BALI, and Warwick Dario.

A curtain's stack size, or the space it takes up when drawn open, generally ranges between twenty to thirty percent of the overall width. This can vary depending on factors like fabric thickness and heading style. It's crucial to account for the stack size in the room design to ensure functionality and aesthetics, being mindful of any items it may cover like light switches or door handles.

Trends are currently favoring crisp whites and deep charcoals, particularly in sheers and blockouts, complimenting the modern interior look. Moving forward, expect to see an increased interest in patterns and textures as designs subtly shift away from minimalism towards richer, more layered aesthetics.

Blinds and curtains can be a dynamic duo in window treatments. It's quite typical to pair a simple roller blind, used primarily for light control and privacy, with an elegant sheer curtain that softens the look, reduces echo, and introduces luxury into the space. This combination offers both practicality and style.

Common Curtain Terms: A Glossary

Curtains and Blinds involve a whole language of their own. Sometimes, when selecting window furnishings, you come across terms that mean a lot to the industry but very little to customers. We are here to help. We have compiled an essential glossary that will give you the knowledge needed to navigate the curtain world easily. Consider this your trusty resource, a curtain lexicon, if you will, to refer back to as you explore the possibilities for dressing up your windows.

This method involves attaching the lining across all edges of the face fabric, creating a 'bag' like structure. It can include either lining fabric or an interlining within.

This is the measured space between the curtain hem and the floor, crucial for achieving the desired look and function.

Describes fabrics milled in wide widths (typically over 2.8m), which allows them to cover windows without needing joins, providing a seamless appearance.

A decorative base hem often found on sheer curtains and favoured in European designs for its elegant finish.

Refers to traditional furnishing fabrics typically woven between 137cm and 150cm in width. These designs run down the roll and require joining when used for wider window treatments.

The main decorative fabric visible from inside the room – it's what you'll see day in and day out.

The amount of fabric used in relation to the width of the curtain rod or track. More fullness results in a richer, more luxurious look but requires more fabric. For example, a 2x Fullness is 2 metres of fabric used to cover a 1 metre track.

An MDF and aluminium headboard designed to neatly cover track gaps at the top, reducing light bleed for a cleaner look.

The top section of a curtain that determines how it attaches to the rod or track – this can vary greatly in style and function.

The part of the curtain that moves first when drawn; on centre-opening curtains, it's the inner edges, while on one-way draw curtains, it's opposite to where they stack back.

A separate layer attached or added behind the main fabric, enhancing properties like light blocking, UV reduction, and sound absorption.

Curtain hems are stitched at a 45-degree angle which are important for thick fabrics that cannot be folded multiple times due to nap or pile considerations.

The raised surface texture of certain fabrics that require careful handling. Consistency is key as nap direction affects how light plays off the material and its overall appearance.

How you open or close your curtains – options can include corded tracks operated by pulleys or wands used manually on runners at the leading edge.

Excess fabric at a curtain's centre opening that hooks into arms on a track system, ensuring neat finishing and minimising light bleed where they part.

Ensuring continuity of design when cutting patterned fabrics into sections (drops) so they align perfectly once hung side by side.

A decorative box that conceals curtain hardware and reduces light leakage from above; often upholstered to coordinate with curtain fabric for an elegant touch.

Intentionally allowing extra length so that curtains spill onto the floor – creates a relaxed aesthetic but comes with functional considerations, such as cleaning challenges due to potential dragging and dust collection.

Orienting fabric so designs run down rather than across; useful when avoiding joins for longer drops in continuous fabrics without distinct patterns.

The end portion of a curtain that bends back toward or against the wall at each end of a track or rod helps conceal hardware ends and provide additional insulation against light leaks.

When curtains are lined with their own face fabric, sometimes adding an interlining between layers for enhanced draping quality or blackout properties.

Edges formed during weaving that are not included in usable width measurements; selvedge forms top/bottom edges in continuous fabrics but sides in traditional widths (drops).

All refer to S-Wave style curtains using wave tape with runners; some brands may use specific terms like "S-Fold" uniquely, so always clarify exact requirements with suppliers.

Lightweight translucent fabrics ideal for diffusing daylight while maintaining some level of privacy within interiors.

Non-translucent yet non-blockout fabrics which often serve as decorative elements requiring additional lining if UV protection is necessary.

Designates which side (left/right) curtains retract towards when opened.

Folded angles sewn into curtain returns, which accommodate the shape of cornices while maintaining aesthetic flow.

Describes tactile quality of the fabric varying across different materials, contributing unique visual dynamics within interior spaces.

Functional decoratives used for holding curtains aside; fixed onto walls framing windows attractively.

Layout scheme determining how curtains are arranged upon tracks e.g., center opening versus left-hand stack.

Rods/rails supporting suspended curtains available in various mounting configurations including wall ceiling pelmet/reveal installations.

Short decorative pieces atop windows that add stylistic flair while potentially hiding unsightly hardware aiding further light blockage; attachable/fixed via separate tracks depending upon design intent.