Interior Design Brisbane QLD

Why personalisation matters to Timms Curtain House

Personalisation is at the centre of our operations as we cater to the customer and provide our service based on your personal preferences and desires.

What size awning do I need?

To find out what size awning you need, it’s important to measure out the space where you want the awning to go. Contact Timms Curtain House for help on how to measure correctly.

How to measure windows?

It’s important to know how you would like the curtains to sit. Whether it’s an outside mount, recess fit or face fit.

No matter your choice, make sure you measure the required parts correctly and record in millimetres for accuracy. Make sure to measure several times to ensure further accuracy.

Can you have blinds and curtains?

Usually the pairing of blinds and curtains is not for aesthetic reasons, but for the purpose of controlling the light, or blocking heat from the sun more effectively.

How long should curtain rods be?

A curtain rod can extend anywhere from 10 to 25 centimeters to both sides of the window frame for a correctly fitted curtain.

What are finishes in interior design?

The word “finishes” means the elements that are fixed to either the floors, walls or ceilings. Finishes can range from paint, carpet, lighting, floorboards and anything else that is fixed to the area.

How do I spot clean upholstery stains?

Spot cleaning is necessary if you want to clean an area of an item of furniture, instead of the whole thing. The first important step you must take is learning more about the fabric your upholstery is made of, because the wrong cleaning material can damage the fabric. First vacuum the area because it can help fade the stains and remove dust and crumbs. After that test the cleaning detergent on a hidden area of the furniture.

How do pelmets work?

Pelmets aren’t just a way to make your windows look more attractive, they can actually make your home more energy efficient. Pelmets help to keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter. In summer when heat from the outside comes into the home, pelmets stop the flow of it from bring more heat into the home.

How do you clean vertical blinds without taking them down?

Vertical blinds can be cleaned without being taken down, but it’s important that the cleaning materials you use don’t damage the blinds. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe down and remove dust gently. Use warm and soapy water to gently remove stains, but don’t scrub.

How Do I Stop New Curtains From Smelling?

New curtains are often treated before they are packaged, and it’s common for the treatments to lead to a strong smell straight out of the packet. In order to remove this smell, you can air your curtains out by hanging them outside or in a place where they can be well aerated. If this doesn’t work, apply baking soda to them or spray them with water mixed with a fragrant fabric softener.

How Do I Repurpose or Recycle Old Curtains?

Depending on the textile your curtains are made from, if you no longer have use for them you can give them to a recycling service so it can have a new lease on life. You can also donate the curtains to charity so someone else can have a use for them. Another idea is to repurpose your curtains on your own. Since curtains are made of a lot of fabric, there’s a lot you can do with them.

Can I Clean My Own Area Rugs?

If you’re considering washing your own rugs at home, the first thing you need to determine is if the material could potentially be ruined by taking a DIY approach. If it’s suitable for an at-home deep clean, you will first need to take it out of the room it’s in, or clear the area around the rug. Shake out any debris, dirt and particles that might have collected, get a rug cleaning detergent and mix with water. With a soft brush, gently scrub the rug, and then rinse after a few minutes. Make sure you allow enough for the rug to dry.

How High Should a Curtain Pole Be Above the Window?

Anything from right above the window to 15cm above the window. Depending on how high your ceilings are the key is finding what suits the curtains and the room. One decorating trick is to put the pole higher above the window to create height. In a smaller room, it makes the window look higher, and the ceilings will look and feel like they are double height. If you put the curtains too high above the window, you make the windows look stunted and the room seem smaller.

How Many Cushions Go On a 2 Seater Couch?

3-5 cushions depending on the size of the cushions you choose, and your desired arrangement. You can have 3 cushions, 1 at each corner, and the third right in the middle. You also have the option to have 3 cushions of the same size arranged side by side. You can also have 5 cushions, with 2 at each corner, and 2 in the middle, if the second one in the middle is smaller than the rest. Don’t be afraid to let your creativity shine!

How Do I Arrange Cushions on a Bed?

There are so many options for arranging or styling cushions on your bed. On a double or queen-sized bed, you can have two standard pillows, layered and flat on top of each side of the bed. You can add some style with a continental pillow in the middle. The other option two have two smaller cushions instead of a continental pillow. You can also put square cushions behind the standard pillows leaning on the headboard. Try out a different style and see what works for your space.

Is there a cheaper alternative to velvet?

Yes. While velvet can add a sumptuous feel to any room, on a tight budget, this luxurious fabric may be a little out of reach. Fortunately, there is a more affordable option known as velveteen. Velveteen is a cotton fabric with a pile resembling velvet. This imitation allows you to recreate the same elegance of velvet at a lesser investment. Velvet is woven from silk whereas velveteen is woven from cotton. Due to the difference in fabric composition, the feel varies slightly between the two.

What cool colours are on trend for winter?

Shades of blue and grey are not the only options when it comes to cooler hues for the winter months. Cool whites are also an option as well as anything that is monochromatic. Icy shades of purple and green are also a feature in any winter palette. Browns can also be an option, provided they are cool shades versus warmer shades. Light pink colours also make a feature on the list of cool tones.

What are slipcovers?

Slipcovers are a trend that has slowly made its way back onto the radar. These are protective fabric covers that can be slipped on or off a piece of upholstery. They are usually made of cloth and can be removed for seasonal change or laundering. They are sometimes referred to as “clothing for furniture”

How do I clean shutters?

Our favourite trick when it comes to cleaning shutters is to place an old sock over your hands. Dampen the sock with cleaning solution and wipe the dust of your shutters with ease! A feather/microfiber duster is also very easy to use. If you require stronger cleaning, a damp cloth with a very mild cleaning solution can be used.

What sort of product should I use to clean my blinds?

This will depend on the material from which your blinds have been made. Chat to us at Timm’s Curtain House and we will be happy to advise you on the best products to clean your particular blinds.

How much do blinds cost?

The cost of your blinds is dependent on a variety of factors including style, size, material etc. Simply click here to request a free quote on blinds.

How are sheer curtains fitted?

Sheer curtains are a breeze to install. All you need is a spring tension rod and they can be fitted in under a minute. Simply slide the rod through the curtains which has two rows of stitches. The ease of installation makes sheer curtains great for DIY enthusiasts!

Are sheer curtains machine washable?

Indeed, they are. Ensure that you use a delicate wash cycle when laundering your curtains.

What are sheer curtains?

Sheer curtains are a semi-transparent curtain made of a fine fabric with a very open weave, typically fixed across a window for privacy.

What pelmet styles do you have available?

We offer a range of pelmet styles, including straight upholstered pelmets, shaped upholstered pelmets, and padded pelmets. Each of these pelmets can be custom made to fit your windows, as well as your personal style. It’s possible to add a personal touch your pelmets with a scalloped bottom edge, coordinated or contrasting piping, or other decorative features like braiding and tassels.

What is the purpose of a pelmet?

Pelmets are placed at the top of a window, and add a nice finish to a window covering. Depending on the style you choose, a pelmet can also add a sense of luxury and provided a coordinated look to your room. Pelmets can also be used to conceal your curtain fixtures, and prevent unwanted air flow by preventing hot air from circulating with cool air at the top of the room.

Do you offer any accessories?

Yes! We offer a range of accessories, including cushions and throws to match your space. We can also provide curtain rods, curtain headings, inverted and pencil pleat headings, gather tape, ripple fold, tiebacks and fringes. Let us know if there are any other accessories you have in mind to complement your home decor, and we’ll do our best to help!

How long do custom made curtains take to make?

Depending on the design and work required, the time to create your custom curtain can vary. On average, our manufacturing and installation time is 3 – 4 weeks (conditions apply). Feel free to contact us and we can give you an estimate – 07 3245 7720.

Can I install the curtains and blinds myself?

Yes, we are happy to supply custom curtains and blinds for self-installation. We do however recommend using our professional team of installers. Our after sales service guarantee will not be applicable in this case.

What fabrics are best for bathroom curtains?

The bathroom can get humid and a fabric that handles this well and also dries quickly is your best bet for a bathroom. Our suggestion is lightweight cotton as it ticks these boxes

What are block-out curtains?

Block-out curtains are typically quite heavy. They provide the maximum effect when it comes to preventing light and sound coming in. Hence the name “block out”.

When decorating a room, should paint or curtains come first?

You should select your curtains first. It is much easier to paint afterwards when you have decided how to handle one of your key room elements, the window. In saying this, you should paint your walls and allow them to dry before hanging the curtains to avoid getting any paint spills on the fabric.

What if I need help after my curtains have been fitted?

At Timms Curtain House, we take great pride in our work as well as care for our clients. That is why we offer six months complimentary maintenance on products purchased from us.

How often should I clean my curtains?

Curtains naturally collect dust and absorb odours and therefor do require cleaning. The frequency and method will often depend on the chosen fabric. It is best to speak to one of our team member at Timms Curtain House regarding your specific fittings and we can advise you on the best frequency and methods with which you should clean them.

What is chenille?

Chenille is a type of fabric that can be used in clothing, furniture and curtaining. Chenille may refer to either a type of yarn or fabric made from it. Chenille is the French word for caterpillar whose fur the yarn is supposed to resemble.

What is the average cost of curtains?

We have a wide range of quality products to suit all tastes and budgets. When you visit Timms, Bev or any of the design team will endeavour to discover exactly what service or product is right for you. Following the initial consultation, Bev can supply you with an estimated cost for your requirements. For more information on prices, you are free to call us at any time on 07 3245 7720.

How do I look after my curtains?

There are many different ways to care for your curtains as there are many fabrics and styles. For advice on the maintenance for your curtains give us a call and we will be happy to advise you on the best options for you.

Do you offer curtain maintenance?

Yes, we offer curtain maintenance as part of our dedicated services. Some maintenance is included in your quote while some maintenance requirements are at an extra cost. We have been providing curtain maintenance to some of our clients for over 15 years.

What is the purpose of adding swags and tails to my curtains?

Swags and tails are accessories that add a glamorous touch to a room. They are considered to be a classic decor element, and work well in a sophisticated setting. The swag consists of a section of draped fabric at the top of a window, typically resembling a sideways ‘c’ shape, while the tail hangs vertically on either side.

What kind of swag top treatments do you offer?

We have a number of swag top treatments available, the most popular of which include the basic pole swag and the bias swag. These can be hung in a variety of styles, including from a cornice box, with a pole attached, or directly to the inside of a window frame, depending on your room and personal preference.

How can I conceal a curtain rod in an attractive way?

When it comes to concealing curtain rods, the most popular decorative choices would be

  1. Pelmet
  2. Swags
  3. Valance

All can be contemporary and traditional pending fabric choices and design.

What are the advantages of block out curtains?

Block out curtains are the best option if you want to block out light, so they are perfect for media rooms, nurseries, and bedrooms, particularly if you are a light sleeper. Block out curtains are more effective than blinds when it comes to blocking out light, and they also help to minimise noise. Our team will strategically place block out curtains to ensure that they block out as much light as possible.

Why opt for home theatre curtains?

Home theatre curtains are highly effective at blocking out sound and light, and allow you to enjoy your favourite movies in complete darkness and silence. They also work by improving the acoustics of your media room, and help to create a luxurious space for relaxation and enjoyment.

What items can be reupholstered?

We are able to reupholster many different pieces of furniture, as well as various household items. Some of the most popular items include pelmets; furniture such as chairs, couches and ottomans; bed quilts; cushions; windows; and bed heads. In fact, we can upholster anything that can be covered in fabric so let us know if you need something covered that’s not on our list.

Should I choose curtains or blinds for my space?

Curtains are a higher quality and more durable solutions than blinds. Curtains block out more sound and more light, while blinds, on the other hand, cause a sound bounce, allow more light in and are harder to clean. Timms Curtain House will always listen to your wants and practical needs in order to provide the best solution. We provide both curtains and blinds for your convenience.

What sets you apart from other curtain companies?

Bev Timms understands that a lot of curtain companies take advantage of and abuse people’s budgets. We are not like most curtain companies – we strictly adhere to your budget and do not judge your budget on your home. We will listen to what YOU want in terms of budget, your technical requirements and the feel you want to achieve.

What areas do you service?

We service the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast – and all surrounding suburbs. We may travel further distances depending on the size of the project. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question about the areas we can service.

Do curtains pose a fire hazard?

Negligence and accidents do pose a safety risk. With the latest FR (flame retardant), DFR (durably flame retardant) and IFR (inherently flame retardant) woven fabrics, a curtain can, in fact, offer considerable resistance to fire and affords the owner piece of mind in an unfortunate event. Proximity to a potential flame source, such as a candelabra or fireplace should be taken into account when positioning a curtain.

What type of curtains should I buy if I suffer with allergies?

Allergy-sufferers should avoid curtains that tend to trap pollen and dust particles, such as the heavy, thick, dry-clean type curtains that are usually difficult to clean. A better option would be lightweight, easy-to- clean synthetic type curtains, like polyester or faux linen. If you live in an extremely moist area then mould spores can be an issue, which is why it is important to keep curtains dry at all times. Blinds and shades are another option worth considering; especially vertical blinds and aluminium blinds.

Which is the better option between tape and eyelets?

Traditionally, in the instance of home curtains, a track (rod) is designed to readily accommodate taped curtains. But seeing that eyelet curtains are a lot more user-friendly, and without the need for hooks or prongs, they are increasingly becoming a popular and an ergonomic alternative with their neater, cleaner appearance. if you are looking for the most amount of window coverage- then eyelet curtains are the better option. On the other hand, a more replete look can best be accommodated by taped curtains. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference and style.

What is the cost of an awning?

Awning prices will vary according to the style and size of the fitting. The material as well as complexity will also be a contributing factor to the total cost of your awning. At Timm’s Curtain House, we will gladly provide you with a free quote for what it is you would like from your awnings.

How long do awnings last?

This is variable and is dependent on the fabric used for your awning. Different fabrics are more durable than others and this will contribute greatly to the lifespan of your awning. Acrylic fabrics are the top choice among all manufactures worldwide. It provides years of protection against fading, rot and mildew. Should you follow the care instructions for your awning, it can last a relatively long time – up to about ten years.

How long to retractable awnings last?

Retractable awnings are very common in residential and commercial premises. They are typically made from high quality woven acrylic fabric material can last up to 5 years. Long lasting retractable awnings will also depend on your care of them. You should cut any twigs or leaves hanging above it and regularly inspect the fitting for any tears. Any tears or flaws need to be rectified early while they are still minimal as they can easily increase in size if left unattended to for a long period of time. This may result in having to purchase new awnings after only a few months. It is thus best to inspect your frequently.

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