Curtain bank offers free Roman blinds
Palmerston North residents are being offered free roman blinds to cover up the windows in their cold kitchens.
Palmerston North City Council’s eco design adviser Nelson Lebo said the kitchen could be one of the coldest rooms in the house because typically there were no curtains or blinds on the window that’s over the kitchen sink.
‘‘If you have no window treatments over your kitchen bench, chances are you’re losing lots of heat out your windows during the winter months.’’
As the city’s Red Cross curtain bank has an excess of donated roman blinds, Lebo is repeating a free offer he first made in October 2014 soon after taking up his eco design role with the council.
‘‘People drop off and pick up curtains from the Red Cross Curtain Bank all the time. They also drop off roman blinds, but no one ever picks up roman blinds.’’
It was possibly because roman blinds were more complicated than curtains and to be effective they needed to be fitted to the window they covered, he said.
Now that the curtain bank had built up a stock of 40 roman blinds, Lebo said he would visit householders who wanted blinds on their kitchen windows on a first-in first-served basis during the rest of November.
He’ll measure up the window over the kitchen sink, and if he has a blind that fits the internal window dimensions, he will install it free of charge.
‘‘A well-installed roman blind can make a big difference for hold- ing heat inside overnight. Fitted properly, a roman blind is just as effective as double glazing. And much cheaper. If I have one in the car that suits, I’ll pop it right in.’’
Fitting will involve either screwing L-brackets into the win- dow surrounds, or attaching the blind by screwing it securely into the top frame.
Lebo did not offer a guarantee that he would have a blind that fitted, or that the fabric would suit everyone’s taste or decor, and there was a limited supply.
But if householders were willing to take those chances, they should give him a call at the council on 356 8199.
‘‘I’ll make an effort to accommodate all inquiries,’’ Lebo said.
Palmerston North City Council’s eco design advisor Nelson Lebo with a donated roman blind.