Cur­tain bank offers free Ro­man blinds

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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