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Awnings, curtains and blinds for builders, architects and homeowners
- Motorised blinds and manual blinds
- Curtains, sheers and Roman blinds
- External Venetian blinds
- Retractable awnings and skylight blinds
- Cellular honeycomb blinds
- Plantation shutters
A family-owned and operated business: Our story
SOM Blinds is run by a husband and wife team, Bernie and Fiona Sombekke, with an experienced team of technicians, installers and our in-house interior design consultant. Our team has over 50 years of combined experience and enjoys delivering quality, long-lasting solutions.
Two decades ago, in the early days of home automation, Bernie was approached to come up with a solution to fill a gap in the market. There was a growing need for a motorised window furnishing supplier able to offer technical backup and support for clients interested in home automation. A friend in the home automation industry asked Bernie to help him develop a motorised blind system to enable him to be able to provide his clients with professional service, which he was struggling to get from other blind suppliers.
This all led to the development of our exclusive SOM Motorised Blind System, which allows us to deliver innovative solutions with greater flexibility and control to our clients. Over 21 years later, the team at SOM Blinds still provides solutions and the level of support expected—along with a wide range of motorised and manually-operated window furnishings.
We value and promote sustainability and energy efficiency in both how SOM Blinds is operated and the solutions we provide to our clients. We do this by keeping up with the latest advancements in eco-friendly window furnishing products from our fabric and hardware suppliers. Our manufacturing and installations operate with a goal of zero waste to landfill–we are almost there, too! We offer great solutions for clients, builders and architects who want to lower their environmental impact as well as increase their energy efficiency at home.
Four key reasons to choose SOM Blinds
Does your project require customised or unique curtains and blinds?
At SOM Blinds, we love a challenge—our clients often contact us because they can’t find what they need elsewhere. But, of course, they choose us for other reasons too, including:
Our team can help you manage your project from design to installation. So whether you’re after customised curtains, motorised blinds or designer outdoor blinds, use our team’s knowledge to find the best window furnishing solutions for your project.
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Why working with SOM Blinds makes the most sense for architects and builders
We specialise in whole home fit-outs for many of Melbourne’s premium home builders and architects–some of whom we’ve worked with for decades. If you prefer, we can work with your builder, project manager and electrician to discuss your installation and building requirements. We will ensure all of your window furnishings are ready to be installed when you need them–this can eliminate wasted time refitting due to mistakes and mismeasures, such as wiring not being where it’s needed.
Working with SOM Blinds offers home builders and architects several advantages, including:
Our five-step process for builders and architects:
Here’s what architects and builders can expect when working with SOM Blinds on new home builds or home improvement projects:
Step 1: Initial consultation and design brief
Here, we gain a clear understanding of your building or architectural requirements. Consultations can be held at our Burwood showroom, your office, out on-site, over the phone or via a Zoom meeting–whichever is most convenient for you.
Step 2: Feedback, advice and design proposal
After reviewing your brief, we will then provide a design proposal, offering suggestions and advice about the window furnishings we think will work best in the spaces you are creating for your clients. We also share solutions to specific challenges you may have based on your designs and plans.
Step 3: Finalise and approve your quote
We prepare an all-inclusive estimate based on your final product and preliminary fabric selections. Once you accept our proposal and we receive your deposit, one of our expert SOM Blinds installers will meet your team on-site to discuss the proposed installation requirements.
This is a time to discuss wiring, pelmets, proposed joinery, door and window openers, flyscreens, etc. Some products may require framing adjustments, e.g. large folding arm awnings or roof skylight blinds, and even heavy cinema curtains. This is ideally done before the first fix stage and before plastering. We can review our deposit terms for projects with a lead time of over four months.
Step 4: Interior design consultation
Step 5: Installation of blinds and curtains
Once your project is ready, our team will install it just before your clients move into their new home–ideally to protect your window furnishings, which will happen after your final builder’s clean. We will work together with you and your electrician or automation specialist to ensure all of your client’s window furnishings are properly integrated and ready for when they move in. If comparing quotes, ensure you know who is responsible for connecting and programming of motorised products.
Why should homeowners choose SOM Blinds for a home improvement project?
We manufacture all of our roller blinds in our factory in Burwood, Melbourne and use locally-based curtain workrooms to manufacture your curtains. We source some customised window furnishings internationally, including plantation shutters from the market leaders at Norman Australia and awnings produced by world-leading supplier, markilux as well as other locally manufactured external blinds and awnings.
Which areas in Melbourne does SOM Blinds service?
We service Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs, from Port Melbourne to Sandringham, including Carlton, Northcote, Brighton, Caulfield, Glen Iris, Malvern, Camberwell, Kew and Glen Waverley.
Our showroom is in Burwood, where we have an extensive range of fabric samples and window furnishing products on display. Contact SOM Blinds to request a design consultation or book an appointment to visit our Burwood showroom to review your plans and view our range in person.