Classic Blinds and Shutters (Classic Blinds) was established in May 2004 by Bev Fidler, Stephen O’Keeffe and Ginny O’Keeffe. Classic Blinds is a retail and manufacturing business, helping clients choose the right window covering, custom manufacturing and installation.
The company operates the retail part of business within the Hunter Region and have started a wholesale roll out to other window furnishing retailers in NSW. They design and manufacture plantation shutters as well as an off the shelf top of the range roller blind and sell a range of products from selected Australian manufacturers.
Classic Blinds employs around 50 people, manufacturing its products from a purposely built facility in Cardiff NSW and has established a strong local brand reputation for quality, reliability and exceptional customer service.
Premium Plantation Shutters are a plantation shutter made from extruded aluminium, powder coated and either hinged, fixed sliding or bi-fold operation attached to any window internally. They can also be used externally on decks, balconies or alfresco areas for protection against weather elements and added privacy.
Classic Blinds started out making cedar venetian blinds and plantation shutters, venetians went rapidly out of style and cedar plantation shutters were highly desirable but so expensive that they looked for an alternative build material.
Whilst continuing to make cedar window coverings, Classic Blinds began to explore alternatives and decided that an extruded aluminium would work well with the current production facility and would offer clear benefits to the market. There were a number of existing extrusion designs on the market but these were more suitable to external applications. The company initially modified and then completely redesigned the product into a sleek, refined aluminium plantation shutter for internal use. This product has been continually improved and was launched as Classic Premium Plantation Shutter whilst the earlier version was re-introduced as Classic Standard Plantation Shutter, giving the market a less expensive version for more budget conscious projects.
Classic Plantation Shutters are an easy to use window covering that delivers a high degree of privacy, light and heat control, one of the few window coverings that allows for an open window, with an option of adding a lock for ground floor children’s rooms and inner city homes.
They are low maintenance, easy to clean and the slim design delivers an uncluttered look and makes the most of appealing views. They are longer lasting and robust making them ideal for family homes and tenanted properties.
The Classic Premium Plantation Shutters offer an eco-seal to prevent light leakage and heat circulation from the edges of the side styles and bottom rails, and are available in a range of frame styles to suit most windows (also available as a frameless option). Dual Control Bars provide better closure with the louvers and prevents light bleeding. The security hinges are concealed and there are no screw heads are visible from the rear of the panel which makes them more secure.
Classic Premium Planation Shutters can be manufactured in any powder coat colour including wood look options, can be hinged, fixed, sliding or bifold, and can also be used in wet or external areas.