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The 4 main components to a blind or shade

While there are a few different styles of blinds or shades, they all share 4 basic components. In each of those components, there are many variations you can choose, but the base function is the same. 

Curious as to what the 4 most popular styles are? Click here to read our blog!

The Cassette

Alternate Names: Valance or Header.

Purpose: To conceal the “roll” of fabric, or material.

Styles: Each style of blind or shade will have different cassette options available, but a few of the more common ones are:

  • Compact Cassette – This is a pretty standard style and size of cassette. Not to large, not to small — just right!
  • Large Cassette –  A bit larger than a compact cassette, this option will add a more modern feel to your windows
  • Square Cassette – This is the next size up, and adds a bit more definition.
  • Grande Cassette – Go big or go home, right? This cassette will add a bold statement to your decor.
  • Decorative Valance – A decorative valance is only available with a faux wood or wood blind. 
  • Opera Cassette – This cassette is only available when you add an “Opera” shade. 

Finishes: The finish option varies by cassette style, but you can select either a mirage finish, which is a smooth metal material in a coordinating color or you can get it fabric wrapped

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blinds components
blinds components
blinds components

The Bottom Rail

Alternate Names: Hem bar

Purpose: It is how the bottom edge is finished, and keeps the fabric weighted down. 

Styles: Each style of blind will offer different bottom rail options. 

  • Open – This style of hem bar is made with a piece of tubing clamped onto the bottom of the shade, and finished in a coordinating color.
  • Closed –  The fabric of the shade is wrapped around the aluminum weight, and offers a low profile. It is often the most common hem bar chosen. 
  • Trapezoid Rail – This is available only on faux woods and wood blinds. It comes in a coordinating color to the slat color chosen.
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blinds components
blinds components
blinds components

The Operating System

Purpose: How you open and close the blind or shade.

Styles: Each style of blind or shade will have different operating system options available, but a few of the more common ones are:

  • Plastic Chain – The plastic chain is standard on most styles, and comes in a coordinating color to the material color selected. 
  • Cord Loop –  A cord loop offers a bit more of a quieter opening then a plastic chain. It is only available in white, and only on certain styles of shades.
  • Cordless – If you have children, cordless is an excellent option to add as it removes any hanging cords, which can potentially be a hazard for small kids. 
  • Motorization – Feeling a bit fancier? Then you need to add in a motorization option to control your shades at the click of a button. 
  • Cord Tilt with Tassels – This option is only available on a faux wood or wood blinds. It has the same function as a plastic chain, and comes in a coordinating color. 
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blind components
blind components
blind components

The Material

The material of a blind or shade really depends on which style you select.

Faux Woods are made from a blend of resin & wood, and offer many different colors. 

Wood blinds are made from bass wood, and also offer many colors. 

Roller Shades, Dual Shades, and the like have a wide variety of fabric colors, textures and opacities to choose from. 

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The Secret To The Best Quality Couches

The secret to the best quality couches can be found under the fabric! Ensuring your new couch has been created with the right quality materials is crucial if you are looking to invest in a long lasting sofa.

Curious as to what those materials are? Watch the below video as I talk about the most durable framing material, which foam is the most resilient and what type of suspension provides the best shock absorption.  

If you want to learn more about each of the items than what is covered in the video, check out our detailed blog posts on each topic: The Power of a Good Frame , It’s All in the Foam, and Springs & Suspension. Once you’ve got those covered, why not read about the best sofa fabrics for kids, pets & everything in between. Then you will be well prepared to make the investment in your relaxation and comfort. 

Bonus Secret!

What I mentioned in the video are the best quality materials to watch for in finding the best quality couches. But there is one more thing that all of us at designQ Shop also think adds into the quality factor – and that is that our sofas and upholstered goods (chairs, ottomans, sectionals, etc) are all made in Canada! That has to add in some quality points, yes? We think so! 

Click here to read more about one of the custom upholstery manufacturers we use – Van Gogh Designs. They have a massive state of the art manufacturing facility located in South Surrey, British Columbia! Check them out and see for yourself why we love them!


Quality Sofa Construction: Springs & Suspension

Ensuring your new sofa has been created with the right, quality materials is crucial if you are looking for a long lasting sofa. 

However, the frustrating part of shopping for a new sofa is that they all look the same – just with different names and price tags! Often the differentiator is hidden under the fabric in the frame, suspension and foam. 

Below we explore the different types of springs or webbing used in the cushions that are commonly used by furniture manufacturers. Be sure to also check out our blogs on selecting the best fabric for your lifestyle,  what is the best foam for long lasting cushions, and the power of a good frame

What is the Purpose of Suspension?

The springs inside your sofa are used to absorb shock and can provide firmness and elasticity for the seat of the couch. The quality of springs used works together with the quality of the foam and framing. They are like one big team holding you up while you read your favorite book, or have a movie marathon with the family. 

4 Types of Suspension

Pocket Coil Springs

You’ve probably heard this term quite a bit, especially when relating to mattresses. This type of spring tends to hold it’s shape better and support better over time. Generally, pocket springs will last a long time which is perfect for those who value longevity in their sofas. 

Sinuous Springs

Also referred to as “S” springs, this is the most commonly seen suspension system in mid-tier sofas. Made with heavy gauge steel wires bent into a continuous line of vertical S shaped coils. Horizontal metal tie rods reinforce the coils, inhibiting shifting and sagging. Typically a heavier gauge steel is used and a greater number of springs with few spacings provide more comfort.


Web suspension is a design that creates a sofa cushion support similar to a hammock. The strips are stretched across the seating frame and tacked into place to provide support for the cushions.

8 Way Hand Tied Springs

This is considered the ultimate choice in high-quality sofa construction. Using a heavy guage steel coil at the base, a craftsman then works with high quality twin to tie each coil spring together, crossed in 8 different directions. This process helps guarantee sturdy support and limits individual sagging of any one spring over the lift of the sofa.

Which Type of Suspension is Best? 

There are 2 clear winners for the best type of suspension to be used for a sofa – Sinuous ‘S’ Springs and 8 Way Hand Tied Springs. The determining factor in deciding between the two is simply cost. 

Because of the labor involved in creating an 8 way hand tied spring, this will significantly raise the cost of the sofa. It will however also extend the longevity of the suspension. 

If you still want to invest in a quality sofa, but maybe don’t want to spend as much as you would with the above springs, then purchasing a sofa with Sinuous Springs is also an excellent choice. The spring construction is solid, and will last many many years. 


Quality Sofa Construction: The Power of a Good Frame

Ensuring your new sofa has been created with the right, quality materials is crucial if you are looking for a long lasting sofa. After all, if a house is built on a subpar foundation, no matter how pretty it is, it will crumble. 

However, the frustrating part of shopping for a new sofa is that they all look the same – just with different names and price tags! Often the differentiator is hidden under the fabric in the frame, springs and foam. 

Below we explore the different types of framing material and construction methods commonly used by furniture manufacturers. Be sure to also check out our blogs on selecting the best fabric for your lifestyle, the best sofa springs & suspension, and what is the best foam for long lasting cushions

The Material


Before we get talking about how a sofa frame is built, let’s talk about the materials being used to build that frame. 

A slower growing, denser hardwood such as alder, poplar, maple, teak or walnut are considered more suitable for durable and long lasting furniture. 

Softer woods such as pine or douglas fir are still good, but won’t hold up as well as a harder wood species will. 

Some manufactures will use fiberboard or particle board in constructing their furniture to keep costs down. The issue with using a material such as this, is that there is basically zero structure or strength meaning it cannot support heavy loads. 

The reason why it is so important to get the wood material right is because you want a wood that will hold the staples, nails, glues and joinery in place. The harder the wood, the better it will grab and hold onto whatever item is holding it together. A softer wood is more prone to movement, and overtime will wear down. 

Kiln Dried Wood

You may see from more high end manufactures that they use kiln dried wood. But what does that mean? 

Kiln drying is a procedure done to remove all moisture in the wood. Moisture can be a big problem with wood, as it will cause the wood to warp or crack. And having a frame that warps or cracks is never good. 

The Construction

How is a sofa made? Well like any other structure really. It’s made by joining pieces of wood together. Therefore the sturdiness of the joints play a huge factor on if the furniture piece will get wobbly. Below we have high lighted a few of the more common joint types you may find in sofa construction. 

Solid Joint Types:

  • Mortise & Tenon Joint – This is considered the strongest type of joinery. It is mostly used in table construction to adhere the legs to the top for a solid surface. One piece of wood has a hole, and the other is cut to fit precisely into that hole. 
  • Dovetail Joint – This type of joint is not only strong, but also looks great too. It is commonly used in drawers for cabinets. 
  • Box Joint – This joint is made by cutting a set of matching rectangular cuts into 2 pieces of wood, which are then glued together. It is often used for boxes or chests because of it’s decorative look. 

Not So Solid Joint Types:

  • Butt Joint – This is the simplest type of joinery, but also the weakest. It joins 2 pieces of wood by merely butting them together and then attached using glue or with a nail or screw. 
  • Dowel Joint – A dowel joint is similar to the butt joint, except dowels are used to secure the pieces together. A dowel is a small wooden cylinder that gets inserted into a small round hole drilled into 2 pieces of wood. It’s not as sturdy, and will more likely loosen over time, however it is an acceptable joinery method.
Mortise & Tenon Joint
Dovetail Joint

Additional Reinforcements:

To create an even stronger frame for a sofa, most manufacturers will use extra reinforcement. You may see terms such as Corner Block Reinforced, or just Reinforced Joinery. 

When there is a corner, adding an extra piece of wood that is placed at an angle and screwed into place will help ensure the piece of furniture is stable for years to come. 

Additionally an extra layer of support may be added with glue, screws or staples. 

Remember These 3 Things When Buying a New Sofa

In summary, when you are searching for a new sofa keep in mind it’s what underneath the fabric that counts the most. Typically a lower price tag means lower quality materials have been used, which will result in a shorter lifespan of the item. 

Remember these 3 things:

  1. What type of wood was used in the construction? Hardwood = longer lifespan and greater return on investment.
    Softer wood or particle board = shorter lifespan, but easy on the wallet. 
  2. Has the wood been kiln dried? This is an important step in the manufacturing process as it dries out the wood, which will prevent warping & cracking. 
  3. What type of joinery & reinforcement has been used? Look for a joint that has been cut with precision, and essentially slotted together (almost like intertwined fingers) and then corner blocked. Stay away from a simple butt joint. 

Quality Sofa Construction: It’s All in the Foam

In this blog we will be exploring what type of foam is best for your sofa cushions. After all, isn’t the point of a sofa to be able to sit comfortably on it for years to come?! 

When shopping for a sofa, there are a few things you should look for before making your purchase. The 3 biggest factors in determining if your sofa will be long lasting is the frame material & construction, the springs and the cushion foam density. Additionally, selecting the fabric that is right for your lifestyle can play a huge part as well. If you haven’t already read our blog on the types of fabric, click here to check it out!


What does density mean?

When looking at the material specifications of any new sofa, they will generally tell you the foam density in a ‘pound per cubic foot’ measurement, or pcf for short. 

But what does that even mean? 

Density is simply a measurement of weight per unit of volume. In the case of foam it is measured in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). In other words, the density of foam is expressed by measuring the weight of a single cubic foot of foam material. 

Foams with a higher density will generally feel more firm, and can withstand more pressure. Foams with a lower density will be softer but not as durable. 

Therefore, for a longer lasting and more durable cushions you should go with a sofa that is made with a higher pounds per cubic foot measurement. 

There are 5 main types of foam or fills typically used in sofa construction.:

Standard Polyurethane
High Density Foam
Lux Foam
High Resilience Foam
Down & Feather

Keep reading for details on each of these foams or fills, and to find out which ones are considered the worst, and the best for long lasting sofas. 

Standard Polyurethane

Typically the pound per cubic foot of a standard polyurethane foam is 1.2 pcf. Sofa cushions made with this foam will not be very comfortable, or last as long as the other foams. It will last for about 1-2 years before you start to see deterioration and sink areas in your cushions. Additionally, the return rate to it’s original form is very slow. 

High Density Foam

High Density Foam is the most common type of foam used for furniture. It has a 1.9 pcf rating, but will still provide support and comfort just to a lesser degree than other foams. A high density foam will generally last around 4 years, but will get softer over time. The return rate to it’s original form is medium and it will offer a more consistent level or support and comfort than a standard polyurethane foam. 

Lux Foam

With a 2.2 pcf rating, a cushion with lux foam with provide a much firmer feel and will last around 6 years. This foam has a quick return rate to it’s original form, is durable and able to support various pressures. 

High Resiliance Foam

Made from a high grade open cell foam, a high resilience foam ranges from 2.5 to 3.0 pcf. This foam has a high responsiveness rate, and a quick return rate to it’s original form. Even though it is very springy, it still offers sturdy support and will last between 8 – 10 years. This type of foam is used in high quality sofa construction, and is the best foam type if you are looking for a long lasting investment. 

Down & Feather Fill

Even though it’s not technically a foam, most high end sofas have the option of adding down or feather fill cushions. These are a good option when combined with an inner foam core. Adding down or feather will make for a more comfortable cushion, however if combined with polyester fibers this could create lumps over time due to the fibers clumping together. 

Dacron Wrapped Foam

Some sofa manufacturers will add an additional Dacron wrap to their foam. A Dacron wrap is a polyester fiber that is used to prevent the fabric from creeping or slipping. Dacron will also help make the cushion look puffy and feel softer. 

In conclusion, typically the best foam to use for sofa cushions will have a pound per cubic foot (pcf) rating of between 2.0 to 2.5. The name of high density foam or high resilience foam can sometimes be interchangeable so we find it’s best to just look at the pcf number to determine the quality of foam used! 

At designQ, our sofa manufacturers use between a 2.1 to 2.75 pcf foam, depending on the style. Additionally, they will also do a Dacron wrap to help prevent slipping of fabric and to help the cushion maintain it’s shape! 

Happy Sofa Shopping!


Best Sofa Fabrics For Kids, Pets & Everything in Between

Did you know that when it comes to selecting upholstery for your new sofa, chair or sectional there are more things to think about beyond “What colour should I get”?  Questions such as “What are the best sofa fabrics for kids and pets” or “What is the most durable upholstery for long term use” are certainly in the top list of questions.  

Having additional choices can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, yet exciting! Read below as our resident fabric expert breaks down the other things you need to think about when investing in your custom upholstery piece.

Choices, Choices, Choices!

So many every day purchases we make come with additional choices:

  • Do you want fries with that?
  • What size do you want?
  • Which colour speaks to you?

From your simple fast-food order to your new car, there seem to be an endless amount of options to choose from to customize your purchase – and purchasing upholstered furniture for your home is no different!

However most people aren’t aware of the seemingly simple decisions you make when customizing your new sofa (or even the fact that you can customize a sofa!). These decisions are often times overlooked and they can have a lasting impact on the long-term performance of your new upholstered furniture. 

Wait a minute, performance of my furniture!?
What does that mean and how do I make the right choice?

Don’t worry, it isn’t as daunting as it may sound. One of the key aspects when selecting your new furniture piece is selecting the right upholstery fabric. There is no secret formula, it all comes down to selecting the right fabric for you and your lifestyle.

Based on price and performance, there are many different grades of fabric. The higher the grade, the more expensive the fabric. However, the highest grade does not necessarily mean that it will be the best fit for you.

So how do you pick then!? There are some key questions to start with:

  • What fabric do I like the look and feel of?
  • What is the best sofa fabric for kids and pets? How durable and stain repellent do you want it to be?
  • What room is the upholstered piece meant for, and how often will it be used?

What fabric do I like the look and feel of?

When selecting a fabric ask yourself these 2 questions:

  1. What room is this piece going into?
  2. What colour, texture or pattern do I envision in the space?

Typically, but not always, the softer the feel and more luxurious the look the more expensive a fabric can be. Natural fibers (such as velvet, silk, wool and linen) have an inherent beauty to them and they often cost more money to manufacture due to the availability of the natural resource and the delicacy of working with certain fibers. Even though natural fibers can cost more, they can also in some circumstances break down faster over time because they are a natural fiber. These fibers can be more susceptible to sun damage and abrasion than a synthetic fiber.

Synthetic fibers are man-made and for upholstery fabrics are most often polyester. Although synthetic fibers are more easily manufactured, are more durable in most fabric constructions and are more cost effective they don’t always look and feel as nice as a natural fiber.

As you move higher in the fabric grades, you will begin to notice the presence of more natural fibers or fabrics with some natural fiber content (for example, 35% linen, 65% polyester). The best way to make your initial selection on upholstery fabrics is to narrow down the look and feel you like.

What is the best sofa fabric for kids and pets? 

When looking to see how durable a fabric is, check out the ‘Double Rub Count’ of the fabric. Essentially, this just means how many times can you sit on a piece of fabric before it starts to wear down? The higher the rubs, the more durable it will be. But how many ‘double rubs’ are considered acceptable?

As previously mentioned, synthetic fibers often are more inherently durable than natural fibers. They will have a higher abrasion rating than natural fibers. There is a misperception in the industry that an upholstery fabric must have a double rub count of 100,000 to be recommended. This is not the case.  Industry associations agree that for residential use a minimum of 15,000 double rubs is recommended. In simplified terms, you could sit on a sofa 15,000 times before the fabric would start to wear down. When you look at many of the lower grade, 100% polyester items you will typically be over 50,000 double rubs. You will typically notice a lower double rub count on a fabric that is a 100% natural fiber, like linen. It is rare that a furniture manufacturer would offer an upholstery fabric that is below 15,000 double rubs so do not be discouraged by this number!

Many furniture manufacturers also offer a stain repellent or performance finish option in their higher graded fabrics. These stain repellent options not only ensure stains are easily cleaned but they often increase the durability of the fabric as well! Gone are the days of Teflon spraying your upholstery with harsh chemicals. Today’s performance finishes are applied prior to manufacturing the furniture piece and are typically baked in to seal the fabric. Imagine every fiber in the fabric coated in it’s own piece of plastic wrap. This helps stains pool on the surface for easy clean up and adds an extra coating of protection against everyday wear. The addition of the performance finish moves the fabric up to a higher grade.

What room is the upholstered piece meant for, and how often will it be used?

Now that you have narrowed down your fabric choice based on look, feel and basic performance needs let’s consider where the furniture item will go, who will be using it and how often.

If you love the look and feel of a 100% linen upholstery fabric and it is for a formal dining chair that will only be used a couple of times a year then it could be a perfect choice for you. If you like that same fabric but you want it on a white sofa in your living room and you have 3 small children with constant sticky fingers and a few animals with long nails that shed a lot, it probably isn’t the right choice.

The less durability and stain performance you require, then the more options you have. The more heavily used furniture requires more durable higher performance fabric. If you can find the look and feel in a lower grade upholstery fabric and you do not require high performance or stain repellency then go for it! Often there will be a similar fabric available without the performance finish so you need to determine whether the additional finish is worth the investment based on how much you will be using the furniture piece and how hard the use will be.

Anything else I should know?

There are other things you could consider as well based on what is important to you. 

Does the material have any recycled fibers, is it suitable for outdoor use, if it is going in a very sunny location does it have a high UV rating?

Hopefully, we haven’t scared you! Once you consider the look you want and the lifestyle needs you have to consider you will be able to make the right choice for you. As always, our expert Retail Designers are available for a free consultation to help you make the right decision for your home and your lifestyle!

If you have any questions on selecting fabric for your new furniture don’t hesitate to comment below or send us an email

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4 Most Popular Blind Styles

Did you know there is more than just 1 style of blind to choose from? If you are like most people, when you think of blinds you think of wimpy white plastic slats on a cord…

But there is more than that! Read below to learn about the 3 most popular styles of blinds, and 1 honorable mention too!

Wondering what all the components are on a blind, and what they do? Check out our blog here where we talk about the 4 main components to a blind or shade. 

The Classic | Wood Blinds

Let’s start with a classic. Faux Woods or Wood blinds are an excellent option when you are looking for a simple and timeless style to go with any decor. 

They are available in many different colors, and textures and have a few upgrade options available.

If you don’t want all the cords hanging around you can upgrade to cordless, which not only looks great but is fun too!

Adding privacy slats will remove the rout holes, which makes them easier to clean and lets less light through!

If you don’t want to see any strings or holes, then you can add decorative cloth tapes as well to give your blinds a clean finish. 

The price of faux woods and wood blinds can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Are splits required
  • Color and texture chosen by you

For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add faux wood blinds will start around $4,500 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Faux Wood & Wood blinds are covered under normal use for a period of three (3) years.

The Simplistic | Roller Shades

Roller Shades are both ideal decorative and functional choices to cover your windows. They are simple, yet elegant and don’t take away from the surrounding decor. 

Roller Shades have a wide selection of fabrics, textures and colors that will enhance any room decor. 

Remove the plastic chain and upgrade to a miracle lift system instead. Or if you want to laze about in bed all day, add a motor and just press a button for instant sunlight. 

Unless you don’t want any sunlight – then you can always add a room darkening shade and sleep your day away!

The price of roller shades can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Fabric chosen by you

Roller shades can be very cost effective. For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add roller shades will start around $3,000 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Roller Shades are covered under normal use for a period of five (5) years.

The Unique | Dual Shades

Dual Shades will bring some personality to your room. They are a unique shade that offers dual light filtering options.

Dual Shades have a wide selection of fabrics, textures and colors.

Dual Shades are just cool without having to add anything! They offer 2 vanes of fabric – one solid and one sheer. This gives you the option to let some light in, or no light at all! 

But if you want to up the cool factor even more, you can always upgrade to a miracle lift system to remove the plastic chain or add the much loved motorization option. 

If you want even more light filtering, add on a room darkening shade to the toddlers room and enjoy sleeping in during the summer. 

The price of dual shades can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Fabric chosen by you

Dual shades are about mid range for pricing. For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add dual shades will start around $3,500 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Dual Shades are covered under normal use for a period of five (5) years.

The Conventional | Cellular Shades

Although not as popular today, cellular shades still offer some great benefits. They do have a more traditional styling, but they offer the best light filtering options. 

You can choose a standard cellular style, or a “Top Down Bottom Up” style, which offers the best light flexibility.

Cellular Shades are unique in that you there are essentially 2 types of a cellular shade.

You can choose the standard up/down shade either with a cord or chain to open, or you can go cordless with the miracle lift system.

But if you really want the ultimate in light filtering control, you can choose the “Top Down/Bottom Up” style, which allows you to open the shade from the bottom and the top. 

Motorization is available as well. 

The price of cellular shades can vary depending on a few factors:

  • The number and size of windows
  • Style of cellular

For a standard home with 7 windows, the average cost to add a traditional cellular shade will start around $3,200 including install & delivery. 

** Price is approximate, and is subject to change based on each individual home and upgrades chosen by the client **

Cellular Shades are covered under normal use for a period of five (5) years.

There are of course many more styles to choose from, but those are the top 4 ones our clients and designers choose! 

If you would like a quote on any of the above style, or would like to learn more just shoot us an email! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Want to book an design consultation for your home? Click here to select a date that works best for you. 

In the meantime… check out some inspiration photos below of these most popular blind styles! 

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designQ VS designQ Shop – What’s the Difference?!

Let’s start at the beginning.

What even is designQ? 

designQ is the interior design center for Qualico Builders, and a part of the Qualico Group of Companies. 

When you buy a new home from a Qualico Edmonton builder, you will receive an interior design appointment with designQ to select your interior finishing’s .(depending on the stage of construction of your new home)

Not only does designQ service builder clients, but we also design the showhomes for those builders. Which is where the idea of designQ Shop was born. 

Now jump ahead 8 years with me.

Enter designQ Shop. 

For years we’ve had the same question get asked over and over again – where can I buy the furniture I see in your showhomes?! So we thought why don’t we offer that same furniture for people to purchase? Thus the idea was born – and now here we are!

So what is the difference between the 2? Let’s break it down below. 

When you purchase a new home through Pacesetter Homes, Sterling Homes or Streetside Developments, you automatically get an interior design appointment with designQ to select the interior finishes for your home! *

designQ Shop is open to anyone! Purchased a new home with a different builder? Live in an older home? Your Grandma really, really needs a new couch? Send them our way! 

At designQ you will select the interior finishing’s for your new home. Items such as the flooring, paint, cabinetry, plumbing, doors, railing, and so on. *

At designQ Shop you can select the interior comfort’s for your home – old or new! Items such as blinds, drapery, wall features, furnitre & decor. 

Your designQ Interior Selections appointment will always take place as far away from the possession of your home as possible. This will allow the builder lots of time to order and install the products. 

The designQ Shop appointment can happen at any time, suited to your schedule! However, we are able to coordinate the install of certain items to happen before you move in – so if you are able to get it done soon enough then go for it! 

Our entire product library is online, so you can search by the builder to see all the options they offer. You can add items to your wishlist, and then bring them with you to your appointment. 

None of the interior selection items can be purchased online, only at your design appointment. 

Most items from the Shop are available to purchase online with any major credit card. In addition you can finance your purchase through PayBright as well! You also have the option to come in to the design center for a free consultation, and purchase items at that time.

When you purchase a new home with any of the Qualico Edmonton builders, your interior design appointment is free!*

Even if you purchase a home that is already completed, all of the interior selections were selected by designers at designQ. So no matter what stage the house is at, you still get a home with designer curated selections. 

* Applicable only to homes under construction, and subject to builder’s discretion. 

An interior design consultation with designQ Shop is always complimentary, and with no obligation to buy anything! 

No matter what type of home you have, whether it’s a new build, old build, a renovation, or anything else – we would love to opportunity to help you design a beautiful space you can feel comfortable in. 

designQ is a one-stop shop! You can select everything for the interior of your home under one roof – which makes it convenient, easy and fun. Our professional interior designers work in partnership with your builder to ensure everything going into your home is accurate, and suited to your homes plans. 

However, some interior finishes may be limited to select depending on the stage of construction of your new home. 

If you have built a home with a Qualico Edmonton builder already, then we will have access to your interior selections and your job plans. Making selecting the interior comforts to coordinate with your selections quick and easy!  Our professional interior designers are also very familiar with staging by blueprints, and ensuring all furniture will fit in the intended location in your home. 

Our product library is primarily online and in the showhomes throughout the city, so there may be a bit of travel involved on your part should you wish to see a piece in person. 

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Why Adding Window Coverings to your Home is a Smart Investment

Let me start with asking you a question.

What do you expect from your windows? 

a) Thermal Control – keeping the heat in, and the cold out and vice-versa depending on the season

b) Blocking harmful UV rays from entering my home, protecting my flooring & furniture

c) Keep prying eyes out!

d) All of the above!

If you picked any of the above options, then you need to get window coverings for your home. Most people might assume that window blinds and drapery are just for decoration and light control, but that’s not entirely accurate. They play a much bigger role than one might think! 

BRRR.. Baby It's Cold Outside!

During the winter months, having the right window covering is crucial to keeping the cold air out. While any type of window blind will help insulate your windows, and keep you snug and warm, we have found that the best option is the Cellular Shade. 

Cellular shades have little built in honeycomb pockets to help add an extra layer of protection between the icy air outside, and the warm air inside. 

Whatever window covering you do choose, it’s important to keep the blind or shade open during the day on the windows that get full sun, and closed when the sun sets to create a barrier from the cold. 

Adding drapery panels around your blinds or shades can help create an additional layer of protection as well, and they also look beautiful too! 

Oh Wait.. Now It's Hot, Hot, Hot

It may be hot outside, but it doesn’t have to be inside! In the warmer months of the year, window coverings still act as a buffer but in the opposite way to winter. They can help keep the cool air in, and the hot air out. 

Blackout shades can be especially useful for blocking out most of the heat, and the light, keeping the room cooler longer. 

It’s important to keep shades, blinds or shutters completely closed and lowered on sunny windows. In doing this, you can help reduce heat gain by up to 45%. 

Keep Them Rays Out!

Ultraviolet radiation (UV Rays) is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the human eye. UV rays are present in sunlight, and can be harmful to not only your skin, but also your furniture & the inside of your home because you guessed it – UV rays enter your home right through your windows! 

Over time, to much exposure to direct sunlight can make the fabric on your sofas and chairs fade, and the wood elements prone to breaking & cracking.

In addition to potentially harming your furniture, it can also effect things like your flooring. Overtime it can dry, warp, crack or fade your beautiful hardwood flooring. 

Unfortunately they don’t make sunscreen for floors or sofa’s yet (and even if they did – can you imagine applying that every day?!) So what’s left? Your windows of course! Used properly, window coverings can dramatically reduce the amount of harmful UV rays that enter your home. 

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Peek-a-Boo.. I see you!

Your home is YOUR home. Your sanctuary. Your private getaway. Whatever you call it – it’s yours and no one else’s. So why would you want all your neighbors peeking into your windows to see if you are actually there, and not just ignoring the doorbell? 

Any type of window covering will give you the added privacy you are wanting, while still looking great as well. An added perk though to having a wood blind is you can subtly peek through them to spy on that new neighbor who just moved in across the street. 

So why should you invest in window coverings? 

a) They will save you money by reducing your overall heating bills

b) They will help your furniture and flooring last longer

c) Karen from next door will never know you are home

d) They will add value, and a beautiful finishing touch to your home!

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