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At CEA we collect donated second hand curtains and give them away for free to households who cannot afford curtains. Curtains from our Curtain Bank are available to anyone in need, you do not need a Community Services Card. Curtains are also available for rental properties, although a donation is expected from the landlord where possible. Donated curtains are lined and refitted where required.
Why curtains are important
Good quality, lined curtains that fit your windows well are an essential part of a warm, energy efficient home. If your curtains are thin, single layered, torn, or poorly fitting, they should be replaced. Even the energy efficiency of double-glazed windows is improved with good curtains.
Curtains we can offer
Please be aware that our supply of curtains is limited to what we are donated. We have over a thousand beautiful, good quality curtain sets but what you have in mind may not be quite there and we encourage you to have an open mind. Many of our customers are looking for natural, light colours and we may not be able to help if that is the only colour that is acceptable to you.
If you would like to have matching curtains for rooms with multiple windows (especially if they are relatively wide windows), please be aware that we may not be able to help as the donation of these kind of curtains is limited. However, our staff can find curtains which may be different but fit well together or are near identical/very similar. If you have rooms with multiple windows please indicate on your measurement form per window whether you are happy to have different curtains or rather not have any curtains for that room if we cannot find the same curtains for all the windows in that room.
Pick up of curtains
Customers in Christchurch and immediate surroundings (Rolleston, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, etc) are expected to pick up their curtains themselves from our Curtain Bank premises in Christchurch.
For customers outside these areas:
As our insulation assessors travel to Kaikoura, Ashburton and the West Coast regularly, we are probably able to drop off in these towns as well as localities along the State Highways on route there. Please be aware that you may need to be patient as we do not travel there on a weekly basis.
The Curtain Bank is a free service. However, it is not fully funded and a gold coin donation or more is very much appreciated. We especially expect a donation from landlords for fitting rentals with curtains and are suggesting a $20 donation per curtain set from landlords. You can make donations in our on-site donations box or online through our Givealittle page.
CEA Mobile Curtain Bank
CEA Curtain Bank offers a mobile service to enable us to reach those within the community who cannot travel into the Curtain Bank itself. If you are elderly, have a medical condition that's limits your travel options, or cannot access transport easily, please contact us about this service.
How to apply
To help as many customers as we can to get curtains, we will choose curtains for customers based on measurements and preferences indicated in the measurement form. We can have a waiting list for up to three months between winter and December. Please be patient, it may be some time before we can get to you. We have over a thousand curtain sets on our shelves so there are enough curtains for all households who need them. To apply:
- Fill in the 'Apply for curtains' form, or download and print it here
- Make sure that under 'comments' at the bottom of the form you list colours, patterns, etc you would prefer.
- Send/email/post the form to us.
- We will choose curtains for you based on the measurements and your preferences.
- We will contact you when they are ready for pick-up from our reception during opening hours.
The Curtain Bank would not be able to operate without the support of our loyal sponsors:
Genesis has been proudly supporting our Curtain Bank since 2010.
The Lotteries Grants Board has been supporting our Curtain Bank for many years.
Donation of curtains
We appreciate your donations of curtains. At the moment we are overstocked with some types of curtains and due to a limited storage space, we can only take curtains which:
- Are longer than 1.80m
- Are absolutely free of mould
- Are not faded or ripped
You can drop off curtains at the Curtain Bank during its opening hours. Curtains cannot be dropped off at our head office!