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50 Years Experience

Local Manufacturing

Who We Are

proudly canberran

We love Canberra. It runs through our veins. You’ll catch us at GIO statdium watching the Raiders or the Brumbies every weekend.

During the week we still run the only factory in the region manufacturing window furnishings while employing almost 80 staff and supporting local jobs and the economy as much as we can.

Many of our team members have been working here with us for decades. Some for 30 or 40 years and we now also have the next generation of family members coming into the business.

We could move our manufacturing interstate or overseas to increase profits, but we’re a big believer in supporting our local communities, it’s where our staff come from, it’s who we are, and we like giving back.

Read on to learn a bit more about The Watson family’s history of putting Canberrans first and insisting on local quality products.

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1st Year

Family-run From Day One

We’ve always been a family serving families, ever since we opened our doors in 1968. John Watson launched Watson Blinds & Awnings on Lyle Street with just one employee, Pauline Hoare. 

After selling and fitting blinds transported from Sydney for a few years, John brought his wife Pat on in 1975. With Pat working as a seamstress, the Watson family was able to manufacture their own high-quality blinds and curtains—the start of an operation that’s grown much larger but remains in-house today!

Building a Reputation

With the Watson family’s dedication to quality products and above-and-beyond customer service, it wasn’t long before Australians started taking notice.

The company’s first exhibition was a huge success, and local customers continued spreading the word to friends and family. John’s “old-school” belief that cheaper doesn’t always mean better was catching on!

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10th Year
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20th Year

Passing The Baton

After just two decades, John Watson had grown Watson Blinds 500%. The company had 45 employees, a factory in Queanbeyan, and retail outlets in Fyshwick and Mitchell.

Ready to retire to Huskisson with his wife Pat, John passed the baton to his three sons, Ray, Kevin, and Peter Watson in 1990. With an ongoing commitment to quality products and putting customers first, the three brothers ensured Watson Blinds remained a business of families serving families.

Celebrating a Legacy

By 2000, what started as a humble, two-person team had grown into a multi-generational business serving Australians like you.

As the Watson family celebrated 30 years, Ray and Kevin broke new ground and, more importantly, continued working hard to make every customer feel heard, taken care of, and happy in their homes.

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30th Year
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40th Year

Changing With The Times

As Canberra grew, so did the family business. With a new showroom and factory, the Watson family kept up with advances in technology and manufacturing. 

Still operating with the mindset that “quality is remembered long after price is forgotten,” the Watson’s aimed to balance their role as industry pioneers with their longstanding history of putting customers and quality first.

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After over 50 years, Watson Blinds & Awnings has grown to almost 80 staff members and fitted out over 67,000 homes in the Canberra region.

Still the only window furnishing company with a local factory, the Watson family continues to strive for perfection and look for ways to better serve Canberra homeowners.

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50th Year

Here's What Our Clients Are Saying

Daryl Gough
7 months ago
Fantastic service, love the showroom. Couldn't be happier with products, value and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Jonathan Dawson
7 months ago
We are very happy with our new blinds and I could strongly recommend Watson blinds to anyone. Job well done.
Tom Stephens
7 months ago
The team at Watson Blinds & Awnings are one of the most professional companies I have dealt with. The install completed in my home in April 2018 looks amazing. The quality of product, communication and service has also been incredible. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing blinds or curtains and will be using them again myself in the future.
Claire Toepfer
7 months ago
Exceptional service and a high quality product. The fact that these guys are local is not just a bonus, it's essential to their business model. Quick service and installation, personal approach which helped immensely. A small error at their end was corrected swiftly and as a result we got an extra set of blinds at an enormous discount. A local company ensures that its brand is protected and so will do everything possible to keep the customer happy. So glad we chose Watson!
Charles Nowak
8 months ago
The experience I had with these guys was unbelievable, fast service, price couldn’t be beaten. They even cleaned the area that they were working around after they were done. Definitely will be recommending these guys if anyone ever needs blinds done! Keep up the good work!
Jacqueline Parker
1 year ago
Great customer service, knowledgeable staff who are happy to take you through the range and explain any questions and queries you may have. Order process was hassle free and my order arrived on time and looked fantastic. I would definitely order through Watsons' again and recommend them to anyone looking for made to measure.
Martin Gilby
9 months ago
Great customer service by Ashlee. And well organized display area.
David Peterson
9 months ago
I have my outdoor blinds fitted with very good service. Now i can enjoy the summer. Thanks Watson Blinds & Awnings.
Tina Robbins
9 months ago
Very happy with my outdoor blinds from Watson Blinds & Awnings. Professionally fitted. Thanks Watson Blinds & Awnings for this fantastic job!
The Cock and Crown Woden
11 months ago
These guys are awesome and our blinds are perfect! It's been a pleasure to deal with everyone involved at Watsons. Highly recommended.