Mad About Motors: Motorized Blinds for Your Home

Abigail Sawyer | 09 May 2013 | Motorized

How do you know when it’s time to go motorized? Sure it seems fancy and futuristic, but today’s technology will give you full control and convenience you never knew you could have.

Think about your garage door. Before motorized garage door openers, a person had to get out of their car and raise the door by hand. And televisions – do you remember the days when you had to walk across the room to adjust the set?

60s television

Remote controls bring added convenience that just make life a little easier.  Think about being able to adjust all of the blinds in a room with the push of the button. Now’s the perfect time to upgrade.

When To Go Motorized:

Hard to reach windows

Traditional corded blinds in high or hard to reach windows require long, unsightly cords that hang all the way down to arm’s reach. Get a sleeker look and easier operation with motorized blinds.

Windows behind furniture

Window cords behind furniture can be difficult or even impossible to operate. Raise and lower these blinds or shades effortlessly with the programmable remote control.

Homes with small children or pets

Window cords can be a strangulation hazard for children and pets. If you have little ones running around, motorized or cordless blinds are recommended.

Motorized Roller Shades

Bali Solar Shades with Motorized Lift

If you’ve lost strength or dexterity

Many factors can make it difficult for some to perform physically strenuous tasks. With a motorized blind, anyone can raise or lower it without having to support the weight of the shade on a cord.

Homes with many windows

Adjusting a room full of blinds by hand can be a lot of work. The programmable remote can adjust an unlimited number of blinds simultaneously, or five groups of blinds independently. 

What’s Inside?

Somfy Motor

All motorized window coverings from Bali are equipped with Somfy Motors – the most reliable, durable motors on the market. The motor is powered by a long lasting lithium battery wand, so no costly hard-wiring is necessary. To install, just load batteries, mount the wand to the window frame, install your shade as normal and connect the wand to the shade. It’s that easy.

Bali motorization by Somfy

Shades can be raised or lowered with a radio frequency remote that works from virtually anywhere in your house. Choose a single channel remote to operate one shade or one group of shades simultaneously, or a five channel remote if you’d like to operate 5 shades (or groups of shades) independently.

The Somfy remote is fully programmable. The tech geek in your life will have fun setting it up, but the programming steps are simple enough for anyone to follow. The MY button on the remote can be programmed to remember your favorite position every time. Just press the button and it’ll automatically adjust. Learn more about how to program your remote.

What Can I Motorize?

Motorized woven wood shades

Bali Deluxe Woven Wood Shades with Somfy Motorization

Motorization is available for nearly every window covering style:

Roller Shades

Aluminum Blinds (also available with motorized tilt)

Pleated Shades

Cellular/Honeycomb Shades

Wood Blinds (also available with motorized tilt)

Roman Shades

Woven Wood Shades

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw