How Motorized Shades Can Help Kids Get Ready for Back to School

Natasha Ero | 07 Jul 2023 | Child Safety

With back-to-school around the corner, now is a great time to start getting children in the habit of waking up early. Chelsea Foy from Lovely Indeed decked out the cutest window seat in her main bedroom, and now she's back with a window makeover in the most adorable kids' bedrooms we've ever seen!

Motorized window treatments are an effective way of training a child to wake up in the morning. They can be programmed to raise and lower at certain times, letting your child know when it is time to go to bed and time to wake up. Motorized blinds can also help give children a sense of independence because they can control the shade themselves with a remote, smartphone, or voice control.

woman opening grey remote controlled window shades in kids bedroom

Kids' Bedroom Window Shades Children Can Operate

Chelsea's two kiddos have bedrooms that are cute as can be, but crummy roller shades in the windows stuck out like a sore thumb. She wanted a sleeker look and to upgrade to something her kids could control on their own without any hazardous cords.

Chelsea Says:

"When the kids were babies, we outfitted both of their rooms with these plain, ugly roller shades. They functioned sort of okay, but were flimsy and the material was really easily bent and stained. Not exactly ideal for a kids’ room. Not to mention the fact that it would be years until they could raise or lower them on their own, and even then it would be kind of dangerous."

Did You Know?

Window covering cords can be a strangulation hazard to small kids and pets. If you have little ones at home, we recommend upgrading to safer options without accessible cords. Learn more about recommended products and other safety tips.

mid century colorful kids bedroom with neutral cellular shades in window

Chelsea worked with her designer to find the best cord-free window covering and settled on Cellular Shades with a motorized lift.

Chelsea Says:

"We looked through ['s] offerings and realized that there are so many great child-safe options! I was really excited to find out that there are actually cordless, motorized options (hello, 21st century!) so that all the kids would have to do is press a button in the morning and their blackout shades would lift easily. No worrying about them standing on something too tall while trying to reach the blinds, or getting tangled in dangerous cords. So awesome."

toddler boy opening motorized cellular shades with remote in eclectic kids bedroom

In keeping with her home's clean white palette with pops of bright accents, Chelsea went with a neutral shade fabric to blend in with the walls.

Chelsea Says:

"After reviewing a few choices, we settled on the Premium Blackout Cellular Shades in Crisp Cotton. The Crisp Cotton color was a near-perfect match to our wall color, which was my hope. You know we love a white palette in our house! "

automatic window shades in colorful baby girl nursery

The convenient motorized lift is not only a safer choice, but it's fun for kids (and adults!) to use.

Chelsea Says:

"Each kid has a remote in their room mounted on the wall that they can take off, so that they can easily and safely raise and lower their own shades when they need to. They are both super pumped about that part. There are also a couple of extra buttons that you can hang on the wall elsewhere, so you can control them from multiple points in the room."

Installation is a snap as well. To put these shades in, all you do is insert a few screws, snap in the shade, and the remote comes pre-programmed, so you're ready to roll!

Chelsea Says:

"As Ryan was installing them, he was nerding out on the fact that the remotes for the shades came pre-programmed. So there’s no programming or pairing involved, you just plug them in and they magically work! Sometimes installing motorized pieces like these can get tricky or super technical, but the installation was a total snap."

Eclectic boy bedroom with grey minimalist cellular shades

mid century colorful kids bedroom with cell shades fully raised in window

Cellular shades are not only versatile in their look and operation. They also are great at blocking light. Chelsea opted for a blackout fabric which helps keep the kids in bed longer in the morning and makes mid-day naps easier.

Chelsea Says:

"I really love what they add to the kids’ rooms! And the blackout function, by the way, is vastly better than those old roller shades we had. The rooms stay nice and dark, even in mid-day. "

Side by side images demonstrating blackout window shades in kids bedroom

Get the Look!

Chelsea selected Premium Blackout Cellular Shades in Crisp Cotton with a Motorized Lift. If you need help customizing your order, designers are available to guide you through the process for free. Reach them at 800-505-1905.

Want More?

To see more of these adorable bedrooms and get Chelsea's take on her ordering experience, read her post: Safer Window Coverings for the Kids' Rooms

If you have small kids at home and want to upgrade to safer window coverings, learn more about your options in our Guide to Safer for Kids Window Treatments.

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    Natasha Ero is a Social Media Marketer for She is a native Houstonian and proud graduate of the University of Houston and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In her free time, she enjoys trying out the latest workout classes and the newest restaurants in town. Follow her on Twitter + Instagram at @nicetrynatasha.