Indoor or outdoor mounting: For a cleaner look, you should install the curtains or blinds on the window frame. Measure the depth and take into account window handles or anything else that could hit the blind. Consider where you can drill holes to attach the mounting brackets and whether the chosen location can support the weight of a blind. An outside bracket doesn’t look as nice, but it’s easier to install and can cover the window completely to block more light. Inside mounted blinds always have small gaps where light can pass through. If you are looking for a completely dark bedroom, the best way to do it is to combine interior curtains with curtains.
Material and finish: You can get curtains and blinds in many different styles. Take your time choosing the material and color you want and think about opacity. If you only want a privacy curtain for a living room that faces the street, choose something that lets in a lot of light. If you are trying to conserve or block heat or reduce noise, a thicker curtain may be helpful. For a more stylish look, it’s worth thinking about a valance that covers the top of the blind (most manufacturers offer these as an added extra).
Force: Smart curtains and modernized smart blinds and shades require energy. Most come with a rechargeable battery and can usually be charged on-site with a long enough cord (if you don’t have an outlet nearby, use a power bank). Some curtains use standard batteries that you can change and remove, although we recommend rechargeable batteries for them. Small solar panels are another common option that will keep your blinds charged, but you may not like how they look from the outside. In any case, always fully charge the battery before installation.
Connectivity: Most curtains come with a remote control. But to put smart into smart curtains, you need a hub that your curtains can connect to. This will allow you to control the curtains from your phone or via voice commands. Think about your current smart home setup and voice assistant preferred when purchasing curtains to ensure compatibility. You can sometimes connect to the curtains via Bluetooth, but it is unstable, low range, and slow compared to Wi-Fi or Zigbee.
Automation: The number one reason to purchase smart curtains is automation, so be sure to research what’s possible when purchasing. While any smart blind can be automated to open and close at set times, some can be set to close at dusk and open at dawn. You can also have motion sensors to trigger some curtains to open when you enter the room in the morning, or have the curtains close automatically when a certain temperature is reached in the room. You may need some additional devices for more complex automation.