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Get Your Motor Running with Motorized Window Treatments

Get your motor runnin’…
…head out on the highway…
…going to a job-site…
…gonna hang those…
…blinds today.

Yeah darlin’ gonna make it happen…
…taking blinds to a whole new place…
…gonna make ’em all motorized and…
…change a living space.

(with apologies to Steppenwolf)

Motorized window treatments are extremely popular these days. They offer a level of style and convenience that is appealing to a growing number of homeowners and builders. And window treatment manufacturers are paying attention.

Cellular shades, roller shades, and pleated shades are available from several companies with a motorized lift system that allows the shade to raise and lower at the touch of a button. These can be battery powered or they can be tied into the home’s electrical system and connected to a home automation system.

There are several companies that make motorized drapery rods. Incorporate that with a timer device, and you can use the sunrise as your alarm clock. Or if there is too much direct light, set the timer for later when the sun has changed positions.

Wood and faux wood blinds can have a motor added into the headrail to allow the blind to tilt open and closed. Most blinds are too heavy for a motor to raise and lower the treatment. Currently, there is also at least one shutter manufacturer that offers a motorized tilt option on their hardwood shutter.

Now here’s something that a lot of blind dealers and installers don’t know. I can take almost any 2″ wood or faux wood blind and convert it to a motorized tilt. There is a retrofit kit that is available if you know where to look and all you have to do is remove the existing tilt mechanism, insert the retrofit kit, make a couple of connections and adjustments, and you can have a motorized blind.

We have several videos (like the one below) on our YouTube page that show motorized window treatments that we have installed.


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James A. Holloway
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James A. Holloway

James A. Holloway has been working in the window coverings industry since 2001 but it wasn't until 2009 that he took the leap and started his own installation business.

In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.

In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.

And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .
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