Motorization is a great way to incorporate technology and ease of use with your window treatments. Although it has an added expense, the convenience and value of having automatic shades are unparalleled. So motorized is trendy and cool? Why else would you get it? Believe it or not, there are certain situations wherein motorized isn’t just a trendy mechanism, but the best option. Here are a few situations wherein motorization should be considered:


Motorized window treatments can be a worthwhile option for the elderly, arthritis sufferers, or the immobile. For some, operating window treatments (especially those with cords) can be cumbersome. More specifically, people with arthritis can have difficulty operating traditional wands and cords and therefore may need an alternative like motorization. Having to simply push a button on a remote without having to approach the window to move blinds and shades can also be helpful and convenient to those wherein mobility or fine motor skills may be difficult.

High Windows

Another example of when having automated window treatments is a practical option may be a bit more obvious: for high windows. High, difficult-to-reach windows are often seen in great rooms or hall areas. Some great rooms even have second-level foyers wherein windows and small spaces are across from stairs and the rest of the second floor. Prior to the availability of motorization, there were very few options for these unreachable windows. Either you settled for not being able to operate the window treatment, or you dealt with unsightly extended cords or wands. And, although these are two options are still available, most people opt to motorize these windows which gives them both access and control.

Room Layouts

Sometimes, a specific room layout forces the placement of the furniture in front of a window. If this is the case, getting to a window treatment may not always be easy, especially if the furniture is substantial such as a couch or bathtub. Motorized window treatments are feasible options for these instances because it helps with the limitations that the room and furniture present. You can still operate your window treatment and control your room’s lighting and privacy without having to reach over or stand on your furniture. This can be useful in smaller bedrooms where both light-control is preferred or in bathrooms where privacy is essential.

Finally, motorization is perhaps the best option for those who are fans of synchronization. Some people prefer not to have multiple window treatments that are right next to each other because it is difficult to get the treatments to be level or even. Moreover, it requires a bit of patience and effort to operate each single treatment. However, having one large treatment may not be available due to sizing or may not be visually appealing either. This can be especially true for bay or bow windows. Motorization is a viable solution in that window treatments can be programmed to move at the same time, to the same level without having to singularly address each window.

By Gina G.