There’s so much to love about motorized shades.
You can connect them to a lighting control system. You can connect them to an app or a smart home system. You can walk into a room with five or ten windows, hit one button, and those shades will go up or go down. Or they can go up or down on a schedule. They can even be set to come up or go down depending if the sun is out.
In other words, motorized shades offer real convenience, not to mention the wow factor.
At The Boston Shade Company, we’re passionate about motorized window shades. Below are some common questions we get along with our answers.
What should people keep in mind when selecting motorized shades?
Like any other design decision, you have typical things to consider:
- How many windows do you have?
- How big are the windows?
- What fabrics and style of window treatments do you like?
- What colors do you like?
From there, consider the technology behind the design:
- How much light do you want to let through?
- How do you want to power the shade? If it’s new construction, a very simple little wire will take care of it. If it’s existing, you can opt for wireless and battery—or, as we call them, “wire-free” shades.
In terms of fabrics, here’s what to consider:
- Solar/Sheer Fabrics. These types of fabrics let light in or diffuse light.
- Decorative. Just as they sound, motorized shading solutions can come in many different fabrics to match your décor.
- Blackout. Watch TV, sleep in, or achieve total privacy with shades created for maximum light block.
How does installation work?
Typically, we will install the motorized shades for customers, since electronic shades are a specialty item.
People could install the shades themselves, and a few do, but mostly people want to have the turnkey service. They also need some help in coaching in terms of wires, including termination of the wire and building of a pocket to conceal the shades.
When it comes to motorization, having an expert install it makes a lot of sense. We offer installation services for all the products we sell.
How does pricing work?
There is a huge range. You can have a three-by-five window and a battery-operated shade that could be $300. For a powered shade with controls and custom fabric, that shade could be five times that amount for the same size.
Here’s a good rule of thumb that we like sharing with customers: A manual shade is, on average, about 25% to 35% of the cost of the motorized shade.
Are there any other things people should keep in mind?
In addition to motorized roller blinds, we also have motorized roman shades. Motorized drapery tracks are popular as well. People should consider all the options out there.
What can people expect when they stop by The Boston Shade Company?
We’re located in the Boston Design Center, Suite 627. We have a big south-facing window that overlooks cruise ships boarding. On this one large window, we have 25 different applications that we can show. Think different opacities, different colors, sheer and solar, eco-friendly materials, blackout materials, decorative materials, and so forth.
Soon, thanks to our recent merger with Wolfers Lighting, you’ll be able to go to a Wolfers Lighting showroom and experience similar displays with our motorized shades. Choose whatever is convenient for you. You can opt to visit Allston, Waltham, or Boston.
And, of course, if you have any questions, contact us. We’re always happy to help.