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Steph has had a standard roller shade in the office for a long time. It's served well to darken the room and block the sun, but it's always been a bit temperamental.
More than once, it has unexpectedly rolled itself up tight to the ceiling necessitating a stool to get it back down into place!
Or, despite coaxing it to roll back up, it stubbornly refuses to budge! All, first world problems we know, but there had to be a better solution.
Steph had been researching motorized options when she came across an Ikea version. The price was right and the width was almost right so she decided to give it a try.
Follow along as she installs the new shade and reviews what she likes and dislikes.
1. The Price
2. Easy Install
Like many of Ikea's products, installation could not have been much easier.
Steph started by removing the old shade.
We were not sure where we wanted to hang it so we tried out a couple of scenarios.
We decided right above the window would be best. That way, it would be easy to reach and replace the battery without having to get out a step stool.
3. Simple Remote
It doesn't get much easier than a two button remote!
The remote can be stored on a wall via the included magnetic base.
There are three ways to control the shade including the remote, the two buttons to the left of the battery compartment or with the separately priced TRADFRI gateway (see pic below) to be able to use your phone.
4. It Works!
5. Ikea Customer Service
6. Limited Manual :(
Anyone who has ever put together something from Ikea knows the manuals are very succinct! Unfortunately, a bit more information could have easily eliminated Steph's call to customer service.
She ended up researching the issue she was having on a Reddit thread to find the solution.
Ikea could easily add a troubleshooting section in the manual or at least add a notation to the product page about known issues.
7. Limited Sizes :(
We have been enjoying the convenience of this remote control shade. This office gets a lot of light throughout the day and it's nice now to be able to stop the shade midway to control the amount of light that streams in.
I am wondering why Ikea calls this a blind. I would call it a shade as I think blinds are window coverings with slats. Interesting. What do you think? Is this a blind or a shade?!
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don't claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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