Posted on 22 January, 2015 in
These days there are few items in our homes that can’t be automated in some way and curtains are no exception to this. It is now possible to buy fully automated curtains but why would you want to automated them and what advantages do they offer you over regular curtains?
Why you need motorised and automated curtains
Now, you don’t need me to tell you about regular curtains, they’ve been around since people first started building homes and needed somethings to give them privacy. A Motorised curtain track goes one better though, they can close with little to no interaction from you. The reason this is such a big advantage is because motorised curtains can close without you even being at home, the implications for your home security are profound. Let me give you an example of when they prove to be extremely useful, if you’re away on holidays and you’re worried about you house appearing empty, you can set your curtains on auto, to close at a set time and they’ll do so, each and every day your away. To anyone looking from the outside, you house appears to be still occupied.
What else to automated curtains do?
The elderly in particular can benefit from these types of curtain. If you know someone who has a restricted range of movement and finds it hard to carry out simple household tasks, having their curtains operated by remote can be a big boost to them. Suddenly finding that you can close your own curtains without assistance can be a big boost to self confidence and independence.
So how exactly do they work and do you need to make changes to your windows in order to use them? The answer is no, you can simply buy an automated curtain pole and use your regular curtains. No special purchases are necessary at all. The only parts that are automated are the actual curtain slides themselves, these are what the motor drives so with the installation of the control box and an electric curtain pole, you’re good to go.
So if you’re looking to automated your home and quite frankly if you’re feeling a little lazy, then motorised curtains may well be the way to go.
Posted on 20 January, 2015 in
Be sure to check out my post on motorised curtain track.
My style is unique, I must say that. There’s no one else out there at the moment in all of the home improvement and house design blogs and magazines that are decorating the way that I am at the moment.
I like to think that I tastefully blend the old and the new. I love to keep the characteristics of my home, while making it suitable for the modern world. I live in an old barn conversion which is full of wooden beams that are older then even me! There was a time when I contemplated covering over these old oak beams but instead I decided to make a feature of them.
Once I decided to do this, I had a great idea on what I would like the rest of my home to look like. I thought, I always see these ultra modern designs that are good for their own reasons but are not to my taste and I also see classical designs which I quite like. My idea was, why not make a blend of the two.
Now there are some pitfalls to decorating in this way, it can be far too easy sometimes to create a tacky look that just doesn’t work but with a little care I believe that I have been able to avoid this in my own decorations. A great example of what I’m talking about is a custom wooden lamp that I had made, the lamp looks very traditional and not out of place in my home but at the same time it is automated to me electronically controlled via a wifi connection. This means that when I enter my home, I can switch the lamp of via my mobile phone.
Now I know that a remotely controlled lamp may be a tad over the top for some people but it is this attention to detail that really sets my home apart from other homes that I see and visit. In some future blog posts I’m going to be talking about other items that you can use to automate your home such as electric curtains, that at the same time add real character and a touch of your own style.