Vertical blind motorization

Does anyone know of a smart kit that can drive a vertical blind. Specifically not a ****ing roller blind that is all Google wants to talk about ?

I joined this site to ask :slight_smile:

Seems the tow movement thing is a problem. I want to be able to open and close AND tilt.

This is for an 8’ window, where a roller blind (which I don’t want anyway) would look crap.

First, let’s make sure we’re talking about the same thing. Terminology in the US and the EU is slightly different with regard to window coverings.

I’m going to use the US terms, but if you are in the UK/EU let us know, and I’ll check if the Terminology in this case is different.

(I should also add that I myself am Quadriparetic, use a wheelchair with limited hand function, so I need voice controls of all our window coverings. So I follow this device class pretty closely.)

This is a vertical blind. The slats run in the floor to the ceiling direction. They typically have two controllers, one to move the blinds from left to right and one to tilt the slats. These are almost always a lightweight vinyl, sometimes covered in fabric. Until recently, the only automation options for these were very expensive custom devices, but there is actually now a less expensive DIY option that just came on the market a few months ago. But more about that later.

This is a “roller blind.“ It is a single sheet of fabric that rolls up onto a horizontal rod at the top of the window. There are several of these that work well with smartthings, including the inexpensive IKEA brand and the expensive, but really nice Lutron Serena brand. But I understand that’s not what you’re looking for.

This is a horizontal blind. The slats run parallel to the floor. Like the vertical blind, they typically have two controllers, one to pull the blind up and down, and one to tilt the slats. Some of the home automation systems in the inexpensive DIY category only do the tilt, they don’t pull the whole blind up and down. Others do both. In the US, these are often in expensive aluminum slats, but might be heavy wooden slats or fabric covered vinyl.

This is a “Roman blind“ which is basically a roller blind with built-in pleats. A lot of people think they look more upscale, but aesthetics always vary from person to person. I like some of them even on sliding glass doors. Like the roller blinds, there are a number of these which work with smartthings, including some from Lutron Serena and Hunter Douglas. These only need one motor control because there’s no tilt.

So, first question: what country are you in? The device selection does vary.

Second question: did you really mean vertical blinds? If so, what size are they, both height and width? And how much space is there above the blinds at the top, since that’s where the motor unit will go. For example, in my living room, I have floor to ceiling vertical blinds, which are 10 feet tall on a 12 foot wall. Pretty similar to the first picture I posted. But there are some vertical blinds which are very close to the ceiling and it can be hard to fit a motor unit there unless you also replace the blinds.

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I’m not the original poster, but I am also very interested in possibilities. I’m in the US. My vertical blinds do not have a cord to pull. Instead, they have a wand that can turn to rotate the blades and that can be pushed/pulled to close the blinds. I did find a “robot” for curtains that can push/pull, but the blinds cannot close if they are rotated such that blades are parallel to the the window glass, and they aren’t useful if they are closed but rotated perpendicular to the window glass, if that makes sense. So a device (or a group of devices) needs to rotate the rod then push it to open/close. I can do some electrical by myself, and while I do have a programming background I never tried to program specifically smartthings devices. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you in advance!