Ikea smart blinds are a cheap, alternative home security system

Ikea smart blinds will help you beef up home security, wake up naturally and more – here's everything you need to know

Ikea smart blinds
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Ikea smart blinds may seem like a feature of the home of the future, but they're actually an accessible addition to a modern home that can help beef up home security, rouse you from your slumber and much more.

Far from an unnecessary gimmick, Ikea's smart blinds serve a variety of practical purposes, one of the most significant being their ability to enhance home security at a fraction of the price of a regular smart security system. They're also a great alternative if you're looking for a less invasive security solution than cameras and motion detectors. Plus, they retail at a fraction of the price of similar smart blinds on the market.

Discover more about Ikea's smart blinds below, then head over to The Hub for more smart home news, advice and information.

Ikea smart blinds

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1. Use smart blinds to enhance home security

As lockdown measures are lifted, we're anticipating seeing a surge in the number of people visiting family and friends they've been separated from, as well as embarking on the odd mini break. And in these instances, smart blinds are just what you need to give the impression that someone's home – even when they're not. 

Simply raise your blinds, as you usually would in the morning, and lower them as it starts to get dark in a bid to ward off onlookers. How? Using your synched smart phone, which allows you to control your blind from any location.

Pair them with smart plugs or smart lightbulbs to turn on lights, too, and your house will look fully occupied.

2. Wake up naturally

You've likely heard of wake up lights, which use artificial light to replicate the sunrise and make it easier to wake up (as the name suggests) on dark winter mornings. Smart blinds could help you take this one step further.

By scheduling your blinds to raise as the sun begins to rise, you can really tap into your circadian rhythm and allow yourself to rouse as nature intended. You'll be amazed how much this eases stress on the mind and body, making mornings significantly less painful.

Disclaimer: we'd recommend setting a conventional alarm, too, just in case.

3. And make your morning routine more efficient 

In addition to making the process of waking up easier, Ikea smart blinds could also make your morning routine more efficient.

How? By allowing you to raise all of your blinds in one go. Yes, really. At the touch of a button, you could ensure the blinds in every room of your home are opened, shaving minutes off a hectic morning. 

4. Keep rooms cool during the warmer months

Much like shutters, blinds are a great solution for keeping rooms cool. Simply lower your blinds in the afternoon, using your synced smart phone, and benefit from cooler spaces in the evening. A great option for when the weather (hopefully) warms up again.

Ikea smart blinds

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5. Control blinds in hard-to-reach places

Ikea smart blinds also offer a super practical solution for those with skylights and windows in hard-to-reach places. Use the accompanying remote to raise and lower blinds as suits. 

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Emily Shaw

Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to pursue another career, but still loves a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.