• Ph: (03) 9596 2335
  • Email us: sales@nichollsfc.com.au

Guide To Motorised Blinds

What are Motorised Blinds?

Motorised blinds are operated electronically with no chains or cords. They operate by the touch of a button and are powered by 240V or battery. Motorised blinds are frequently accessed via a remote control stored near by, or via a mobile phone app, enabling operation from almost anywhere in the world.

Benefits of Motorised Blinds

Motorised blinds come with many benefits:

Motorised Blinds remote
  • Convenience – The touch of a button removes the need to operate one (or ten) chains to open and close blinds each day
  • Aesthetics – Elimination of unsightly chains and operation mechanisms.
  • Child safety – Motorised blinds prevent children being able to play with cords and chains
  • Security – The ability to set timers and schedules which can make it appear people are home.

How Do Motorised Blinds Work?
Motorised blinds can operate in several ways:

  • Hardwired power (an electrician connects this to 240V).
  • Lithium Battery (no electrician is required and it needs to be charged every 6-12 months).
  • D cell batteries (Luxaflex Q motion) – (no electrician required and batteries usually are only changed every 3-5 years).
  • Solar powered (used for some external awnings in very sunny positions).

Types of Motorised Blinds

Roller Blinds

The most common and affordable product to be motorised. A hardwired motor can link up to 3 roller blinds on 1 motor (up to 10sqm). Linked blinds can only ever be operated together. If you prefer the flexibility of operating blinds independently then you would need separate motors.

Roman Blinds

Roman blind can be motorised when made on a larger headboard as the motor is placed at the top of the blind under the headboard. They can be hardwired or battery operated.

External Awnings

External awnings are frequently motorised for convenience and due to size. If awnings are motorised, they are often used more frequently as you don’t need to go outside to operate them. Some awnings must be motorised due to their size and weight, usually folding arm awnings. Awnings can be motorised by hardwired motors or solar powered motors.


Motorising curtain tracks is becoming increasingly popular. Eliminating the cords and operating a large expanse with the touch of a button is very appealing. We can motorise most curtain tracks and a single motor can power expanses well over 6 metres wide, so although curtain motors cost substantially more than roller blind motors, we need less over a large span.

Features To Consider

Remote Control

Remote control sizes vary by brand, but are usually available in a 1 channel, 2 channel, 4 channel and 16 channel size. The number of products you are motorising and their location usually determines this requirement.

Timers and Scheduling

Adding a hub to your blinds purchase allows you to set timers and schedules.  You can program your blinds to open or close at certain times of the day – handy if you need to close your blinds when the sun hits certain windows or if you are not going to be home until later that night, to ensure privacy and safety simply close the blinds from wherever you are.   Set them up on timers when you go away on holiday to make it look like you are home.

Integration with Smart Home Systems

Home automation technology has become so advanced you can now use a smart phone app to enable you to control your blinds from anywhere in the world. You can group blinds, set timers, create scenes all at the press of a button. The app can link to control not only your home, but also your office & your holiday home.

Installation Process

If you have selected hardwired motors, the Nicholls Interiors team will co-ordinate our installation time with the licensed electrician. Attending the installation together provides a neater finished result.

If you have battery controlled motors, we install and program the blinds at the installation.

Maintenance and Care

Motorised blinds require very little maintenance – it’s a set and forget if you have hardwired your blinds, all you will need to do is change the batteries in your remote control every few years. If you have lithium batteries you will need to charge them every 6-12 months, depending on the frequency of use and size of the blind.

Motorised roller blinds

Motorised Blinds in Australia

Choosing the Right Motorised Blinds for Your Space

There are a few factors to consider when choosing the best motorisation option for your space.
How difficult is it to get power to the location of the blind?
Do you want to link blinds together or do you need a motor per blind?
Are you physically capable to reach the top of the blind to charge it if you are considering lithium battery
We discuss all these with you at the time of measure to determine the best motorisation option.

Enhancing Privacy and Security

Motorised blinds provide options for enhanced security. When used in conjunction with the hub you can operate your blinds from your mobile phone when you are not home. You can set schedules when you are on holidays to make it look like someone is home.


Are motorised blinds noisy?

  1. The SOMFY Sonnesse motors are almost silent. You may be hear some noisy blinds motors, this is usually because they are an a) an older model or b) there is vibration occurring where they are attached which causes some noise.

Can motorised blinds be operated manually?

No, your blinds are either manual OR motorised and don’t have an override option.

Do motorised blinds require professional installation?

A professional installer is usually required to install motorised blinds and if you are hardwiring then a licenced electrician will also be required.

Can motorised blinds be integrated with voice assistants?

You can also enjoy the benefits of voice control using digital assistants. They are all suited to different lifestyles and different levels of home automation capabilities. The three most popular systems are: Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Homekit.

Amazon Alexa – is arguably tailored for smart home newbies. It is easy to set up, with the ability to be plugged in and used anywhere, and controlled via Android or Apple devices. Alexa is also the most widely supported hub, with many of compatible smart home apps (like MySmartBlinds).

Google Home – is much smarter than Amazon’s Alexa. It is powered by Google’s search engine technology, so it’s able to respond to a broader array of questions and commands. However, it has far less compatible smart home apps so check it covers everything you want to automate (blinds are compatible).

Apple Homekit – No home assistant is required for this option; it is used directly with your phone via Siri. Not all motors are compatible with this option so speak to us for advice first.

Are motorised blinds energy-efficient?

Electric blinds are extremely energy efficient. Not only do they use very little power to operate, but they can be used in various ways to help improve the energy efficiency of your home, whether it’s to retain heat, keep your home cool or let more warmth in.

Want to learn more about Motorised Blinds?

To enquire about motorised blinds for your home or office, please contact the team at Nicholls Interiors.


Other Style of Blinds that may suit your needs

Roller Blinds

Today, roller blinds are among the most popular on the market. They are cost effective and can complement any décor. There are a huge range of fabric and colour options to choose from in blockout, translucent and sheer densities available…..

Cellular/Pleated Blinds

Still the market leader in honeycomb shades, the Luxaflex® Duette® Shades series, including Duette® Architella® Shades and Duette® Architella® Menage Shades, is unrivalled when it comes to elegant window…

Roman Blinds

Roman Blinds are a sleek, yet practical way to decorate your windows. When raised, Roman Blinds gather into a neat, pleated stack and frame the window. They are usually fitted higher and winder than your window…

Panel Glide Blinds

Panel Glide blinds offer a contemporary take on traditional window fashions. Ideal for larger windows or doors, they feature sleek lines and a minimalist design to provide a subtle covering…

Aluminium Venetian Blinds

Aluminium Venetian Blinds provide excellent control of light, temperature, ventilation and privacy. Aluminium Venetian Blinds are simple, affordable and…

Timber Venetian Blinds

Venetian Blinds provide excellent control of light, temperature, ventilation and privacy. They are a timeless design, ideal for heritage…

Silhouette Blinds

Silhouette® Shadings operate like a conventional blind, but with technical know-how to add a whole new level of sophistication. A clever blend of on-trend design aesthetics and practicality, the innovative material used allows you to see outside, while restricting the view from the street for privacy….

Pirouette Shadings

Luxaflex® Pirouette® Shadings provide softly curved, elegant horizontal fabric vanes attached to a sheer backing for an enhanced way of controlling light and privacy for you and your family. Classically simple in styling, the delicate folds appear to float above the window, allowing light to filter through….

LUXAFLEX® Luminette® Privacy Sheers

For effortless luxury and style, choose LUXAFLEX® Luminette® Privacy Sheers. These subtly curved and timeless vertical window coverings rotate for privacy and light control, allowing a soft and flattering light to filter through to any room, while still maintaining your essential privacy….