Ikea is set to launch the smart blinds named KADRILJ and FYRTUR with support for HomeKit and the TRÅDFRI gateway that already controls the company’s smart bulbs.
This is not Ikea’s first step into smart home as they have previously launched the smart bulbs and the Smart plug, but the later has been a rocky launch for them as they had to pull the HomeKit support.
Update – Launch in Europe in August and US in October. More information here
IKEA Smart Blinds design and specs
The KADRILJ and FYRTUR have been spotted on the German website, but they’re currently not showing up in the UK or US. But after reaching out to Ikea today, to confirm when the wider launch of the smart blinds will take place it looks like the UK is set for the 1st Feb 2019.
The two different models in IKEA’s smart blind range include the
- The FYRTUR is designed as a blackout blind which is powered by a rechargeable battery with HomeKit support
- The KADRILJ is more of a traditional blind that lets light through with a rechargeable battery and HomeKit support.
Confirmed European sizing for IKEA smart blinds are;
IKEA says that neither smart blind cannot be shortened, so you are stuck with the 195cm drop.
Both models are slightly bulkier than normal blinds and this is due to the rechargeable battery, the motor and the other smart blind components that are built in.
As mentioned already, IKEA are linking the Smart blinds with its existing TRÅDFRI lighting gateway. That means the new smart blinds can be controlled using Alexa, HomeKit or the Google Assistant.
If you don’t want to use one of the smart home services you will be able to use a remote to control the blinds.
One of the noticeable emission is a solar charging solution, which can normally be attached to smart blinds.
So it will mean that you will need to recharge the battery when they run out of power, but IKEA could bring this solution at a later date.
Pricing & Availability For IKEA Smart Blinds
The IKEA Smart blinds were originally going to be available Feb 2019 in Europe and April 2019 in the US, however IKEA has confirmed that shipping is delayed until “summer 2019”
Ikea has priced the smart blinds at 99 EUR and 155 EUR depending on the size, that would equate to around £89 and £139 in the UK and that is a low priced when you compare to similar smart blind products.