Each morning you wake up and get ready for your day, leaving your blinds open to capture heat - only to return in the evening and it’s all gone. You endure the laborious task to open and close your blinds, but the energy savings are lost at the final hurdle.

All this wasted time and increasing energy costs raises an important question for our readers:

How much do electric blinds cost?

Based on average window sizes in the UK, the starting price for an electric blind is around £90. Adding a remote control won’t pinch your wallet too much, but full-on automation could add as much as £100 extra for the whole home.

To help you get to grips with the costs, we’ve broken down each of the factors that go into pricing a brand-new pair of electric blinds:

What affects the cost of electric blinds?

The price of electric blinds is affected by the size of the blind, the type of fabric, and the accessories that you choose. The motor is the most expensive part of an electric blind, and the fabric type and accessories can also add to the cost. However, electric blinds are still a relatively affordable option, especially when compared to other types of blinds such as wooden blinds, roman blinds, and shutters.

To find out more, carry on reading below, or skip ahead with one of the links:

Electric blinds cost: Motor

The unmistakable beauty of natural light shining through your windows elevates the atmosphere of your home and offers an instantly luxurious touch to your décor.

Covering your windows, therefore, requires an equally elegant finish.

Although choosing the right fabric is essential to perfecting any room, it is the powerful motor that makes up the bulk of the cost.

To highlight this difference, here are two of our fabrics priced for a medium-sized window in both the dimout and blackout materials:


There’s a small, yet meaningful difference in the price of a blackout lined material, but both fabrics have an uplift of more than £60 if you want to buy the motorised version:


Fabric Dimensions Price *
Riva Bare 120 x 120 cm £97.51
Riva Blackout Bare 120 x 120 cm £109.05

Motors with similar specifications retail at much more, making these prices even more affordable than DIY alternatives.

However, for those of our readers that are interested in making blinds for themselves, we recommend choosing a motor that can handle the weight of the fabric.

To ensure longevity with all the blinds we sell, we always match an appropriate motor within the manufacturer recommended sizes. In this case, all our electric blinds use Cruze® motors.

Here’s what they look like:

Electric blinds cost: Fabric

High-quality fabrics with their premium linings and textured weaves also contribute to the overall cost of the blind. Prices scale in this same way whether they are manual or motorised blinds.

Below we’ve provided two pairs of prices to highlight the difference between dimout and blackout fabrics:


Dimout Fabrics Dimensions Price *
Burst White Lotus 120 x 120 cm £94.72
Riva Bare 120 x 120 cm £97.51


Blackout Fabrics Dimensions Price *
Amor White Lotus 120 x 120 cm £102.68
Riva Blackout Bare 120 x 120 cm £109.05

Premium fabrics, such as the above with a blackout lining, are consistently more expensive than their dimout counterparts. This extra expense makes sense for bedrooms and nurseries, but you may be happy with the dimout version in your living room or kitchen.

If you’re not familiar with the difference between blackout and dimout fabrics, then you may want to read our transparent guide to window opacity.


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Electric blinds cost: Accessories

Conventional blinds do not benefit from ‘accessories’ such as remote controls, chargers, or smart hubs. However, they are essential for motorised blinds which lack any manual controls.

Below are the key accessories you may need to consider when purchasing electric blinds:

Charger

Battery powered electric blinds offer a wireless experience but need charging every few months once they run out of energy.

The good news is that you’ll only need one charger per household.

Each blind takes up to 6 hours for the battery to be fully charged but will only need charging about twice per year.


Product Price *
Cruze® Charger £9.80

Cruze® Remote Control

Remote controls offer a cost-effective way to control your blinds, neither requiring a smart device nor a connectivity kit to operate.

We offer two options, but the principles are the same for other brands too:

  • Cruze® Single Channel Remote
  • Cruze® 4 Channel Remote

The number of channels on the remote function much like radio stations; each channel is a specific radio transmitted frequency to control the blind.

The single-channel remote can be used to control one blind independently, or up-to eight blinds in unison; a great choice if you only need a single blind or room to be motorised.

Ultimate flexibility is at your fingertips with the 4-Channel remote, which includes four single channels and a group channel.

This remote, like the single channel, can be used to operate up-to eight blinds per channel with the extra functionality to control all the blinds with the group channel. The perfect choice for automating blinds in multiple rooms.


Product Price *
Cruze® Single Channel Remote £13.99
Cruze® 4 Channel Remote £24.99

TaHoma Connectivity Kit

Smart devices can also control electric blinds when using a connectivity kit, making it easy to raise or lower blinds through, ‘Alexa’, ‘Hey Siri’, or ‘Hey Google’ commands.

Cruze® blinds are also supported with the Cruze x Somfy application for your smart phone, but still require a remote control to setup. Once fully configured you can control your blinds with the mobile app from anywhere in the world.


Product Price *
Somfy® TaHoma Connectivity Kit £79.00

How does the cost of electric blinds compare to other types of blinds?

Electric roller blinds aren't as expensive as you would expect when you compare them to other blind types. Most people would expect them to be more expensive than real wood blinds and roman blinds, but due to the cost effective motor we supply we're able to charge a reasonable price for such a luxurious product.

Cost examples of different blind styles for the same window size:
Blind Style Dimensions Price *
Roller Blind 120 x 120 cm £31.46
Vertical Blind 120 x 120 cm £50.01
Faux Wood Blind 120 x 120 cm £62.12
Aluminium Venetian Blind 120 x 120 cm £69.32
Day and Night Blind 120 x 120 cm £82.10
Electric Roller Blind 120 x 120 cm £97.51
Real Wood Blind 120 x 120 cm £103.71
Roman Blind 120 x 120 cm £141.07
Shutters 120 x 120 cm £720

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FAQs

Are electric blinds expensive in UK?

No, if you compare the cost of electric blinds to other blinds including wooden blinds, roman blinds and shutters, they are much cheaper than you would expect.

Are electric blinds worth the money?

Electric blinds may seem like a luxury, but they can be worth the investment if you prioritise convenience, energy efficiency, and ease of operation.

Do electric blinds use a lot of electricity?

Electric blinds are powered by a built-in rechargeable battery. On average, an electric blind only needs to be charged twice a year. This is because the motor is very efficient and only consumes a small amount of power.

Are electric blinds easy to setup and install?

Fitting and setting up DIY electric blinds is straight forward. Our installation experts have created step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos to guide you through the process from start to finish. Find all the straightforward steps, along with equipment lists, on our specially-created How To Install Electric Blinds Guide and How to Set-up Electric Blinds Guide.


If you're interested in buying electric roller blinds, we recommend ordering up to 10 free samples from our selection.

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* All price tables are for illustration purposes only; last updated May 2022.