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IKEA Smart Shades Debut in European Union

IKEA Smart Shades Debut in European Union

Increasing its imprint on the smart home, mega-retailer IKEA has launched its first motorized smart shades into the European market with the arrival of the Kadrilj and Fyrtur products. Already available in some local stores, the cordless, wireless, and battery-operated shades are expected to be widely available for online ordering in the EU on February 2. Furthermore, it is broadly anticipated the same products (or at least the Fyrtur variation) will become available in the U.S. beginning in April.

The IKEA Fyrtur smart shades, in a gray blackout fabric design. A rechargeable battery is located behind a tilt-out flap on the left side of the headrail. Image: IKEA
The IKEA Fyrtur smart shades, in a gray blackout fabric design. A rechargeable battery is located behind a tilt-out flap on the left side of the headrail. Image: IKEA

Light Filtering or Blackout Options

Designed to work with the IKEA Trådfri Gateway, these first smart window coverings from the Swedish company are designed around a conventional roller shade form factor. The Kadrilj shade fabric provides light filtering, while the Fyrtur is a blackout design. On the IKEA site in Germany, the Fyrtur shades begin at €129 in the 60 x 195 cm size (or about $137) and are available in several sizes. The largest shade, in a size of 140 x 195 cm, sells for €159. The only color available is gray.

The light-filtering IKEA Kadrilj smart shade. The shades also include this small remote control, and the IKEA Trådfri smartphone app can be used once the TRÅDFRI Gateway is added.  Image: IKEA.
The light-filtering IKEA Kadrilj smart shade. The shades also include this small remote control, and the IKEA Trådfri app can be used when a Trådfri Gateway is added. Image: IKEA.

Wireless and Rechargeable

Out of the box, these shades are already paired with a handheld remote control, and also include a signal amplifier (this is actually a ZigBee repeater) that can be plugged into a nearby electrical outlet. In contrast to many smart shades that use banks of AA batteries, these arrive with an onboard removable rechargeable battery and a plug-in USB charging adapter.

An IKEA Trådfri Gateway in our integration labs. You will need to add the gateway to use Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant voice commands with the IKEA smart shades. Image: Digitized House Media.
An IKEA Trådfri Gateway in our integration labs. You will need to add the gateway to use Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant voice commands with IKEA smart shades. Image: Digitized House Media.

Add IKEA Trådfri Gateway for Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant

While the Kadrilj and Fyrtur shades can simply be used with the included remote control, you will need to add an IKEA Trådfri Gateway (about €30) to the home network to gain control with the Trådfri smartphone app as well as Apple HomeKit and Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant control. The Trådfri Gateway connects to the home’s router via Ethernet.

How well do these work? We don’t have any hands-on experience with them yet. We will let you know once they reach the shores of the U.S. and we can bring them into our Digitized House Connected Home integration labs.

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Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.
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