IKEA FYRTUR Smart Blinds Alternative

The best alternative to IKEA smart blinds

So you're looking for motorized blinds (automatic shades, electric curtains... whatever you call it!) that are cost-effective.

...But you don't want to replace the blinds you already have for cheap, boring, gray ones?

Read on to compare the main features, installation, and reviews of the IKEA FYRTUR Smart Blinds against the best alternative.

Introducing the alternative...

AXIS Gear allows you to turn the blinds you already own and love into smart blinds.

  • Use your current blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Smart Home integrations included.
  • App control, scheduling, Touch Strip control, simple installation, and more!

...but how does it compare to the IKEA smart blinds?

Compare Main Features

Compare the main features of the IKEA smart blinds against the best alternative:



IKEA Smart Blinds

Max Size

9' x 9'

2' x 6'*


Your choice of: roller shades, vertical blinds, roman shades, curtains, or cellular shades.

Roller Shades


Your choice!

Plain Gray

Smart Home Integrations


"TRÅDFRI gateway" product needed

*Most windows are larger than 2 feet wide, meaning you would need two IKEA smart blinds.

Learn About Installation

Learn about the installation and set up of the IKEA smart blinds against the best alternative:

  • AXIS
  • IKEA


Cody Jensen

"...this just attaches to the beaded cord and it's motorized."​​

Learn more about installing AXIS Gear:

Compare Installation

Compare the installation and set up of the IKEA smart blinds against the best alternative:



IKEA Smart Blinds

Install Time

5 minutes

At least 1 hour


In-app installation guide for a custom install

Frustrating paper manual

Installation Service

Available thru HelloTech

Available thru TaskRabbit

Compare Reviews

Compare customer reviews for the IKEA smart blinds against the best alternative:


Average Rating

# of Reviews



Top Quote

"I tried a few options for my shades in the bedroom and none were able to lift. AXIS worked very well and it was actually simple to setup."

"Great tech, but way too expensive. I will wait till I see sane prices for smart blinds."


Ready to turn your blinds into smart blinds?

Will your shades work with Gear?

Gear works with ANY SHADE/BLIND as long as its CHAIN IS LOOPED.


Plastic beaded chain

Plastic beaded chain

Metal beaded chain

...but will it lift?

You won't find any off-the-shelf or hobbyist components under this hood. 

We've custom-engineered the internal design using only the strongest components available on the market today to be able to life shades up to 9 feet by 9 feet. 

What people are saying:


"If you're planning on installing and configure your shades on a weekly schedule and forget about them- this will be excellent."


Henry B

Best smart home purchase

This is one of the best smart home purchase we have made. Our condo is facing the afternoon sun and AXIS scheduled app is the perfect solution to automatically close the curtains and preserve the energy, thus, also lowering our electricity bills. Installation was easy, packaging was the best! It has all the materials you need.


Rich T

Ready to make your blinds smart?

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