A clear benefit of crank-operated and motorised roller blinds is that they are inherently child-safe, but apart from this significant feature they come with other unique benefits too.


Crank-operated blinds are a more popular choice than you may realise because they are simple to operate and relatively inexpensive. They can be made with a crank handle permanently fixed onto a blind, or removable and simply operate by twisting the handle which is usually mounted to the wall next to the window. This makes them a good choice for hard-to-reach windows, such as those in high ceilings where the operating chain would be difficult to use or unsafe.

Both options offer the same benefits, however, removable cranks add the convenience of being able to remove the crank handle when it’s not in use. This can help to reduce clutter and make the room look neater. You’ll also be able to use one handle to operate multiple blinds in one room which in turn will have a positive impact on the overall cost of your order.

Crank handles are available in different lengths to accommodate any blind drop size or installation height.

Another important aspect of crank-operated roller blinds to know about is that they’re available with a classic crank mechanism or heavy-duty crank gearbox. The classic option with a plastic gearbox is usually used for smaller blinds and is more favourable for blinds in residential spaces. If you’re looking to accommodate larger blinds then the heavy-duty crank will be your go-to option as it utilises a metal crank gearbox designed to handle the largest of blinds which can be ideal for commercial jobs.

Classic Crank Mechanism with removable handle (hook)

Heavy Duty Crank Gearbox with removable handle (magnetic)


Motorisation is quickly becoming the standard operating method for window blinds. Considering the restrictions of child-safety regulations and the explosive popularity of smart home technology it’s easy to see why. Available with a wide range of control options, motorised blinds can no longer only be operated with a remote but, thanks to recent technological advancement, they’ve become an integral part of the smart home notion.

Now you can control your blinds with a smartphone, or voice or make them a part of your smart home network which extends your options for what you can do with your blinds. It’s not only about the ease and convenience of use, motorisation can really make your blinds smart, adding functionality that goes beyond shading. So, compared to crank-operated roller blinds, the motorised option offers several advantages.

Easier operation

Motorised roller blinds are incredibly easy to operate as you can open and close them with a touch of a button, voice control them or through automation. Crank-operated blinds require physical effort to adjust and can be challenging to operate, especially with multiple blind setups or larger windows.

Enhanced energy efficiency

Motorised roller blinds can be programmed to open and close automatically based on the time of day or the sun’s position, which can help regulate the temperature inside your home and reduce energy consumption. In contrast, crank-operated blinds need to be adjusted manually.

More precise control

With motorised blinds, you can adjust the blinds to a precise position using a remote control or a smartphone app. Crank-operated blinds offer limited control, and you may find it challenging to position them precisely.

Improved aesthetics

Motorised roller blinds offer a sleek and modern look that can enhance the overall aesthetics of your home. Imagine, you have friends in the house and the blinds start moving automatically. That’s really classy, isn’t it? Crank-operated blinds are often seen as an older and outdated design.

Learn more about the benefits of motorised blinds such as ease of use and time-saving, security, solar protection, child safety and aesthetics here.

So, what’s the best option for your clients? This will depend on personal needs and preferences. Crank-operated blinds are a good choice if you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective option, especially for larger windows for commercial projects. Motorisation is relatively more expensive but will be a more favourable option for those looking for convenience and advanced features to provide stylish and modern solutions for residential spaces.