Slow and Dirty Dashboards

Home Assistant has a lot of functionality, everyone's favorite being dashboards.

Slow and Dirty Dashboards
Photo by Luke Chesser / Unsplash
It's been a minute, hasn't it? I was busy at work, the startup life continued to cause burnout for me, and the following tech crash meant that I would not be working for a few months as I tried to pick up the pieces of what remained of my work and move forward.
♥️ The recession has hit us all hard, some more than others, as 10s of thousands of tech workers have been laid off. I feel lucky that I don't feel like I'll be on the market for long and that I can finally create the content I want across my entire suite of blogs and YouTube channels.

I have recently been down a large rabbit hole with my favorite home automation software, Home Assistant. You can expose as much or as little of your smart home to the wider internet or move everything off the cloud and keep your devices local behind a firewall and separated from your main network and a VLAN.

I'm not interested in ligating this at the moment; what I want to write about today is Home Assistant dashboards.

What are dashboards?

Dashboards are just that; a place where you can collect different aspects of your Home Assistant instance using Lovelace cards that display that information in a visual way[1].

  1. Or the UI, as it is called. ↩︎

⚠️ I am trying to figure out who my audience is for this blog so please keep that in mind while reading this. If this is too basic for you, reach out to me so that I can understand what you want to read, what you don't, and your skill level, and I'll adjust these articles based on that feedback.

Can you please just show me examples??

Sure! Here are a few of my dashboards in Home Assistant below.

Office on the Home dashboard

Living room


Smaller dashboards of note

I have dashboards in the sidebar I am currently configuring.

Home and device stats

Energy monitoring stats

Media center


Have an interesting dashboard?

I'd like to hear from you! You can send me your dashboards at dashboards at Suburban Smarts dot org.