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What to Look for in Cellular Shades

How to Find the Right Cellular Shades for Your Needs


How to find the right cellular shades for your needs. Cellular shades are a popular option for window treatments because of their energy efficiency. Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, are made up of pockets of fabric that trap hot or cold air. This means that they can help keep the temperature in your home more regulated, saving you money on your monthly energy bill. If you are considering cellular shades, read on to learn more about the different options and the benefits of each.


Single vs. Double Cell

Cellular shades can be either single celled or double celled. The Double cell shades are more energy efficient and are great for particularly hot or cold environments or windows that get direct sunlight. For more temperate climates, single cell shades are more than adequate. Double cell shades are also a bit more expensive, however, over time they will save you in energy costs. 

Cell/Pleat Size

Besides single and double cell options, you can also choose from a variety of pleat sizes. Small pleats are recommended for smaller windows or for shallow windows. Medium sized cells or pleats offer a classic look that compliment many window sizes and is perhaps the most popular choice for honeycomb shades. Large pleats are perfect for wider windows. Also, because cellular shades are lightweight, they can support themselves without extra reinforcements in larger picture windows. 


Opacity refers to the amount of light that is transmitted through a material. When it comes to window coverings, there are four options of opacity: sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and opaque. What makes cellular shades unique among window treatments is that they are available in all four opacities. For main living areas we recommend sheer to semi-opaque cellular shades, depending on your light filtering needs. If you have a window that gets direct sun or hot afternoon sun, going with semi-opaque will offer more protection from the heat. Sheer will give you more light and a better view. For privacy or room darkening, we recommend opaque cellular shades. These are sometimes referred to as blackout cellular shades, making them a great choice for bedrooms. 


There are several options available when it comes to opening and closing your cellular shades. Some cellular shades fold up when opened while others roll up. Top down bottom up cellular shades allow you to lower the shades from the top, raise them from the bottom or a combination of both giving you great versatility and control. Cordless cellular shades eliminate the dangerous cords that are a strangulation hazard for both young children and even pets. Elevate your cellular shade experience with motorized shades that raise and lower at the touch of a button or even by voice command. 


The color of your honeycomb shades doesn’t just affect the style in your rooms. It can also affect heat transfer and change the opacity slightly. Darker colors will appear more opaque than lighter colors, even if the honeycomb shades you are looking at have the same opacity level. Darker fabrics also tend to absorb more heat while lighter colors will reflect light. However, if you want a darker color inside but want to reflect sunlight, you can opt for lined cellular shades. Lined cellular shades will also allow you to change up the color of your cellular shades by room while keeping a consistent look from the outside of your home. 


Cellular shades are relatively easy to maintain. Regularly remove dust by using a soft brush attachment on your vacuum. To get rid of spots, use a mild solution and be sure to test first in an inconspicuous spot. If you want to avoid treating spots, we recommend that you not install cellular shades in kitchen windows, especially if it is near your stove where grease might splatter, or fully opening your shade while you cook to keep it out of the way. 


Cellular shades come in a variety of options that allow you to customize your style and energy savings. If you are ready to explore your honeycomb shade options, our experts can help you through the entire process, from measuring to choosing options to installation to ensure a custom and perfect fit to your windows. Schedule your free in-home consultation and quote online today. 

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