HONEYCOMB SHADES & CELLULAR CONSTRUCTION
Cell shades are known by multiple names: cell shades, cellular shades, cellular blinds, honeycomb blinds, honeycomb shades and even cellular honeycomb shades and blinds. It can seem like a lot, but really all the nomenclature orbits around a singular feature in this advanced window treatment, the unique circular construction of its vanes. Cell shades have horizontal vanes wrapped in fabric, which creates hollow pockets that run the entire length of the vanes. These pockets trap air, which has insulating properties. The cellular shape of the hollow vanes is reminiscent of the shape of a bee’s honeycomb, and hence the variety of classifications for this style of window covering using vernacular like honeycomb, cellular, or cell shades and blinds. The distinctive construction of cell shades is also what gives the window treatment its reputation as having the softness of Roman shades but the exactness of blinds.
ENERGY EFFICIENT CELLULAR SHADES
Cellular shades lead the way in energy efficiency for window treatments. Their cellular construction traps a layer of air over windows when the cell shades are closed, which insulates the window. Up to 30% of energy transfer between a home’s interior and the outside world can happen through windows. By selecting insulating widow treatments like cell shades homeowners can take control of energy loss in their home to improve the overall energy efficiency of the entire structure. Cell shades can also deflect or permit natural sunlight, which means in turn deflecting or allowing free natural illumination and solar heat. These are two more tools that homeowners can use to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.
CUSTOM OPTIONS FOR HONEYCOMB BLINDS
While all cell shades retain the signature cellular construction, individual shades for homes are customizable with unique design features and aesthetic options. This gives homeowners the ability to make cell shades as individualized as their unique household and perfectly suited to meet that household’s needs.
Like all soft window treatments, the fabric of cellular shades is at the heart of its design aesthetic. Choices in fabrics for honeycomb blinds range brand by brand, but the overall selection is inclusive of a wide range of colors, patterns, textures, and opacities.
Like most styles of fabric treatments, cell shades are available in textiles that have a range of opacities. Though each brand and each model have different options available, the general range of fabrics for cellular shades can extend from sheers to blackout fabrics.
- Sheer: Translucent fabrics that allow abundant amounts of natural light.
- Semi-Sheer: Soft diffusion that still maintains view-through visibility.
- Light-Filtering: An equal mix of privacy and openness.
- Opaque: Room-darkening fabrics with tighter weaves.
- Blackout: Specifically designed to block light with tight-knit density or backed fabrics.
CELL SIZE & DESIGN
Like the slats on traditional horizontal blinds, the vanes of cellular blinds can come in a range of sizes. Smaller vanes start at ⅜” inch going up to larger vanes sizes at 1¼ inch. Additionally, customers choose from different cellular construction designs in the latest cell shade models that incorporate single cell, double cell, and stacked styles of cellular construction.
Cell shades come in horizontal applications for traditional uses over most windows. There are also vertical applications for cellular shades from select distributors that can be used over doors or especially broad windows. The orientations of individual cell shades will depend both on the size of the opening and the way the window or door opens (either side-to-side or up-and-down).
Customize the shape of cell shades to suit any number of specialty window sizes or shapes. Arches, angles, circles, cut-outs, hexagons, quarter-rounds, octagons, ovals, sidelights, skylights, trapezoids, triangles and bay or corner windows can all be covered with honeycomb shades as can French doors and sliding glass doors thanks to both horizontal and vertical applications.
OPERATING CELLULAR BLINDS
The way cell shades operate can be as important a design feature to consider when buying new cell shades as the cellular construction or aesthetic customizations available. That’s because the operating system affects how the honeycomb shade is used daily, and whether that use is easy and convenient or tedious and troublesome. Each brand of cell shades has its own version of operating system styles including traditional manual systems, cord-free systems that are child-safe and pet-friendly, and the latest in motorized operating systems with options for automated scheduling and smart-home integration.