Honeycomb shades are the chic and contemporary alternative to curtains thanks to their sleek design, minimalist appearance and energy efficiency.
Also known as cellular shades, this window treatment is a solid and practical choice that’s easily recognizable because of its unique honeycomb pattern.
If you’re planning to install this versatile window covering, consider its pros and cons before making your final decision.
Cellular Shades: Advantages and Disadvantages
Are you looking for an energy-efficient window covering that’s both attractive and functional? Cellular shades have their drawbacks but are a great choice.
1) They’re Energy-Efficient
The most valuable aspect of honeycomb shades is their insulating properties. This window treatment’s design traps air in stacked rows of honeycomb-shaped fabric cells, thus controlling drafts and keeping the temperature constant. This keeps your home warm in winter and cool in summer, thus reducing the need for air conditioning and heating.
2) They Offer Light Control
Whether you want a complete blackout or need light filtration, honeycomb shades come in a wide range of fabrics and opacities. For example, opaque fabric blocks out light in your entertainment room while a translucent fabric will filter light in your living room. That said, you can easily raise the shades whenever you want to allow light in or lower them when you need a darker environment conducive to sleep.
3) They’re Sleek and Contemporary
Apart from their functionality, they’re a beautiful addition to your home that freshens your interiors. Their sleek and versatile appearance lets them blend seamlessly with many styles of home décor, including rustic, contemporary, industrial and minimalist. Whether you live in an urban loft or a country farmhouse, these shades are perfect for your home.
4) They Offer Privacy
Are you looking for window treatments that offer great privacy? Then single- or double-cell honeycomb shades are the right choice.
Suitable for homeowners with windows overlooking a neighbour’s property or a busy street, these window treatments are difficult to see through once lowered. Choose double-cell shades with room-darkening fabric for additional privacy.
5) They Cancel Noise
Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of nearby streets. The cellular construction of honeycomb shades blocks outside noise by capturing air coming through windows to create a quiet and calm environment.
6) They Come Cordless
If you have children and/or pets, safety is a priority when selecting window coverings. Honeycomb shades are available in cordless motorized styles, meaning you can lift or lower them via remote or smartphone application. This avoids the hassle and potential danger that come with cords.
7) They’re Durable
Cellular shades are a durable choice because they’re usually made of a mixture of bonded polyester and spun lace that stays strong for many years. This makes them a worthwhile investment that provides good value for money.
8) They’re Customizable
You can make your honeycomb shades your own by customizing them in a variety of sizes, fabrics, colours, opacities and operating systems. Consult our window treatment expert to learn about your customization options.
1) They’re Not Easy to Clean
The honeycomb structure makes it difficult to clean because dust and dirt accumulate in the cells. Failing to dust or vacuum them regularly makes it tricky to clean every cell.
2) They’re Expensive
High-quality cellular shades don’t come cheap. Although there are more affordable varieties, high-grade fabrics, motorization and double-cell design will cost more. Customized shades are twice the cost of the ready-made kind.
3) They’re Not Eye-Catching
As mentioned, honeycomb shades blend seamlessly with a wide range of decor. This means they’re not meant to make a style statement, unlike certain draperies and curtains which can be a room’s focal point.
4) They’re Not Flexible When It Comes to Light
Unlike Roman shades or blinds where you can tilt the vanes or lift/lower the shades to allow in light, honeycomb shades don’t offer this option. You can either raise the shades or lower them completely – that is all.
Cellular shades are a versatile addition to any home and can lower your utility bills significantly. They also have more positives than negatives. If you’re looking for window coverings that are simple, safe, durable, energy efficient, customizable and sleek, honeycomb shades are the right choice.