Cellular blinds have become very popular due to their style and the fact that they have the ability to block not only light but also heat, cold, and sound. These blinds, commonly known as Honeycomb shades can help reduce utility bills and can increase the feeling of overall privacy in the home where they are installed. There are varying styles even within the cellular style and variances that include
- The size of individual cells
- Whether the shades have double or single cells
Choosing the Right Cell Size
The size of cells in Honeycomb shades are generally classified as small, medium, and large depending on the diameter of the individual cells. Making the choice on what is best depends on the window where the blinds will hang as well as the look you want in your home.
Small cell shades measure at 3/8″ per cell. It is usually recommended that they be used on smaller windows. If the window is too large, having a lot of individual cells can look like too much for the space. Conversely, on a small window having a smaller size cell allows for plenty of cells to exist on an individual window.
Medium sized cells have a diameter of approximately 1/2 inch and are best used for medium sized windows, such as those in bedrooms. They are often seen as the most economical size.
Large size cellular shades have cells that are 3/4 inch per cell. These shades look great in wide picture windows, but the look is not the only consideration. A larger cell also means that each square foot will weigh less than if it is covered with a shade made with smaller cells. A lighter shade will be easier to support and is less likely to need extra reinforcements.
Another thing to consider is whether to put in double cell or single cell shades. Single cell shades have one layer of cells stacked on each other and they are capable of trapping one extra layer of air between the inside and outside of the home. They can dampen the effect of both hot and cool air. With only one layer of cells, these shades have a pleated look. Because they are lighter overall, they are commonly paired with other window coverings, such as curtains and other accessories such as a valance or cornice.
A double cell blind have two layers of cells that are stacked and intertwined in order to provide even more insulation against the elements and can even help compensate for drafty windows. Not only are light and hot or cool air blocked even more efficiently than single cell blinds, but the pockets can also muffle outside noise such as traffic or the neighbor’s lawn mower.
Whether cellular shades are single or double layered, they will block out 99% of ultraviolet light that can create glare, increase heat, and cause fading to art and furniture in the home.
In Southern California, Arjay’s Window Fashions has a wide selection of window coverings, including both single and double cell shades. Since 1975 we have been striving to improve our service as well as our selection and even offer extra conveniences such as automation. Contact us to discuss what type of window covering will work best for your home.