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When searching for a window treatment, you want something that delivers exceptional style and functionality to the maximum. Luckily, you have many choices to make depending on your needs, style, and of course, budget.

Honeycomb blinds, also known as cellular blinds, are a popular yet stylish window treatment that fits well in most homes. The blind has exceptional insulation features to help keep your spaces cool during the summers and warm during winter. It’s for this reason that most homeowners are opting for this style of blinds.

But before you invest in cellular blinds, there are some things you need to know about this window dressing. Here is everything you need to know before you buy. 

What are honeycomb blinds?

Honeycomb blinds or cellular blinds are unique window coverings renowned for their insulation properties. The blinds have honeycomb-shaped pockets on each cell to trap air to the window. The name ‘honeycomb blinds’ is derived from the structure of the window dressing.

Cellular blinds also serve other purposes like light filtering and privacy control. The unique thing about these blinds is the innovative honeycomb shape of the fabrics.

Pleated cellular honeycomb blinds pulled down.

The pros of having honeycomb blinds:

Honeycomb blinds come with excellent features making them a popular option in homes and offices. Some benefits of honeycomb blinds include;

Providing excellent insulation

The most outstanding benefit of cellular blinds is their insulation properties. During summer, when there is excess heat outside, the blinds will block out the heat from the sun to keep your house cool. Likewise, during cold months, cellular blinds will keep out the cold to make your home warm.

This makes your house comfortable for the occupants in all seasons. By providing insulation, honeycomb blinds increase energy efficiency in your home. You won’t need to use or strain the AC to control the temperatures in the house, which lowers electricity costs.

If you want to enjoy maximum insulation, double cell honeycomb blinds are an ideal choice.

Better privacy and light control

In addition to the excellent insulation properties, honeycomb blinds are also great for maintaining privacy in your home. Since the blinds are multi-layered, it is difficult for someone to see through them, ensuring privacy.

Although translucent cellular blinds allow light to filter through them, you can not see through them. Depending on the lighting levels, you can only see shadows of someone standing next to honeycomb blinds at night.

Blackout honeycomb blinds provide better light control by blocking out all the light entering your spaces. They are excellent for bedrooms, kids’ rooms, and other areas that require maximum privacy. When closed, you can easily catch some sleep even when the sun is still shining bright.

Double cell honeycomb blinds with blackout or room darkening fabrics provide an additional layer of privacy.

Noise cancellation

If you like a cool and relaxed environment, honeycomb blinds are must-haves for your house. The blinds come with noise cancellation features to block out any unnecessary noise from the outside. This is beneficial, especially if you live on a busy street or near a manufacturing company that produces loud noises. Due to this feature, honeycomb blinds are practical in media houses.

Versatile

Cellular blinds are among the most inconstant window dressings in the market today. The blinds can be designed to serve different purposes, all at once. Honeycomb blinds come in multiple styles, colours, and textures to add a touch of class and beauty to your home.

The standard method of opening these blinds is using cords. However, this can be dangerous for kids and pets living under your roof and result in strangulation risks. Luckily, there’s an option for motorised honeycomb blinds, which are child-safe. The cordless lift system allows you to open and close your cellular blinds at ease.

Still, you can use a remote control system or a motorised wand to operate honeycomb blinds.

A pair of cellular blinds halfway closed to allow a small amount of light through the room.

Understanding honeycomb blinds cell sizes:

Honeycomb blinds come in various cell sizes, and it’s essential to understand each of them before making a purchase.  It’s worth knowing that not all cell sizes will work on your windows. If you buy the wrong size, you won’t enjoy the full benefits of honeycomb blinds.

Honeycomb blinds can be single-celled or double-celled. The latter offers better insulation, cutting down the costs of energy bills significantly. Double cell honeycomb blinds are heavier than single-celled ones and are not ideal for large windows. Due to the massive weight, the blinds will strain the cords and sometimes cause bowing. Double-cell honeycomb blinds are ideal for small and mid-sized windows.

Single-cell honeycomb blinds are light and provide less insulation than their counterparts. They are excellent for large windows and are just as beneficial as double cell honeycomb blinds. The only thing that’s different between these two styles is the degrees of insulation.

In addition to being single and double, the cells on cellular shades are either small, medium, or large. The smaller cells have narrower wrinkles, perfect for a small window. Medium-sized cells are the most common as they provide a balance for almost all window sizes. Large-sized cells measuring about 3/4” come with massive pleats to offer sophistication and refinement to any window.

How to clean honeycomb blinds:

Cleaning is one of the essential maintenance requirements for honeycomb blinds and every type of window treatment. You don’t need to break a sweat to clean your cellular shades. If your honeycomb blinds appear dingy from stains and dust, use these tips to clean them.

When cleaning honeycomb blinds, you should do it the right way to avoid damaging the fabrics. For starters, make sure you have the following; 

  • A vacuum with a hose attachment
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Compressed air 
  • A mild dish soap

Window shades appear dingy because of surface-level dust and dirt. Use the vacuums’ brush attachment to sweep across the fabrics of the honeycomb blinds. Make sure the vacuum has a brush attachment before vacuuming, as this may deform and crumple the materials of the blind. Use the can of compressed air to blow out any debris from inside the fabrics cells.

If there are stains on your honeycomb shades, use mild dish soap and warm water to blot the stain away. Here, you’ll need to use a lint-free piece of cloth, dip it into the soapy water and gently wipe the stains out. When wiping, do not scrub the fabric as this may cause it to pill. To prevent water rings, use another clean cloth to blot the fabric dry.

Do not make the fabrics overly wet, as this may cause them to lose shape. Never should you submerge your honeycomb blinds in water.

If you find it challenging to clean honeycomb blinds, hire a professional to get the job done the right way. Usually, professional blinds cleaning services come with specialised cleaning techniques, including ultrasonic cleaning. This can safely and thoroughly remove any dirt, dust, and stains on the cellular blinds without causing any damage to the window treatments.

A pair of closed cellular blinds blocking out the light from entering the room.

Honeycomb blinds – Buying guide:

Now that you understand everything about cellular shades, it’s time to dress them on your windows. However, there are a few considerations when buying honeycomb blinds. Here are some things to consider before investing in this popular style.

Your needs

Identify the primary reason for installing blinds in your windows. If it’s insulation, then honeycomb blinds might be your ideal option. Choose between single-celled or double cell honeycomb blinds, depending on your needs.

If you have other needs apart from insulation, you might want to consider other window treatments such as:

Roller blinds

Venetian blinds

Plantation shutters

And concertina blinds

If you prefer another type of blind, why not check out our ultimate 2021 guide to the different types of blinds by clicking here.

Also, choose a pattern and colour that best matches your style. The appearance of your cellular shades should complement that of your interior decoration. Take note of the materials used to make the blinds, as this will affect the blinds’ durability and maintenance requirements. Consider where the window dressing is to be used and choose an appropriate material for your honeycomb blinds.

Brand and manufacturer 

There are many sellers for cellular blinds, all offering the same product at different costs. Get yours from a trusted and reputable source. Before you search online, check for local vendors in your region selling honeycomb blinds. The cost of getting your cellular blinds will also vary depending on the location of the vendor. You’ll pay a small fee for transporting your blinds.

Measure the size of your windows

It’s essential to have accurate dimensions of your windows to determine the size of material required to cover them. Ready-made honeycomb blinds are available for standard-sized windows. However, if you want to add some specifications to your window treatments, you can order made-to-measure honeycomb blinds. These come with customised measurements, colour, pattern, style, and texture, just as specified by the customer. 

Final thoughts on honeycomb blinds

Cellular blinds can be a great addition to your spaces. The shades have unique insulating features to cool your rooms during hot days and provide warmth during cold months. Double cell honeycomb blinds offer extra insulation and are excellent for use on large windows.

If your house is getting hotter during summer and colder during winter, it’s time to invest in cellular blinds. Give us a call or leave a message, and we’ll help you choose the right honeycomb cell size.