Benefits of cellular shades
If you’re shopping for custom blinds, and it’s your first time doing so, you probably feel a little overwhelmed. It’s not just that there are a lot of different choices. It’s that even once you’ve chosen a type of blind, and weighed its pros and cons against other blinds, there are still even more choices to be made – what colour do you get? Which fabric or material? Should it have a cord, or be motorised? There are enough options to make your head spin!
While we can’t make that choice for you, we can suggest one of our favourite types of custom blinds: cellular shades. This versatile option has also earned the nickname “honeycomb blinds” for its unique structure. Instead of a column of slats connected via strings and pulleys, each row is made up of a horizontal opening, or cell, often similar in shape to a honeycomb. Because of this unusual design, cellular shades offer a number of great benefits, such as:
The “stack” of a shade refers to the space that it takes up when it is fully opened. Cell shades have an incredibly small stack, which means that you can go from total coverage to letting the light in unobstructed, leaving very little in the way.
Because there are no openings between the rows, these shades can offer varying degrees of privacy depending on the material that they’re made of. With an opaque material, when fully closed they’ll offer absolutely no visibility into your home, which is great if you enjoy a lot of privacy. Even with a semi-opaque option, visibility will still be limited. Essentially, whatever privacy level you’re comfortable with, these blinds can deliver!
This feature is another product of the gapless design of cellular shades, and makes them especially great for bedrooms and media rooms. Don’t like that glare on your HD television distracting you from your favourite show? With custom blinds made to fit the exact dimensions of your windows, you get to decide just how much light can make it in. And if you have an east-facing bedroom window or an annoying street lamp preventing you from getting your full eight hours, getting shades in a blackout material will help you get the rest you need.
Now we come to the “why” of the honeycomb-like design. The hollow channel of each cell traps air inside of it. Because still air is very inefficient at transferring heat, this creates an effective barrier between your home and the outside world. Whether you’re trying to keep heat in during the winter or keep heat out during the summer, these custom blinds will get the job done and save you energy costs by the boatload.
If you want to learn more about cellular shades and what they can do for your home, contact your local manufacturer of custom blinds and shades today.