Cellular Shade and Honeycomb Blinds Article

Published: 01st February 2006
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Honeycomb blinds or cellular shades was invented in the late 1970's by Wendell Colson from Hunter Douglas product development. He came up with the idea during the energy crisis at that time. The blind was released in 1985 under the Duette brand name by Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. Since then, the cellular shade or honeycomb blind has become one of the most popular blinds in the entire window treatment industry with hundreds of colors, textures and options to choose from.

It is called a honeycomb shade because it looks like a bees hive. The cells trap the air and make the window treatment extremely energy efficient. There are many different cell or pleat sizes available. The most common being the 3/8" single pleat, 3/4" single pleat and the 3/8" double pleat. The double pleat saves more energy because it is two cells fused together. This traps more air. Some of the other sizes on the market today are the 1/2" single cell, the 1/2" double cell, the giant 1 1/4" cell and the most energy savings of all, the Triple honeycomb shade.

Honeycomb blinds and cellular shades are also available in room darkening, light filtering or total blackout materials. Most are made of polyester but some are now being made with cotton. Cell construction of this product is important.

There are now many options that are available with a cellular blind or honeycomb shade including top down, bottom up, cordless, continuous cord loop, and motorization.

Energy Efficiency

The way to measure the energy of a cellular blind or honeycomb shade is determined by it's regulation value or R-Value. A material's R-value is the measure of its resistance to heat flow. For the window blind industry, the R-Value starts at 1 and ends at 5 with 5 being the highest. The way it works is simple: the higher the R-value, the more the material insulates. Below is a cart of the R-Value of the most common types of cellular shades or honeycomb blinds.

Cellular/Honeycomb Pleat R-Value

Sheer 1-2

3/8" Single Cell 2.5-3.5

3/4" Single Cell 2.5-3.5

Double Cell 2.61-4.35

Blackout Cells 4-4.30

Triple Cells 4.80

Fabric Material

Most light filtering cellular shades or honeycomb blinds are made with spun 100% polyester. Some are now being made in cotton. Most have a white neutral backing with many textures and colors on the front. The cells are either glued or fused together to prevent separation. For the blackout shades, most are made with a milar foil or a tri laminate coating to prevent light from going through. Again, white or gray is added to the back while there are many colors in the front to choose from. Cell construction is important for this product. Some of the less expensive cellular fabrics have separation problems where the material will come apart at the cell. This typically happens when the glue wasn't treated right or the heating process was at the wrong temperature. Lifetime warranties are import for this issue. Shades Shutters Blinds provides lifetime warranties on all our products.


The most common and standard option for the cellular blind or honeycomb shade is where it just goes up and down. You pull the string down and the blind goes up. Pull the string to the side of the window treatment and it locks in place. Pull the string towards the middle of the blind and it releases it.

Top Down, Bottom Up is another very popular option. It allows you to drop the top of the blind while leaving the bottom in the closed position. It has two head rails. One that attaches to the top and one that that floats up and down. It has two sets of strings both operated like the standard blind. The first string lifts the blind up and down like the standard blind. The string on the opposite side drops the blind down from the top.

Another popular option for the cell shade and honeycomb blind is the cordless option. This is where there is not string to pull the blind up and down. Instead, there is a handle at the bottom that allows you to lift the blind. This is a great option for window where you do not want to have the string showing or for children's rooms. The window covering industry has made great stride in the last few years where the price has come down sharply and the fabric doe not loose its intensity over time.

The continuous cordloop option is very popular for large windows. The mechanism is on a roller on the side of the honeycomb shade and you pull on it as it goes up and down. This also eliminates the string getting longer as you pull the blind up. It also allows stability to the blind so it works great for very wide blinds. Because of this option, blinds can now be made up to 144" in one piece of fabric!

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