How to Choose Cellular Shades

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Cellular shades are one of many window covering options on the market. They offer pleated shades for one solid window covering when lowered as opposed to blinds with slats. The cellular shade fabric is woven into cells shaped like honeycombs. The fabric allows light to filter through when the shades are closed. The structure of cellular shades allows them to fold up tightly to maximize the amount of visible window space. The cells also provide a barrier between the window and room, which helps make your home more energy efficient. The shades also help insulate the windows.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculate your budget for buying cellular shades. Understand the options range in price, based on the brand name and material type. Setting your budget will help you narrow the cellular shade options available.

  • Decide on the type of mounting you prefer for the cellular shades--you have the option of an inside mount within the window frame or an outside mount where the shade is mounted to the wall or the window trim.

  • Choose the type of cellular blinds you want--top down/bottom up cellular shades can be raised from the bottom, lowered from the top or both. Top-down cellular shades are raised only from the bottom.

  • Consider how much light you want to filter through the cellular shades when they are closed. Different types of fabric range from sheer to blackout cellular shades. Consider the room in which the shades will go. Appreciate that rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms often need more privacy. Understand, too, that general living space might benefit from a shade that allows more light to filter through.

  • Compare the energy efficiency of each option. All cellular shades help insulate the windows, but some are better at it than others. Cellular blinds made from heavier materials are generally more energy efficient than sheer options.

  • Assess the room in which the cellular shades will go. Consider the other colors in the room to determine what color of cellular shades to choose. Acknowledge that some companies offer printed cellular shades that have a subtle pattern in the fabric. Choose a color and pattern that blends well with the surroundings in the room.

  • Note the type of opening mechanism for each cellular shade option. Understand that cords present a strangling hazard for young kids. Appreciate that some cellular shades offer cordless options that allow you to simply push on a handle to open and close the blinds. Choose the option that best fits your lifestyle and preferences.

Tips & Warnings

  • Specialty cellular shades that fit odd-shaped windows are available as a custom order from cellular shade companies.

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