Blackout cellular shades are an excellent choice if you want window coverings that block light and also provide energy savings. Also called blackout honeycomb shades, cellular blackout shades combine superior insulation with true blackout.
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Installing cellular shades on your windows provides a few advantages over other options. For inside-mount windows, honeycomb blackout shades do a better job at blocking light seepage around the edges of the shade than other types. This is due to the way the shade is mounted to the window frame and to a lesser extent, the construction of the shade itself.
In terms of mounting a blackout cellular shade, there is no hardware required on the sides of the material, as there is for roller shades, allowing the material itself to be wider. roller shades, on the other hand, have to make room for this hardware and there is a gap on either side of the shade material. Because cellular shades can fit much more closely to the window frame, light seepage is reduced. The honeycomb design has more physical depth than a single vertical shade, reducing light ‘bounce’ around the edges.
special applications for cellular blackout shades
- For homes needing both window blackout and insulation, cellular shades offer both.
- For homes with varying window types, including arches, skylights, and sidelights, cellular blackout shades can fit all types, allowing a consistent look around your home.
- For varying light needs, top-down, bottom-up shades allow a flexible approach to blackout.
Note: While technically a shade, these are sometimes called blackout cellular blinds or blackout honeycomb blinds. The term ‘cellular’ or ‘honeycomb’ refers to the shape of the open space created by the material, and are effectively the same.