Honeycomb shades or blinds are some of the most popular blinds that are commercially available. This is because of a number of factors that come together to give you an overwhelmingly effective experience. And when you’re looking for honeycomb blinds, they are known to be especially useful for any home, office, or any space that you feel is getting a little too hot in the afternoon. These blinds come in a variety of materials and quite a few designs, but almost all of them boast a significantly high level of heat absorption that very few other blinds can match up to. Sure, there will be other blinds that are quite effective at blocking out the heat; but not with the level of light control that’s offered by honeycomb blinds.
But what makes honeycomb blinds so effective? The answer is in the name! These blinds differ from traditional blinds in the sense that while other blinds usually have one layer of wood or fabric that will do all the work with heat and light control, honeycomb blinds are known for their dual-layer cell system. They consist of a series of cells that act as small pockets of air within the blinds themselves. These pockets keep the heat transfer from outside to a minimum, giving you that much-desired heat control. And depending on the material you’re using, you’ll also get a significant amount of light control. The structure of cells in these blinds is what gives it its other name: Cellular shades.
One of the few limitations you will notice when you get your set of honeycomb shades is that they aren’t available in ALL materials. Given the flexible and delicate nature of honeycomb blinds, most of the hard and sturdy materials like aluminum or wood are not an option. Honeycomb blinds are usually made of fabric or vinyl due to their light-weight and flexible nature. The difference is that while fabric does offer much better light control depending on what type you choose, vinyl blinds to block out more light and offer better heat control. But regardless of which one you choose, you will find that you are saving far more on energy costs. Over time, your blinds will end up paying for themselves given much they help you save on energy expenditure.
When it comes to aesthetics, fabric blinds simply cannot be beaten. Vinyl honeycomb blinds come in a variety of colors, but if you’re looking for something with a more ornamental or decorative theme; your vinyl honeycomb blinds are going to stick out like a sore thumb. But on the other hand, fabric honeycomb blinds come with a versatility in design that would work wonders to any aesthetically oriented home. Not only do fabric blinds come in amazing colors and designs, but you can also even have them painted over with some spectacular artwork should you wish. In simpler terms: Fabric honeycomb blinds are far superior to vinyl honeycomb blinds when you look at the aspect of available designs for your home or workplace. But if you’re looking at this from a purely aesthetic perspective, you may find that you’re better off choosing a different type of window covering instead. This is because there are many other types of blinds and shades that offer much better design options, although none of them come close to the functional aspect of honeycomb shades.
With all their benefits, there are a few “less obvious at first” reasons that you need to consider before you actually go and get one. These blinds are a thrill to have right up until you need to clean them. The cell structure makes it nearly impossible to clean the insides of the blinds and even when you try to clean the outside of these blinds you risk damaging at least a cell or two in the process. The best way to clean them would be a simple method of soaking them in warm, soapy water for a time and them hanging them out to dry. Given the delicate nature of most honeycomb blinds, they are also more susceptible to damage from excessive force. Like most other products you can get, honeycomb blinds also come with a cordless control system that ensures your blinds will not be a hazard to your pets or your children (not necessarily in that order).
Another lesser-known benefit is the significant level of noise reduction that they offer. The cells act as an insulating layer which greatly reduces any noise going in or out through them. These cellular blinds also offer a great deal of privacy, making them the ideal choice for almost any home.