Cellular shades, also commonly referred to as honeycomb shades are window treatments made out of fabric and materials that are designed to filter or block the sunlight and prevent them from entering a room altogether. The main function of these shades is insulation and temperature control. Regulation is one of the most desired benefits of window treatments and cellular shades deliver that with aplomb. This also makes sense from a financial point of view. Natural alteration of temperature implies better energy efficiency.
Cellular shades are made up of ‘cells’ or ‘honeycombs’ that act as air pockets. The air pockets trap the air in the cross sections of the cells and disrupt the conduction of heat, acting as good insulators. The shades come in a ‘single cell’, ‘double cell’ and even ‘triple cell’ design. Different sizes of cells can have different effects on the insulation. Single celled shades may offer lesser insulation compared to the other sizes of cellular shades but are lighter and easier to operate.
What is a Top-Down-Bottom-Up Lift?
A Top-Down Bottom-Up lift is a new a system of mechanism under which shades and blinds function. They are widely sought after because of the way in which they can find the optimum balance between controlling light and maintaining privacy.
The simple and uncomplicated way to explain this is that the lift system enables you to lower your shade to the bottom half of the window or raise it to cover the top half of it. This means that you can block enough of the sunlight to the extent that only upper half or bottom half of the window allows the sunlight to enter the room whereas the part that is covered blocks the sunlight. The lift system also gives the occupants sufficient privacy by only exposing one fraction of the room to people who pass by.
There are different window treatments that use the top-down bottom-up lift system. These include pleated blinds, woven woods, pleated shades and cellular shades. Cellular shades in particular, owing to its added abilities in insulation and light control, paired with the top down bottom up lift system, poses a superb combination of practicality and style.
How Do I Install Cellular Shades with A Top-Down Bottom-Up Lift?
On account of the fact that this lift system is different from the traditional mechanism of the blinds, it poses somewhat of a challenge to install. However, it is not as convoluted as it might seem initially. With a simple step by step process, you should be able to install it in no time.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
Step 1 – The first thing you must do is open up the shades. Once you have opened or unravelled them, you must now locate two operating cords. Most likely, you will find them on either side of the mechanism.
Step 2 – Take a step back and analyse the operating cords. The cord on one side (can be right or left) will enable you to pull the cords down from the top to the bottom. The cord on the other side will allow you to move the cord from the bottom to the top. It is important to take your time to figure out which is which before you move any further.
Step 3 – Take a call as to whether you want an inside mount or an outside mount. The process of installation slightly changes from here on, depending on the type of the mount. Generally this should be determined before you order the shade so that you order the right size accordingly.
Step 4 – Now put the cellular shades aside and grab a hold on to the mounting brackets. For an inside mount, bring the mounting brackets inside the frame. Remember that the front part of the bracket and the front part of the window frame should be flush with each other. The screw you use to attach the brackets to the frame must be facing directly downwards without a deviation or an angle as such.
Step 5 – In case of an outside mount, you must perform Step 4 in such a way that the mounting brackets must not go inside the window frame, but just above the frame or even slightly above it.
Step 6 – Drill one screw right in the middle of the bracket such that it can support both sides of the bracket in a manner that it is not lopsided. Then figure out how many screws you will have to fix to secure the bracket and start fastening them accordingly.
Step 7 – Now you have to make sure that you bring your rail over the brackets and clip the brackets into the headrail. This step has to be repeated for either side.
Step 8 – Once the headrail is firmly placed into the bracket, tighten the screws and check if the whole fitting is done firmly.
Once you perform these steps check if you can move the blinds from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top. If they do not work properly revisit the steps given above to check if you might have missed something. You can do this on our own or get another family member, friend or roommate to help you out. You might even have some fun installing them. Make sure you have all your necessary tools and keep a few pictures or a video for reference every step of the way. If the windows are too high up, bring a ladder.
Should I get Cellular shades with a Top-Down Bottom-Up Lift?
Cellular shades are brilliant window treatment options. Their light control and insulation capabilities have already been mentioned. Beyond that they also have the ability to absorb noise, enhancing their reputation for privacy. They have a soft texture and come in many different types of fabric. These include spun lace and point bond. Spun lace is heavier amongst the different types of fabric, but at the same time offers better insulation and has a softer texture.
They come in various shades of light filtration (blackout cellular shades and translucent shades, for instance) depending on whether you want to block lighter or allow more natural light to illuminate the room. You can choose any of these based on the needs of the room. In case of bedrooms, you would want to block the light, whereas you would want more light in the drawing room where you might even have some indoor potted plants. With the Top-Down Bottom-Up lift system your control over the light will only increase. If you can find the right colour and texture for the shades to match the walls, you cannot go wrong with cellular shades and a top-down-bottom-up lift system.