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What Are Cellular Shades?

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are a popular type of window covering. It is made of fabric that is bonded together to form these honeycomb shaped cells. They are available in single or double layers that traps the air between the layers of the shade to provide insulation. This creates an effective barrier between the window and the room and helps to maintain the room temperature. These are available in various sizes and an array of fabrics and colors allowing you to customize your window treatments.

Energy Efficient

Double Cell Cellular Shades Have Two Layers of Cells for Better Insulation.

The honeycomb design provides a high level of energy efficiency and sound absorption. They provide more insulation and therefore better resistance to sounds and temperature transference. This is the best option if you live in an area with extreme freezing or scorching temperatures.

Single cell cellular shades have only one row/layer of cells. It provides some insulation but not as much as the double layer shades. They are better suited for areas where resistance to heat and cold is not a priority. Because they have only one layer, they have a smaller profile and work nicely for doors.

Choosing a cellular shade

When it comes to choosing a cellular shade there are many patterns, colors, and designs to choose from. But please consider some of these factors when determining which cellular shade is best for you and your home.


The color you select will determine how much light is able to enter your home and how much energy you can save after installation. In warmer climates, darker colors are more beneficial in reducing the amount of sunlight that seeps through the shades. In cooler climates, darker colors may increase energy costs because less sunlight would be able to enter the home and raise the temperature of a room. If you live in a home where there is a homeowner association, please check with them if there are any restrictions regarding color.


Cellular shades are usually installed at the top of a window and can be drawn like standard blinds. However, custom cellular shades can also open from the top, allowing sunlight into your home without losing your privacy. Other cellular shades can be drawn without cords—an attractive design feature for parents with young children.

Energy efficiency

An R-value energy efficiency is rated by every cellular shade manufacturer. It represents a calculated number of resistances to heat loss. Better insulation is provided by shades with a higher R-value. A better rating of 2.5 R-value is the average for pleated shades.


Some shades are designed to filter light, whereas others are designed to block it. If you’re seeking to block as much light as possible, some cellular shade manufacturers offer a blackout shade model that could make sense for your home.

Please call Harvey for all your custom window treatments. 1-732-920-3817

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