Cellular blinds, otherwise known as honeycomb or pleated blinds are quickly becoming one of the most common blinds and popular in households today. The rapid growth is caused by many factors, such as their style choices, insulation and privacy properties. However, are cellular blinds really all that? Are they really worth the attention they’ve been given?
Let’s delve into the advantages and disadvantages of honeycomb blinds.
There are many advantages to pleated blinds, from their structure to their functions, here are some of their bigger advantages.
Keeping it cool
Cellular blinds are known for their unparalleled insulation properties. In winter they keep the house warm and in summer they keep it nice and cool. The honeycomb design traps the air in between each of the cells. There’s also provides double-celled and triple-celled designs which are even more effective at insulating.
Plus they have the added bonus of saving you money, by lowering your energy output they lower your energy bills. Some places even have cellular blinds as a tax deductible product due to their energy efficiency.
Anything you want
Cellular blinds can be designed and created in many different ways, from the material used to the pattern of blinds, to the size, to whether you want is horizontal or vertical. In essence, anything you want, it can become. This means it great for almost any style of house as they can adapt to the design the way you want them to.
They’ve gone hands free
Times are changing fast and as such wires and cords are being cut every which way. Cords are things of the past and cellular blinds often come with a cordless option, either operation by a remote or simple used by hand. Stylistically no cord give your blinds a much more clean, purposefully look, no random cord dangling about your otherwise modern design. Also any pets or young children that might want to play with the cord or possibly hurt themselves with won’t have the chance.
If it fits, it sits
They are the most compactable blind and have a very small ‘stack’, no matter whether your blind is 8m long or 50cm, the stack is going to end up being roughly 18cm (7inch), which compared to most other blind is small.
Free from garish gazes
If you want privacy, you want cellular blinds. They are can block out light better than any other blind. This is because there are two layers of fabric obstructing wandering eyes from looking into your home. If you want that extra level of privacy, try the triple-celled variant as they will give you 6 layer of material between you and the outside world.
There aren’t many disadvantages to honeycomb blinds, but here are the couple which should be noted.
Hard to Clean
Blinds will get dirty and dusty and cleaning them is no easy task. They are difficult to clean for two main reasons, firstly most are made from cloth and cleaning any cloth without ruining it is a challenge and secondly, properly cleaning out the middle of each cell is a tricky task. There are tonnes of more extensive guides on how to clean the outside of the blinds, so we’ll focus on the inside.
It is fortunate that the inside of each cell doesn’t accrue too much dust, but over time this will happen. The bigger danger is bugs dying inside, while a little gross, it’s the reality and should be dealt with. You can either use a compressed air can to blow any debris out, or you can small cloth on a long thin stick and clean it that way. Whatever method you use, it’ll be a little bit frustrating to do.
The light ‘s the light.
While excellent at mitigating light from entering a room or allowing it to illuminate a room, the specific light control of the blinds is the one you’re going to get. Unlike venetian blinds, which allow you to vary how much light comes into a room by rotating the slates, quality cellular blinds can only give what they’re designed to. If you want it to be pitch black, but it’s a single-celled design with high transparency, then you’re out of luck, because you’re going to be stuck with a room full of light.
They’re not the cheapest
They’re also not the most expensive. It depends on what type of blind and how complicated and specific your design is, but honeycomb blinds are in the middle range of blind prices. They’re cheaper than most roman blinds, but not as cheap as venetians. While arguably the most cost effective, they are not outright the cheapest and as weak as that is, that’s disadvantage.
Overall cellular blinds are pretty amazing, but they’re not perfect, but then again no blinds are. While they may be superior in a lot of ways, they’re not always the best choice, which is why we covered both their strengths and their weaknesses.