Cellular Window Shades

Cellular window shades have many great benefits. They are insulating, provide privacy, and help you manage a room's climate readily. You can use cellular shades alone or in combination with other window coverings making varied window treatments to fit your style and whim.

Cellular window shades are a sort of cross between curtains and blinds, with benefits of both types of window covering. Cellular window shades consist of two or more vertical panels of cloth connected by horizontal panels arranged just like the slats in blinds. Cellular window shades are raised and lowered like blinds, too.

The first benefit of cellular window shades is their appearance. Cloth just looks more luxurious and elegant than metal or wooden blinds. Cloth comes in a staggering variety of colors and patterns, so finding one to fit your decor is easy. Cloth can be loosely or closely woven to admit exactly the amount of light that you wish, while cutting down on glare and preserving privacy. Unlike blinds, which provide solid bands of opacity and transparency, cellular window shades provide even shade and light across a whole window opening.

Insulation is another benefit of cellular window shades. The double- or triple-walled construction of cellular window shades provides large enclosed spaces of "dead" air, which conducts heat poorly. So-called double-cell cellular window shades have three vertical panels instead of two, providing side-by-side dead air spaces and twice the insulation value. And of course three-cell cellular window shades have four vertical panels for even more insulation value.

Cellular window shades insulate a room better than single-layer curtains or blinds, giving you better control over the indoor climate and saving energy costs. Cellular window shades greatly reduce cold and hot spots near windows, giving you more comfortable space in a room. Mini-blinds, for example, provide an insulating R-value of only 1.9, while a double-cell cellular window shade can have a R-value as high as 8.

Some cellular window shades are made of thin, paper-like synthetic materials. Others are made of softer, more luxuriant fabrics. In a kitchen, non-woven polyester is often used in cellular window shades to make them easier to clean.

"Blackout" cellular window shades filter the maximum amount of light possible, providing nearly total opacity. Blackout cellular window shades are often lined with a light-reflecting material, such as Mylar(TM), on their non-visible surfaces. Blackout cellular window shades are ideal for bedrooms, home theaters, and business conference rooms where audio-video projectors are used.

Some cellular window shades can be opened from the top and the bottom, providing greater flexibility in arranging light filtering and privacy while revealing great views through windows. Other options include energy-saving side tracks that seal the gap between the window jamb and the movable cellular window shades; side tracks also enable skylight cellular window shades to stay in place when mounted at an angle or even horizontally. Cords that pull outward or to the side to open and close cellular window shades are available. Child-safe cordless cellular window shades slide open or closed by pulling on tabs, eliminating cords that can strangle small children. Motorized cordless cellular window shades are also available.

Cellular window shades are a good investment, often paying for themselves with energy savings within two years. They look great, are easily cleaned, and come in options to suit every decorating need. Cellular window shades are one of the most popular choices in window coverings. Make them one of yours.