Honeycombs shades, also called cellular shades, have become an extremely popular window treatment for a reason. Not only are they attractive and add to the aesthetic beauty of any room, but they also come in a variety of colors which can enhance the décor of your home. These shades are named after the honeycomb cells which they resemble. This unique design provides the maximum in insulation as they protect each room against extreme heat in the summer and the chill of winter. This makes honeycomb shades extremely energy efficient. They can lower your heating and air conditioning bill considerably. Buying honeycomb shades are easy and can be found online ata retail store like Home Depot or you can choose to buy custom ones from leading manufacturers like Graber, Hunter Douglas, Levolor and Bandalux.
Honeycomb shades allow you to control the amount of light that is let through, from maximum light to total blackout as outside light gets filtered to your specifications. Perfect when you want a comfortable night’s sleep.
These window treatments can be customized to fit your windows perfectly. Simply choose the size, color, and type of fabric that best suits your home, and you are ready to install your honeycomb shades in every room. If you have small children or pets, you will love the cordless operation of honeycomb shades. Simply press a button to lower or raise the shades. It’s that easy. For very large windows, you may consider corded honeycomb shades. To install your honeycomb shades, you will need mounting brackets, screws, and a ladder.
Inside or Outside Mount
Your first decision will be to decide on an inside or outside mount position. Window shades that are mounted inside have a more streamlined, fit appearance. They are mounted within the window frame to blend perfectly with the room. Shades mounted outside the frame can be extended beyond any frame and may work best on French doors, as their function will be more utilitarian than aesthetic in nature. For an outside mount, the bracket can be mounted outside the frame or above the door or ceiling on the ceiling.
Honeycomb window shades will be custom-made, so getting an accurate measurement is critical prior to placing your order. For width, measure the distance between the two vertical frames (called jams) at the top, bottom, and in between. Use the smallest number as your guide. To measure for length, begin at the top of the sill to the bottom.
The more accurate the measurement, the less unwanted light can enter through the frame. Recheck your calculations, as customized sales tend to be final.
Inside and Outside Mount
Once your honeycomb shades have arrived, you are ready to mount them. All blinds are different so make sure to check with the manufacturer on how to properly install your new shades. Double-check all of the hardware to ensure that all the brackets and screws you will need are included.
For an inside mount, you can position the brackets on top or in the corners of the frame. Place them anywhere from 1 ½ inches to 2 ½ inches inside of your window frame. If the space is more than 3 inches deep, place the mounting brackets at least 2 ½ inches from the window. If the space is narrower, place the bracket within half an inch of the window.
Determine the exact position on both sides of the top jam and mark it with a pencil or pen. Align your first bracket with the marked space. Hold the bracket in place and use an awl to mark the screw holes. Do the same with the second bracket on the other side.
You are now ready to fasten the brackets by using a drill and attach the brackets to the frame. When that has been done, use a level to ensure that the brackets have been placed evenly. Hook your headrail to each bracket and rotate the rail until it clicks into place.
Now, simply slide the honeycomb shades into the headrail. To operate your cordless honeycomb shades, raise the shades from the bottom and pull the bottom rail back down to lower or close the shades. If you are using corded honeycomb shades, pull the cord to ensure an even lift.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Honeycomb Shades
Any type of window shades can get dirty and dusty. The cells in your honeycomb shades may also trap bugs, so you want to clean your new shades periodically without ruining the fabric.
Compressed air should blow out anything objectionable within the cells. A hairdryer may work as well, but it won’t be as effective. For routine dusting, use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner and move it back and forth along the shade’s polyester fabric.
If your honeycomb shades become stained, use a clean cloth and a dish detergent diluted with water. Use the cloth to blot at the stains, then use a dry cloth to remove any moisture. As an annual maintenance measure, consider having a professional cleaning service come in and provide your shades with an ultrasonic cleaning and check for any wear and tear.
Honeycomb shades will add a subtle beauty to your rooms, and proper maintenance will ensure that they last for many years to come.