Updated November 2023
Cellular shades, also called honeycomb shades, are modern, energy efficient, and stylish. But knowing which cell size is right for your windows can be tricky. Ordering the wrong cell size can lessen its energy-saving efficiency, look wrong in the window, and even cause damage to the shade itself. That’s where we come in! Here’s what you need to know to choose the right cell size.
Double versus Single Cell
Double cell honeycomb shades offer more insulation, saving you even more money on energy costs. However, this also means the shades are much heavier than their one-cell counterpart.
Choosing double cell shades for a large window can make it difficult and too heavy to operate. As a result, it can cause cord strain and even some bowing because of its weight. So leave double cell shades for small to midsized windows.
Single cell honeycomb shades are much lighter. Even though they provide less insulation than the double cells, they still are great options if you want added insulation.
No matter if you choose a cellular shade with single or double cells, you’ll still get the same great look and the same great benefits, just to different degrees.
Small Cell Sizes
Smaller cells mean the pleats are narrower, which makes it perfect for a smaller window. Our smallest cell size is 3/8”. Using small cell shades for big windows can make it look chaotic because of the excessive number of cells and pleats. If you have a narrow window sill, go with small cell shades so they fit naturally.
Medium Cell Sizes
If you have a medium-sized window and are looking for a cellular shade that reflects that size, go with 1/2″ or 9/16” cell sizes. These sizes are the most popular because they provide good balance for all sizes of window, all without being too overwhelming.
Large Cell Sizes
Large windows should be covered with 3/4″ single cell shades. Because of the distance these shades will need to cover, you want to make sure they will be light enough so they won’t need extra support and that they’re still easy to use. This cell size is also great aesthetically because of its large pleats, bringing refinement and sophistication to any large window. If you have deeper window sills, choose large cell shades to make use of all that space.
Figuring Out Ideal Cell Sizes is that Simple!
And now you have the information you need to pick the perfect cell size for every window in your house. Further ensure you’re choosing the best overall cellular shade by asking yourself these five questions. If you have any questions, call or chat with one of our Design Consultants at (888) 257-1840. They’re easy to talk to!