Cellular Shades Buyer’s Guide
“Top Down / Bottom Up” feature enables you to raise your blind from the bottom, and lower the shade from the top simultaneously to allow light in from the outside while maintaining privacy and eliminating glare on computer or television screens. With this feature you can fully raise the blind.
Shade will lower from the top as well as raise from the bottom, giving you maximum light control. The Top Down/Bottom Up feature allows you to lower the top for light in a bathroom while dressing or to bring light into your office while keeping glare off your computer monitor. If you have a window larger than 96″ w x 72″ h buy the Top Down shade.
“Top Down” feature allows you to raise your blind from the window sill only. You do not have the ability to lower the shade from the top; with this feature you cannot fully raise the blind to the top of the window to have a completely unobstructed view. The “top down” feature allows the blind to be larger in area than top down/bottom up shades, but limits the degree of light control. Tina believes that the greater functionality with the top down/bottom up style is more helpful to you than the larger size.
Please note: the top down / bottom up shades by Hunter Douglas come with a fabric gasket on the bottom of the headrail to block light leakage between the headrail and top rail when the shade is raised. Some people find this gasket unattractive.
UltraGlide by Hunter Douglas maintains the control cords at a constant length. This feature eliminates the pool of cords that form on the floor when a cellular blind is fully raised, and is therefore recommended for use with young children. This option is available on both standard bottom up shades as well as top down / bottom up Duette honeycomb shades.
Keeps the cord length the same whether the shade is raised or lowered; great for child safety
Please note: the UltraGlide with top down / bottom up shades comes with a fabric gasket on the bottom of the headrail to block light leakage between the headrail and top rail when the shade is raised. Some people find this gasket unattractive.
Continuous cord loop feature maintains the cord at the same length regardless of shade position and is recommended for use around young children after proper mounting of the cord guide to the wall.
Continuous Cord Loop option is used to aide in lifting large blinds. This feature is also child friendly when the cord loop is properly mounted on the wall.
Cordless lift is available if you do not appreciate the look of a pool of cording collecting on the floor when your blind is raised. The cordless blind provides a greater measure of safety for young children since it eliminates dangling cords.
Cordless option removes all cords that could endanger children. This enables you to raise and lower the shade with the touch of your hand.
Two Blinds in One (this is NOT multiple blinds on one headrail) is available to optimize light control with cellular shades. Sheer or light-filtering fabric can be used during the daytime and room-darkening fabric can be used at night to afford you the maximum in light control for your room.
Two fabrics are used: one between the top rail and the center rail and one between the center rail and bottom rail. Each panel has its own set of lift cords so either fabric panel, or portion of a fabric panel, may be used to cover a window.
Vertical Cellulars (aka Vertiglide) is a stunning way to cover sliding glass doors, French doors and other wide window(s). A stark contract to traditional vertical blinds, these cellular shades create a refined look in your room while providing the light control you need.
What can Cellular Shades do for me?
Cellular shades provide a unique way to creatively dress your windows while controlling light and privacy. They come in a large assortment of fabrics and colors and come in varying price ranges to fit any budget.
- When the shade is fully lowered, the design of the cell creates a pocket of insulating air between your window and your room. This pocket of air helps reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, resulting in lower energy bills. Cellular shades are available in single, double and triple cell designs. The greater the number of cell layers, the greater the energy efficiency.
- Single cell cellular shades are available in a variety of pleat sizes including 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″ 9/16″, 3/4″, 1″, and 2″.
- Cellular shades stack compactly when fully raised to give you the maximum view out your window
- Available in a vast array of colors to coordinate with your room décor, with white to the street side
- Several fabric selections for light control and privacy from sheer to room darkening fabrics.
- Window size and shape versatility. Cellular shades enable you to fit any specialty window, including arches, circles, skylights or virtually any shape that your windows necessitate.
- Easy to operate and clean, and very durable
Types of Cellular Shades
- Single cell offers sound control, energy efficiency, privacy and light control in the widest array of pleat sizes ranging from 3/8”, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 3/4″, 1″ and 2” to perfectly suit your style.
- Double cell offer better sound control, energy efficiency, privacy and light control
- Triple cell offer the best in sound control, energy efficiency, privacy and light control.
Recommended Rooms For Use
- Living room
- Dining room
- Family room
- Office (great for top down bottom up feature)
- Breakfast nook
- Game room
- Bathroom (perfect for top down bottom up feature)