The Evolution of Honeycomb Shades

The Evolution of Honeycomb Shades

One of the Most Popular Types of Window Treatments

From blinds to shutters to curtains to draperies—there are plenty of choices to sift through when you decide it’s time to upgrade your window treatments. Or perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home and you’re working on developing a cohesive style. Blinds and curtains are perhaps most commonly thought of when it comes to window coverings, yet honeycomb shades offer a striking look and superior functionality for any home. 

What Exactly Are Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb shades are also commonly referred to as cellular shades. Their primary material is fabric, which covers the window in one long, continuous piece. Honeycomb shades are designed to unfurl and roll up. Alternatively, they may fold up in crisp, eye-catching pleats. They are referred to as “honeycomb” shades not because they’ll make your home look like a beehive, but because the fabric is carefully layered and bonded together in a way that creates honeycomb-like cells between the layers.

Like other window treatments, honeycomb shades are available in a variety of fabrics, patterns, colors, and pleat sizes. You can even choose your preferred degree of light control—from sheer (great for living rooms) to blackout (perfect for bedrooms).

Who Invented Honeycomb Shades and Why?

Take a step back in time—to 1946, to be precise, when the Hunter Douglas window treatment company was founded by Joe Hunter and Henry Sonnenberg. Initially, the Hunter Douglas company became known for creating aluminum blinds, considered a highly innovative product at the time.

In the 1980s, Hunter Douglas invented the first honeycomb shade. The intent was to combine the best features of blinds with shades and curtains. Honeycomb shades were also intended to elevate window coverings from predominantly aesthetic to functional, as well as beautiful. 

Notably, honeycomb shades can enhance the energy efficiency of a home. The honeycomb cells trap air, minimizing heat transfer at the window. This keeps the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

If you’re looking for remarkably stylish honeycomb shades for your home, swing by WindowDecor in Indianapolis. We’re known for making window treatments of exceptional quality. Our designers will work with you to customize your new honeycomb shades in your choice of style, fabric, and colors. Contact us at (502) 713-3535 to request a free design consult today!