what are cellular shades?

While shopping for the right shades for your home, it’s helpful to know what your options are. As Cellular Shades represent a large portion of our inventory here at EcoSmart Shades, we created a guide to all things Cellular. So, what are Cellular Shades? Let’s get into it. 

Introducing Cellular Shades

Cellular Shades are window shades constructed from fabric cells that expand and contract as the shade is raised and lowered. Also referred to as Honeycomb Shades for its cell-like structure, Cellular Shades provide shade and privacy while trapping air in each of its cells– insulating your home throughout the year. 

All of our Cellular Shades are available in either single or double cell fabric and a variety of colors. While single cell fabric has just one layer of cells, double cell shades feature two layers of cells arranged slightly offset from each other. 

Wondering which style is right for you? While single cell shades still offer the benefits of Cellular Shades, the way that the cells are arranged creates a clean look that many appreciate. Double cell shades, on the other hand, are more energy efficient. 

Benefits of Cellular Shades

Light Control

Similar to other shades on the market, Cellular Shades provide a simple way to control light and create a sense of privacy in your home. These shades are available in light-filtering or blackout fabric, so you can customize them to the unique needs of your space. 

Additionally, many appreciate that by blocking light, Cellular Shades are blocking the UV rays that come with it. While you might not feel like you need to wear sunblock inside of your home, Cellular Shades act as a kind of “sunblock” for your furniture– preventing damage from the sun over time.

Insulation + Energy Savings

While most think that cutting down on their energy bill requires minimizing energy usage or investing in (often expensive) efficiency appliances, there’s another simple solution available to both renters and homeowners alike. 

As mentioned above, Cellular Shades are designed to trap air within each cell, making them excellent insulators. In fact, according to Energy.gov, “Cellular shades save up to 20% on heating energy and up to 15% on total energy from heating and cooling,” an excellent solution for folks looking to cut down on their monthly energy bill. 

Cellular shades are also known for their ability to reduce heat loss through windows, minimize drafts, and reduce unwanted heat gain from the sun.  

Types Of Cellular Shades

Corded Cellular Shades

corded cellular shades

Corded Cellular Shades combine style and ease of use into one durable shade sure to last for years. We offer the standard pull-cord shades for small to medium sized windows, or continuous cord loop shades for windows of any size. 

Blackout Cellular Shades

blackout cellular shades

Perfect for bedrooms, Blackout Cellular Shades block light while insulating your space. We offer Blackout Cellular Shades in corded, cordless, and motorized varieties, so that you can sleep easy each night.  

Light-filtering Cellular Shades

light-filtering cellular shades

For a soft glow in any room while maintaining a sense of privacy, many choose Light-filtering Cellular Shades. These durable, highly insulating shades are available in a variety of styles and colors that are sure to match your decor. 

Skylight Cellular Shades

skylight cellular shades

Skylights are a handy feature to have in the home– until you realize that they’re often drafty and create glare. Solve both of those problems with Skylight Cellular Shades, known to offer outstanding insulation while blocking light. 


top-down/bottom-up shades

Known for their ability to provide privacy and light control, Top-down/Bottom-up shades allow users to lower the top of the shade or raise the bottom as sunlight changes throughout the day. Available in any style of fabric, top-down/bottom-up shades allow for the ultimate customization.

Find the Cellular Shades for You 

Still not sure which style of Cellular Shade is right for your space? No problem. Our team has put together a collection of videos that walk customers through each style offered at EcoSmart Shades.