Honeycomb cellular shades have a lot to offer. With a wide range of colors, light filtering and blackout fabrics, plus convenient lift options — the custom combinations are endless! However, many customers aren't sure when to choose single, double or triple cellular shades.
What is the difference between single, double and triple cell shades?
In many cases, single cell honeycomb shades are less expensive than double cell. They use less material and generally have a shorter manufacturing time — so you'll not only save money, but you'll also get them more quickly.
With their single layer of pleats, the honeycomb material reduces energy costs by filtering light and blocking UV rays. However, single cell shades are the least insulating of the three styles.
If energy efficiency is a concern, a double cell material is a good choice. Cell shades insulate your windows by trapping air in pleated pockets. This air acts as a barrier against outside temperatures to keep your home comfortable. Because double cell shades have two pockets, it offers double the energy savings of a single cell shade.
Although many single cell shades cost less than double cell, that's not always the case. It's easy to find a combination of custom options that is comparable — if not less expensive.
Triple cellular shades offer the most insulation of any type of cellular shade. This makes them a perfect choice in extreme climates. However, since more material is required to make these triple layered ultra-insulating shades, they are generally heavier and more expensive. The extra weight can make operating these shades slightly more difficult, especially when they are used to cover larger windows.