how cellular shades are made

Cellular shades have become popular window treatments because they filter out harsh light while allowing in muted light. Additionally, they are lightweight vertical shades that can be adjusted to hang at any level on your windows. Cellular shades are contemporary in style and can be custom-made for any window size. They are helpful in insulating windows against cold or heat from outside and offer privacy.  Two or more layers are “honeycombed” together to create the shade.

Honeycomb Shades

How Cellular Shades are Made?

Cellular shades are made-to-order in custom sizes for each client. Therefore, each shade is unique in size and configuration.

1. Compressed Sheets of Fabric

The blinds start as compressed sheets of fabric in blocks which are cut to the correct size width that was ordered by the customer. Then a worker counts the fabric cells to ensure that the shade is the correct length for the order. Any excess material is removed from the end, and large pieces are saved for later use. A piece of thick plastic is attached to the bottom of the fabric to stabilize it. This plastic also helps the bottom rail attach securely.

2. Creating the Frame

Simultaneously, pieces of metal frames are cut that will become the head rail and bottom rail for the cellular shade. Next, a layer of adhesive and a piece of decorative fabric are added to the head rail for a finished look at the top of the shade. The sheet of cellular fabric is then attached to the head rail and bottom rail to form the complete window shade.

3. Adding the Mechanism

Once the rails are attached to the fabric, the lift mechanism is inserted into the head rail. Next the lift cords are threaded through the fabric and the mechanism to get it in working order. Mounting hardware is gathered and packaged together to be sent with the cellular shade.

4. Testing the Shade

After manufacturing, each shade is checked for any imperfections or inconsistencies through a series of tests. Shades are opened and closed to test the mechanism, and examined for any issues with the fabric.

5. Packaging and Shipping

After testing, the finished shade and package of mounting hardware are wrapped in plastic and transported to the shipping area. The shipper creates a custom box for each shade, wrapping it in shipping paper for protection against normal tumbling and tossing during shipping. Then the box is taped up and shipped to the customer.

Once you or your contractor receives your shades, they are ready for installation. For proper hanging, have your contractor come out and install them for balance and proper up and down or side-to-side motion.

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