What’s the Difference Between Pleated Shades and Honeycomb Shades?

Honeycomb ShadesWe have a lot of  customers here in the Vero Beach area who are looking for a window covering similar to the classic pleated shade. The history of pleated shades goes like this: consumers were tiring of draperies on every window and wanted a new option that kept soft look but wasn’t as bulky. Energy efficiency was also important. Pleated shades entered the window covering scene and continued to evolve. In 1985, Hunter Douglas launched the revolutionary proprietary window treatment called Duette® Honeycomb shades, featuring a unique honeycomb construction that was considered highly energy efficient and offered built-in insulating factors to keep heat out in the summer and heat in during the winter.

Pleated Shades and Honeycomb Shades Shared Look

Honeycomb shades and pleated shades, both also called “cellular shades,” have a similar look. Both types of window treatments feature a single lift cord, with available cordless options for child and pet safety. You can order either type of shade with varying pleat sizes and in numerous color and fabric options. Light control variations and top-down-bottom-up options make both types of shades as stylish as they are functional.

Reasons to Buy Pleated Shades

Pleated shades allow light and air to escape due to the small cord holes in the pleats. Honeycomb shades feature a hidden cord inside the construction of the window treatment, blocking air and light. Pleated window shades advantages include:

  • Crisp contemporary look in your window
  • Less expensive than honeycomb shades
  • Available with no-hole privacy options and additional liners that can be operated separately or together

Disadvantages of pleated window coverings include:

  • Have holes where the cords runs through
  • Not as energy efficient as honeycomb shades

Reasons to Buy Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades are the most popular window treatment option for energy efficiency and style. Honeycomb window shade advantages include:

  • Single, double and triple honeycomb construction in different pleat sizes
  • Excellent insulation, offering the highest efficiency ratings in the industry
  • Greater variety of colors and softer fabric options
  • Improved rooms acoustics at the window
  • Available in horizontal and vertical applications for sliding doors
  • Better retention and durability of pleats

Honeycomb window shades disadvantages include:

  • Might be more expensive than pleated
  • Bugs could get trapped in cell and need to be vacuumed out

Pleated Shades and Honeycomb Shades in Vero Beach FL

Treasure Coast Window Fashions provides more than just the finest window coverings. Our owners are involved in every project from start to finish to ensure your window covering project exceeds your expectations. We’re proud to serve the greater West Palm Beach area. Please contact us at 772-220-8870 or visit our showroom in Stuart, FL, for more information about our products and services. Contact us to learn more.