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Q:
Which is better wood blinds or cellular shades?
A:
One question we get all the time is "What is better horizontal wood blinds or cellular shades?" This is like comparing apples to oranges. Both products serve their purpose and both are very popular window coverings. First, let's start with the pros and cons of both.

Pros and Cons of Wood Blinds


Wood BlindsHorizontal wood blinds are traditional window treatments that have horizontal slats that can either be titled or raised. They offer the warmth and beauty of natural wood that easily complements any home.

Pros


Horizontal wood blinds offer more style and a traditional look to your windows. They can be adjusted with the tilt mechanism to allow for different levels of privacy and light control. They come in a wide assortment of colors ranging from natural stain wood tones to an assortment of painted options.

Cons


Horizontal blinds can be heavy to lift especially with larger windows. Raising and lowering these can be hard and most consumers choose to simply tilt the blinds instead. Horizontal window blinds also have some light leakage between the slats and the holes for the lift and titl cords therefore they are not the best for blackout applications.

Pros and Cons of Honeycomb Cellular Shades


Cell ShadesHoneyComb Cellular Shades offer a softer look to your window. Crafted with accordion-style pleats that offer insulation, cell shades come in various light control fabrics in an assortment of colors.

Pros


Because of the design of cellular shades, the biggest advantage is the insulation they provide. Cell shades are like adding a blanket to your window for added heat loss or gain in the cold winter or hot summer months. Also, the fabric allows for unlimited color selection so you are sure to find one to match your home decor. Lastly is the light control they offer. Cell shades come in light filtering, room darkening or blackout materials making them ideal for rooms such as bedrooms or theater rooms where light control is important or family rooms where privacy is key but with some light allowed to enter while they are closed.


Comparison of Wood Blinds vs Cellular Shades


Wood Blinds

Cellular Shades

StyleOffer a warmth from the real wood materials and a classic lean look.With a wide variety of colors to choose from, cell shades accent any decor.
InstallationSimple installation with two mounting brackets on both ends but heavier larger windows can be difficult and may require assistance.Easy to follow installation. Most cell shades are lightweight and easy to lift during installation.
CleanabilityEasy to clean but darker wood tones will show more dust and have to be cleaned more often.Easy to clean and can be vacuumed on the low setting. Like any fabric they can be stained but very easy to wash.
Light ControlAbility to easily adjust more or less light control but does not allow for complete blackout.Blackout fabrics are available for rooms such as bedrooms or theater rooms.
Ideal UseFor smaller windows that need an added design flare.Virtually any window especially those with light control or insulation neeeds.
CleanabilityEasy to clean but darker wood tones will show more dust and have to be cleaned more often.Easy to clean and can be vacuumed on the low setting. Like any fabric they can be stained but very easy to wash.
DurabilityLarger heavier horizontal blinds can wear out faster over time.Made with lightweight fabric so the lift mechanisms are not as taxed for a longer lasting product.
Energy EfficiencyOffer less insulation than cellular shades.Can offer as much as 40% more insulation to your windows and that means lower energy bills in the cold winters or hot summer months.

Conclusion


Both wood blinds and cellular shades are top-selling excellent products and work for many applications. It all depends on which style you prefer, the insulation properties, maintenance, ease of use, durability and installation. Based on these criteria we recommend cellular shades. They are easy to use, long lasting and offer great light control and insulation.
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Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings for internal cords
What is not covered:
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage
Resolution:
  • BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective.
  • If there are multiple blinds/shades in the same room, only the defective product will be replaced/repaired.
  • In the event that a product, color or product feature has been discontinued and it is no longer available we will provide a substitute product as similar as possible to the original blind or shade.
  • Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

30 Day Measuring Insurance

This plan does not cover measuring errors. Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit.

30 Day Returns

This plan does not cover returns.
5 Year Guaranteed to Fit
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings for internal cords
What is not covered:
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage
Resolution:
  • BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective.
  • If there are multiple blinds/shades in the same room, only the defective product will be replaced/repaired.
  • In the event that a product, color or product feature has been discontinued and it is no longer available we will provide a substitute product as similar as possible to the original blind or shade.
  • Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.

30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

This plan does not cover returns.
5 Year Guaranteed to Love
Who is covered:
  • Warranties cover the original purchaser of the window blinds and shades.
What is covered:
  • Any defects in materials of workmanship
  • Operating mechanisms and other parts
  • Cell separation on honeycomb/cellular shades
  • Warping slats for faux wood and wood blinds
  • Broken vertical vanes
  • Restrings for internal cords
  • Parts that fail due to accident, alteration and/or improper use
  • Normal wear and tear
  • Color fading due to excessive exposure to sunlight, moisture or improper cleaning
  • Accidental damage
Resolution:
  • BlindsChalet.com reserves, at its discretion, the right to repair, replace or refund any blinds found defective.
  • If there are multiple blinds/shades in the same room, only the defective product will be replaced/repaired.
  • In the event that a product, color or product feature has been discontinued and it is no longer available we will provide a substitute product as similar as possible to the original blind or shade.
  • Shipping for warranty issues is the responsibility of the customer to and from the repair facility. Packaging on return shipments is the responsibility of the customer.


30 Day Measuring Insurance

Following the easy measuring instructions will ensure a proper fit, however, we all make errors from time to time and this protection plan covers any mis-measurement mistakes. If the window coverings do not fit, please let us know within 30 days of receiving the items. The blinds/shades will be remade at the correct dimensions at no cost to you unless there is a difference in price between the old and new sizes or if the new size requires an oversize shipping fee. Limit is 1 remake per blind/shade. All remakes will have to be remade in the same color, feature and specifications, no changes are allowed.

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.

Any mis-measurements reported after 30 days will not be covered, however, new blinds and shades can be ordered with an additional 10% discount.

30 Day Returns

If for any reason you are not satisfied with the window coverings and wish to return them, please notify us within 30 days of receiving the order. Our customer care department will provide a Return Authorization Number (RGA) and shipping address for the return. Please note, return shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer and shipping labels are not provided. Refunds will be processed within 2-3 business days after we receive the items (Guaranteed to Love fee is not refundable).

Shutters,custom graphic shades, commercial/dealer orders are not covered.
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