What are Honeycomb blinds?

Lisa Nolan
Written by Lisa Nolan
Russells Consultant
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Honeycomb blinds get their name from their cell-like structure, which resembles a honeycomb when you look at it side on. They are sometimes called cellular blinds or shades. The cells are what trap air in their distinct pockets to help keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer.

Honeycomb blinds come in various levels of opacity and translucency, in many different colours, with different cell sizes that offer different benefits and looks. In this article, we’ll cover what they look like, how they work and why they’re a great choice.

Honeycomb blinds

What do they look like?

As mentioned above, these blinds are characterised by their honeycomb shaped cells. Whilst at the side they look like a honeycomb, from the front, the blind has beautifully uniformed pleats with subtle horizontal lines.


The 10mm honeycomb cell size creates quite a slimline look which suits smaller windows and is also great for a range of windows where bigger products won’t fit snugly inside the frame. The popular 20mm cell size looks great on larger windows and comes with the added benefit of increased insultation. It also stacks into a smaller space at the top of the window when compared with the 10mm option. 20mm cell honeycomb blinds are available in single and double cells; the double offers greater insulation properties even higher than the single cell option.


  • They come in four different material types:
  • Blockout: made with opaque material that blocks most of the light out with only minimal gaps at the side.
  • Translucent: filters light but as you cannot see through it, offers privacy both day and night.
  • Sheer: a see-through fabric that maintains some privacy inside; like seeing the outside world in soft focus.
  • Day/night: a combination of two of the three fabrics types.


Honeycombs are quite versatile, ranging from classic neutrals to on-trend colours.

How do they work?

Another reason we love honeycomb blinds is their innovative operating options. Use them the traditional way lowering from the top down, or position the blind wherever you want on your window for using our popular top down-bottom up operation system; this offers maximum flexibility and light control. Depending on your budget, child safety concerns, large or high up windows, honeycomb blinds come in a range of ways to operate the blind by either cord, clutch cord, cordless or motorised systems.

Can you use them on the same window as curtains?

Yes, great choice. Either pair a blockout honeycomb blind (for night) under sheer curtains (for day), or use a transluscent or sheer honeycomb blind (for day) under a lined curtain (for night). You could also double down on insulation in very cold rooms with both a blockout honeycomb blind and lined curtain that both close at night.

Why choose honeycomb blinds?

Better insulation

The cells of blockout honeycomb blinds create a pocket of air that acts as a barrier, not too dissimilar to how double glazing works.

Noise dampening

While honeycomb blinds won’t completely block sound, they will help to reduce it. Again it is similar to double glazing as soundwaves do not carry well through that pocket of air.


Honeycomb blinds concertina up into a slim profile that can be easily hidden by the header rail. When fitting these blinds within a window frame, they provide a sleek, minimalistic look to compliment any home and décor.

Everything you need to know to make the right choice for your home

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