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Roller Shades vs. Honeycomb Shades: Which Are Best for Kids?

Roller shades and cellular (or honeycomb) shades are our most child-safe window treatments. But which are best for your home and family?

For parents of young children, danger is seemingly everywhere. From the air they breathe to the floors they crawl on. Under the cushions, beneath the sink—even in the windows. This is why parents do everything they can to child-proof their homes.

A cellular shade covers the window in bright, fun nursery.

One of the things that many parents are doing to up their safety game is switching out their preexisting window treatments for ones that are more child-friendly. Instead of heavier blinds with dangerous cords, many are opting for something lighter and cordless. After comparing safety pros and cons many parents of young children are choosing roller shades or cellular/honeycomb shades. Both have their pros and cons and below we will explore the differences and help you choose which works best for your family and your decor.

Roller Shades vs. Cellular/Honeycomb Shades

Roller shades and Cellular, or “Honeycomb” shades, are rather different in construction and yet they share a lot of the same benefits. Both are stylish and functional, great for insulating a room, and available in a ton of different lighting-filtering options from sheer to blackout. But, while they do have many similarities, each also has specific benefits and drawbacks that may make one better suited for your needs.

A playful kids room features blue cordless roller shades on three windows.

Roller Shades: Benefits and Drawbacks

Roller shades consist of one piece of fabric that is pulled down to give a room privacy, style, and insulation. Roller shades are ideal for areas where the weather doesn’t fluctuate too much, namely places with mild winters and summers, or places that have constant temperatures throughout the year. Roller shades are available in a wider range of colors and textures than honeycomb shades but in general they offer slightly less insulation.

Benefits
  • Light-weight and easy to operate
  • Available cordless – perfect for a child-safe home
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics
  • Vertical design resists dust build up
  • Offer a clean modern look, ideal for contemporary decors
  • Easy-to-clean vinyl roller shades can be wiped with a damp sponge
Drawbacks
  • A contemporary look that may not fit all decors
  • Provide less insolation than thicker, layered window treatments

Cellular / Honeycomb: Benefits and Drawbacks

Cellular shades shades have a fabric that is constructed in a honeycomb structure to give rooms extra insulation and privacy. They also come in a wide range of neurals from light-filtering to blackout styles.

Benefits
  • Light-weight and easy to operate
  • Available cordless – perfect for a child-safe home
  • Available in a variety of neutral colors
  • Multilayer, cellular construction traps air, for improved insulation and energy efficiency
  • Available in Day/Night combo construction so you can have privacy and light in the day or blockout all the light for daytime naps
Drawbacks
  • Offered in fewer color and pattern options than other window treatments
  • Less resistant to dust than a fully vertical window treatment

A playful kids room features blue cordless cellular shades on four windows.

Which One Should New Parents Choose?

There isn’t a definitive answer to that question. But the good news is, between cellular and roller shades you have a lot of options from which to choose. Both window treatments are perfectly adequate and safe for a home with little ones, so it completely depends on personal taste, location, and budget.

If you are still having trouble deciding between roller shades and cellular shades, stop by one of our 90+ conveniently located showrooms, schedule a free in-home consultation or call and chat with a member of our customer support team.

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