If there were a single element that goes into the construction of the cellular window shades, then it has to be the fabric used as the blinds. Rod Pocket Roman Shades have two layers of cloth which get to hold the cellular combed structure sandwiched between them. Moreover, the cellular insulation material too would be mostly made of fabric also.
So if there is going to be an active effort to keep the cost of the cellular shades with a certain limit, then it has to be done by controlling the fabric types used in the very construction. Modern day manufacturing processes have given properties to cloth material which were not possible say a decade ago. It stands to reason too that current systems of manufacture have managed to achieve such large scales of operation that costs of production and the product have been kept under active control.
How to pick the fabric with an eye on cost control
- Thickness: It is wrong to consider that only the thicker materials can provide high blackout effects. The contemporary cloth can bring on the same shading effect without having to use the thick kinds of stuff. Additionally, the lighter material would mean less robust supports to the window shades and more comfortable operation of the blinds too. The weight of the fabric gets to be a key factor when using a cordless or hands-free mode of operation.
- Cell count: There are three standard cell counts used in the construction of the cellular shades. They are the single, the double and the triple-celled honeycomb structures. As each cell count increases so too does the cost of the cellular shades. The need for thicker insulation and thus the higher cell count comes from the need to have better heat-trapping property. If just the right material is picked to do the cells, then the cost of the blinds can be kept to the minimum. The secret is to use only the right amount of thickness to the honeycomb to meet the needs of the situation.
- Moisture: Some of the areas of a household where the outside mount shades get to be used are the bathrooms and even the kitchens. It is expected for the blinds to be able to withstand a fair amount of humidity and moisture in such installations. One of the cost-effective ways to handle the situation is to use polyester fabric to cover the cellular shades. The strong point of the polyester is that it can stand moisture without losing shape or color. Moreover, equally important is that the cloth material does dry out fast too.
A lot of people might wonder that if keeping the cost of the window dressing is a priority, then the best option is not to use the cellular styled shades. However, the cellular shades cannot be bettered regarding appearance and if the choice of the fabric can make it more affordable, why grudge its use.