Everything you need to know about honeycomb blinds is right here on one page. Product details, control options, tricks to ensure you measure accurately, how to install like the professionals, and what my clients think about their honeycomb blinds, plus more. Either scroll down or navigate using the links below. Need pricing? Hit the ‘Get A Quote’ link, and send in the basics (width X drop) – you’ll have a quote back pronto. Honeycomb blinds are supplied as DIY or get us to measure and install; whatever’s best for you. Ready to help with your honeycomb blinds – Ryan.
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Honeycomb blinds use a cell-like fabric structure to keep the cold air out and trap the warm air in. Or vice versa, depending on the season. They’re like pink-batts for your windows and add a layer of insulation right where most of your home's heat escapes. Quality honeycomb blinds are far superior, thermally, than any other blind type available. The gaps on the sides and top of the honeycomb blind are absolutely minimal to further ensure superior heat retention and thermal efficiency. Clients consistently comment on what a difference honeycomb blinds make, once installed, to the comfort and warmth of their home.
Honeycomb blinds can be supplied DIY no matter where you are in NZ. Or if you’d feel safer it was all measured and installed for you, we do cover most main centres. For the DIY characters among you, the pro measuring techniques are laid out below as well as how to securely install your new honeycomb blinds. Whether you’re DIY or require service, the first step is to supply measurements and ‘Get A Quote’. If you’re opting for us to install, the measurements don’t have to be super spot on, but I do encourage people to supply measurements initially to get an idea of whether you want to proceed. Hit the ‘Get A Quote’ link and let’s get started.
To appreciate the difference and level of lasting quality these honeycomb blinds deliver over others, you may wish to visit our honeycomb blind showroom. At either 761 Great South Rd, Penrose, Auckland during weekdays, 9–4pm or 142 Newton St, Mt Maunganui. Get a feel for how honeycomb blinds look and operate. View the available fabrics and colours to see what will work with your home's décor. Showroom visits are by appointment only, so someone is there for you. Please email your preferred visit time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the details have been decided and your order placed, honeycomb blinds will be manufactured and either delivered (DIY clients) or professionally installed for you (service clients) in around 3–4 working weeks. Honeycomb blinds are custom manufactured in China using high-grade materials and shipped to NZ. Once your honeycomb blinds are installed you will notice the superior warmth they deliver. Larger honeycomb blinds over 2400mm wide will need to be sea freighted at 6–7 weeks.
Honeycomb blinds come in light-filtering fabrics or as blockout depending on which room of the house and your light control requirements. 52 flavours all up; you can keep tones neutral or splash colour around.
No need to worry – you're in good hands and you have the ability to get this right. With the 'measure 3 times and pick the lowest measurement' rule you can't fail. You will get your honeycomb blinds right every time. 'Inside the reveal' instructions and 'outside the reveal' instructions are available as downloadable PDF's, below. However for the most part honeycomb blinds are recommended to go 'inside the reveal' for a neat and most thermally efficient result. The following 3 steps are based on an inside fit...
With tape measure in hand, measure the width of the reveal you intend to install a honeycomb blind in. Measure the width at three different heights. This shows up any bowing or warping in the window frame and it’s the lowest measurement you want to supply. Don’t make any deductions, you want to supply tight, wood to wood measurements. The factory will make minimal deductions at the manufacturing stage. Don’t forget to hold the measuring tape level for accuracy and don’t be shy to employ a family member to help out doing so; especially on the bigger windows or doors. Supply measurements in millimetres to ensure maximum precision honeycomb blinds.
Now measure for the honeycomb blind drop. Again its best practice to measure the height at three different spots across its width. Why? Well again we want to discover the shortest measurement and supply that so the honeycomb blind stops there rather than at the longest measurement, making the bottom-rail sit slightly crooked. Measuring this way allows for any uneven window frames. Again you’re measuring inside the reveal, tight wood to wood measurements and make sure you hold the measuring tape perpendicular to the window sill.
Once measured, hit the ‘Get A Quote’ link and accurately enter (in millimetres), the lowest width and drop measurements for your honeycomb blinds. For those getting a check measure and installation, you don’t need the measurements for a quote to be bang on, as we will be measuring before manufacture for you. It’s good to be fairly accurate though so your quote is precise. For the DIY’ers please follow the measuring steps closely so no one ends up crying over wrong size blinds.
Honeycomb blinds are pretty easy to install as a DIY product. Ensure proper installation by carefully reading the following instructions. Take your time and you’ll have those brand new honeycomb blinds up, looking good, and operating as they should.
Never go into a blind install cold and stiff; roll that neck and shake those arms; limber up and make sure you have the following items on hand: a pencil, an appropriate screwdriver (or if you have the necessary licence to operate; a power drill and the right drill and screw bits). You may also need a step ladder or stool, and a measuring tape. Release the honeycomb blinds from their packaging and move to fitting the brackets as in step 2 below.
Included with your brand new honeycomb blinds will be the necessary brackets and screws. Each honeycomb blind will need a bracket near each end of the blind. Depending on the honeycomb blind type you’ve chosen will depend on what components are in the headrail and where exactly you can position the brackets or not. Brackets closest to the ends may be anywhere between 15mm to 150mm from the end of the honeycomb blind. Lay the honeycomb blind you’ll be installing on the sill so you can see the innards of the headrail and so you can position the brackets to avoid obstructing any mechanical parts. This is where the tape measure may come in handy.
Take a pencil and with the honeycomb blind brackets in position, mark through the top of the brackets, where the mounting screws will go. Think about the desired depth you want the honeycomb blinds to be within the reveal. Think about any handles you need the honeycomb blinds to miss. Once pencil marked, pre drill the screw holes with a drill bit small enough to guide the screws while still leaving enough ‘meat’ for the screw to bite into. Use 2 screws per bracket and secure firmly.
For wider honeycomb blinds, over a metre, there will be extra brackets included. Evenly space these out to support the honeycomb blind centrally. Again position brackets to avoid obstructing any mechanical components within the headrail.
With the brackets firmly in place, the hard work is done. The headrail should be slightly tilted away from you as you offer the honeycomb blind up to the brackets. The front edge of each bracket needs to neatly slide under the inner front edge of the honeycomb blind headrail. Then push the back of the headrail upward until the flexible tab at the bottom of each bracket snaps onto the back of honeycomb blind headrail. You should hear them click into place and the blind should feel secure.
Make sure the honeycomb blind is facing the right way; with the controls facing into the room. Don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back. Well done.
Your new honeycomb blinds come with a 3 year warranty. They will be free from any defects in components and workmanship under normal conditions of use. The warranty does not apply to any honeycomb blinds that have been misused or have been subject to negligence, incorrect installation, accidental damage or improper cleaning or maintenance.
(full warranty PDF below).
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Really happy with the honeycomb blinds! I installed them myself and had no problems, a perfect fit. Thanks heaps Ryan.
Newtown, Wellington - Apr 2017
Great to hear, Martin. Happy we could help and thanks for your business. Those honeycomb blinds will keep you warm down there.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Apr 2017
I found these guys great to deal with. At first thought the honeycomb blind was too expensive so went back to them to try and get a cheaper blind. Ryan came to my work to show me samples. I chose a better honeycomb blind for my situation and it arrived in great condition, fit perfectly and very very happy with the blind. Now thinking about getting more.
Great Barrier Island - Dec 2017
| 5 Stars |90% Rating
Thanks Fenella. I always encourage people to give me feedback re the first quote they requested; there is often different products, componentry, fabrics, etc etc I can suggest depending on peoples budget. Thanks for the review and thanks for your business; much appreciated. Enjoy the extra warmth you'll retain with those honeycomb blinds out there on the Barrier.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Dec 2017
Ryan was great - excellent communication and advice.
Bradford, Dunedin - Dec 2017
| 5 Stars |90% Rating
Denise's Dunedin home is now warmer having installed honeycomb blinds in key areas. Thanks for the order and review, Denise.
Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Dec 2017
Why is there such a big price difference across the market for 'honeycomb blinds'?
There certainly is a large price range in the 'honeycomb blinds' category. I use the term 'honeycomb blinds' here to include all the brands and all the various terminology used across the market for cellular type blinds. There are cheap low quality Chinese honeycomb blinds available. There are more expensive than we offer, overpriced, honeycomb blinds as well. Having been a reseller of the more expensive options for a time I am familiar with these. I've also examined the cheap end of the market closely and it is a case of 'you get what you pay for'. Our honeycomb blinds are made in China however especially designed using higher-grade fabrics and componentry to last longer in our NZ conditions. I'm very happy with the quality we provide and where our honeycomb blinds sit price wise. I get that to the untrained eye honeycomb blinds essentially all look the same. They are not. The below tips may help you choose a lasting quality honeycomb blind.
TIP 1: Have a feel for the operation of the honeycomb blinds you are considering. Pull them up and down to gauge ease of operation. This will also give you a feel for the level of componentry being used.
TIP 2: Visually inspect the honeycomb blind. Often when comparing options visually you can see differences in fabric quality but more so the differences in componentry, cords, headrails and bottom-rails. Do things look flimsy? What's metal, what's plastic, and of the plastic parts what grade of plastic is being used?
TIP 3: It is at times hard to look at honeycomb blind fabrics and know what's what; how good or not the quality really is. For informed decisions, ask some questions like where the blinds are made? What is the makeup of the fabric itself? Have the fabrics been made with NZ UV levels in mind? You'll get an idea of whether it's just a stock Chinese import for the low end of the market and whether suppliers actually know the answers to these questions about the products they are selling. Our honeycomb fabrics are made out of high-grade 100% spunlace polyester. This means the fabric is very durable and they have higher insulation properties than many others.
TIP 4: Ask suppliers to provide you with official test reports showing the 'R' value of the honeycomb blinds they are offering. 'R' values are a measure of the fabrics thermal resistance. The higher the 'R' value the better the fabric will insulate your home.
TIP 5: Look at the aesthetic finish of the honeycomb blinds you are considering. This isn't an important aspect to all people however a product that has had thought put into its aesthetic design is often of a better quality manufacture I've found.
TIP 6: The main purpose for purchasing honeycomb blinds is for their insulating function. The trapping of air in the honeycomb blind structure to create an insulating barrier and to minimise the 'passing of hot air' (chuckles). This key feature is minimised or lost when cheap low quality fabrics are used.
What type of fabric is used in your honeycomb blinds?
Comparing honeycomb blinds from supplier to supplier can be difficult for the untrained eye. It's best to ask some direct questions; it's surprising how many companies/sales reps don't actually know the material makeup of the honeycomb blinds they offer. There may not be huge differences visually sometimes however performance wise there is. You're buying honeycomb blinds for their thermal properties so best get ones that deliver real thermal efficiency. You also want your chosen honeycomb blinds to last in New Zealand's higher UV levels.
Our honeycomb blind fabrics are made from high-grade 100% spunlace polyester. This means the fabric is very durable and has higher insulation properties than many cheap honeycomb blinds on the market. If there's a large price difference; keep digging, there are reasons for it. Buying inferior honeycomb blinds will result in poorer insulation results; this is the ability to trap and hold the air in its cell like structure creating that all important barrier of air that stops the passing of cold and hot air in and out of your home.
Can you explain the honeycomb blind materials and the many control options you offer?
There are lots of different honeycomb blind combinations (I get myself confused at times.) I'll try and break it down clearly for us all here.
1. Firstly, we only do 'single cell' honeycomb blinds. The cell size is 25mm across, at its widest point.
2. Our honeycomb blinds come either using a blockout fabric or a light-filtering fabric depending on your needs. Fabric samples can be sent out on request however I encourage you to get a quote first. Please limit your fabric sample choices to a few likely contenders. We don't send out the whole range due to the cost of these fabrics. The available colours can be viewed online, initially, further up this honeycomb blinds page.
3. You'll see suppliers describe honeycomb blinds as 'bottom-up' only (BU) or as 'top down bottom up' (TDBU). You can't have a 'top down' only honeycomb blind. We have both BU and TDBU options. Read on...
4. There are 'corded' options where you control the honeycomb blind, up and down, with a control cord (similar to a venetian cord but a little thinner). And there are 'cordless' options where there are no cords; you control the blind going up or down via a PVC handle on the honeycomb blind's headrail and/or bottom-rail. There is even a part 'corded', part 'cordless' option (in an attempt to overwhelm us!) Not all options are available across both blockout and light-filtering. Read on...
5. The blockout honeycomb blinds have two available control options. One option being 'bottom-up' and 'corded' (one cord to control the bottom of the blind going up and down. Let's call this (H1). The other blockout honeycomb blind option available is (H5) which is TDBU and has two cords; one either side of the blind; one controls the bottom going up and down and the other cord controls the top of the honeycomb blind going down and up. There are no 'cordless' options available for the blockout honeycomb blinds due to weight considerations.
6. Moving on to the light-filtering honeycomb blinds, where the available options really open up. You can have your choice of any of the following five options: (H1), (H2), (H3), (H4) or (H5). Whew! And those explained...
(H1) is BOTTOM UP only and CORDED
(H2) is BOTTOM UP only, with a handle on the bottom-rail for CORDLESS control.
(H3) is TDBU, CORDLESS with handles on the blind to operate the BOTTOM UP and TOP DOWN functions separately.
(H4) is TDBU with a CORD for the BOTTOM UP function and a handle on the blind for the CORDLESS TOP DOWN function.
(H5) is TDBU with 2 CORDS, one to control the BOTTOM UP and one to control the TOP DOWN.
7. All these scenarios and combinations are priced differently. I'd encourage you to get an initial quote with your ideal solutions in mind. If that's over budget we can start discussing other options to adjust the price. That being said the light-filtering fabrics are more economical than the blockout fabrics. You'd most likely want blockout in the bedrooms and media rooms. While light-filtering may well be sufficient for you in the living type rooms where they would create soft diffused light during the day but still provide full privacy at night. In terms of choosing control options for your honeycomb blinds, think about where they will be, access wise, and what parts of the honeycomb blind you'll be able to reach or not.
What's the difference between light-filtering honeycomb blinds and blockout honeycomb blinds?
Honeycomb blinds come using either light-filtering or blockout fabrics. No light passes through the blockout honeycomb blinds while soft diffused light does travel through the light-filtering honeycomb blinds. Blockout honeycomb blinds make sense for bedrooms and media rooms. Living rooms can use either blockout or light-filtering honeycomb blinds depending on how you want to use that particular living space; what's important to you. From a cost perspective the light-filtering fabric is more economical so you may wish to consider whether living areas actually need full blockout honeycomb blinds or not. You can't see in or out through light-filtering honeycomb blinds so don't feel you'll be compromising privacy in selecting this option.
What is the maximum width honeycomb blind you do?
The maximum width for our honeycomb blinds is 2400mm. If you have a window space over this max width of 2400 we'll need to do it as two honeycomb blinds and ideally make the split between them at a vertical mullion in the window or door joinery (to maintain maximum privacy). If two blinds are needed they will butt neatly with a minimal gap between them to retain the superior thermal properties of these quality honeycomb blinds. A small gap between butting honeycomb blinds isn't a big deal; there are already minimal light gaps on each side of the honeycomb blind, so the fabric doesn't rub on the window frame.
What is the minimum width honeycomb blind you do?
As a general statement to cover most peoples query quickly: the minimum size honeycomb blind available is 300mm wide. Most won't need honeycomb blinds narrower than that. However being thorough in my answer and for those with tiny hobbit sized windows; the smallest 'cordless' blockout or light-filtering honeycomb blind possible is 300mm wide, the narrowest TDBU honeycomb blind (BO or LF) is also 300mm wide, and the narrowest 'bottom up' only honeycomb blind with a single control cord, is 200mm wide.
Can your honeycomb blinds be motorised?
At this point in time, sorry, no we don't offer motorised honeycomb blinds. You could approach Luxaflex or find one of their blind resellers, if you need motorised honeycomb blinds. I felt they used to do motorised honeycomb blinds however it isn't clear on their website currently as I write this.
Do you do honeycomb blinds for skylight applications?
We offer wire tensioned honeycomb blinds perfect for most skylight applications. Either blockout or light-filtering fabrics are available. The product details are not yet on the website however please complete a webform with the skylight width X drop (length). Include the height from the floor to the high end of the skylight and the height from the floor to the low end of the skylight, in the comments section. Please also separately email a photo of the skylight and its surrounds. This helps me gauge access and makes for an accurate quote first time.
Do you do honeycomb blinds with angled tops or angled bottoms or other speciality shapes?
No sorry we don't at this stage. Luxaflex do. You'll need to go through a Luxaflex reseller, however their website may be a good start if you need speciality shaped honeycomb blinds.
Can the lower stack height on a 'top down bottom up' (TDBU) honeycomb blind be changed?
When lowering the top portion of a TDBU honeycomb blind it lowers until the lower 'stack height' is one third of the overall honeycomb blind height. ie: if your window height dimension is 1500mm then when lowering the top part of your TDBU honeycomb blind it will go down to a point and stop to have 500mm still closed at the bottom.
This is standard, set by the factory, and something we seldom need to discuss or alter for clients. There is good reason for limiting how small the stack height at the bottom can be made. If you were opening the honeycomb blind by dropping the 'top down' there is a point where it would really be best to raise the whole honeycomb blind up and out of the way; making it safer from rouge pets, wandering infants, hurried hoovering practices, and clumsy size 12 feet.
Unless there's good reason why you need to set this lower stack height smaller than one 1/3 of the honeycomb blind overall height, we don't even need to discuss it; let it come as standard from the factory. If you do need this lower stack to be smaller than 1/3, we need to make it clear to the factory at the time of order, and include what that different stack height needs to be.
What size 'stack' will my honeycomb blind have when pulled right up?
Honeycomb blinds provide one of the smallest 'stack' heights available when compared to many other window covering types. This means when you want the honeycomb blind up and out of the way it doesn't take up too much extra real estate at the top of the window. You maximise your view out. Below are stack heights for different honeycomb blind drops. The stack size given includes the brackets, headrail and bottom-rail to give a true stack height. For drops in-between the given data, please extrapolate.
Light-filtering honeycomb blinds with a 600mm drop will have a 56mm stack height. 900mm drop = 63mm stack, 1200 = 70mm, 1500 = 78mm, 1800 = 89mm, 2100 = 97mm and 2400 = 105mm.
Blockout honeycomb blinds with a 600mm drop will have a 54mm stack height. 900mm drop = 60mm stack, 1200 = 67mm, 1500 = 73mm, 1800 = 83mm, 2100 = 90mm and 2400 = 96mm.