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 other options) you may wish to visit our honeycomb blind showroom. At either Unit 4, 761 Great South Rd, Penrose, Auckland during weekdays only (9–4pm) or 142 Newton St, Mt Maunganui during weekdays only (9–4:30pm). Get a feel for how our honeycomb blinds look and operate. View the available fabrics, functions, and colours to see what will work with your home's décor. Please email me with when you might be visiting so I can advise the right people that you'll be coming.
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 blind fabrics can be light-filtering or blockout. Choose depending on room type and your light control requirements. Plenty of options, so you can keep things neutral or go splashing 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).
Over 462+ Online reviews | 4.9 & 98% on profiles
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.
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.
Can your honeycomb blinds be motorised?
Do you do honeycomb blinds for skylight applications?
Yes, we offer wire tensioned honeycomb blinds perfect for most skylight applications. They are available in either blockout or light-filtering fabrics, in the colours shown on this product page (see the COLOURS section above). While all the skylight honeycomb blind details aren't on the website yet, they essentially look like the images above, however for skylights. A pole is used to adjust the skylight honeycomb blinds when required. For a quote please email me direct on email@example.com with the rough skylight width and 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 (roughly measured is fine). Please also include a photo of the skylight and its surrounds. This all helps me gauge access and install points, and makes for an accurate quote first time round.
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.
What cell size are your honeycomb blinds?
Please note that the honeycomb blind cell size (the thickness of the fabric) is measured at the cell's widest point (across the cell horizontally). We do 25mm single cell, 45mm single cell, 45mm double cell, 62mm single cell, and 62mm double cell honeycomb blinds. Wow with plenty of options it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Don't panic I'm here to help and the below guidance should shed some light on the options, helping direct your honeycomb blind decisions.
If you want the superior thermal benefits of honeycomb blinds however don't have a huge budget; stick to the 25mm single cell option – these are most economical however still provide excellent thermal efficiency over and above roller blinds, venetians, or any other window coverings including curtains. If you want the best thermal efficiency possible from honeycomb blinds; consider using a double cell option – providing you two layers of air before the window pane. If your window reveals are very shallow you may need to choose a cell size that will physically fit into your windows – roughly speaking for a 25mm honeycomb blind you'll need a minimum window reveal of 25mm. For the 45mm honeycomb blind options you'll need a minimum reveal depth of 45mm and for the 62mm honeycomb blind options, a 62mm minimum reveal depth. For bigger budgets, bigger windows (large widths and drops) and people aesthetically focused you may consider the 62mm honeycomb blind options. ie: smaller cell size honeycomb blinds may not look proportionate to some peoples eye, in larger window openings.
Those honeycomb blind cell sizes again: 25mm single cell, 45mm single cell, 45mm double cell, 62mm single cell, and the 62mm double cell honeycomb blind.
Do the headrail, bottom-rail, and cord colours match the honeycomb blind fabric?
Our honeycomb blind headrails, bottom-rails, and cords aren't just one standard colour across the entire range. These aspects of our honeycomb blinds have been considered and matched with the available fabrics as best as can be expected. Headrails and bottom-rails have a powder coat finish so it is impossible to perfectly match a fabric colour exactly. The default colours used have been considered and we deem to be the best matches available.
Are honeycomb blinds suitable for bathrooms?
Yes and no, and depends on your bathroom. I've had clients who have used honeycomb blinds in their bathrooms with no issue. The key thing is adequate ventilation (air movement) and to ensure the bathroom is aired out on a regular basis. Allowing things to dry out properly. The honeycomb blinds use a polyester fabric – if the fabric gets too wet too often and isn't allowed to fully dry out, there can be a tendency towards mould build-up. The mechanisms and headrails are not stainless steel, they are powdered coated aluminium. So while the powder coating does provide protection, being wet for long periods isn't ideal. The fabric can be immersed in water (and dried out), but the rails should be kept dry.
If moisture is trapped and not allowed to dry out it will cause mould over time. If the honeycomb blind fabric breaks down in a bathroom environment without adequate ventilation, this wouldn't be covered by the honeycomb blind warranty. If you are choosing honeycomb blinds for your bathroom, the best option would probably be the 'Smart Fit' option, which has the top down bottom up function and is locked in place on the sill as well as at the top. Therefore a window can be left open regularly, for ventilation, without the honeycomb blind blowing about excessively.
If you feel excess moisture is going to be an issue in your bathroom you may be safer off considering either PVC shutters or PVC Venetian blinds instead of honeycomb blinds.
Is it possible to get honeycomb blind colours sent out?
It certainly is possible to get colour samples sent out to you. I do encourage people get a honeycomb blind quote first to make sure the quote matches your budget, before sending samples out. Colours can initially be viewed higher up this page in the COLOURS section and are accurate enough to give a good idea whether we have something that will suit your taste. Samples are expensive to manufacture and are required to be sent back promptly so they can be sent on to the next client (thank you).
What control options are available for your honeycomb blinds and how do they effect price?
Our honeycomb blinds have different control options, ie: different ways in which they can be operated. They can be operated with a cord, as cordless, using a cord loop, or motorised.
CORD CONTROL: The cord control option uses one 'set of cords' which raises and lowers the honeycomb blind (much like a venetian blind). This 'set of cords' (between 2–4 cords depending on the blind's width) join and run through a cord-lock which is how you set the honeycomb blind at the height you want (again much like a venetian). Cord control is the most economical control option. Honeycomb blinds using cord control have a maximum width of 2500mm. Cord control honeycomb blinds are available in the following cell sizes: 25mm single cell, 45mm single cell, and 45mm double cell. The cord can be on either the left or the right, and a cord cleat is supplied, if required, to manage the cords when the honeycomb blind is raised. There is also a child safety device attached to the end of the cord.
CORDLESS (SMARTRISE): The cordless option has a handle on the bottom-rail. You simply lift or lower the honeycomb blind by grabbing the handle and adjusting as you please. It will stay at the height you leave it at. If selecting honeycomb blinds with the cordless option it is important to test whether you can easily access the window and comfortably reach both the top and bottom of it. Max width 2500mm. Cordless is more expensive than Corded, however more economical than Cordloop.
CORDLOOP: The cordloop control option works much like the looped control chain of a roller blind however uses a cord, not a chain. You control the honeycomb blind, up or down, with the cordloop, just like a roller blind. The Cordloop control option is the most expensive option of the 3 manual options however does away with long untidy cords and allows honeycomb blinds of greater widths, up to 3000mm (3m).
(details yet to be written) please ask if you require.
What other honeycomb blind features or design options are available?
Our honeycomb blinds have a range of different cell sizes in both single and double cell – see FAQ: 'What cell size are your honeycomb blinds?' for more information on that aspect. We do all sorts of control options as well – see FAQ: 'What control options are available for your honeycomb blinds and how do they effect price?' for information on that aspect. This FAQ deals with some specific honeycomb blind terminology that may be confusing people and outlines honeycomb blind functions separate from cell size and control choice.
BOTTOM UP (BU): means the honeycomb blind raises from the bottom and stacks at the top only. This is standard for most honeycomb blinds and is the basic and most economical approach to honeycomb blinds. BU could be corded, cordless, cordloop or motorised.
TOP DOWN BOTTOM UP (TDBU): You could have TDBU honeycomb blinds if required or desired. These aren't needed by many however do open up the possibilities in which you use your honeycomb blinds. With TDBU you either raise the blind from the bottom (BU) or you can lower the honeycomb blind from the top (TD), which blocks off the bottom of the opening and leaves the top exposed. The most common time this function is requested is from people that live in ground level apartments or near the street and want the blind in action for privacy however want light coming in over the top of the blind. The TDBU function combines TD and BU and is available in corded and cordless. If either cordloop or motorised control is required you can only have TD or BU separately, not TDBU.
*More features to be confirmed.
What's better at blocking out daylight; honeycomb blinds or roller blinds?
Whether you choose a blockout roller blind or a blockout honeycomb blind, no light passes through the fabric itself. All blinds however have light leakage around the edges to differing degrees. You may have seen 'inside mounted' roller blinds installed before – there is a light gap along the top (this may be between 10-15mm, depending on a few factors, eg: bracket projection and tube size) as well as light gaps down the sides (a 17mm gap on the control side and a 15mm gap on the non-control side of the roller blind). The gaps are needed, as beyond the edge of the roller blind fabric you still have the blind componentry and brackets. For complete fabric coverage of a window using a roller blind you'd need to consider 'outside mounting' the roller blind. This is however a totally different look and not ideal for all tastes. Honeycomb blinds mounted inside the reveal offer a far 'tighter' fit as the headrail sits near flush at the top and the gaps on the sides are far smaller at between 2-4mm each side. Of all inside mounted blind types, in their standard forms, honeycomb blinds offer the best room darkening results. If you want to further improve the room darkening you could treat those minimal 2-4mm side gaps by adding 'light guards'. These are PVC L-shaped strips that get fixed to the sides of the window frame behind the blind. (see FAQ: 'How do I reduce the light gaps on the side of honeycomb blinds?' for more info on those).
How do I reduce the light gaps on the side of honeycomb blinds?
Standard honeycomb blinds already offer the best room darkening results of any standard blind solution (when compared with rollers, venetians, verticals, etc) and for most part that's just fine. However if you want to go a step further in your room darkening efforts you may want to consider adding honeycomb blind 'light guards' to your order. These are PVC L-shaped strips which get fixed to the sides of your window frame behind the blind, and further reduce the light leakage between the reveal and the sides of the honeycomb blind. Brilliant. Light guards run from the top to the bottom of your window reveals. Do bear in mind you will see these strips when you raise the honeycomb blind and that they'll block 35mm of the window on each side. They do look tidy though and come in 5 colour options: Day Light (White), Warm Sand (Ivory), Silver, Chocolate, and Black. Light guards can be used with any honeycomb blind cord type and are easily adhered to the reveal sides with double sided tape which is already attached to the correct side of the L-shape strip, for you. Priced at $35+gst per metre of honeycomb blind drop.
Are honeycomb blinds suitable for boats, caravans, and motorhomes?
Our honeycomb blinds have been used a lot in boats, motorhomes and caravans, and are ideal in these situations. To stop the blinds flapping about while you are travelling, or cruising at sea, the best option is the 'Smart Fit' option which has the honeycomb blind supported on wire guides. This also means the honeycomb blind can be used for windows up to 15º off vertical. The 'smart fit honeycomb blind' can be raised from the bottom and lowered from the top, so you have ultimate control over how you adjust your blinds. I would encourage you to send in photos of the windows you are considering honeycomb blinds for (when doing these non standard type applications), as well as commenting on what material you would be fixing into, so I can comment on the suitability of a smart fit honeycomb blind for your project.