Honeycomb and Pleated Shades

Duette Honeycomb ShadesWe have customers who ask, “What’s the difference between pleated shades and honeycomb shades?” These two window covering options are a lot alike, but do have some key differences. To decide which one is best for your windows, you should consider three factors: budget, energy efficiency, and orientation of your window. Stop by our new showroom in Marriottsville, serving the Baltimore area, to see full size displays of pleated shades and honeycomb shades. Enjoy a free consultation to help you decide which is best for you!

Similarities between Pleated Shades and Honeycomb Shades

Pleated and honeycomb shades have many similarities and are both sometimes referred to as “cellular blinds.” Both types of window treatments feature:

  • A single lift cord, with available cordless options for child and pet safety
  • Innovative motorization options
  • Varying pleat sizes
  • Numerous color and fabric options, from translucent to room darkening, for light control or light filtering
  • Top-down-bottom-up functionality

While pleated shades and honeycomb shades do have a similar look, there is one significant difference. Pleated shades allow light and air to escape due to the small cord holes in the pleats. Honeycomb shades feature a hidden cord inside the construction of the window treatment, blocking air and light. However, you can add no-hole privacy options and additional liners. Pleated window shades look great in any window, and are typically less expensive than honeycomb shades.

Honeycomb Shades

The main reason to choose honeycomb shades is energy efficiency. Honeycomb shades are available with single, double and triple honeycomb construction in different pleat sizes. They provide excellent insulation, offering the highest efficiency ratings in the industry
They are typically more expensive than pleated shades, but make up for it with the energy savings they create. Honeycomb shades are also available as vertical shades for large windows or sliding glass doors. We offer a variety of honeycomb shade options to meet most any budget.


  • Hunter Douglas® Applause® honeycomb shade
  • Hunter Douglas® Applause® Vertiglide® honeycomb shade


  • Hunter Douglas Duette® honeycomb shade
  • Hunter Douglas Duette® Vertiglide® honeycomb shade


Most energy efficient honeycomb shade in the industry with a unique a honeycomb within a honeycomb design.

  • Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® honeycomb shade
  • Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella® Vertiglide® honeycomb shade

Quality Window Treatments for Better Energy Efficiency

Any quality made window covering will provide some insulation and result in improved energy efficiency. A properly installed Hunter Douglas product in every window of your home will cut your energy consumption and save you money. Click here for more information on window treatment energy efficiency.

Pleated, Honeycomb Shades in Baltimore

Windo VanGo is the premier Hunter Douglas Gallery in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville and serving residential and commercial clients throughout the counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Howard, Carroll, Hartford, and Anne Arundel. Contact us today for a design consultation!