Honeycomb Blinds

The most thermally superior blind available.

Welcome!...Whatever you want to know about honeycomb blinds – it's all here on one page. Whether its general info, or very specific aspects of honeycomb blinds nz, the FAQS section is an absolute goldmine. Concerned about measuring or installing? – check out the easy step guides. Read independent customer reviews. To get around use the 'nav bar' below, and at any time hit 'Get A Quote', to give me dimensions – you'll have a quote back, fast. DIY or SERVICE – you choose what’s best for you. And if there's anything missing – please just ask me (Ryan).

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PRICE LEVEL

Mid Range – High End

COMPOSITION

High-Grade Non-Woven Polyester

LEAD TIME

5–6 weeks

WARRANTY

3 years

IDEAL FOR

Superior Thermal Efficiency

MAX SIZE (W)

3000 (see further details)

CELL SIZES

25, 45, & 62mm single cell, 45 & 62mm double cell

OTHER OPTIONS

TDBU, DAY/NIGHT, Skylight, Cordless, Motorised...

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Warm and toasty.

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.

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Want installation or DIY?

Honeycomb blinds can be supplied DIY right across 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 easy step measuring guides are laid out below as well as how to securely install your new honeycomb blinds hassle-free. 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. I 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.

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blockout honeycomb blinds in a modern bathroom
light filtering honeycomb blinds in the dining room and showing their versatility

View honeycomb blinds.

To appreciate the difference and level of lasting quality these honeycomb blinds have (over many other options) you may wish to visit one of our honeycomb blind showrooms. At either Penrose, Auckland or Mt Maunganui. 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 at ryan@blindsonline.net.nz to request showroom details.

Warmth worth waiting for.

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 5–6 working weeks. Honeycomb blinds are custom manufactured in China by NORMAN using high-grade materials and shipped to NZ. As soon as 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 (to avoid damage) at 5–6 weeks.

NB: Due to international COVID-19 concerns, airfreight costs have become prohibitive. All honeycomb blinds will be sea freighted until further notice

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light filtering honeycomb blinds for soft diffused light in the kitchen


Explore 60 colours across light-filtering and blockout.

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.

Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Black Ink
Black Ink (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Brie
Brie (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Champagne
Champagne (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Desert
Desert (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Dusk
Dusk (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Ecru
Ecru (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Fog Green
Fog Green (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Glacier White
Glacier White (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Indigo
Indigo (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Infinity
Infinity (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Larkspur
Larkspur (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Mineral
Mineral (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Pebble
Pebble (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Primrose
Primrose (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Sand
Sand (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Slate
Slate (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Steel Gray
Steel Gray (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Tamarind
Tamarind (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Terra
Terra (Blockout)
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Blockout Honeycomb Blinds Using Topaz
Topaz (Blockout)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Agave
Agave (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Bamboo
Bamboo (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Bright White
Bright White (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Chestnut
Chestnut (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Chocolate
Chocolate (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Clover
Clover (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Coral
Coral (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Creamy
Creamy (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Crystal
Crystal (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Dove
Dove (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Fern
Fern (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Flax
Flax (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Flint
Flint (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Frost
Frost (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Ginger Spice
Ginger Spice (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Graphite
Graphite (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Gray Violet
Gray Violet (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Heather
Heather (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Indigo
Indigo (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Ivory
Ivory (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Jet Black
Jet Black (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Maize
Maize (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Marigold
Marigold (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Marshmallow
Marshmallow (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Mica
Mica (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Oxford Blue
Oxford Blue (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Pebble
Pebble (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Petal
Petal (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Plum Purple
Plum Purple (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Rose
Rose (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Sand
Sand (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Shale
Shale (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Sky
Sky (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Slate
Slate (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Soft Taupe
Soft Taupe (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Spearmint
Spearmint (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Tangerine
Tangerine (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Terra
Terra (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Topaz
Topaz (Light-filtering)
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Light Filtering Honeycomb Blinds Using Willow
Willow (Light-filtering)
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Measuring

Measuring made safe and stress-free.

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...

Measure in 3 steps

1. Width 3 times.

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.

2. Drop 3 times.

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.

3. Supply once.

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.

Download PDF measuring instructions: Inside the Reveal

showing the versatility and control options of honeycomb blinds in the bathroom

Installing honeycomb 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.

1. Assemble tools.

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.

2. Fitting the brackets.

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.

3. Secure the honeycomb.

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.

Download PDF installing instructions: Inside the Reveal Outside the Reveal

Honeycomb blind warranty.

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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honeycomb blind in an apartment office area with a view

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Feedback specific to our honeycomb blinds.

Over 462+ Online reviews | 4.9 Google & 98% on no cowboys profiles

Ryan Ambler

Really easy service, great communication and excellent honeycomb blinds products. We've had 9 different blinds made and delivered through Ryan at Blinds Online. The selection process, measuring, advice and delivery were all made easy by Ryan.

Luke Doubleday

Papatoetoe, Auckland - Oct 2020

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Glad we can make the process easy, Luke. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, and thanks for your repeat business. Enjoy all the blinds you have; the PVC blind, the sunscreen blinds, and enjoy the warmth those double cell smartrise honeycomb blinds will bring you and your family. Much appreciated.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Oct 2020

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Owner Ryan was a thorough, excellent communicator who quickly gave us all the information we needed. We also on his recommendation, visited the showroom. Ladies there helpful, patient and friendly; and let us explore various options. Ramiz visited home and measured windows for exact measurements and helped us confirm blind colour, he installed quickly and efficiently, and took our old blinds with him. We love our new honeycomb blinds. Have recommended to friend who is also very very happy with service and product. We will certainly use them again.

Kay & Roger Marr

Conifer Grove, Takanini - Sep 2020

Google Google | 5 Stars     no cowboys |100% Rating

So glad you are happy with the new double cell honeycomb blinds, Kay and Roger! Thanks so much for the referral and taking the time to write a review/testimonial. I wish you both all the best. Thanks for your business!

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Sep 2020

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First class customer service from Ryan from my original enquiry until the honeycomb blinds arrived. The blinds are exactly as ordered and I am very happy with their quality and the price I paid, which was certainly reasonable. I will be using Blinds Online Ltd for any future needs for sure.

Gareth Morton

Tawa, Wellington - Sep 2020

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Thanks so much for such a great review, Gareth. I always appreciate hearing how the journey went for people. I'm sure those light filtering honeycomb blinds will create some soft ambient light in your kitchen. Enjoy and thanks for taking the time to write a review on your experience and the product.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Sep 2020

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I have just got my honeycomb blinds and they are fantastic. The service was great and kept you informed all through the process. I would recommend to anyone.

Judy Illingworth

Rakaia - Sep 2020

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Thanks so much Judy. I'm glad you are so happy with your honeycomb blinds. Thanks for your business and for your great review. Enjoy those light filtering honeycomb blinds.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Sep 2020

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I can highly recommend working with Ryan to achieve total satisfaction when deciding on the right blinds for you. There was great communication throughout the process and we’re so happy that we opted for the honeycomb blinds. The honeycomb blinds are incredible for blackout and thermal insulation. Our daughter's bedroom is so much warmer. Delivery of blinds came earlier than predicted - so another bonus. Thanks Ryan! And thanks for answering all of my many queries. Look forward to working with you again soon.

Jenna White

Carterton, Wairarapa - Aug 2020

You're most welcome Jenna; thanks for such a great review on our service and honeycomb blinds nz products. Glad the honeycomb blinds are making such a thermal difference for you. Look forward to assisting you again when needed.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Aug 2020

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Lovely honeycomb blinds. Great quality and excellent customer service. Highly recommended.

Kym Tipping

Kelburn, Wellington - Aug 2020

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Thanks so much, Kym. Much appreciated. Glad you like your honeycomb blinds nz so much; they're good aren't they!

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Aug 2020

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Great job. Great service.

Bevan Rudge

Bayswater, Auckland - Jun 2020

Google Google | 5 Stars     no cowboys |93% Rating

Thanks Bevan. I trust those honeycomb blinds NZ are keeping your family warm and toasty. Thanks for your business and reviews.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Jun 2020

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Blindsonline offers the most comprehensive range of honeycomb blind products at a very reasonable price. Ryan was most helpful and responded to questions efficiently. We ordered at the most trying time before the Covid-19 lockdown and hence the delivery was significantly delayed. Ryan followed up and kept us up-to-date with the order status.
We are happy with the end result and we highly recommend their products and services.

Georgia Lowe

Remuera, Auckland - May 2020

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Thanks so much Georgia. Thanks for your patience through this time. And your business. Please enjoy your new honeycomb blinds nz.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - May 2020

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Excellent blind product at the right price. Ryan could give lessons to other businesses on how to communicate and how to run a business. He kept me informed every step of the way and nothing seemed too much trouble. Highly recommend.

David Martin

Mahau Sound, Marlborough Sounds - May 2020

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Thanks so much for the great feedback, David. Enjoy the cellular blinds. They are so good at keeping the home warm.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - May 2020

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We are very happy with the honeycomb blinds we recently purchased. Good quality and easy to install. Thanks again for your great communication.

Alex Murray

Rosedale, Invercargill - Jan 2020

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You're most welcome, Alex. Glad you're happy. Enjoy the honeycomb blinds NZ.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Jan 2020

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Amazing customer experience and end product. Ryan was super informative and available to make sure that we received the right honeycomb blind NZ product for our needs, and went the extra mile. Would absolutely recommend - we are stoked with the cellular blinds we got. So many great comments from people who have never seen anything like them before. Totally resolved our issue of privacy whilst still looking fantastic.

Kirsten Smith

Mount Maunganui, Tauranga - May 2019

Google Google | 5 Stars     no cowboys |95% Rating

Wow what a fantastic review, thanks Kirsten. So glad you are so happy with them! I know decent honeycomb blinds do cost sometimes considerably more than some of the rubbish available; so glad you went with these and it has worked out so well. They are a great product. Thanks for the detailed review and thanks for your business, Kirsten. Till next time, stay warm.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - May 2019

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GOOGLE REVIEW: 5 STAR
This is an authentic and reliable service. It would be hard to find more helpful knowledgeable and genuinely nice guys to work with.

NOCOWBOYS 85%
I recently purchased honeycomb blinds from Blindsonline and am extremely happy with the result. Ryan walked me through the options, explained types, mechanisms, fabrics and procedures. He was prompt and courteous; knowledgeable in answering my questions and patient with my indecision. The result is blinds that are both functional and beautiful a stunning asset to my home. I recommend this service ~ you won't be disappointed.

Susannah Shaw

Lynfield, Auckland - Nov 2018

Google Google | 5 Stars     no cowboys |85% Rating

Woohoo, thanks so much Susannah! Has been an absolute pleasure. Enjoy the honeycomb blinds.

Thanks Susannah! It's been a pleasure. Thanks for your patience; there are so many operating options with those honeycomb blinds NZ. Glad we achieved such a great result for you! Stay warm.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Nov 2018

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Ryan was great - excellent communication and advice.

Denise Carian-Smith

Bradford, Dunedin - Dec 2017

Google Google | 5 Stars     no cowboys |90% Rating

Denise's Dunedin home is now warmer having installed honeycomb blinds in key areas. Thanks for the order and review, Denise.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR - Dec 2017

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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.

Fenella Christian

Great Barrier Island - Dec 2017

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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 people's 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

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Really happy with the honeycomb blinds! I installed them myself and had no problems, a perfect fit. Thanks heaps Ryan.

Martin Curham

Newtown, Wellington - Apr 2017

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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

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Really stoked with my beautiful Luxaflex duette blinds! Ryan was so friendly and helpful all the way from my initial online enquiry, through the onsite measure and quote, to installation. Ryan kept me informed and up to date with what was happening, and the installation work was top notch. 100% recommend Ryan and his team - I'll be using them again, for sure.

Alex Jepsen

Titirangi, Auckland - Feb 2017

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Glad you're so happy, Alex, was an absolute pleasure dealing with you. Stay warm and toasty with those honeycomb blinds throughout your home – they will make an amazing difference to your home's comfort levels.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Feb 2017

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Great communication and follow-up provided throughout with a good provision of info so I could make an informed decision; a range of suitable options were provided and our many questions were answered in a prompt, friendly and helpful manner. The installer was efficient and did a great job, and the honeycomb blinds have made a huge difference to the warmth of our house. I would definitely recommend Blinds Online.

Bex Molloy

West Harbour, Auckland - Jun 2016

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So good to hear what a difference the honeycomb blinds make to the warmth of your home, Bex. Very happy. You're welcome and thank you for your business and review. Stay warm!

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Jun 2016

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Ryan Ambler

The service, product and attention to measurement and fitting detail from Ryan at Blinds-Online was exceptional. Ryan's advice and meticulous care in measuring and installing a particularly tricky corner window with blinds was spot on. The detail of end caps was awesome. The fit of the cellular blinds was perfect and the added cleats and care to ensure the window stays did not interfere or damage the blinds was further attention to detail and care. Ryan's service and communication was excellent throughout and the quote from Blinds Online was cheaper than others! I couldn't speak highly enough of Blinds Online for price, service, finish and product. Thanks very much Ryan.

Denise Famularo

Northcote Point, Auckland - Apr 2016

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What an exceptional review and feedback, thanks so much Denise! It's all just part of the service here. So important to get the big and small aspects right. The honeycomb blinds NZ product works so well at providing superior warmth for anyone's home and especially those large wooden villas. Safe warm and thanks so much for your business, Denise.

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Apr 2016

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After providing the measurements to them and getting a quote, Ryan came to do a full measure before making the honeycomb blinds. Great service, friendly and products are of very high quality. The installer also did a really good job and also helped me install my existing curtains. The type of honeycomb blinds I went for (Luxaflex duette blinds) were quite new to the NZ market and Ryan's prices were half of Harvey Furnishings quote. Plus his service was a lot friendlier. Highly recommend these guys. A year plus on and the blinds look as good as new! I'm asking them back to quote for a different room.

Lotte Bayly

Northcote, Auckland - Feb 2016

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Wow what amazing feedback, thanks Lotte! I strive to deliver great honeycomb blinds NZ products and great customer service; so to hear how highly you recommend us is very pleasing. Enjoy the warmth and aesthetics those honeycomb blinds provide. Thanks Lotte!

Ryan Ambler - Blinds Online Ltd

MANAGING DIRECTOR - Feb 2016

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FAQS

Q.

What are honeycomb blinds?

A.

Honeycomb blinds sit in your window frames much like other blind types however the hanging fabric used, is of a cellular honeycomb design. It's this special honeycomb design that maximises the energy efficiency of your home. Honeycomb blinds are like 'pink batts' for your windows. And its through your windows you lose the majority of your homes heat. It's the honeycomb blind's cellular structure that creates a pocket of air between you and your windows (i.e.; cold glass). There are different cell sizes, fabric choices, and cell configurations that all contribute to the level of insulation delivered. That being said, no matter what honeycomb blind setup you choose from us they are all miles ahead of any other blind type in terms of energy efficiency. Using honeycomb blinds at your windows can block as much as 62% of the heat transfer into or out of your home. They are by far the best window covering (including curtains) when it comes to insulating your home. Check out this independent Consumer NZ test and comprehensive article comparing all window covering types. Honeycomb blinds work just as well in summer as they do in winter. Keeping the heat out in summer and in during the cold winter months. Our honeycomb blinds are manufactured from a high quality, non-woven polyester fabric. The room darkening (blockout) fabrics are lined with Mylar. Honeycomb blinds offer you more style choices, and more control options and special features than any other blind product; they are your best window covering choice if energy efficiency and home comfort are your chief concerns.

A.

With so many fabrics types, cell sizes, control choices, and extra features to choose from, I completely understand why this particular product group can seem overwhelming to many. We have one of the most comprehensive honeycomb blind offerings in the market. My hope is that the steps below make the process of selecting the right honeycomb blind, for you, somewhat easier. As well as directing you to more related information for further knowledge, where required.

STEP 1: How much light do you want to filter?

There are SHEERS, LIGHT-FILTERING, and BLOCKOUT fabric options available. How much light do you want to enter the room, how much privacy do you want, is it a bedroom or a more common living area. Do you need room darkening qualities or is soft filtered light preferable. A SHEER honeycomb blind is much like a sunscreen roller blind, in that you can see out through it and it cuts back some UV. LIGHT-FILTERING honeycomb blinds provide soft filtered light and give you complete privacy day and night. They don't offer room darkening during the day however. And finally the BLOCKOUT honeycomb blind doesn't allow light to pass through the fabric at all. Thermally, sheer honeycomb blinds don't offer any value; light-filtering fabrics are good, and blockout honeycomb blinds are the best. NB: Light-filtering honeycombs are more economical when compared to blockouts.

STEP 2 & 3: What cell size do you want? And what level of insulation do you want?

There are SINGLE CELL and DOUBLE CELL options available. The double cell honeycomb blinds offer more thermal benefits than the single cell however even the single cell options are so much more superior to any other blind type or curtains out there. View independent tests and results from Consumer NZ. Within the single cell range there are 25mm, 45mm and 62mm cell sizes. Within the double cell range there are the 45mm and the 62mm. NB: If your windows are very large then larger cell sizes may look better aesthetically – they are generally speaking more expensive however. NB: The 25mm and 45mm single cell honeycomb blinds are most economical. For more info on cell sizes see FAQ: 'What cell size are your honeycomb blinds?'

STEP 4: How do you want to control your honeycomb blinds?

You can have CORDED (much like a venetian), CORDLESS (where you use handles on the blind's bottom-rail to raise and lower it, rather than cords), CORDLOOP (much like a roller blind's chain control and ideal if you don't want dangling cords), and MOTORISED (if you like pushing buttons and marvelling at where we've come technologically these days). NB: Corded is most economical. Larger blinds, over 2500mm wide, may need to be 'Cordloop' due to their larger size and weight. Don't panic, I'm always here to direct you through the in's, out's, and finer details of the honeycomb blind world. For more info on control options, see FAQ: 'What control options are available for your honeycomb blinds and how do they effect price?

STEP 5. Do you need any special features or have your honeycomb blinds perform magic tricks?

Like when the top of the blind is able to come down, as well as the bottom raise, independently of each other. This is the 'top down bottom up' feature or for those that love acronyms and sounding like you know what you're talking about – TDBU. For more detailed info on this option, see FAQ: 'Do you offer the 'TOP DOWN BOTTOM UP' feature?' There's also the 'Day & Night' feature which essentially gives you two blinds in one. Another pretty neat trick. For more details on this option, see FAQ: 'Do you offer the 'DAY & NIGHT' feature?'

STEP 6. Pick the colour.

Sounds easy enough. Either choose colours online or ask me to send you the samples. There is no price difference between colours of a specific range. Samples must be returned, with tracking, promptly please. There is also a showroom in Penrose and one in Mt Maunganui – see FAQ: 'Do you have a showroom in which to view your honeycomb blinds?'

With a better understanding of all that; send window dimensions through the Get A Quote form and make some notes in the comment field around your preferred cell size, single or double, control type, and any optional features you may want. I'll fire back a quote. Questions are always encouraged. And if the first quote is over budget; let me know so we can explore other options and get a solution that fits your needs.

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Please note that our honeycomb blind cell size (the total thickness of the fabric) is measured at the cell's widest point (across the cell horizontally). I mention this because while this is usually the norm there are some companies that measure cell size in a different way; just to confuse us all. We do 25mm single cell, 45mm single cell, 45mm double cell, 62mm single cell, and 62mm double cell, honeycomb blinds. Wow, with so many choices it's easy to get overwhelmed, fast. But don't panic I'm here to help; the below guidance is aimed to shed light on the options and help direct your honeycomb blind decisions.

If you want the superior thermal benefits of honeycomb blinds but don't have a huge budget; stick to the 25mm single cell option – these are most economical and still provide excellent thermal efficiency over and above roller blinds, venetians, or any other window coverings including curtains. View independent test reports here from Consumer NZ. If you want the best thermal efficiency possible from your honeycomb blinds; consider using a double cell option. This provides two layers of insulation between you and the window pane. If your window reveals are very shallow you may need to choose a honeycomb blind that will physically fit into your window reveal, without protruding past the architrave. Roughly speaking, a 25mm honeycomb blind will need a minimum window reveal depth of 30mm to comfortably house both the blind and its brackets. For the 45mm honeycomb blind options you'll need a minimum reveal depth of 53mm and for the 62mm honeycomb blind options, a 70mm minimum reveal depth. For those with bigger budgets, bigger windows, and who are aesthetically focused you may want to consider the 62mm honeycomb blind options. Smaller cell size honeycomb blinds may not look in proportion to larger window openings. (i.e.; large widths and drops). This is however subjective and my not be an issue for you.

Again, the honeycomb blind cell sizes available are: 25mm single cell, 45mm single cell, 45mm double cell, 62mm single cell, and the 62mm double cell honeycomb blind.

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We have two showrooms set up with honeycomb blinds (NB: these showrooms are for honeycomb blinds only and don't feature any of our other products). Our honeycomb blinds are a Santa Fe product made by NORMAN in China. I work with Santa Fe in a wholesale capacity and my prices are very competitive. Having sold and reviewed many other honeycomb blind products over the years I am very happy to be able to offer these. They tick all the right boxes for lasting quality honeycomb blinds.

PENROSE, AUCKLAND SHOWROOM:
It is essential to phone ahead and make a time for the Penrose showroom. This will ensure someone will be there to let you in and show you the product. Please call 0508 274 888 to make an appointment. Generally speaking someone is there from 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, however it is best to book in to avoid turning up to a closed showroom. Santa Fe Showroom, Unit 4, 761 Great South Rd, Penrose, Auckland. Please advise them Ryan at Blinds Online Ltd sent you.

MT MAUNGANUI SHOWROOM:
The Mt Maunganui showroom is manned five days a week. No appointment necessary here: Santa Fe Showroom, 142 Newton St, Mt Maunganui. Weekdays only (8:30am–4:45pm). Let me know how you go and how I can assist next. Please advise them Ryan at Blinds Online Ltd sent you.

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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).

MOTORISED:
All our honeycomb blinds (other than the skylight honeycombs) can be motorised. Please see FAQ: 'Can your honeycomb blinds be motorised?' for the full details on this control option.

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Our honeycomb blinds can come with the optional feature of 'top down bottom up' (TDBU) when desired. This feature isn't standard by default and attracts an extra cost (as below). The TDBU option really opens up the possibilities in which you can utilise your honeycomb blinds. With TDBU you can either raise the blind from the bottom (BU) or you can lower the honeycomb blind from the top (TD). Doing the latter can block off the bottom of the opening and leave the top open. This particular shade position really adds value in windows subject to passersby, where you want light coming in over the top of the blind but still want your privacy. The TDBU function provides really precise light and privacy control, and is available in CORDED and CORDLESS honeycomb blinds.

NOTE: If either CORDLOOP or MOTORISED control is required you can have TDBU as an option however it's termed as TD (top down) which means the top can drop but only when the bottom is completely down. The bottom can rise but only when the top is completely closed. This is similar to a true TDBU however each function is one at a time rather than you being able to drop the top or lower the bottom at the same time to different amounts.

TDBU honeycomb blinds are available in all 25mm and 45mm cell sizes. If you want the TDBU function with a 62mm cell size; this is only available with CORDLESS control.

CORDED honeycomb blinds with the TDBU function will have a control cord either side of the blind. The right cord will control the lowering of the top part of the shade while the left control cord will control the lifting of the lower part of the honeycomb blind. The TDBU function adds $52 per blind.

CORDLESS honeycomb blinds with the TDBU function are raised and lowered by hand, using the clear PVC handles on the mid and bottom-rails. NB: there will still be cords visible in the window opening, in the centre of the honeycomb blind when the top is lowered. Cordless refers to how it is controlled; the blind still uses cords within it for everything to work. The TDBU function adds $52 per blind.

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The 'Day & Night' feature is effectively two fabric types fitted in the one honeycomb blind. One fabric type above the other and separated by a 'middle-rail'. The shade above the middle-rail is a sheer fabric, while the shade below the middle-rail can be supplied as blockout or light-filtering, as required. The middle-rail is lifted or lowered to expose more or less of the sheer fabric, or more or less of the more opaque fabric. The entire blind can be raised from the bottom and stacked at the top of the opening as well to fully expose the window. The top rail is fixed into position and cannot be adjusted, ie: there is no option to have the 'top down bottom up' function with a 'Day & Night' honeycomb blind. The 'Day & Night' honeycomb blind can provide both complete light block and privacy, or alternatively allow filtered light into your room, all in one blind. NB: There is no option to combine light-filtering and blockout. It must be sheer and light-filtering, or sheer and blockout. One shade material must be the sheer fabric.

The 'Day & Night' honeycomb blind can be supplied as Corded, Cordless or Cordloop control. They can be motorised as well if required. If requested as a Corded control, the middle rail will be controlled by the righthand cord and the bottom rail by the lefthand cord. If requested as Cordloop control, the Cordloop will be on the righthand side as default and the shade will open and close in a cycle; if completely raised, the middle and bottom-rails will both descend and when the bottom-rail has reached its limit, the middle-rail will then begin to ascend and can then be positioned as you wish. Retracting the shade will function in the reverse order. NB: The bottom-rail must be lowered before lowering the middle rail. Likewise, the middle-rail must be raised before raising the bottom rail.

'Day & Night' honeycomb blinds are available in all cell sizes however the 62mm cell size is not available as Corded control.

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There certainly is a large price range in the 'honeycomb blind' category. NB: When I say honeycomb blind, I'm including all the different brand names and various terminology used (cellular, honeycomb, thermacell, duette, honeycell, etc). Not all honeycomb blinds are created equal or deliver the same results. There are cheap low quality honeycomb blinds available, and there are expensive, overpriced, honeycomb blinds too. Having been a reseller for the more expensive options for a time I'm familiar with these. I've also examined the cheap end of the market closely and it really is a case of 'you get what you pay for'. Our honeycomb blinds are made in China using higher-grade fabrics and componentry, and are designed to last 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 of 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. Does it feel like it will last the distance?

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? Does it look and feel cheap? Beware of thinner fabrics that don't deliver thermally and aren't as robust strength wise. There are fabrics that tear easily to be aware of.

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 manufacturer and who else do they supply to. 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 cheap import for the low end of the market and whether sales staff actually know the answers to these questions. Our honeycomb fabrics are made out of high-grade 100% spun-lace 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 help insulate your home.

TIP 5: Look at the aesthetic finish the honeycomb blinds have. This isn't an important aspect to all however a product that has had thought put into the finer details is often of an all round 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 very key feature is compromised when cheap low quality fabrics and construction methods are chosen.

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After researching and selling different makes of honeycomb blinds over the years; I currently supply what I feel are the best when both price level and great lasting quality are closely considered. I'm not restricted to any particular manufacturer or supplier; like you I research and weigh up the options, pros, cons, and prices to deliver what I consider the best honeycomb blinds available. I'm making these decisions with 12 years of industry experience (as of 2020).

The honeycomb blinds offered here are imported from China from one of the blind industry’s leading manufacturers, NORMAN. They are manufactured with high-end components and fabrics and the honeycomb blinds undergo stringent quality control as well as being extensively tested to ensure top performance for durability, ultra-violet protection, energy efficiency, and that each blind conforms to their own rigid specifications. As well as other aspects, these strict procedures ensure product consistency and the trueness of glue lines and cell configurations. This all delivers truly lasting quality and thermally superior honeycomb products. I work along Santa Fe (in a wholesale capacity) and am proud to be able to offer the honeycomb blind range, available here, to Blinds Online Ltd clients.

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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 from fabric to fabric however in terms of thermal performance, there certainly can be. You're most likely 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 durable and water repellent; they are made from high-grade 100% spun-lace polyester. The fabrics are all spun by water jets rather than woven, which adds to the strength of the fabric. It also 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.

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When it comes to our honeycomb blinds, there are three main types of fabric we offer. These differ in terms of their translucence and opacity. A fabric can be 'see through', 'light filtering' or 'blockout' depending on your requirements. These three separate ranges are: 'sheer', 'light-filtering', and 'blockout'.

SHEER: is a UV filtering translucent sheer shade. The fabric is very lightweight and allows visibility through the fabric when the shade is down. NB: At night when the lights are on inside a person on the outside of the house could see in.

LIGHT-FILTERING: is a lightweight light-filtering shade. Light-filtering fabrics offer the widest range of colours. You cannot see out through this fabric during the day, nor can anyone see in through it; even at night when the lights are on. Light-filtering honeycomb blinds are great for the common areas of your home; to filter light and create a softly lit ambience. Light-filtering fabrics still form an extremely efficient barrier against cold air entering the room.

BLOCKOUT: (also known as 'room darkening') has a blackout coating of Mylar (inside the honeycomb cells) to ensure the fabric stops light passing through the fabric; to best darken a room. Mylar is a stretched polyester film and is commonly used in products such as space blankets, protective plastic coatings and insulators, because of its proven thermal and insulating properties. Blockout honeycomb blinds have the highest thermal efficiency of the three fabric types available.

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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.

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Yes, all our honeycomb blinds can be motorised (except skylight honeycomb blinds). All fabric types, cell sizes, top down bottom up (TDBU) options, and day/night options can be motorised (again, all options except the skylight honeycomb blinds). The honeycomb blind is raised and lowered by a motor located within the honeycomb blind headrail. Both the motor and the remote are battery operated and easy to replace when required. The motorised honeycomb blind is operated by using either the remote control or the manual control button located on the blind headrail. The blind raises and lowers smoothly and quietly. The motor is concealed in the headrail with a default motor side on the right hand side of the blind. The motor can be located on the left hand side if requested. This might be desired if a right hand side manual control button is hard to reach in a particular window space. The batteries are located in a ‘battery wand’ and these power the motor. The battery wand is 433mm long with a diameter of 20mm, and can be requested to be mounted onto the back of the honeycomb blind headrail or it can be mounted on the wall or within the window reveal, depending on circumstances. The battery wand comes supplied with a 200mm cable which connects to the motor and gives some versatility around where it is located. 8 X non-rechargeable AA batteries are required and the first lot are supplied with your blinds. If the battery wand is to be mounted within the reveal or on the wall, the headrail end that the motor is mounted within may require some consideration. Expected battery life is approximately 6 months however this really depends on how often you are using the motorised honeycomb blinds. The white 15 channel remote that is also supplied is paired to each motorised shade at the factory, to the specific channel requested for each blind. The remote takes 1 X 3 volt CR2450 battery which is also supplied. The ‘0’ channel on the remote has the same function as an ‘All’ channel and operates all honeycomb blinds at once. The expected battery life of the remote control is approximately 10 months, again depending on usage. When the remote is not handy for some reason, remember there is the manual button on the blind headrail as well.

There are some manufacturing size limitations when motorising honeycomb blinds, which we can alert you to when enquiring, however they are here as well: Minimum ‘standard’ motorised blind width is 550mm, minimum drop is 250mm, max width is 3000mm, max drop is 3600, however max m2 is 7.5m2 per blind. Minimum ‘TDBU’ or ‘Day/Night’ motorised blind width is 787mm, minimum drop is 250mm, max width is 3000mm, max drop is 3600, however max m2 is 4.64m2 per blind.

Adding motorisation to your honeycomb blinds is $325+gst per blind. The remote will do up to 15 blinds per remote and costs $86+gst.

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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. An extendable pole is used to adjust the skylight honeycomb blinds when required. For a quote please email me direct on ryan@blindsonline.net.nz 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. Skylight honeycomb blinds cannot be motorised.

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Yes we do however not all shapes are possible. Generally speaking we can do most quarter rounds, arches, triangles, semicircles, and raked windows however, again not all shapes and sizes are possible. The best approach is to email me a photo of the window shape you're considering honeycomb blinds for, along with the overall width and height and I'll let you know whether we can help. If you have a shape that has four straight sides, please provide all four measurements.

Specialty shape honeycomb blinds are available in the 25 and 45mm single cell sizes and the 45mm double cell size. Adding honeycomb blinds to any odd shape windows you have will really plug up all those areas where the heat gets in or out; to really ensure thermal efficiency right throughout your home. Shaped honeycomb blinds are fixed in place with special brackets and clips which support the shade material and to prevent loss of shape over time. Speciality shape honeycomb blinds are manufactured with either a 90° centre support or a 180° centre support, dependant on the shape required. The shapes available are only available as inside fit blinds. You must have solid fixings above and below the shaped blind. There is no option to fit this in the raked part of a window above a rectangular shaped window or existing blind without a solid transom between the blinds. NB: If you are requiring the raked (triangle) part of a window covered, as well as an adjoining rectangular, more standard shaped window below it, we would need to add a 'palladian shelf' (wooden transom) between the shaped honeycomb blind above, and the more standard honeycomb blind below. To provide solid fixing points for both blinds.

The shaped honeycomb blind cannot retract; it is fixed into the window and the softer honeycomb shade part is held in place with clips. These can unclip for window cleaning purposes only. It's important to realise that shaped honeycomb blinds are 'non-functional' in that they don't raise or lower; they are a fixed shape blind solution.

In terms of maximum sizes – A shaped honeycomb blind with a 90º corner can be made up to 1219mm wide and 1219mm high. The minimum width and height possible are 127mm each way. For a symmetrical honeycomb blind shape coming off a flat edge, these can be made up to 2445 wide and 1219mm high. The smallest width and height possible in this situation are 254mm wide and 127mm high. Don't get overwhelmed by all these details; just email me a window photo with as many side dimensions as you can, and I'll advise whether it can be done or not.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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). There is also a showroom in Penrose, Auckland and Mt Maunganui if that is preferable; see FAQ: 'Do you have a showroom I can visit for viewing your honeycomb blinds?'

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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. This option opens 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.

NOTE: If either CORDLOOP or MOTORISED control is required you can have TDBU however it's termed as TD (top down) which means the top can drop but only when the bottom is completely down. And the bottom can rise but only when the top is completely closed. Similar to a true TDBU however each function one at a time rather than being able to drop the top or lower the bottom at the same time.

*More features to be confirmed.

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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).

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Standard honeycomb blinds already offer the best room darkening results of any standard blind solution (when compared with rollers, venetians, verticals, etc) and for the 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 aluminium L-shaped strips which get fixed to the sides of your window frame behind the blind to further reduce 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. Bear in mind that you will see these strips when you raise the honeycomb blind and that they'll block 35mm of the window on each side. They are a tidy looking solution and come in 5 colour options: Black Ink, Silver, Sahara (Tan Brown), White, Cottage White (Cream), and Chocolate. 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. Made of aluminium these light-guards are robust and won't bend over time. They have a coloured co-ordinated end-cap at the top ends of the aluminium strip so there is no risk of damage to your blinds. Priced at $45 per metre of blind drop (i.e.; you get both sides of the blind)(plus freight).

This light-guard video isn't 100% up to date however will give you a good idea of how these light-guards work and what they look like. Light-guards don't include the strip along the top as per the video; the two side light-guards are available.

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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.

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Our blockout (room darkening) honeycomb blinds have a blackout coating of Mylar on the inside the honeycomb cells. This is silver in appearance (if you were to peer into the cells from the side of the blind) however you can't see this silver layer in the normal fitting and operation of the honeycomb blinds. The silver layer of Mylar ensures no light passes through the fabric itself and is essential toward delivering the best room darkening results possible. It also adds to the insulating results delivered by honeycomb blinds themselves. Mylar is a stretched polyester film and is commonly used in a variety of products; such as space blankets, protective plastic coatings and good insulators, due to its proven thermal and insulating properties.

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All blockout and light-filtering honeycomb blind fabrics are white on the back side of them, ie: the side that faces outside. This is irrespective of the blind colour you have chosen on the inside face, ie: facing into the room and on display. Having the outward facing side white is done to keep the look of your house neutral from the outside but also and more importantly to reflect as much outside radiant heat as possible, rather than the honeycomb blind absorbing outside heat unnecessarily.

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Honeycomb blinds, especially the smaller cell-sized ones, are pretty much the shallowest blind type available on the market. NB: The only other 'shallow depth blind' (but a completely different solution type) is the 25mm aluminium venetian.

With so many different combinations between cell size and control type, within honeycomb blinds, it is hard to list all the required reveal depths here. However, for the smallest (and most economical) honeycomb blind, the 25mm cell size, as a CORDED blind, you'd need a minimum of 30mm of clear available depth to comfortably house the blind and bracket together in the reveal. 30mm minimum to ensure the front face of the blind is flush with the architrave. At the other end of the scale, depth wise, the 62mm double cell size honeycomb blind in the CORDLESS control type would need 70mm to comfortably house the blind and bracket within the reveal. Deeper reveal depths are fine obviously, and reveal depths slightly shallower than the minimums may be ok, however the blind would protrude past the architrave slightly. Best to have at least the minimum depth required to keep things easy. If your specific honeycomb blind control type and cell size combination isn't mentioned above, and you have a critical reveal depth, somewhere between 30mm and 70mm, please email me with your desired honeycomb setup and your available reveal depth so I can double check we're all good to go.

In summary if you have somewhere between 30mm and 70mm (greater depths are fine) then there'll be a honeycomb blind type available that will work perfectly with your window reveals. Keep in mind we're talking about 'clear and available' reveal depths here; look for and keep in mind things that rob reveal depth, like hinges, handles, mullions, and window stays.

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The FAQ before gave an overview of what minimum reveal depths are required to comfortably house the smallest, and largest, honeycomb blinds available. Diving into specifics a little further (for those that need to know) here's a list of all honeycomb combinations with the minimum reveal depth required to comfortably house both the blind and its brackets within the jamb.

CORDED HONEYCOMB BLINDS: (includes Day Night & TDBU options).
EG: A corded 25mm single cell honeycomb blind requires a minimum of 30mm reveal depth.
Corded 25mm single cell – 30mm.
Corded 45mm single cell – 53mm.
Corded 45mm double cell – 53mm.

CORDLESS (Smartrise) HONEYCOMB BLINDS: (includes Day Night & TDBU options).
Cordless 25mm single cell – 57mm.
Cordless 45mm single cell – 57mm.
Cordless 45mm double cell – 57mm.
Cordless 62mm single cell – 70mm.
Cordless 62mm double cell – 70mm.

CORDLOOP HONEYCOMB BLINDS: (All designs)
Cordloop 25mm single cell – 57mm.
Cordloop 45mm single cell – 57mm.
Cordloop 45mm double cell – 57mm.
Cordloop 62mm single cell – 69mm.
Cordloop 62mm double cell – 69mm.

SKYLIGHT HONEYCOMB BLINDS:
25mm single cell – 32mm.

SMARTFIT HONEYCOMB BLINDS:
Smartfit 25mm single cell – 32mm.
Smartfit 45mm single cell – 49mm.
Smartfit 45mm double cell – 49mm.
Smartfit 62mm single cell – 67mm.
Smartfit 62mm double cell – 67mm.

Any confusion or concerns, don't hesitate to email me your questions.

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A little love and attention go a long way with most things – your honeycomb blinds are no different. Give them some routine care to ensure their beauty remains well into the future. Any of the following are good periodic cleaning practices worth considering.

Dusting: Regularly dust the honeycomb shade with a duster. In most situations this is the only cleaning method required.
Vacuuming: Use a hand-held vacuum on a low suction setting with a long bristle attachment to carefully remove dust.
Spot Cleaning: Dampen a clean cloth with warm water and mild detergent. Carefully dab, without rubbing the honeycomb shade fabric, until the spot has gone. Allow the fabric to dry in its completely lowered position.
Ultrasonic Cleaning: Your honeycomb shades can be professionally cleaned (ultrasonically). Specify that a mild solution must be used and that the headrail should never be immersed. Re-install the blind and allow the fabric to dry in its completely lowered position. I haven't personally used them however Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning Services Ltd (0800 329 858) ultrasonically clean honeycomb shades (Auckland). There is also Easy Clean Blinds in Napier (easycleanblinds.co.nz).

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While it’s true that larger honeycomb blind cell sizes provide better insulation than smaller cell sizes, the inverse is true when considering the air gap behind your blind, i.e.; between the back of your honeycomb blind fabric and the cold glass. The smaller the gap behind the honeycomb blind the less cold air is being held there; so thermally speaking the smaller the gap behind the blind the better. Up to a point anyway; don’t go so close that the fabric is touching the glass. There still needs to be adequate clearance so the fabric isn’t getting wet. Moisture on anything causes mould over time so keep that in mind. If you get plenty of condensation I’d widen the gap between glass and fabric and ensure you pull your honeycomb blinds up regularly to allow plenty of air circulation behind them. If there is a lot of moisture at the window, ensure the blinds can dry out fully and regularly.

I personally wouldn’t lose sleep over trying to calculate the ultimate placement of honeycomb blinds. No matter what cell size you choose or at what depth in the reveal you place them, honeycomb blinds are miles ahead of any other blind types out there when it comes to keeping your home the warmest it can be (that includes curtains). If I personally had ample reveal depth to play with I’d still favour the front of the reveal and place them 10 or 20mm back from the architrave face; I think this looks better than having the blinds too deep in the reveal. Your eye for what looks good may be different, or you may rather set them back toward the glass; it’s up to you. All this, of course, is subject to how much available depth in the window reveal you have to play with in the first place. I hope this information helps your individual situation – weigh up available reveal depth, thermal aspects, moisture, and the aesthetic approach, knowing that you can’t really go wrong because honeycomb blinds are really great insulators. The human body isn’t going to detect the small variances between different honeycomb blind placement.

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Yes, all colours are the same price. There are however price differences between honeycomb blind type, cell sizes, and control types. For example: blockout honeycomb blinds cost more than light filtering honeycomb blinds. Double cell honeycomb blinds cost more than single cell options. And for some price guidance on control types, see FAQ: 'What control options are available for your honeycomb blinds and how do they effect price?'. But to answer the question again, yes all colours within a particular category are the same price as each other.

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The maximum width honeycomb blind possible is 3000mm (3m wide). If you have a window space over this maximum width we'll need to do it as two blinds and ideally butt the two honeycomb blinds over a vertical mullion to maintain privacy. The gap between two butting honeycomb blinds is minimal at approximately 5mm. 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. This is so the fabric doesn't rub on the window frame. To get that max width of 3000mm we need to use the CORDLOOP control option. The max CORDED honeycomb blind is 2500 wide. The max CORDLESS honeycomb blind is also 2500 wide, and the maximum MOTORISED honeycomb blind is 3000 wide however do bear in mind at these wider widths we sometimes can’t get the same maximum drops. The maximum Smartfit honeycomb blind is 1800 wide by 2200 drop. The max skylight honeycomb blind is 1500 wide by 3000 long. However don’t worry, I’ll advise if window spaces are oversize and make suggestions as to how we best approach them.

CORDED: Max width: 2500mm, Min width: 220, Max height: 3600, Min height: 250mm.
CORDLESS: Max width: 2500mm, Min width: 280, Max height: 2200, Min height: 250mm.
CORDLOOP: Max width: 3000mm, Min width: 380, Max height: 3600, Min height: 250mm. Max blind: 7.5m2.
MOTORISED: Max width: 3000mm, Min width: 380, Max height: 3600, Min height: 250mm. Max blind: 7.5m2.
SMARTFIT: Max width: 1800mm, Max height: 2200. Max vertical angle: 15º.
SKYLIGHT: Max width: 1500mm, Max length: 3000. Max angle: blind can be installed flat.
DAY NIGHT CORDED: Max width: 2500mm, Min width: 220, Max height: 3600, Min height: 250mm.
DAY NIGHT CORDLOOP: Max width: 3000mm, Min width: 380, Max height: 3600, Min height: 250mm. Max blind: 7.5m2.
DAY NIGHT CORDLESS: Max width: 2500mm, Min width: 250, Max height: 2200, Min height: 250mm.

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We (myself and Santa Fe) have had no problems or negative feedback using our honeycomb blinds in skylight applications. They are such a great solution for skylights as far as I am concerned. I used to do roller blinds for some skylight situations however they were always so problematic. I am very happy to be able to offer skylight honeycomb blinds these days. At the very high end cost wise you can make roller blinds work however they are expensive and tricky to tension so the fabric doesn’t sag. Our skylight honeycomb blinds are easy to install by a trained installer and are far more economical than many expensive roller blind solutions. They are easy to adjust with the supplied telescopic pole, or by hand if the skylight window is low enough.

Most companies don’t offer honeycomb blinds for skylights so I don’t think they really understand them or their merits. There are always cheap products in all categories too that can give good things a bad name. I’m sure you can tell from reading this that I’m a fan of these; I’m happy to be able to offer skylight honeycomb blinds. They are neat, tidy, and a professional looking solution for skylights. NB: There is just enough complexity to these in terms of both measuring and installing correctly that I don’t offer skylight honeycomb blinds as DIY. They are SERVICE only. And they all come with a 3 year warranty.

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