By: Erica

Imagine you have just moved into your first place. Gone are the days of your childhood bedroom, dorm rooms, and apartments. This place belongs to you, and with that ownership comes a lot of things you never thought about before.
The windows are bare and you are painfully aware of how little privacy you have. This is not an apartment where blinds come already installed and you decide you are too mature to hang a sheet from the window with pushpins. You want something nice, something grown up, something elegant. You consider window treatments. Should you buy shutters, curtains, or blinds? You have no idea, so you make a list of things you want from your window treatment, ultimate privacy, inexpensive, and easy to install. You walk around your new place and feel the draft from the windows. You add “protects against heat and cold” to your list. You also notice the heavy layer of dust that has collected on the window sills and you want to sneeze just looking at it. You add “doesn’t collect dust” to your list. Then you remember that you like to sleep late on the weekend and you add “shuts out light” to your list as well. You get in the car and drive to your local home improvement store to see if you can find something that meets your criteria.

First, you look at some wooden shutters. They come in several different stains and they are beautiful. You know they give you ultimate privacy and shut out light. You feel the smooth surface and know they would collect dust but because it is wood, they could be easily cleaned. You give them a thorough inspection and decide that they would not properly protect against the heat and cold. They look difficult to install on your own and you do not want to pay someone to do something you’d want to do yourself. They are also very expensive. You decide they are not worth the amount of money you would have to spend especially since they do not have all the features you want.

You move to the curtains. They have a variety of colors and styles and they look promising. The prices are fair and there is a blackout thermal option available. You are pretty excited because they are fairly easy to install. You consider the curtains a good choice until you feel the sample fabric and realize the plush material will attract dust and irritate your allergies.

You wander around the store a bit feeling disappointed. You are considering settling for the curtains when you see the cellular shades. You read the description and find that they are also known as honeycomb shades. They are energy-efficient window coverings. The unique honeycomb shape of the cells traps air; repelling summer heat and winter cold. You read on with interest. Standard cellular shades come in single, double and triple cell designs. The single cells have the lowest grade of energy-efficiency while the triple cell designs have the highest. The weather in your area is pretty mild so you think the single cell design will do just fine for your windows. Then you look to see if they have different fabrics available. They have blackout shades! You are starting to feel that these shades could be the perfect window treatment for your new place so you read on. They are easy to install and come with all necessary hardware. This is important for you since you will be installing the shades yourself.

Then you really get excited; they have dust resistant shades! Finally a window treatment that won’t contribute to your allergies! The shades are also stain resistant which is an added bonus. They even have extra features that you never thought about, like the Bottom-up/Top-down feature, which makes it possible for you to cover the bottom half of the window and leave the top half of the window open. The feature gives you all the light you want and privacy at the same time. There is also a cordless option that lets you lift the shades with the touch of a finger. The price is a little more expensive than the curtains but cheaper than the shutters. Given the many amazing features of the cellular shades, you decide they are well worth the money.