Iâ€™ve shopped, Iâ€™ve researched, and Iâ€™ve shopped some more. I am the woman who can not make a decision until Iâ€™ve explored every option, and researched them all to death â€“ itâ€™s an investment, and I donâ€™t want to feel I made the wrong decision when itâ€™s too late. But, finally, Iâ€™ve decided, as in the rest of my decorating, to keep it simple, and to get white cellular shades for all of my windows.Â The windows are old, so I get the insulation, and all of my frames are white, so I really canâ€™t go wrong!
The final debate I come to â€“ smaller vs. larger pleats?? Iâ€™ve talked to people â€“ neighbors, friends, relatives, and what feels like all of the people who sell blinds and shades in my town.Â It seems to be a split with a few more people tending to the side of the larger pleats.Â But when I ask them why they prefer one of the other â€“ the deciding factor seems to be â€“ â€œOh, I just like it better,â€ even though there are some distinguishable differences.
For starters, the larger pleats provide more insulation.Â I know, as I mentioned before, insulation is one of the main decision-making factors.Â But, if the look is the deciding factor, I can purchase a double cell shade â€“ which actually provides almost equal insulation to the larger pleats, for a very small price difference.
The second deciding factor everyone says, is how big your windows are.Â â€œYou should use smaller pleats for smaller windows, and larger pleats for larger windows â€“ thatâ€™s what interior decoratorâ€™s doâ€¦â€ Now, Iâ€™m not an interior decorator my any means, but if my window is 29 x 60, it’s neither big, or small, so again, itâ€™s left to preference.
Then you have to consider the rest of the dÃ©cor within the room.Â If your space is more modern, you want smaller pleats because they have â€“ cleaner, symmetrical lines â€“ what Iâ€™m unsure of is why, smaller pleats have any cleaner, symmetrical lines than the pleat that is 3/8â€ larger.Â I know my mother, who has traditional dÃ©cor would never imagine putting any cellular shades in her house, even if the pleats were more spaced out. And, the argument that the larger pleat is â€œnewer.â€ Again, they are both new if you ask the previous generation â€“ so that doesnâ€™t seem to matter either.
So where did that leave me? At the same place where everyone else had been when they made their decision.Â To be honest, I chose the larger pleat, I couldnâ€™t tell you why â€“ because I liked them better?