Various Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Fabrics

The term “Honeycomb” is sometimes used to describe cellular shades – but why?

To answer this, let’s break down what a cellular shade is first!

Cellular Structure

Cellular shades are typically characterized by their individual fabric cells, as shown here.

An up close view of a single cell cellular shade
Up close view of several cellular shade pleat colors


Cellular shades fold and connect along pleat-like creases forming an insulated type blanket.

The cellular construction acts as an insulation at the window providing the benefit of being energy efficient.  Unlike other window treatments, soft-like fabrics are used to create cellular shades.

A cellular shade is characterized by its distinct honeycomb-like shape, as shown here.

A Cellular Shade is a Stacking Product

Cellular shades consist of a stacked cellular construction that, when lowered, reveal the honeycomb like arrangement of the fabric, and when closed, neatly stack at the top of a window.

A side by side view of one closed honeycomb shade and one opened shade

So, what’s a Honeycomb Shade?

The term “Honeycomb” is commonly associated with industry leader Hunter Douglas, used specifically to denote their Applause and Duette lines of cellular shades. 

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Various Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Fabrics

For Hunter Douglas, the “Honeycomb” nomenclature is used to state an exclusive brand and distinguishes the shape of the product.

Applause vs Duette Honeycomb Shades

Applause is regarded as an entry-level honeycomb product, and is an excellent choice for starter homes. On the other hand, Duette offers a more luxurious experience, featuring a wide range of premium fabric options and high-quality hardware finishes.

Hunter Douglas Applause Honeycomb Shade Fabrics

Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Shade Fabrics

Duette® Honeycomb Shades