What is a Cellular Honeycomb Shade?
Cellular Honeycomb Blind is a familiar name in the world of window coverings. They have earned quite a reputation as the best insulating window treatment in the market. These shades are designed of cells and thee cells create a honeycomb structure which helps to trap air. This trapped air creates a buffer layer between the window and the room. For areas that experience extremely cold winters, these cellular shades help to prevent the warm air, created indoors by heaters working non-stop, from escaping the room through the windows. The temperature inside the house is thus maintained and energy loss is prevented. This is reflected in electricity bills that do not sky-rocket during these months thanks to cellular shades. If you happen to live in a region where winters are particularly harsh and cruel you could opt for double to triple-layered cellular shades. These shades come with two or three layers of cells for enhanced insulation.
Trouble with Cellular Shades
With so much in favor of honeycomb cellular shades they are a regular feature in many homes. Hence it is all the more important to be aware of problems that cellular shades could face during their lifetime. All shades suffer wear and tear from repeated usage. Shades may refuse to go up or down, there could be tear on cellular shade fabric, shades may refuse to get locked or the strings could suffer a breakage. Like all other things it is natural for shades to suffer occasional hiccups but it does not mean that you replace them. Just go ahead and repair them. Repairing cellular shades is easy and can be accomplished at home without much hassle.
Repairing Cellular Shades with Broken Strings
If your cellular shades have suffered a broken string you can restring them and get the shades functional again. Strings often break because of pets and small children or due to accidental damage. So instead of replacing the shades what will you do?
Step 1: Remove Broken Strings
- The tassel needs to be unscrewed and set aside.
- Use a flathead screwdriver to open the cord stop remove the strings and set them aside.
- Pull the shades up and then slide the shade out towards the center of the room. Cellular shades are opened in this fashion and not all shades are hung in the same way and you may need to follow other methods to open the shades.
- Put the shade on a flat surface where you can work on them.
- Take new nylon strings to measure and cut them. The length of the string must be equal to the sum of width of the window and twice the height of the window. You can cut off the excess string later.
- Take a flathead screwdriver to remove the end caps off from the top rail of the shade.
- Now take the screws off and slowly slide the top rail off.
- Take needle nose pliers and push the cord lock clips in from the side. Slide the cord lockout. Remove the strings.
- Turn the shade over and then from the bottom rail pull the end caps off.
- Now slide the bottom rail off.
- Untie the strings and pull them out of the shade and dispose of them.
Step 2: Thread New Strings through the Shade
- Take a restringing needle and thread the new string through it.
- Leaving three inches out of the bottom side of the shade put the needle and thread through the shade. Repeat this step for other damaged strings. Tie a knot and pull the string tight.
- Time to slide the bottom rail back into the shade and also push the bottom end caps into the rail.
- Now turn the top rail in a way that the top part if o the work surface. The gap where the cord lock was removed thread strings through it.
- Time to restring the cord lock with the strings that come out of the cord lock. Through the back opening thread the strings back ad pass them through a black rectangular piece you will find inside the cord lock. The strings need to be tightly pulled so that they are only in the front and side openings.
- In the top rail with the opaque plastic side facing upwards, insert the cord lock into the gap.
- Through the middle of the shade lay the strings down.
Step 3: Put the Shade Back to the Window
- Now pulling the strings tight through the cord lock slide the top rail into the shade.
- Put the screws back into the top rail and the end caps back into place.
- Hang the shade back to the window by pushing the shade up into the clips sliding it towards the window.
- Now open the shades and cut the excess strings in a way that the ends reach halfway up to the shade.
- Put the strings into the cord stop and then close it. You can adjust the cord stop as per your need.
- Insert the tassel over the ends of the strings and then tie the ends together.
- Now screw the lower half of the tassel with the top half.
You have successfully repaired and replaced the broken strings in cellular honeycomb shades without professional assistance.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.