The window treatment world is always evolving; styles and manufacturers come and go. Like any industry, five years from now when you look at cellular window treatments, there will be big changes! Today, we are going to take a look at to what might change, and the rationale behind it.
1. Cordless Shades Will Be the New Industry Standard for Cellular Shade Manufacturers
In 2013, at least 5 children died due to the strangulation of window treatments. While most of these deaths were associated with horizontal blinds, not with cellular shades, there still has been a large emphasis on child-safe window treatments.
Currently, most cellular shades come with strings. The “standard” shade is the most basic of option you can pick. While standard honeycomb shades come with breakaway cords to protect you children, cordless shades are the only 100% child-safe option that we offer. In homes where small children are present, we ALWAYS recommend that our customers go with the cordless option. Pets also can strangle in window treatments where cords are present.
Five years from now, cordless shades will be the new “standard” shade for the cellular industry. Manufacturers, dealers and online retailers will likely present this option as the entry level operating mechanism. Shades with strings won’t be obsolete; however.
According to Google Trends, since 2007 the discussion around “cordless shades” has grown in popularity and this likely will continue to grow as more awareness spreads about this particular topic.
2. Window Quilts Will Become nearly Extinct Making Cellular Shades the Clear Choice for Insulating Shades
While cellular shades are significantly more popular than window quilts at the moment, we expect that there will be a continued fall for window quilts and window quilt manufacturers. While in some instances this particular treatment insulates better than the Symphony cellular shades we provide our customers, they don’t mesh will with interior décor for modern homes.
Cellular shades are significantly more popular than window quilts at the moment, we expect that there will be a continued fall for window quilts and window quilt manufacturers. While in some instances this particular treatment insulates better than the Symphony cellular shades we provide our customers, they don’t mesh well with interior décor for modern homes.
3. Technology Will Provide More Light Control and Privacy
As technology continues to evolve, cellular products will reflect that and present consumers with new options. In 2008, Comfortex released new insulating Odysee blinds. The blinds combined the performance of cellular shades with the “variable light control” that wooden blinds feature.
While we don’t offer this particular line because we are firmly behind the insulating properties that Comfortex’s Symphony line offers, we still anticipate more options and new technology for our cellular treatments five years from now.
4. Increase in Demand for Energy Efficient Cellular Shades Internationally
We’ve seen this firsthand here at CellularWindowShades.com, more and more consumers globally are looking to for energy efficient window treatments, such as our cellular shades. We’ve seen a significant demand from our Australian cellular window shade customers.
With the extreme weather conditions, and temperatures reaching an excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the outback, it makes perfect sense. More and more countries are becoming concerned with energy efficiency and lessening their environmental footprint on the earth. While I wouldn’t necessarily call this a “bold” prediction, it’s something to keep an eye for moving forward.
5. More Consumers Will Lean Towards Purchasing Their Cellular Window Treatments Online
In 2014, online sales were up nearly 11% year over year according to Custora’s E-Commerce Pulse Report. What does this have to do with cellular window treatments? Due to the fact that you can get your shades delivered to your door, along with samples and other ordering information, there has been a shift from retail purchases to online purchases.
Shades purchased online are more “Do it Yourself” projects compared to the white glove service that’s offered from retailers. When you purchase your order online opposed to buying it though a dealer, you end up paying significantly less than you would through a dealer.
It’ll be interesting to see what predictions hold true 10 years from now. In the meantime, check out our current cellular shades and let us know if you need any assistant with your order!