Hunter Douglas has been making window coverings for over 60 years. Duette honeycomb shades, first introduced in 1985, are one of the company's most popular product lines. The unique construction of honeycomb pleated shades like Duettes is their defining characteristic. In fact, Duettes have been so popular that the brand name is often used by decorators and interior designers to categorize any honeycomb pleated shade modeled on the original design.
How Duettes Work
Also called cellular shades, honeycomb shades consist of two or more sheets of accordion-pleated, reinforced fabric bonded together and joined at the pleats to form compartments that trap air. These compartments have an insulating effect, so they can help keep a home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Another benefit of this unique design is the compartments, combined with the opacity of the shade fabric, diffuse and soften sunlight as it passes through them, lending interiors a warm glow.
Types of Duettes
Duette honeycomb shades are available in fabrics and patterns ranging from sheer to opaque and offering 5 levels of privacy and light control. Level 1 reduces glare and provides no privacy, while level 5 blocks light and provides complete privacy. There are many fabric groups to choose from with shades as varied as soft neutral or deep jewel tones. The original Duette shades have options for 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" and 1 1/4" pleats in single, double and triple cell construction.
Duette shades can be mounted inside or outside window frame and can be fitted to almost any shape window, including bay windows and semi-circles. Duettes can even be used on sliding glass doors with a vertical pleating option. To make Duettes easy to open and close, a variety of lifting mechanisms are available. For ultimate convenience, Duettes are available with battery powered or electrical-powered remote/switch operation.