(Advance apologies for the caveat emptor victim nature of this entry. If you are not planning on buying cellular shade window coverings any time soon I encourage you to skip this one altogether.)
Earlier this year I began looking into getting top-down cellular shades for an oddly sized downstairs window. I chose Levolor because I like the woven fabric look of the Driftwood Linen option, and I went with cords (as opposed to cordless) because I cannot reach the top of the window. After a few months I went ahead and bought them from an online store in order to keep myself from procrastinating any further. I probably should have paused a little and done some research.
I installed them a week ago and I was a little dismayed to find that the top of the shades is sort of shoddy looking:
I would have expected a cleaner look to the top. Thinking back I realized that I never actually saw a cord controlled top-down version of these Levolor shades, all the examples in stores are of the cordless option.
I happened to be at a Home Depot the other day and asked the window coverings associate about these, she admitted that she discourages people from getting the corded top-down Levolor cellular shades. She said that a while back Levolor took away the clean top bar and replaced it with a plastic bar that they slide inside of the top cell. They poke holes through the shade fabric to attach the cords:
However, the cordless top-down Levolor shades are just fine, they have a sturdy top bar.
Despite the not so great look of these I’m happy with the privacy they offer while letting in lots of light, I like the insulation, and I like the texture of the Driftwood Linen fabric option*. But, if you’re thinking of getting Levolor top-down cellular shades, I encourage you to go with the cordless option.
* (I am glad I didn’t go ahead and splurge by buying shades for all six windows I eventually want to cover. Suddenly drapery has never looked so good.)