Cellular Shades and Light Blocking Tracks: How to Pick Your Sidetracks

by | May 19, 2023 | Blackout Shades, Light Blocking Strips

Cellular shades are becoming some of the most popular options on the market due to their ability to absorb light and give you more control over the lighting in your home. However, the shade itself is only one part of the overall package. The sidetracks for cellular shades used to block light along the edges of blackout shades are key to ensuring you get the best experience possible.

You don’t just want any old tracks, though. You want sidetracks for cellular shades that are going to perform at their best for years to come and add convenience to your day-to-day life.

Here are some of the key points to look at.

1: Sizing

The size of your window tracks is critical. You don’t want tracks that extend beyond the size of your window, or it looks off-putting and sloppily put together. However, windows come in a massive variety of sizes. As such, there are two things to look at.

First, you want to find window tracks that come in a wide variety of sizes. This will let you quickly measure your windows and order the most appropriate option right off the bat instead of having to worry about tinkering with anything just to get them to fit. You can save yourself time and energy this way.

However, it’s also important to make sure it’s easy to fix any sizing issues if they are necessary. You might have gotten your measurements slightly wrong when picking your tracks, or you might have an oddly sized window that doesn’t have an appropriately-sized track available. That’s not the end of the world.

Good window tracks are easily trimmed with household tools such as tin snips. If you purchase tracks designed to be customized this way, you can always buy a larger track than you need and trim it to the right size.

Cellular shades and light blocking tracks.

2: Permanent or Temporary Installation

This comes down to personal preference, but it’s usually better to go with an option that can be removed when you want it to be.

If you opt for a track that requires you to screw, nail, or otherwise permanently damage your walls, you’re not going to be able to remove that track without leaving blemishes behind. That’s not something you want to do if you’re renting or might be selling your home soon.

A good temporary track that can be left in place for as long as you like, but removed without leaving blemishes or permanent damage behind, is crucial. If you can then take that track and put it on a different window, that’s even better.

This doesn’t mean permanent options don’t have their place, though. They’re typically great choices when you have a tighter gap to fill because they are thinner or when you don’t need to worry about moving them.

3: Color and Customization Options

Window tracks don’t usually come in a large variety of colors. We offer them in black and white color options. However, that’s not always going to match your décor choices or the color of the cellular shade you’re using.

We recommend getting a sidetrack option that is easily paintable so you can customize its color however you want without sanding, risking damage to the track, or anything like that.

4: Brand Compatibility

Finally, you need a track that is practically universally compatible with the cellular shade options on the market. Since these are aftermarket products, you don’t want to have to buy entirely new shades just to match the tracks you ordered.

Buy Your Sidetracks from Sleepy Time Tracks

If you’re looking for window tracks to pair with your cellular shades, Sleepy Time Tracks has you covered! We sell tracks in a variety of lengths to match most windows, our tracks are easy to trim at home when needed, they come in both permanent and temporary options, and of course, they are compatible with most brands of shades.

For convenient, hassle-free, window tracks, check out Sleepy Time Tracks, today.