How to Remove Hunter Douglas Cellular Shades from Their Brackets

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If you cannot reach both ends of the shade simultaneously, have a helper free one end while you free the other.

If the brackets are rusty, squirt a small amount of spray lubricant on them from underneath.


Do not allow the shade to just fall from the brackets because the end of the rail can scratch the window.

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are mounted similarly to Venetian blinds. Brackets found at each end of the top of the shade hold it in place. There may be one or more support brackets in between depending on the shade's width. Review the type of shade that will replace the cellular shade before removing it. You might be able to use the same mounting system for the new shade, which would save you the trouble of removing the brackets after removing the shade.

Step 1

Disconnect the shade's bottom from any hold-down brackets by bending them away from the shade's bottom bar. Use a screwdriver to pry the brackets free if they are stiff.

Step 2

Raise the shade until it hangs about 4 inches deep. This keeps the bulk of the shade out of the way of the brackets and will give you access to the front and back of the brackets' assembly.

Step 3

Insert the screwdriver between the tab on the bottom of a bracket and the top rail of the shade and pry it away. This will release the rail.

Step 4

Repeat the process for other brackets, but leave the center support bracket in place. If there are no support brackets, ask a helper to hold the rail to prevent it from falling.

Step 5

Tilt the back of the rail down toward you. This should free the front of the rail from the catch on a bracket. The rail now should be free of the end brackets.

Step 6

Lift the rail up and toward you to free it from a center support bracket.


Angela Brady

Angela Brady has been writing since 1997. Currently transitioning to a research career in oncolytic virology, she has won awards for her work related to genomics, proteomics, and biotechnology. She is also an authority on sustainable design, having studied, practiced and written extensively on the subject.