Choosing Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors and for Patio Doors

Vertical Cellular Shades

Vertical Cellular Shades

When it comes to picking out window treatments for sliding glass doors, patio doors, or French doors, it can be a real challenge. You need function, you want style, and you definitely do not want to have to deal with replacing your window treatments often due to too much wear and tear from a high traffic location.

Fear not, we have some useful expert advice for you from the brilliant minds of the Blindsmax team! There are actually many excellent options for covering these rather large and difficult doors, the perfect one is really going to depend on your taste, the type of door, and your budget. We will outline what we feel are your best options to evaluate.

Roman Shades
Roman shades are excellent for French and patio doors since the fabric tends to hold up very well over time. There are also plenty of styles to choose from to match existing decor. Remember to measure carefully so that you allow for the fabric to cover the entire window, but not so wide that the fabric will get in the way of the knob on the door. Roman shades are not ideal for sliding glass doors.

Roman Shades on a Door

Roman Shades on a Door

Vertical Blinds and Shades
Vertical blinds and shades are some of the best options for sliding glass doors, and there are a multitude of fabrics and other materials to choose from. A popular new trend is to use vertical cellular shades to give a room unique softness and light control while also creating a superior barrier against the extreme heat and cold fluxuations common around large sliding glass doors. Vertical blinds can be used for patio and French doors but may not be the best choice since they hide the doors themselves when closed.

Vertical Cellular Shades

Vertical Cellular Shades

Horizontal Blinds
Horizontal blinds are a good choice for patio and French doors but there are a few considerations to observe. There are many types of blinds to choose from that could work including, aluminum mini blinds, faux wood blinds, hardwood blinds, and composite blinds. Blinds have a tendency to “slap” or bump the door with general use which can be damaging and anoying, so you will need a hold down bracket installed to avoid this. Blinds are not ideal for sliding glass doors.

Levolor Aluminum Mini Blinds

Levolor Aluminum Mini Blinds

Drapes and Curtains
Curtains and drapes are also a good choice for sliding glass doors, patio doors, and French Doors because they can be used and maneuvered in various ways. Avoid purchasing pre-measured curtains since they rarely are a “perfect” fit for your specific door. When you use curtains over any door it is important that they come with a quality liner to function well and to protect the color and crispness of the fabric for years to come.

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Get Personal Assistance From Real People

In all of these cases you need to take accurate measurements and plan which materials and style is superior for your home. We have a team of real people who are dedicated to superior customer service waiting at our home office to help you make the perfect choice. So if you need a few specific ideas, help with measuring, or just want to know all of your options you are welcome to give us a call at (888) 305-8020 between 9am and 5pm EST Mon-Friday and

Or visit us online at www.blindsmax.com and feel free to access our Live Chat feature.

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