French Door Window Coverings

French door window coverings seem like a challenge, but they aren't. Determine what your purpose of covering the glass is -- privacy, insulation, light control -- and start your research. Strive to stay with the decorating theme you already have going in the house, select a covering that goes with your lifestyle and the way the door is going to be used (door that open and close a lot may get annoying if the window covering bangs a lot), and make sure your door handle won't cause a problem with your window covering choice.

French doors make a beautiful addition to any home. They have become quite popular in new homes over the last few years, as well as to remodel jobs. Most people find they are a bit unsure, though, when they try to decide what kind of French door window coverings work best. There is no need to be scared of covering these doors. There are several different options in French door window coverings for you to choose from.

  • Curtains: There are as many options in curtains and sheers as there are in personalities and decorating styles. Curtains can be made of sheer fabric, lace, tapestry fabric, and any number of other fabrics. The best way to install curtains to your French doors is to have curtain rods on the top and bottom of the window pane area so the curtains can be connected in both places to the door. All you have to do is create a pocket at the bottom of the curtains so that they can slide onto the curtain rods. They can then be cinched in the middle to allow light in if you want.
  • Shades or blinds You will be able to find shades or blinds in many colors and materials. Shades and blinds are great in that they are easy to install and clean, and you have the increased flexibility in that you are able to open and close them easily. Shades will be pulled up and down, so be sure to choose door handles that won't interfere with that action. Attach blinds to the door at both the top and bottom of the door so that they won't flop around and interfere with its operation. There are special kits at the store for French door installation.
  • Frosting Kit Frost your windows. No, not with cake frosting, but with chemicals that etch the glass, cutting down on the clarity of the glass so people can't see through the glass. Frosted windows let the light in while giving you privacy. You can buy a frosting kit at hardware stores, building supply stores, and craft stores. They come in a wide variety of patterns, including leaf and scroll designs, so you are sure to find a frosting kit that fits your decor and design style. You can even frost them completely, with no design, for maximum privacy. The biggest drawback to frosted windows is there is no insulation value, as there is in other window coverings.
  • Dare to be Bare If privacy is not an issue, leave the French door windows bare! They will allow the light and you will allow you to see outside or into another room, depending upon where the French doors are located. All you have to do is keep the windows clean and shiny and you will have a wonderful focal point for your room.

  • Where your French doors are located can have a big impact on what French door window coverings you choose. Determine how much privacy that you need, as well as how much light control you want. Once you have that decision made, you will be better prepared to decide whether you want to cover your French doors or not and if so, what kind of French door window covering that you prefer. French doors can be beautiful whether they are covered or not, so don't be afraid of covering them to get the level of privacy and insulation you want.