Window Coverings for Sliding Doors

Your choice for window covering for sliding doors is broader than it used to be. Historically, curtains and sheers were the most common and practical window covering for sliding and patio doors. People have used blinds and shades to cover their sliding doors, but those approaches tended to make the sliding doors inconvenient to use. Vertical blinds and horizontal honeycomb shades have opened the way for more creativity and variety in creating window treatments for sliding doors.

What kind of window covering for sliding doors can you use? There are numerous options for you to consider, ranging from traditional to unusual. The thing to remember is you want the window covering that fits your aesthetic needs as well as functional needs. Once you are able to do this you are on your way to having window coverings that you will be satisfied with for many years. What are your options for your window coverings for sliding doors?

Blinds are one option, and there are wonderful options available. Vertical blinds are not your only option for this space anymore. There are many lighter weight blinds, including bamboo blinds, that will work well for sliding doors that are easy to open and close. Larger blinds often have an option of a remote control that will make the process of opening and closing your blinds a breeze. Window blinds come in many other different kinds of materials, textures and colors, so you are sure to find a window blind option that you love for your sliding glass door.

Another beautiful option for sliding glass doors is curtains. You have the option of a lighter, gauzy fabric that will allow the light in without sacrificing your privacy, or you can get a heavier fabric and pull the curtains back when you want to allow the light in. And you can mix and match sheers with heavier curtains.

Honeycomb shades are also a great option. You can have them move vertically or horizontally, depending on your lifestyle and how you use the sliding doors -- for ventilation, egress, or light. Since honeycomb shades are available in various weights you can create the illusion of a sheer, traditional privacy control, or even room darkening.

Window shutters can provide an interesting look and feel to your room, help with light and temperature control, and allow the sliding doors to still be conveniently functional. Shutters are available in wood, faux-wood, fiberglass, and vinyl. You can have shutters where the middle is fixed or open louvered, or covered with fabric.

You could cap the sliding door with a valance, with our without other window treatments. Your options are endless! And of course window scarves that either puddle on the floor beside the door or drape above the top of the door can be used to add interest and color.

To decide which kind of window covering would be best for your home you need to answer the following questions:

  • How much privacy do you need in that room? If it is a bedroom, you will need more privacy than you would in the living room or kitchen.

  • Which way does the room face? Is it a sunny area that lets in lots of warmth and light or is it a shaded area that the sun does not shine on?

  • Will you want to open and close your sliding door daily, or more frequently even? If so, then window coverings that open and close easily are in order.

  • What is your budget? How much can you afford?
  • Answering these questions will help you determine what kind of window coverings for your sliding doors will be best suited for your needs. Knowing how you will use your sliding door and what the purpose of the window coverings for your room is will help you to narrow down your choices. Keep in mind that window coverings can be quite an investment so make sure that you love the window coverings. They will be a huge part of your room for many years and you will want to be completely satisfied with your choice.