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Choosing Window Coverings for your Door

First off, there are few things you need to know about choosing the right window treatment. When deciding on door shades, the key is to think of the door as a window, which happens to be in a door. It is usually best to use the same products as those already on windows in that room, for consistency.

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Why They're Recommended

Blinds allow for total privacy, when it's necessary. Most places you'd park and sleep in an RV or boat would provide little, if any, seclusion. Blinds will ensure that you're not woken up by strangers peeking through your windows.

RV's and boats are extremely susceptible to sun damage, as are the people living inside of them. Blinds are a great way to insulate RV's and trap in air conditioning, and block out the sun reflecting off the water into those houseboat windows

French Doors

One of the most common problems for people looking for French Door blinds is the handles get in the way of functionality. The solution is to buy shallow blinds that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles

French door blinds should enhance the beauty of your doors. They should match the other window treatments in the room. The blinds or shades you choose should be dependent on the amount of light you want to let in.

If you prefer to completely block light, choose a blackout roller or honeycomb shade. If you prefer to allow some light in, choose a light filtering shade.

You can use any type of window treatmet for French doors, but there are some things you need to consider.

  • Outside Mount – Window treatments for the door will be mounted on the outside of the window because unlike regular windows the french door window has no depth. It is important the window treatment you decide on can be mounted on the outside.
  • Door Handles – Your door will most likely have a handle that might get in the way of operating the window treatment. The solution is to buy shallow blinds that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles
  • Hold Down Brackets – When your window treatment is hanging and you open and close the door, the shade or blind goes the other way and then they slam into each other when they meet. To prevent this, use hold down brackets. They are attached by placing pins that extend from the hold down brackets into the bottom rail end caps.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are a great addition to any home. They give easy access to the outside, provide you with a great view and also let in a lot of natural light from the outside. They do have some drawbacks. The big area of glass lets in things that are not so appreciated. It may bring in a lot of natural light, but it also causes a higher energy bill.

When choosing a window treatment for your sliding glass door, keep in mind some of these important things.

  • If you have any other window treatment around the room, it is a good idea to choose a treatment that will coordinate with the other windows.
  • Sliding doors open vertically so it is recommended that window treatment should open in the same direction as the door itself.
  • Like other doors in a house, sliding doors are usually high traffic areas, therefore you need to consider the window treatment can handle the the daily use.

Sliding panel shades such as the Blinds.com brandWoven Wood Sliding Panels are popular for large windows and walls of glass. These panel tracks are also perfect for patio sliders and sliding doors, or even as a room divider. Rich in character, they carry the natural beauty of wood from your furniture to your window coverings.

Vertical blinds have vinyl vanes, making these window coverings one of the easiest products on the market to clean and care for. Vertical window blinds are fairly inexpensive, practical, and provide superior light control. A popular selection among customers are the Blinds.com Brand Smooth PVC Verticals.

Front Doors

Many front door windows present different challenges when choosing a window treatment as they come in many shapes and sizes. Even though you picked out the perfect door for your home there is no reason you can't control the light and privacy you want like the other windows in your home.

If you have an arch window in your door, the cellular arches are a good choice. Cellular arches fan into a semi-circle. They can be either mounted on the inside or outside depending on the mounting depth and surface. A popular choice are the Blinds.com brand BioArch.

Aluminum blinds can be used as window treatments for front doors. They are usually inexpensive and take up less space visually with their blades. They come in a variety of different colord and widths which allows you to find the one to go with your door. If you don't like the string to be exposed you can get Blinds.com Brand Completely Cordless Mini Blind.

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