10 Things You MUST Know When Buying Blinds For Doors

Abigail Sawyer | 30 Jul 2014 | Door Blinds

While doors with windows can be beautiful, they often leave less privacy for our home than we desire. Learn how to choose the perfect blinds for French doors, sliding glass doors, and front doors.

The ultimate guide to blinds for doors

Blinds for French Doors

A common problem for French Door blinds is that the handles get in the way of functionality. The solution is to buy shallow blinds for your French doors that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles.

French door blinds should enhance the beauty of your doors, and match the other window treatments in the room.

French Door Blinds

The blinds or shades you choose may depend 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.

Tips for French Door Blinds

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

Outside Mount

Blinds for doors will be mounted on the outside of the window because unlike regular windows, the French door window has no depth. Look for window treatments that are available in an outside mount.


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. Most 1” blinds, roller shades and honeycomb shades will fit behind the door handle, assuming there is 1” clearance.

Blinds Behind French Door Handle

Hold Down Brackets

When your window treatment is lowered, it may swing when the door is opened and closed. To prevent this, use hold down brackets to keep the bottom of the blind or shade in place. These can be added to most blinds and shades at checkout.

Blinds Hold Down Brackets

Best Window Treatments for French Doors

Wood Blinds

  • 1″ slats fit behind door handles
  • Tilt for adjustable light control

wood blinds for french door

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Faux Wood Blinds

  • 1″ slats fit behind door handles
  • Faux wood material resists warping


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Cellular Shades

  • Variety of fabrics can filter or block light
  • Slim fit against doors

cellular shades for patio door

Shop Cellular Shades for French Doors

Roman Shades

  • Many fabric choices, including blackout
  • Flat construction fits behind door handles


Shop Roman Shades for French Doors

Aluminum Blinds

  • 1/2″ mini blinds are slim fitting and lightweight
  • Durable and easy to clean – perfect for high traffic areas.


Shop Aluminum Blinds for French Doors

Roller Shades

  • Slim roller shades fit behind door handles easily
  • Available in many patterns and colors to match any decor

Shop Roller Shades for French Doors

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French Door Blinds

Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are a great feature for any home. They give easy access to the outside, without intruding on your indoor or outdoor space, provide you with a great view and also let in a lot of natural light from the outside.

Sliding Glass Door covering

Considerations For Sliding Glass Doors

  • If you have any other window treatments around the room, it is a good idea to choose blinds for doors that will coordinate with the other windows. Vertical cellular shades, pictured above, are a great choice for this scenario.
  • 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, be sure to choose a durable window treatment that can handle the daily use.

Sliding glass door shades

Other Options

  • If you prefer something other than vertical blinds for your sliding doors, you still have quite a few options. In terms of soft fabric window treatments that can cover wider windows, we recommend roller shades, roman shades and curtains and draperies.
  • Each of these types of window treatments will give you a number of fabric and style choices that can completely cover your sliding glass doors.

sliding panels for glass door

The Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding Panels

  • Panel tracks fit perfectly with patio sliders
  • Choose from a variety of beautiful materials

sliding panel blinds patio door

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Vertical Blinds

  • Easy to clean and install
  • Tilt open for adjustable light control

vertical blinds patio door

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Vertical Cellular Shades

  • Energy efficiency for larger windows
  • Slim, modern appearance

vertical cell shades patio door

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Alternatives to Vertical Blinds

Plantation Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Blinds For The Front Door

Many front door windows present different challenges as they come in many shapes and sizes. With blinds for doors, there is no reason you can’t control light and privacy like the other windows in your home.

front door blinds

Aluminum blinds and cellular shades can be used as window treatments for front doors. They are usually inexpensive and take up little space when raised. They come in a variety of different colors and widths which allows you to find the one to go with your door. For a sleeker look, try the Blinds.com Brand Completely Cordless Mini Blind.

Sidelight Windows

Sidelight Windows are common around front door areas. Privacy is often a consideration for these windows, and it is important to consider how your window treatment will look from the outside. Popular window treatments for sidelight windows include honeycomb shadeswood or faux wood blindsmini blindsshutters or roller shades.

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Covering Door Arches

If you have a curved window above your door, arched window coverings are an easy solution. Cellular arches fan into a semi-circle and wood arches create a sunburst of slats for a shutter-like look. They can be either mounted on the inside or outside depending on the mounting depth and surface.

Arch Window Over Door

The Best Window Coverings for Front Doors

Roman Shades

  • Excellent choice of fabrics and colors
  • Great for shallow doors and windows


Shop Roman Shades for the Front Door

Plantation Shutters

  • Shutters can be made in many custom shapes – call us for help ordering!
  • Give a polished look and privacy


Shop Plantation Shutters for Front Doors

Roller Shades

  • Effortless, simple operation
  • Lies flush over door and fits behind handles


Shop Roller Shades for Doors

Woven Wood Shades

  • Gently filter light
  • Add texture to windows


Shop Woven Wood Shades for Doors

Need More Help?

Leave your door blinds questions in the comments, or give us a call at 800-505-1905.

If you’re ready to order, read How To Measure For Door Blinds next!

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw