10 Things You MUST Know When Buying Blinds For Doors

Abigail Sawyer | 12 May 2020 | 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.

modern living room with two sets of french doors and woven wood shades.

Pictured: Blinds.com Designer Woven Wood Shades in Kula Coconut.

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.

contemporary living room with blue walls, grey roller shades and darker grey draperies around the french doors.

Pictured: Blinds.com Solar Roller Shade in Majesty Pewter and Blinds.com Easy Grommet Draperies in Brisbane Clear Sky.

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 many styles of window treatments 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.

Modern living room with leather chairs, black and white decor and dark brown faux wood blinds.

Picture: Blinds.com Cordless 2 1/2" Faux Wood Blind in Espresso.

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

Hand pushing down on a door handle level with a mini blind fitting behind the handle.

Pictured: Blinds.com Designer Woven Wood Shades in Kula Coconut.

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.

close up of hold down brackets on a faux wood blind.

Best Window Treatments for French Doors

Wood Blinds

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

contemporary blue living room with grey wood blinds of a tall set of french doors.

Pictured: Blinds.com 1" Premium Wood Blinds in Smoke.

Shop Wood Blinds for French Doors

Faux Wood Blinds

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

contemporary living room with grey couch, yellow walls and medium to dark brown 1 faux wood blinds in the windows and over the door.

Pictured: Blinds.com 1" Faux Wood Blinds in Chestnut.

Shop Faux Wood Blinds for French Doors

Cellular Shades

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

Living room with blue walls, beige furniture and white blackout cellular shades over the french doors.

Pictured: Blinds.com Blackout Cellular Shade in Snow.

Pictured: Blinds.com French Door Blackout Cellular Shades in Safari.

Shop Cellular Shades for French Doors

Roman Shades

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

Traditional, mediterranean inspired dining room with tall french doors and beige roman shades.

Pictured: Levolor Roman Shades in Seclusions Biscuit.

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.

 modern living room with three leather chairs and gray mini blinds over the french doors.

Pictured: 1" Cordless Mini Blinds in Charcoal Gray.

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

Living room with beige couch next to french doors with grey, damask printed roller shades.

Pictured: Blinds.com Solar Roller Shade in Majesty Pewter.

Shop Roller Shades for French Doors

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.

Big living room with grey walls, neutral furniture and vertical cellular shades over the sliding glass door.

Pictured: Blinds.com Vertical Cellular Shades in Cloud and Blinds.com Easy Grommet Draperies.

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.

Crisp, bright white living room with beige couch, white vertical blinds over the sliding glass door and blue accent pillows.

Pictured: Blinds.com S-Shaped Vertical Blind in White.

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 shadesroman 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.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with large sliding glass door and delicate, sheer draperies.

Pictured: Blinds.com French Pleat Drapery in Collette Silken.

The Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding Panels

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

Pictured: Levolor Fabric Sliding Panels in Woven Screen Khaki

Shop Sliding Panel Shades for Sliding Glass Doors

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.

Greige living room with vertical blinds over the sliding glass door.

Shop Vertical Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors

Vertical Cellular Shades

  • Energy efficiency for larger windows
  • Slim, modern appearance

Living room with off white, light filtering vertical cellular shades pulled closed over the sliding glass door.

Shop Vertical Cellular Shades 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.

Pictured: Bali Light Filtering Angel Top Cellular Shades in Halo Candlelight.

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.

Shop all Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with white shutters over the sidelight windows on each side.

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.

Front door with shutters of the sidelights on each side and over the arch window above the door.

Give us a call for help with an arch or specialty shaped window: 844-551-3769.

The Best Window Coverings for Front Doors

Roman Shades

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

farmhouse kitchen with backdoor that has a large window in it, covered with a greige roman shade.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premier Roman Shades in Sussex Flax.

Shop Roman Shades for the Front Door


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

two window with arch tops covered with white shutters.

Pictured: Blinds.com Premium Wood Shutters in Bright White.

Shop Shutters for Front Doors

Roller Shades

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

Contemporary living room with blue roller shades over the windows and door.

Pictured: Blinds.com Economy Room Darkening Roller Shades in Semi Opaque Blue.

Shop Roller Shades for Doors

Woven Wood Shades

  • Gently filter light
  • Add texture to windows

Back door with a window in the upper half, covered with a woven wood shade.

Pictured: Blinds.com Deluxe Woven Wood Shade in Girona Silver.

Shop Woven Wood Shades for Doors

Need More Help?

Have a tricky door or window situation? Want help with measuring? Give us a call at 844-335-7356. Our Design Consultants are available to help with all your questions!

Read More:

Window Treatments For French Doors

The Best Vertical Blind Alternatives for Sliding Glass Doors

How To Measure For Blinds For Doors

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing 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