Sliding doors and patio doors are a convenient feature for the home. They often welcome guests from your kitchen, living room, or dining room onto a back patio or deck. For families with pets or outdoor seating, the sliding door probably sees a lot of action – make sure your window treatment is durable and a functional fit for your patio door!

Tips for Sliding Doors

  • 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 daily use.

Other Options

  • If you prefer something other than verticals 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 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.

The Best Blinds for Sliding Glass and Patio Doors

Your sliding glass or patio door lets in lots of sunlight. It’s a great option to brighten up the inside of your home, but sometimes privacy takes precedence. Since you’ll be covering a lot of glass, think about the best style for your home.

Vertical blinds are a classic option for sliding doors, since they open in the same direction as the door. They're also durable and easy to clean. Also consider vertical cellular shades, an energy-efficient and convenient design that operates via movable side rails with locking handles. With vertical cellular shades, you won’t have to worry about external cords as a risk to pets or children.

Alternate Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

If you’re not sold on vertical blinds for a sliding or patio door, there are a few other options. Sliding panels come in a variety of fabric options and provide various levels of privacy and light control while making a decorative statement. Some Roman shades or roller shades can be installed outside the frame of your sliding or patio door – they’re easy to open and close, but keep in mind they will open in the opposite direction of the door.

More Alternatives for Sliding Glass Doors

You can also install soft draperies around your sliding glass door to provide window covering. Grommet and Ripplefold draperies are particularly good options since they slide on a track or rod and can span long distances. With a multitude of style and fabric options to choose from, custom draperies will give you more freedom in matching your new window treatment to the style of your home.

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