The majority of homes have some form of glass door leading to the backyard, outside patio area, deck, or balcony. These patio doors generally fall into three categories: French doors, sliding doors and single doors with panes of glass. For each type there are certain window treatments that work the best in terms of style and function. It can be very difficult to find the right door window treatment that matches the décor of your home and provides the appropriate operating features to meet the needs of your room. This article will offer some very helpful information on which door window treatments are available and which ones should be used depending on the type of glass, patio door.
French doors, which consist of two glass doors opening in the middle, are very tricky to decorate. The problem with finding window treatments for French doors is the positioning of the handles, which makes them stick out. To overcome this problem of protruding decorative handles choose a window treatment that will hang flush against the door. Some possible window treatments that will fit snug against French doors are roller shades with standard roll option and one inch wood blinds. Both of these window coverings are not too deep and therefore will not interfere with the use of the handles. Another concern with decorating French doors is how often you will be adjusting the blinds or shades. If you will be opening the French door blinds or shades frequently you will want something that is easy to use and if you will be leaving them closed you can add brackets to hold the bottom closed.
Sliding glass doors generally slide from one side of the door frame to the other. If your patio door slides side to side, you’ll want a window treatment that mirrors this side to side operation. Since there is a wide variety of sliding glass door window treatments that operate this way, it’s simple to cater to your existing home decor. For example, many fabrics choices for panel track blinds are also available as roller shades or roman shades. Also, keep in mind how you want the patio door blinds or shades to stack when they are open. They can stack on either side or both if the sliding glass door window treatment opens down the middle. If you want the stack of vanes or slats to be fully off the window when gathered, you will need to add extra width so they will leave an unobstructed view. This is very important for the aesthetic of your window.
Single doors with glass panels are also decorated with window treatments. The main factor with this kind of patio door is the size of the internal window. If it spans the entire door then you should use either a vertical door blind or shade. These panes of glass leave your home vulnerable to the outside weather. To insulate this glass you will need to use cellular shades otherwise known as honeycomb shades. For smaller windows you may only need a horizontal mini blind or a small faux wood blind.
Overall, blinds and shades are hard to pair with patio doors and hopefully this article provides useful information for those in the buying process. Always remember to keep in mind both style and function when choosing your door blinds.