Sliding glass doors can sometimes be a challenge, but with a little creativity you can make them look terrific. There are so many choices in the market available to you that at time I know it can be overwhelming.However, there are two forms of treatments that works perfectly for this situation.
- Horizontal – this is your roman shades, horizontal blinds and shades, basically any treatment that goes up or down to be fully open and allow passage or view.
- Vertical – this is a treatment that moves side by side.You move them to the right, left or center to allow full access to the other room or view.
Which one to use is based on how the door is used, owners’ preference, and room design?Right now let us look at what I call vertical solutions type of window treatments.This is the most practical form of treatment for you sliding doors.Keep in mind that each of this type of window treatments will have options available to you depending on the room that you are using them, i.e. blackout materials or layering or adding top treatments to complete the look.
Most common treatments available are:
- Vertical Sheers
- Panel Tracks
- Vertical Cellular
- Vertical Blinds
Draperies or Sheers, $$ – $$$$: This is definitely one of my favorite ways to dress up a sliding door. It is beautiful and appropriate for almost any décor. This is also an opportunity to bring color and texture into your room. You will not have any other treatment that offers you the largest selection of fabrics and styles; from sheer to upholstery type fabrics, to custom printed, the choices are vast.Draperies are the only option available that is unique to you and your family.You have a choice of any fabric and any hardware – truly the sliders become your canvas! A word of advice. First, make sure your draperies clear the floor enough to be able to slide back and forth on the rod without dragging – usually 1/2″ is enough.That is not to say that I have not done them ½” longer when the design calls for it. Second, consider your stack – the width of fabric that the draperies create when in open position. The stack will vary depending on the fabric, lining and design; however, the rule of thumb is about 30% to 50 % of the width of the drapery. So if you want it to clear, say, the entire door, make sure to start with enough width and have the room on the sides to do it.Although sliding glass doors can be a challenge, they don’t have to be hopeless.
Vertical Sheers $$+- $$$$: There are two types of products available to you that fall into this type of window treatment.Hunter Douglas Luminette and Vertical Wraps from a few other manufacturers.They both have a vertical pane of different materials that works just like your typical vertical blind with the added beauty of a sheer material.The difference between the Luminette and the other manufacturer’s vertical wraps has to do with how they are manufacturer, the mechanism and the fabrics available to you.The Luminette’s are you Bentley or Mercedes, the vertical wraps become you Cadillac.They both have great choices of material as well as an option to have room darkening vanes.It is also a treatment that can be used in almost any décor style. First picture shows the Luminette from Hunter Douglas and the next picture shows the Vertical Sheers from Levolor.
Shutters $$$ – $$$$: From painted white to custom stained, plantation shutters are a great product to use for sliding doors.By-pass shutters are commonly used to mimic motion of the sliding doors.Most of the time a boxed frame is created that holds the panels.You also have the options of louver sizes up to 5 ½ in some cases, with 3 ½ being the most common use.Where to use them and what color to use depends on the look that you want to achieve.They are a higher end product than most when it comes to dressing you window.
[ Panel Tracks or sliding panels$$-$$$: This is definitely a treatment that is not suitable for all decorating styles.It is more of a modern, contemporary look when you use sunscreen or sheer material or an eclectic look kind of organic/natural when you use woven type material that add that earthy tone to the room.This type of window treatment behaves just like a patio door, the panels are a fixed size and they stack in front of each other.There are two types, Hunter Douglas Skyline which are 11” to 17 “panels attached to the top of the track and to each other on the bottom. It is my favorite mechanism when it comes to this type of treatment.Hunter Douglas has a nice selection of fabrics, but it is limited on their materials. The other treatment is attached to the top with Velcro and the panels can be made of almost any type of material.Panels’ size varies depending on the design and the material used.One word of caution: even the Hunter Douglas will tend to get caught at the bottom is they are open and close to fast.You need to be more conscious of the speed in which you open and close these treatments.
Vertical Cellular Shades$$$-$$$$: This is a great option for just any décor, especially modern.Imagine your basic cellular shade or honeycomb, turn vertically.It goes side by side and they are the only ones that have the smallest stack. There are no cords, chains or wands, just a simple slide mechanism with a magnetic closure.It is a very clean and sleek look that can be use behind decorative side panels, or with a top treatment.This treatment is also great for darkening a room.
Averte$$-$$$: A beautiful treatment for a casual/tropical look.If you like the Tommy Bahamas’ look, you will love this treatment.Made out of woven wood, bamboo or grass the colors of these products are your warm tones.There are a few that are painted, but I usually prefer the natural color of the material.There is no mechanism to open or close, just hold it at the wooden edge and slide it as you wish. B&W Horizons is the manufacturer for this treatment.
Vertical Blinds $-$$$: Yes, those tired looking vinyl are still around.The truth is that vertical blinds are truly very functional and practical and they do the job very well.They serve a purpose and are the most economical way to dress a sliding door.There has been some new material introduced and improvement in the mechanism so the choice is no as boring as it used to be.
As you can see there is a good selection of products available to you to cover a sliding door.Cost to cover a patio door is usually higher that most windows mostly because they tend to be larger in size than a typical window.You have options that cover all budgets from the vertical blinds to the Luminette and vertical cellular.Each of the treatments mentioned also have different options available to you, making it a custom product for your place.Even though sliding doors can be a challenge, they don’t have to be hopeless.