What Are the Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors?

You probably like your sliding glass doors for the same reasons other homeowners do—multifunctionality and access to lots of natural light and open views. This helps to explain why sliding glass doors have long been a popular element of residential architecture. But covering them tastefully continues to be a design challenge for many people. If that’s the case for you, consider these window treatments:

Vertical Blinds

For many years now, vertical blinds have been the most commonly used window treatment for sliding glass doors. These blinds are durable, can span a wide distance, and are easy to operate.  If you’re thinking of the plasticky options often seen in non-descript apartments—those cheaply made blinds that clattered in the smallest breeze—you might be surprised to learn that vertical blinds nowadays can be quite extraordinary. You can find them in a diverse range of colors, textures, and styles, as well as materials, like easy-maintenance vinyl and luxurious fabrics. With so many options and styles to choose from, vertical blinds are actually among the most versatile decorative solutions for sliding glass doors.

Vertical Cellular Shades

If you want a more modern look or if you need to control the temperature in your room, vertical cellular shades are a great choice. The honeycomb-shaped fabric construction features air pockets that insulate windows to keep rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. With this option, you can choose which direction you’d like your shades to open—either left, right, split stack (the shade opens from the middle and retracts to both sides), or center stack (the shade retracts from outer edges to “stack” in the center).

Custom Curtains and Draperies

For more classic style and a little less functionality, try custom curtains and draperies. These window treatments add a soft, elegant feel to any room, and are a great way to cover sliding doors if you’d rather not display them. You can choose from a seemingly endless array of patterns, prints, and solids in several colors to coordinate perfectly with your décor. To ensure that you can completely uncover your sliding glass door, hang curtains or draperies above the doors with a wide rod that allows the fabric to be pulled back easily.

For more options in window treatments ideal for sliding glass doors, turn to Exciting Windows! We can put you in touch with one of our design consultants who will guide you in selecting a premium window covering, be it blinds, shades, curtains, or draperies, in the materials, fabric designs, and operational style that you prefer. When you partner with us, you can do so with complete confidence because we back all of our window treatments with our Performance Assurance, which says if your window covering fails to perform as intended within 10 years of the installation date, we will repair or replace it ourselves. Contact Exciting Windows! today to learn more.