What are some window treatment options for patio doors?

22 April 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you have sliding glass doors that lead out to your patio, you may be wondering what window treatments are available. While most of the same window treatments as you put on the windows in your home work on the doors, there are some slight differences. Here are some different options for covering the patio doors.


The first type of window treatment you can get for your patio doors is curtains. These are a great option because they are inexpensive and easy to install. Another great thing about curtains is that there are many choices, not just in the fabric options, but in how you hang them. Some people choose to hang them completely over the doors, similar to windows. You can choose two or three panels that are easy to open to let you in and out the doors. Another option is to not actually have them over the entire door, but have one panel on each side of the door, leaving the majority of the center of the door open. With patio door curtains, sheers are often chosen so enough light comes in through the doors, though if you like the privacy, you can also choose traditional drapes.

Vertical Blinds

A common choice for patio doors is to get vertical blinds. These blinds are often used for larger windows and sliding glass doors since they are also easy to install and are an affordable option. There are a variety of different types of vertical blinds, based on your budget and design preferences. You can get basic vinyl blinds that won't cost you too much and come in a variety of different colours. If you like the look of wood, you can either pay for real hardwood blinds or get bamboo or faux wood blinds to save a little money and avoid things such as warping or fading of the wood.

Shades and Shutters

You may also want to get some shades to cover the patio doors. These are most often used on doors that are not opened often, since you will need to open the shades every time you want to head out to the patio. However, there are companies that will custom-make the shades to fit the size of your doors. These add a finished look to the room where the doors are located and allow you more design possibilities. You can also choose shutters, believe or not. While these are often used for smaller windows, there are also custom-made shutters that fit long windows and doors.

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