Modern architecture is as much about the view outside as it is about the gorgeous interiors indoors. With the many endless sights and sounds of the world becoming an integral part of residences and villas across the globe, the use of glass is definitely on the up. Glass and stone are being used extravagantly and exquisitely to bring in contemporary class.
have become an important part of many such ultra-stylish designs as they blur borders and keep us visually connected with our vibrant surroundings.
While sliding glass doors do bring along with them plenty of advantages, privacy is most certainly not one among them. This is precisely where curtains for sliding glass doors come in. Drapes next to your sliding glass door installations bring along with them both fabulous form and ergonomic function. So how about you check out these stunning homes that incorporate them with effortless elegance? You might inspired to follow suit!
Sliding doors are an aesthetically pleasing way to bring lots of natural light into a room. They are also a highly efficient way to gain access to an outdoor area.
Yet, as wonderful as slider glass doors are, finding sliding door window treatments that don’t detract from their usefulness can be quite a challenge.
After all, what good are sliding door window treatments if they limit the amount of sunlight that gets into your room or makes it difficult to actually use the door?
Luckily, there are some great window treatment options available.
Types of Sliding Door Window Treatments
Sliding glass doors offer abundant natural light and easy access to the outside. These perks create a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to window treatments for sliding doors. Your window treatments should not negate the functions of your sliding doors, meaning you don’t want to block out too much light and you don’t want to obstruct your ease of access through the door.
Luckily, there are several options of window treatments you choose once you establish your specific needs and wants.
Vertical Sliding Glass Door Blinds
Sliding door blinds are the most common window treatments and provide the best solution for privacy concerns in a home where sliding doors and French doors are used. Sliding doors are attractive and efficient, but they need to come with the proper kind of treatment to preserve privacy and filter sunlight.
But choosing the wrong kind of sliding glass door blinds can ruin the beauty and efficiency of a sliding door. So in order to keep this from happening, you need to know the different choices you have when it comes to sliding door blinds. Sometimes having tons of choices can be overwhelming, but it is a blessing in this case if you know what options you have.
Blinds are commonly made of PVC plastic, Faux Wood, Real, Wood, and Fabric. They are constructed using slats or vanes that can be adjusted using a cord, a wand, or a remote control. Their slats slightly overlap, making the blinds and shades very easily adjustable. Because they are easily adjustable, sliding glass door blinds can provide privacy whenever you want it. You can also control the amount of light that can get in your home.
They lie flat against the sliding doors in the closed position. And in the open position, they can be arranged to let in as much or as little light as you desire. Plus, when the slats are drawn completely open, they fit neatly against each other out of the way of your indoors to outdoors travels.
When it comes to sliding door blinds, the most important decision you need to make is choosing the size of the slats. They come in 1-inch, 2-inch, and 3.5-inch sizes.
Most homeowners choose 3.5-inch slats because it gives a modern look. Those who prefer treatments that require less maintenance and are cheaper should choose 1-inch slats. If you want to maintain an old-fashioned theme in your home, 2-inch slats should be your choice.
Sliding door blinds come in a wide variety of colors and materials. If you are going to change the color scheme of your room, it is best to choose a neutral color sliding door blind. But, if you want your sliding glass door blinds to look prominent, pick a color that will stand out against the wall or your door.
Pro tip: Most interior designers avoid using blinds and curtains as the basis of a room’s color palette. Let the room color and decor determine your blind color.
Vertical blinds or shades are the most popular choice because they offer total control of the light allowed into the room and they are cheap. They are easy to install and maintain and are perfect for sliding doors. Plus there are lots of blind styles available.
Sliding Glass Doors with Built-in Blinds
Because of the many problems people have with vertical blinds (they break, get dirty, they make noise, most are ugly), you can now buy specialty sliding glass patio doors that have horizontal blinds built-in. The horizontal blinds are sandwiched between two pieces of glass and controlled by a slider knob. These ingenious sliding glass door blinds are impervious to dust and dirt, they look great, and they open and close at the flick of a switch.
Sliding Glass Door Curtains
The quickest and easiest choice for sliding patio door window treatments is curtains. They can add style and drama to your room while providing light control and easy access to the door. Curtains come in many fabrics, colors, patterns, designs, and motifs.
Curtains for sliding glass doors protect a room from sunlight and also decorate the room. But they also have an important safety function, they make people realize that there is a window there. If you have kids, then you know what I mean! I’ve had kids and sometimes even friends walk right into a closed glass sliding door. It’s kind of funny but could be dangerous.
Sliding glass door curtains should be able to be tucked away to prevent people tripping over them when passing through the doorway. So be sure to choose one made of a material that is easily stored away behind a tie or sash.
A glass door is often an important source of light, so also consider using a translucent material which will allow light into the room and maintain your privacy. Light colors, such as grays, creams, and light blues are ideal for translucent curtains.
If you like to leave your sliding glass door open to let a breeze enter the house, then choose a lighter material. In this case, I prefer simple designs rather than overly decorated and intricate ones.
They are really easy to install too. With a quick DIY installation of a sturdy curtain rod, you can have your curtains up and brightening your room in less than an hour.
You can even dress up the curtains with a coordinating decorative valance that sits over the main curtain rod.
Pro tip: Check the weight of your curtain. Use a strong and secure curtain rail so that the curtain does not fall and break the glass.
Curtains for sliding glass doors can make a beautiful addition to your house, and also improve its safety for children and adults alike.
Sliding panels are another good choice for sliding patio doors. The panels operate on a track, so their workability with large areas of glass work perfectly for sliding glass doors.
Vertical Cellular Shades
Cellular shades are a relatively recent product option. They can be transparent or opaque and they are designed as wide vertical pleats, forming an accordion-like shade.
Vertical cellular shades are great for energy efficiency in rooms with large amounts of glass. They can be pulled open or closed, or gathered in the middle, as you see fit.
The best part is that all these types of sliding glass door blinds are available in a wide variety of fabrics, colors, and materials.