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Sliding Glass Doors

Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

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Kelly: I love the classy look of woven wood draperies for sliding glass doors. They fit in with the Charleston and Coastal lifestyle. When drawn open, they allow for a wide opening to view the outside through the glass and maximize light. When closed, they can offer privacy and sun protection while filtering in some natural light. They also are great to mix with Plantation Shutters, our most popular window treatment.

Judge: All true! We have been installing a lot of these lately on sliding glass doors (patio doors) for those reasons. However, these days, there are a lot of alternatives to vertical blinds that should be considered. They include bi-pass plantation shutters, Hunter Douglas Luminettes, and woven wood/fabric sliding panels. You can also use horizontal applications like roller shades or Duettes (cellular shades). These raise completely out of the way to have full view through the window. However, they must be raised to access the door.

Kelly: Of those, I like the Hunter Douglas Luminettes. In addition to being beautiful, their functionality is great. They can have the slats closed for privacy and room darkening or you can open the slats and allow the sun to filter through the sheer that attaches to the slats. In addition, you can open the whole application like a drapery to have complete access, viewing and sunlight through the sliding glass door.

Judge: The plantation shutters are beautiful as well. They provide a very durable, substantial solution. They are often done to match shutters in the other windows in the home to maintain a consistent look and feel. If there is room to the sides of the sliding glass door, we can run the track further down the wall so the panels can be slid completely off the door to have a full view. This is true for the sliding panels, both fabric and woven wood.

Kelly: Yes, the sliding panels, both fabric and woven woods, can be excellent for adding color and texture to the room. They are definitely good alternatives to vertical blinds. The roller shades and cellular shades options are possibilities, but I wouldn’t want them on a door with heavy traffic.  The best place for those might be a bedroom where they were going to be down all night and raised in the morning for the duration of the day.

Judge: The fact is there are many things to consider when selecting and designing window treatments for sliding glass doors and other specialty windows.  While vertical blinds are functional and generally less expensive, there are a lot of other applications to consider.

Kelly: So, if you need a window treatments for a sliding glass door, consider the attributes of not only vertical blinds, but the applications discussed here and a variety of other options.

For a free sales consultation and estimate, call Best Buy Blinds at (843) 884-3454, hit the website at, or stop by the showroom at 1514 Mathis Ferry Road, Suite 12 in Mt. Pleasant.

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