Alternatives to Enclosed Door Blinds You Can Install Yourself

Learn About Enclosed Door Blinds

Because of their popularity with home improvement channels and custom home builders, the enclosed door blind trend has spread like wildfire over the last few years. Many builders or homeowners will choose a door with blinds built in. In order to avoid the hassle of door installation, many people are turning to add-on enclosed blinds and shades that can be mounted on the existing window trim of you door and all you need is a screwdriver.

Enclosed Aluminum Blinds Alternatives to Enclosed Door Blinds You Can Install Yourself

This style of enclosed aluminum mini blinds and enclosed cellular shades are often chosen for a seamless look on doors and to eliminate the need for dusting. The enclosed aluminum door blinds are available as white blinds enclosed in tempered safety glass and can be adjusted using the light touch controls built into the side of the frame. One control allows them to be tilted nearly 180 degrees and the other can lower the blinds or collapse them to the top. Because this product does not have any exposed cords it is often chosen for homes with children or pets.

However, there are several reasons that we recommend alternatives to this type of blind. 

 

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Many of our customers are attracted to the look of enclosed door blinds, however in practice we find that they do not give the quality or reliability that our customers deserve. Because most retailers only offer them in standard sizes, unsightly gaps can be common. For a seamless look on doors we find that custom blinds and shades are preferred.

Many customers have also told us that the tilt and lift mechanisms can be faulty. Because all of the hardware is encased between glass panes, there is not accessibility for repairs or parts replacement.

In order to encase the mini blinds or cellular shades, the unit is nearly 3 inches deep. It does mount to existing door molding, but most customers find that it is bulky rather than seamless.

Blinds and Shades Recommended for Doors

Blinds.com no longer carries enclosed door blinds in the cellular shade or mini blind version. Browse our blog post, Voila! Window Treatments for French Doors for more door window covering ideas or shop Best Patio Door Blinds at Blinds.com.

When ordering blinds or shades for doors, select the optional hold downs. These small plastic pieces allow the bottom of shades to be anchored to the door so that they don’t swing or bang when the door is opened.

Cellular Shades

Cell Shades are the perfect choice for houses near major roads or in noisy neighborhoods. The fabric pockets trap air that offers insulation against sound and temperature change. So – they’re ideal for steamy rooms that you can’t keep comfortable.

If you’re looking for window treatments for bedroom french doors, or other spaces that need privacy, any kind of shade is a smart choice. Because shades are constructed with a continuous piece of fabric they give complete coverage.

 

Roman Shades

If you are looking for a soft covering that will emphasize the style of your door, a Roman Shade is perfect choice. These shades come in a wide variety of colors, textures and trims that allow you to customize the look to the design of your home. The quality of the brocade fabric means that it will provide substantial light blocking, but an additional room darkening liner is also available for especially sunny areas.

Door handles are an obstacle to consider when selecting window coverings for doors. A solution is to buy shallow blinds that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles. Slim window treatments like roman shades, roller shades and single cell shades are typically a safe bet.

 

Roller Shades

Another suggestion for French Door Window Coverings is a Roller Shade. They bring simplicity, versatility, and functionality to your door. They can be customized with a wide variety of opacity levels, fabric styles, and colors. Roller shades are the perfect match for French Doors because they offer a consistent look from both sides of the door and do not have any unsightly back seams.

We’re big fans of the brand new grasscloth roller shades which offer slim texture and clean lines for doors.

 

Window Film

Another great covering option for French doors is our Thomas Hicks Window Film. This visually exciting new concept in window covering creates the look and feel of stained or textured glass. The translucent films can be cut to fit any window shape to reveal an image that is visible from both sides of the window. The film adheres easily to any glass surface, and can be removed with little hassle at any time. These panels provide privacy and style while allowing to natural light to filter in.

 

Learn More About Blinds for Doors:

Window Treatments For French Doors

How to Choose Window Coverings for Doors

Shop Patio Door Shades

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Abigail Sawyer

Abigail Sawyer is a Social Media Marketer for Blinds.com. As a newlywed, she’s on the hunt to outfit a new home with all things handmade, preppy and eclectic. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Chat with her on twitter @BlindsDotCom + @whatabigailsaw and support her rampant pinning habit at @BlindsDotCom + @whatabigailsaw.

5 Comments

  1. Lora

    Will this work on sliding doors?