French doors can pose a problem for homeowners. They cause
us to ask that age-old question: “Should I hang blinds or leave the windows
uncovered?” While they are beautiful, they let lots of sunlight in. Those harsh
afternoon rays can raise the temperature in your home up to 10 degrees, forcing
your air conditioning unit to work overtime. They will also fade and damage your
furniture, especially in the Summer.
One of the most common problems for people looking for
window coverings for French doors is that pesky handles get in the way of functionality.
The solution is to buy shallow blinds that fit comfortably between the door and
should YOU get?
French door blinds should enhance the beauty of your doors. Something
simple and neutral is always best. They should match the other window
treatments in the room. If for some reason they cannot match because maybe you
have shutters of draperies on other windows, choose something very basic that
doesn’t draw much attention.
The blinds or shades you choose should be dependent on the amount
of light you want to let in. If you prefer to completely block light, choose a
blackout roller or honeycomb shade. If you prefer to allow some light in,
choose a light filtering shade. Some people love to see the silhouette of the
doors from behind the shade, and light filtering shade, like a cellular, will
allow you that view. Shades will also block any draft that leaks through the
cracks of the door. They’re affordable and durable; you won’t spend a fortune for beautiful custom window treatments, only to have them break a year later.
Because French doors require long, narrow window treatments,
I recommend choosing a cordless product. When the blinds are raised, the excess
cord will be difficult to control. This is especially dangerous for home wish children
and pets. Avoid this by ordering a cordless cellular.
Another option to consider is Top Down/Bottom Up. If you’d like to let a little light in, but
maintain privacy, you’ll love Top Down/Bottom Up.
Don’t forget to consider what they’ll look like from the outside. In the long run, this will help with resale value.
Wood and fauxwood blinds are also popular choices for French
doors. If you choose one of these options, make sure to get 1” slats, as larger
slats most likely won’t fit in the small space between the door and handle.
Again, choose a wood or fauxwood stain/paint that complements your décor, but
does not draw attention away from it. Wood and fauxwood are great for French
doors because they allow for great light control. You can adjust the slats open
and closed to let as much light in as you want, which can’t be done with
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