Blinds for French Doors
A common problem for French Door blinds is that the handles get in the way of functionality. The solution is to buy shallow blinds for your French doors that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles.
French door blinds should enhance the beauty of your doors, and match the other window treatments in the room.
The blinds or shades you choose may depend 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.
Tips for French Door Blinds
You can use any type of window treatment for French doors, but there are a few things you need to consider.
Blinds for doors will be mounted on the outside of the window because unlike regular windows, the French door window has no depth. Look for window treatments that are available in an outside mount.
Your door will most likely have a handle that might get in the way of operating the window treatment. The solution is to buy shallow blinds that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles. Most 1” blinds, roller shades and honeycomb shades will fit behind the door handle, assuming there is 1” clearance.
Hold Down Brackets
When your window treatment is lowered, it may swing when the door is opened and closed. To prevent this, use hold down brackets to keep the bottom of the blind or shade in place. These can be added to most blinds and shades at checkout.
Best Window Treatments for French Doors
- 1″ slats fit behind door handles
- Tilt for adjustable light control
Faux Wood Blinds
- 1″ slats fit behind door handles
- Faux wood material resists warping
- Variety of fabrics can filter or block light
- Slim fit against doors
- Many fabric choices, including blackout
- Flat construction fits behind door handles
- 1/2″ mini blinds are slim fitting and lightweight
- Durable and easy to clean – perfect for high traffic areas.
Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors are a great feature for any home. They give easy access to the outside, without intruding on your indoor or outdoor space, provide you with a great view and also let in a lot of natural light from the outside.
Considerations For Sliding Glass Doors
- If you have any other window treatments around the room, it is a good idea to choose blinds for doors that will coordinate with the other windows. Vertical cellular shades, pictured above, are a great choice for this scenario.
- Sliding doors open vertically, so it is recommended that window treatment should open in the same direction as the door itself.
- Like other doors in a house, sliding doors are usually high traffic areas, be sure to choose a durable window treatment that can handle the daily use.
- If you prefer something other than vertical blinds for your sliding doors, you still have quite a few options. In terms of soft fabric window treatments that can cover wider windows, we recommend roller shades, roman shades and draperies.
- Each of these types of window treatments will give you a number of fabric and style choices that can completely cover your sliding glass doors.
The Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors
- Panel tracks fit perfectly with patio sliders
- Choose from a variety of beautiful materials
- Easy to clean and install
- Tilt open for adjustable light control
Vertical Cellular Shades
- Energy efficiency for larger windows
- Slim, modern appearance
Blinds For The Front Door
Many front door windows present different challenges as they come in many shapes and sizes. With blinds for doors, there is no reason you can’t control light and privacy like the other windows in your home.
Aluminum blinds and cellular shades can be used as window treatments for front doors. They are usually inexpensive and take up little space when raised. They come in a variety of different colors and widths which allows you to find the one to go with your door. For a sleeker look, try the Blinds.com Brand Completely Cordless Mini Blind.
Sidelight Windows are common around front door areas. Privacy is often a consideration for these windows, and it is important to consider how your window treatment will look from the outside. Popular window treatments for sidelight windows include window film, honeycomb shades, wood or faux wood blinds, mini blinds, shutters or roller shades.
Covering Door Arches
If you have an curved window above your door, arches window coverings are an easy solution. Cellular arches fan into a semi-circle and wood arches create a sunburst of slats for a shutter-like look. They can be either mounted on the inside or outside depending on the mounting depth and surface.
The Best Window Coverings for Front Doors
- Excellent choice of fabrics and colors
- Great for shallow doors and windows
- Shutters can be made in many custom shapes – call us for help ordering!
- Give a polished look and privacy
- Add privacy without losing light
- Give softness and visual interest
- Offers complete privacy
- Can be removed any time with no residue
- Effortless, simple operation
- Lies flush over door and fits behind handles
Woven Wood Shades
- Gently filter light
- Add texture to windows
Need More Help?
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If you’re ready to order, read How To Measure For Door Blinds next!