Sliding doors are a great addition to any home, but they need the right window covering. These doors function as the best of both worlds of windows and doors, letting lots of light in while providing access to a deck or yard. Because of their top-to-bottom-window nature, finding the right type of covering is extra important.
What To Consider
Natural Light & Sunlight – Sliding glass doors let in an abundance of sun during the day. And while that is overall a good thing, you want to consider the downsides to protect from. Too much direct sun exposure can fade the colors on items in your home. And too much direct sun can trap heat inside, turning a room into a muggy sauna and making your AC work overtime.
Lack of Privacy – There is also a concern around privacy. You can see out, so that means others can see in. Make sure you have the right window covering to protect your privacy as needed, and possibly allow you to control the amount of natural light you let in.
Light Blocking at Night – Letting in sun during the day is well and good, but at night, light isn’t so great. Streetlights, headlights and even bright moonlight can disrupt sleep. If your sliding doors are in your bedroom, you’ll want window coverings that keep out annoying nighttime lights.
Window Covering Options
Vertical Blinds – The most common window covering for sliding glass doors is a vertical blind, and for good reason! Their vertical nature lends well to the full length of the door. And because they open and close horizontally rather than vertically, they are often easier to use. Plus, they are built to be highly durable, which is a must for something that will be opened and closed regularly. They’re also available in a wide range of colors to match any room. And they block out almost all light at night, while also being adjustable during the day.
Curtains or Drapes – Curtains are another long, vertical window covering option. They work well with large surfaces and the aesthetic quality is almost unmatched, as they come in a variety of colors and options. In addition to looking chic, curtains provide a lot of privacy and the ability to block a lot of light. They are great options for protecting a room from too much sun during the day and prying eyes at night.
Cellular Slider Shades– A more innovative approach to window coverings, cellular shades are built with sliding doors in mind. Easy to use and maintain, they work naturally with the vertical nature and horizontal use of a sliding door. They also have an extra layer of insulation to block out summer heat and trap cool air inside your room, reducing energy usage. And since they have no exposed cords, they are super safe around kids and pets.