It can be tough deciding what to do with sliding doors. With such a large surface, they let in a lot of sunlight. During evening hours, it can also be a privacy concern. Fortunately, you can actually add window treatments to them. Here are some options for window treatments for sliding doors.
1 – Wood Shutters
Wood shutters create a very New England/Cape Cod feel. Shutters can be placed on tracks in front of sliding doors. This allows you to use them whether your sliders are open or shut. The tilted slats control the amount of sunlight entering the room and provide privacy. Shutters provide functionality and decor to your home. Plus, they are easy to clean and very durable.
2 – Vertical Blinds
Vertical blinds are very commonly used in front of sliders. Since most sliding doors open only on one end, the blinds can be pushed over to the other end when the door is in use. The downside of blinds is that they are likely to fall off the track or break with frequent use in doorways. However, replacement slats are easy to purchase and install.
3 – Track Blinds
Track blinds are panels placed on sliding tracks. They allow you to move entire sections over, so you could place one panel in front of each pane of the slider. When you need to use the door, you would slide one panel over (in front of) the other. The benefit of this option is the wide selection of fabrics, colors, and patterns. They can also help filter or block light.
4 – Curtains
If you have extra space to the left and right of your slider doors, you can consider adding curtains. Pull the curtains closed for privacy or to block sunlight. Pull the curtains off to the slides to expose some or the entire slider door. With this option, you can select just about any curtain pattern, color, or material.
Other Window Treatments for Sliding Doors
The option that works best for your sliding door will depend on the functionality needed and the amount of space/clearance around your sliding doors. Options may be more limited in tight spaces. For additional ideas and suggestions on window treatments for sliding doors, stop by our Burlington, MA showroom.