When you picture a window covering for a sliding glass door, what do you see? Is the answer vertical blinds and, well… vertical blinds?
It’s true that these blinds are the most common choice for wide windows and sliding glass doors — but they aren’t the only options.
Today, we’ll review some of the best window coverings available for sliding glass doors, and how Portland Window Coverings can help you find the perfect treatment for your home.
What to consider before choosing window treatments for a sliding glass door
Before moving forward with a window treatment for your sliding glass door, there are a few questions we recommend asking yourself and discussing with your Portland Window Coverings designer.
- How much and what kind of traffic will your sliding glass door be getting? It’s always good to consider children and pets when picking out window coverings.
- How often will you open and close the window treatment? This can factor into the treatment type and installation you will choose.
- What kind of handle does your sliding glass door have? You’ll want to make sure your window treatment choice won’t interfere.
- Will you want the door partially covered at times? Uncovered at times? This is important to consider so your designer can plan for a larger covering width.
- How much room do you have above the glass door? Most treatments for this type of window will need to be installed as an outside mount, meaning above the door frame.
- Are there other windows near your sliding glass door? If so, you may want to coordinate the types/styles/color of treatments to be cohesive.
Don’t know where to start? Our team of designers has years of experience and will help find the best window treatment option for you and your needs! Contact us today to learn more.
Best window coverings for sliding glass doors
Cadence® Soft Vertical Blinds
1. Vertical blinds
When it comes to vertical blinds, you have many options available that will fit any home decor style. Whether you’re looking for fabric, vinyl, aluminum, or wood in a plethora of colors and textures, the sky’s the limit with these blinds!
Key benefits of vertical blinds:
- Extremely versatile — nearly endless options for colors, textures, and materials
- Easy to clean — a quick swipe with your duster or vacuum hose should do the trick
- Absorb sound — simultaneously blocking sound from outside the house while improving the acoustics of the room
- Can be installed with a motorized operating system, wand control, cord and wand, or a chain and cord operation
2. Vertical cellular shades
Also known as “honeycomb shades,” cellular shades are a great option for the money or environment-conscious shopper. Not only do they look beautiful, they also help to insulate your home. Cellular shades are made up of a series of honeycomb-shaped cells that create little pockets to trap air around your windows. This keeps your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Not only that, but cellular shades are also great sound absorbers! Our Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades absorb up to 70% of sound energy, making them a great option for windows facing busy streets (or noisy neighbors).
Vertical cellular shades are very similar to the standard cellular shades you’ve seen on windows and in skylights — the only difference here is their pleats run vertically instead of horizontally, sliding from side to side instead of up and down.
Ask us about our Duette® Vertiglide and other Duette® Cellular Shades!
Key benefits of vertical cellular shades:
- Saves money on heating and cooling bills
- Great at absorbing sound
- Very versatile — there are a wide variety of colors, textures, sizes, and pleat sizes available
- The Vertiglide™ is entirely cordless, offering a safer option for those with children or pets
3. Sliding panels
Skyline® Gliding Window Panels
Sliding panel blinds, also referred to as panel track blinds, are a great option for large, expansive windows and sliding glass doors — or for someone looking to make a statement and add drama to a room. This style of window treatment adds a sleek, contemporary element to any space, and features easy operation to open and close.
The blinds consist of a series of vertical, flat panels that slide side to side and tightly stack on top of each other when open.
Not only are there a variety of colors and textures, you can also choose from a range of different opacities, including light filtering, room darkening, and blackout.
Key benefits of sliding panels
- Highly customizable — available in over 600 different colors, you’ll also get your choice of material, texture, opacity, panel separation length
- Available as smart blinds — these blinds can be made smart blinds with Powerview® Motorization, meaning they can open or close based on a schedule you set with your smartphone or via a remote or voice commands
4. Horizontal Shades
Duette Duolite® Applause® Honeycomb Shades
Horizontal shades are another great option for covering sliding glass doors. With horizontal shades, you can easily keep the shades up and out of the way when they are not needed for privacy or light control.
Two horizontal shade options are PowerView honeycomb and roller shades. Both deliver exceptionally smooth operation and a clean, beautiful look. Honeycomb and roller shades are also compatible with PowerView. You can automate these horizontal shades to close based on solar position or time of day and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
5. Curtains or drapes
Compared to some of these other options, curtains or drapes might seem a little more boring on paper. But it isn’t true! While they may have fewer bells and whistles, curtains or drapes are an easy way to add a simple elegance to any room.
Not only can they be made in virtually any color, pattern, or material, but because they operate on a curtain rod, they can usually be adjusted to open all the way past the door, leaving it completely uncovered when desired.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to hide your sliding glass door completely, this could be a great option.
Consider pairing your curtains or drapes with an additional window treatment for even better temperature control, lighting, and privacy options.
Key benefits of curtains or drapes:
- Endless options — you’ll have your pick of color, pattern, and material, and they can be easily matched to fit in with existing window treatments or decor
- Allows you to completely hide or uncover the sliding glass door
- Can add privacy when paired with another treatment
Here’s what our process looks like:
- You meet with our window designers to discuss your needs in a window treatment. You can schedule a virtual appointment, book an in-home consultation, or visit us at our Tigard showroom.
- Our team will answer questions, make recommendations, and work with you to determine the best window treatment for your home.
- We will measure your window (twice!) to ensure the perfect custom fit.
- Your treatment is installed.
Get started today!
Our team has helped hundreds of Portland area residents find and install the perfect custom window treatment for their sliding glass doors. We’ll take all the stress out of choosing a window covering.