Sliding doors are a lovely feature for a number of reasons. They provide plenty of natural light, easy access to your patio or backyard, and stylish detail in contemporary home design. 

While many homeowners love to reap the benefits of sliding doors, window coverings for these types of doors are not only nice to have, they can be essential. Whether you want to cool down your home on an especially hot day, preserve your furniture and floors from damaging UV rays, increase privacy, or just add a unique design element, window coverings are an excellent way to add flair and functionality to your sliding and patio doors.

What kind of covering should you choose?

If you’re trying to find the perfect solution for your sliding doors, then you’re in luck! There are several stylish and practical options to choose from. But with so many options, how do you decide which one works best for your living space? 

The answer will depend on various factors, such as:

  • How often do you operate your sliding doors?
  • Are you looking to add smart home details to your setup?
  • How much privacy are you looking for?
  • How much light do you want to block out?
  • Do you want your covering to be pet or childproof?
  • What are your personal design preferences?

Of course, not everyone knows the answers to these questions right away. Luckily, Portland Window Coverings offers easy consultations both remotely and in-person so you can work with a professional to find the perfect custom solution! 

Before you take the jump, it’s good to have an idea of the options. Keep reading to learn about a few of the most popular and effective sliding door coverings.

Best window covering solutions

Vertical blinds

Cadence® Soft Vertical Blinds

As one the most popular solutions for sliding doors, it’s no secret that vertical blinds are a functional and aesthetically pleasing option. One of the main benefits of choosing vertical blinds is that they come with almost limitless options for both functionality and design.

You can choose from a wide selection of colors and textures to suit your specific needs and preferences. They‘re easy to operate with abundant motorized and manual options. If you’re looking for customization, vertical blinds are a great choice.

Cellular shades

Sonnette™ Cellular Roller Shades

If you’re energy-conscious, cellular shades offer an attractive and effective solution. These shades utilize modern technology to not only shield your home from sun and heat, but also aid in insulation, saving you energy and money on your monthly heating and cooling bill. They’re also proven to absorb a significant amount of external sound, which is great if you live in a populated or noisy area.

Curtains

Silhouette® Clearview™

Curtains are a classic covering choice for a reason. They not only get the job done, they also serve as a fantastic way to add style and texture to your home. Whether you want to include a pop of color, make your space feel more grand or homey, or add dimension, curtains are a perfect and endlessly customizable solution. They can also be utilized in conjunction with other shade options for even greater efficacy.

Roller shades

Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades Custom Clutch

Roller shades are a horizontal option and a great way to add a modern design element to your home. They can be customized to offer fantastic heat and light control and they can easily be incorporated into a motorized, smart home setup. However, if you’re the type of person that likes to open and close your blinds regularly throughout the day, or you use your sliding door often, they could be a bit of a nuisance to open and close after a while.

Gliding window panels

Skyline® Gliding Window Panels

Gliding window panels are the go-to solution for people hoping to add a dramatic modern flair to their space. They particularly suit contemporary home styles with large open windows and sliding doors. Gliding panels can be easily motorized for convenience and add a unique look whether open or closed.

Privacy sheers

Luminette®

If you’re a sun-worshiper who wants all the benefits of sliding door coverings but you don’t want to shut out all the light, then consider installing privacy sheers. They provide some light protection without completely shutting out the sun, resulting in a graceful and sophisticated look.

Woven wood shades

Provenance® Woven Wood Shades

Woven wood shades provide the functionality of regular window coverings while adding a unique textured design to your home. You can choose from a number of popular materials including bamboo, driftwood, oak, and more. They not only suit a number of different styles and functions, but they’re also eco friendly. Usually made from recyclable materials, you can find the perfect sliding door solution while being environmentally conscious.

Shutters

Heritance® Hardwood

Another classic design choice, shutters provide excellent light and privacy protection and can fit easily into your doors no matter the dimensions or style. One of the most obvious benefits of shutters is that you don’t have to make a choice between covered or uncovered. Their traditional design allows you to open them as wide as you like so that you can let in some sunshine without opening them completely.

How to choose the right sliding door covering for your home

At Portland Window Coverings, it’s our mission to provide you with everything you need to get the window and door treatments that work best for you. From consultation, to design, to getting measurements, to final installation, we’re here to walk you through the entire process. 

To get started, you can choose from one of our three main options:

  • At-home consultation — Contact us any time for a consultation right in your home. We’ll take a look at your existing sliding doors to help you determine the solution that works best for you. Our team is available to come to your home anywhere in the greater Portland area.
  • Our Tigard showroom — If you want to see all your potential design options in a life-sized display, then come down to our showroom in Tigard! Here, you’ll be able to get a good look at our covering options and explore a wide range of textures and designs. You’ll also have our design team at your disposal to answer any questions you may have.
  • Virtual consultation — For your convenience, we offer virtual consultations to help you get started. We can include a virtual tour of our showroom and we can take a look at your living space without having to meet in person.

Get started with Portland Window Coverings

With over 25 years of experience, we know that choosing the perfect covering for your sliding doors is a big decision. We work with homeowners all over the Portland area to help them achieve the living space of their dreams! 

Contact us online or call us at (503) 783-1838 to get in touch with our experienced team.

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