Choosing Blinds For Sliding Glass Doors

by Editor on July 16, 2013

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Sliding glass doors are a common fixture in most homes today. Blinds on sliding glass doors are necessary to ensure you and your family’s privacy. There are many different types of blinds available in the market today and they vary in materials, styles, patterns and colours.

There are also other factors to consider when choosing the right blinds for your sliding glass doors, as some window treatments are more suited to sliding doors compared to other types of window coverings. Here is a guide to help you choose the right blinds for your home:

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds will give your space a more sophisticated and upscale look. If you prefer the modern aesthetic, then you should opt for the sheer version. Vertical blinds are great because they give you the option to allow sunlight completely into the room by stacking them onto one side.

Vertical blinds come in several different materials from plastic, wood, metal and even fabric. This will allow you to easily match the blinds to your room’s décor. The most common version is made from vinyl because they come in a variety of colours and are the cheapest version. However, those made from wood or sheer fabric add an element of sophistication to any space of your home.

Horizontal Blinds

Though uncommonly used on sliding glass doors, horizontal blinds may be used when the door is high enough. It must be mentioned, however, that horizontal blinds can pose some problems for sliding doors since it rolls up horizontally on top of the door and blocks its sliding motion. This of course can be rather annoying, but also can lead to damage of the blinds or the door.

With that said, however, when it comes to allowing sunlight into a space, horizontal blinds are more convenient than vertical ones. Roman shades are the best horizontal blinds for a sliding glass door. Horizontal blinds are also cheaper than their vertical counterpart, which is always a plus.

Drapes and Curtains

Though technically a blind, drapes and curtains are a traditional way of covering up your sliding doors and a very popular choice amongst home owners. The wonderful thing about drapes and curtains is that you can easily match them perfectly with fabrics within a room (such as the upholstery of your couch or throw pillows) as a way to fit them into your room’s décor.

Besides the variety of options in colours, patterns and textures, drapes and curtains will fit into any budget. If you are after something a little more luxurious, you can opt for silk fabrics. For those on a tight budget, you can purchase cotton fabric for $20 and easily sew it yourself.

Drapes and curtains are also versatile when it comes to fitting into a particular style. It can easily fit into a classic and traditional home or a modern and contemporary style.

So, as you can see there are many options available when choosing coverings for your sliding doors, just be sure to do your research and consider all the options before you make a firm decision.

About the Author

This article was written by Annette Gubby, the owner of iSeek Blinds, a Melbourne based company that specialises in custom made DIY blinds. After seeing so many homeowners get swindled by pushy salespeople, Annette saw a need for an option that doesn’t require you to compromise your choice or break the piggybank.

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