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Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors : A Comprehensive Guide

Sliding glass doors are a common feature in many homes, offering easy access to indoor-outdoor living. Shutters have become a popular choice among homeowners as a window covering for sliding doors due to their practicality, durability, and aesthetic appeal. In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive guide on the types of shutters available for sliding glass doors. We will delve into the nuances of shutter selection, including understanding the different materials and styles, exploring design options, and considering installation and functionality. Whether you prefer a sleek modern look, a timeless classic feel, or a combination of both, our guide will help you make informed decisions about the best shutter options for your sliding glass doors and your home. Join us on this exciting journey of discovery and transformation.

Types of Shutters Available For Sliding Glass Doors

Bifold Shutter

Bypass Shutter

Examples of Bypass shutters
Panels slide past each other to open and close. Open Bypass Shutters allow you to have the louvers open when the panels are being operated. This feature allows for more versatility but also requires more space and the shutter will extend further into the room. The Closed Bypass Shutter is a good space saving option.

Designing The Perfect Shutter For A Sliding Glass Door

Designing a shutter for a sliding glass door requires some thought and experience and depends on a combination of the following factors:

  1. Door Width - we determine the number of panels and tracks needed.

  2. Window Mullions - ideally shutter panels line up with your door mullions for a clean look.

  3. Trim - sometimes the shutter or the baseboard trim needs to be cut for a custom & seamless fit. If there is trim around the entire door, an outside mount frame may be needed.

  4. Floor Vents - we take care not to cover floor vents in front of sliding glass doors.

  5. Shutter Depth - we clarify how far the shutter can extend into a room based on the number of panels and style of the shutter (bypass or bifold).

  6. Louver Sizes - the size of the louvers not only determines your shutter aesthetic and your view but also affects the depth of the shutters

  7. Color - our design expert will help you match the trim or find the perfect shutter color to coordinate with your home interior.

  8. Material - our shutters are available in sustainably harvested wood, composite material, or vinyl.

louver size chart

Options and Add-ons

Tilt Options

tilt options for shutters

Standard Tilt is comprised of a tilt rod that opens and closes the louvers simultaneously. If you are interested in a more traditional look for your shutter then this is the tilt option for you.

Offset Tilt is a slightly more contemporary look compared to the traditional tilt rod in the center of the shutter panel.

Invisible Tilt shutters operate without the need for a tilt rod. When one louver is adjusted they all move through a mechanism built inside the shutter styles.

Split Tilt is a great option to let light in while preserving privacy or allowing for a view. Divider rails are necessary with standard tilt and for additional support if the shutter panel is over a certain size.


panel pull on shutters
Panel pulls give you a location to hold the shutter while you open or close it. This option is beneficial in guest rooms where newcomers may not understand how to operate the shutter.
panel locks and invisible hinges on shutters
While we carry over a dozen hinge colors, invisible hinges are an added option for a more upscale look. Panel locks are a nice feature that can add an element of security to your home.

How We Can Help

Choosing the perfect shutters for your sliding glass doors is a carefully curated experience. It has the power to transform your living spaces into sanctuaries and enhance your interaction with your home. Equipped with knowledge and guided by your unique style preferences, you have the tools to make decisions that not only enhance the visual appeal of your living spaces, but also contribute to the overall comfort of your home.

If you would like an in-home consultation to review colors, styles and get a quote for sliding glass door shutters then reach out to us today! One of our Spokane & North Idaho shutter experts will contact you to set up an appointment.

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