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What Window Coverings are Best for Sliding Glass Doors?

Updated: Jun 26

What Window Coverings are Best for Sliding Glass Doors

A common question we get during our design consultations is “What do I do with my sliding door?” The short answer is that there are several great window treatment options available for a sliding door application. Here we will present our favorite blinds, shades, shutter, & Drapes options for sliding doors.

#1 Smart Drape

Smart Drape is the newest window treatment introduced to the market for sliding doors. It's a sheer shade with walk through vanes. To operate you use a wand to tilt the fabric vanes for privacy and slide open or closed. These come with a beautiful and modern aluminum headrail available in 4 finishes. The best part? The fabric vanes are easy to take down and are machine washable!

#2 Bipass or Bifolding Shutter

Interior shutters offer a sophisticated and unique look to your home and can slide aside like your sliding door or fold onto itself and stack completely off the window. We like shutters because they are made to look like they came with your home.

Bipass or Bifolding Shutter

#3 Roller Shades

Roller shades and solar shades are the most child safe window treatment for sliding doors because they are up and out of reach when they are open. This is a popular style in North Idaho and Spokane because they offer minimal view obstruction and blend in seamlessly with the home’s architecture.

Bipass or Bifolding Shutter

#4 Sliding Vertical Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades traditionally operate by raising and lowering. Now you can keep the same look and fabric throughout the entire room with a vertical honeycomb shade that slides from side to side just like your sliding door. The stackback on these is also very small so you can keep most of your door clear when you open these shades.

Bipass or Bifolding Shutter

#5 Vertical Blinds

Back to basics. Vertical blinds became the go to blind for sliding doors back in the 90’s. Since then they’ve been improved and come in a variety of vinyl, fabric and metal vanes. Tilt for privacy and slide to open or close the blind.

#6 The Luminette

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Luminette sliding sheer shade. These Privacy Sheers softly diffuse the sunlight. These sheers also have rotating fabric vanes, which give you 180 degrees of light control.


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