Yes, Virginia, there really are alternatives to vertical blinds for covering your patio, sliding and French doors. Most people think the mainstay 3-1/2” vertical is their only option. But good news! While still a standard and popular treatment – especially with some of the beautiful new textured fabrics, colors and patterns available today – you have lots of choices other than going vertical. From cellulars, classic Roman, roller and solars, even drapes, sheers and shutters, let your imagination run wild! Mix and match textures and materials to create a unique window treatment that is as functional as it is beautiful.
Before you get started, here are a few things to consider when decorating your doors.
Measurements – Door treatments are typically outside mounts, so when measuring for sliding doors, measure the height from where the top of the headrail will be placed (typically two to three inches or more above the door), and allow for the treatment to hang about a half inch above the floor. And be sure to take into account any hardware such as handles, locks and hinges that may affect or interfere with the operation of your treatments and doors. If you need help, watch our video on How to Measure Window Blinds & Shades.
Lift System – With wider sliding doors, you may also want to consider your lift options. While most coverings come with standard corded, cordless, or continuous cord loop operation, because of their size and weight, motorized wand or remote control systems are available to smoothly and effortlessly lift and lower them.
Light Control – Doors take up a larger area than windows, so think about how much light you’ll have coming through. To protect your privacy and furnishings – and help control energy costs – you may want a light-filtering product, or to add a privacy or blackout liner.
Here are just a few inspirational ideas for opening the door to going vertical, horizontal, or whatever direction your design instincts take you.
Cell and Solar Shades
Energy-efficient cellulars (or honeycombs) and solars are terrific, energy- and money-saving choices for patio and sliding doors. Available in various sizes, solid colors, fabrics and UV protection levels, they’re a designer and practical favorite for anywhere in your home.
Stylish, wide-panel designer verticals will put your door design on the right track. Available in 3, 4, or 5-panel widths on a single track, we love the bold, dramatic statement this modern take on traditional verticals makes.
Don’t discount a traditional drapery treatment to frame or completely cover your doors. With today’s fresh fabrics and styles, perky pleats, great grommets, back tab, or even standard rod pocket drapes can make a powerful impact.
The gold standard for patio doors, verticals have come a long way. Try a new twist on this classic sliding door treatment with real or faux wood, bamboo, or woven wood coverings to introduce texture and depth to any décor.