Window Coverings for Sliding Glass Doors

Glass doors are a bit tricky when it comes time to select a sliding glass door window covering. There are many factors that need to be considered when making a decision about which windowcovering for sliders to choose. Here are some things to think about:

Budget – regardless of any other factor, this one holds the most water. If on a tight budget, then the choice is as cheap as possible.
Are there small children or pets in the house? This is the second most important consideration. Child safety is always a priority and pets come in a close second.
Will there be a lot of traffic in and out of the slider or is it rarely used? The sliding glass door window covering must be conducive to the use of the door.
Is privacy or light filtering the priority? Is privacy important or is it better to have balance between UV protection and light diffusion?
What other window coverings are in the room? Is it important to try to match them to          retain the décor integrity of the room….or doesn’t it matter?

Some of these considerations may not seem important but once one has experienced an expensive window covering for sliders ruined because Fido tore it apart or a small child crayoned all over it, one keeps these kinds of aspects in mind when choosing window coverings for sliders in the future.

Some of these points may not sound important but a lot of money can be lost by not considering them. Another point is convenience. A lot of inconvenience will be experienced if one chooses a sliding glass door window covering that works against the natural function of the door. For example, choosing bamboo shades for a slider with heavy traffic doesn’t make much sense. One would spend most of the day rolling the shades up and down. For high traffic areas like entrances into the back yard or homes with small children, one would be better off with a sliding glass door vertical blind or some simple curtains. Each slider is different and it’s best to have an idea of what is most important before purchasing a sliding glass door window covering.

Sliding Glass Door Plantation Shutters
When discussing window coverings for sliding glass doors, plantation shutters are often forgotten. Most people equate plantation shutters to mean a double paneled shutter with a matching frame that covers a window opening. However, plantation shutters can also be used to cover the sliding glass door. Sliding glass door plantation shutters are also called bypass doors because one slides past the other – overlapping to block out light. The number of doors used will depend on the size of the opening. Two or three doors will usually cover a small opening and four or more will be needed for larger openings.

The door panels have a wheel mechanism attached to the top of the door that fits into the top inside door opening. One track will accommodate two doors so if more are needed, a second track would have to be installed to accommodate the larger opening.

The downside of using plantation shutters as sliding glass door window coverings is that one never gets the full view of the sliders – one panel is stacked on top of the other. However, if the room is already utilizing plantation shutters, this addition to the sliding glass door will keep with the established décor of the room. The option of sliding glass door plantation shutters is a more prestigious and expensive option for a slider – probably one that may require a handyman to handle.

Otherwise, sliding glass door vertical blinds or a valance paired with simple panels to shield the hot sun’s rays will be very easy to install and easy on the pocket. Although these are simple solutions, one can have a lot of fun dressing up the normal window coverings with valances or window covering embellishments that can transform these simple choices into unique, one-of-a-kind artistic creations.

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