Five Window Covering Solutions for Your Sliding Door

Sliding doors are great to have in any home because they give you easy access to the outdoors. But due to its large size and location, a sliding door can be difficult to cover with a window treatment. Leaving your door bare is fine, but that can cause issues like too much sunlight which can cause damage to your belongings. If you have a sliding door in your bedroom any unwanted light can interrupt your sleep. Another issue of not having your door covered is not enough privacy. If you are looking for a resolution to your bare sliding door, let Budget Blinds® offer you five solutions to covering it.

  1. Vertical Blinds

Generally, the “go to” window covering for a sliding door is a vertical blind. It is a window treatment that had been around for decades because it is one of the best treatments for a doorway. Vertical blinds are unlike horizontal blinds because they flow from side to side making them work better with a sliding door. Vertical blinds are hung from a heavy-duty headrail system that keeps them permanently aligned which prevents excessive wear and tear. Not only are vertical blinds extremely durable, but they are also attractive. They come in two styles, including vinyl and fabric and come in an array of colors and weaves to add texture to your living space. Also, vertical blinds have multiple operating systems, including chain control, and tilt, right draw, left draw and split draw to control the sunlight and privacy. Lastly, they are available in a cordless option making them pet and child-safe.

  1. Vertical Cellular Shades

A great solution for your large sliding glass door would be a vertical cellular shade available in light-filtering to complete blackout fabric. Vertical cellular shades are designed with “honeycomb-shaped pockets” which keep your room insulated and at a comfortable temperature by preventing air from entering or escaping. In addition to being energy efficient, vertical cellular shades help you control light and privacy and they can be matched with Eclipse window shades offering sheer coverage on the top and solid coverage on the bottom. The privacy options are important depending on which room your sliding door is in because if you have a sliding door in a bedroom, blackout opacity would be great for ultimate privacy and light control. 

  1. Sliding Panel Track Blinds

A modern solution for covering your sliding door is sliding panel track blinds. They are over-sized panels with varying widths and consistent overlapping. They can be used for sliding doors, windows or as room dividers. They come in a large selection of modern fabrics that add personality to your living spaces. A popular trend with sliding panel track blinds is woven wood material. It is an elegant, eco-friendly option made of natural woven grasses. They are made from 100% organic materials such as bamboo, jute, hemp, and flax for a textured look. With panels, you can even coordinate the materials with an accompanying top treatment for an overall designer look.

  1. Plantation Shutters

If you are looking for a timeless classic to cover your sliding door, shutters would be your answer. Depending on your style Plantation shutters come in real wood or composite wood in three popular louver sizes, 2 ½”, 3 ½” and 4 ½” to match your distinct taste. Shutters have an abundance of benefits such as privacy, ventilation, and protection. A major benefit of Plantation shutters is they are energy saving due to their insulating design. Another benefit is they are extremely durable and constructed to last. Shutters come in different styles including bi-fold shutters which are ideal for large windows and sliding glass doors, as they are hinged in the middle and fold accordion-style to open (pictured above). Bypass style, a great option for patio or closet doors, are panels that slide on a track and stack neatly behind one another. Shutters can be custom-fit to properly fit any sliding door.

  1. Drapery

Drapery is a fashionable way to cover your sliding door that won’t hinder the use of the door. Window drapes can completely cover the door or be pulled back to the sides with decorative tiebacks of matching fabric or decorative hardware. Budget Blinds’ exclusive collection Inspired Drapes® offers a variety of prints and patterns to brighten up any room. Drapes not only look great but will provide you with light and privacy control. For extra coverage, drapery can be layered with blinds or shades for added appeal and flare. Drapery allows you to have an uninterrupted view of the outdoors when open and full privacy when closed.

All of these window treatments are wonderful solutions to cover a sliding door. They can be customized to your sliding door for a perfect fit. Call 866-879-9730 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation or go online to