Window Covering Solutions for Your Sliding Glass Doors

5 Window Covering Solutions for Sliding Glass Doors

Easy access to the outdoors is such an enjoyable feature of sliding glass patio doors. But due to its large size and location a sliding door can be difficult to cover with a window shade. Leaving your door bare is fine, but that can cause issues like too much sunlight which will lead to sun damage to your hardwood floors, walls or furniture. Sleeping may also be interrupted when there are no coverings on glass doors in a bedroom. Another issue of not having your door covered is the lack of privacy. If you are looking for a resolution to your bare sliding door, let Budget Blinds® offer you five solutions to covering it.

Vertical Blinds

The typical "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 large expanse of windows. Vertical blinds are unlike horizontal blinds because they stack side to side making them function perfectly for a sliding door. Vertical shades are hung from a heavy-duty head rail system that keeps them permanently aligned which will prevent excessive wear and tear. Not only are vertical blinds extremely durable, they are attractive. Budget Blinds carries them in two styles, including vinyl and fabric and come in a variety of colors and weaves to add texture to your space. Also, vertical blinds have multiple operation systems, including chain control, wand tilt, right draw, left draw and split draw to control the sunlight and privacy. Lastly, they are available in a cordless option making them super pet and child-safe.

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.

Sliding Panel Track Blinds

A beautiful and modern solution for covering your sliding doors are sliding panel track blinds. They are over-sized panels with varying widths and consistent overlapping. They are an excellent option 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.

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.


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 tie backs 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.