We Recommend: Window Coverings For Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are something of a staple in many homes in the Valley, and Scottsdale is no exception! You know what else is a staple here? The Sun! So let’s talk about the intersection of sun and sliding glass doors and how you can help keep your home cooler, your privacy intact, and your energy bill low. Welcome back to the Budget Blinds of Scottsdale blog, this time around we want to talk about some of the best options for window coverings for sliding glass doors!

Ok, ok, ‘window’ coverings for a glass door might seem off base, but keep reading you’ll see. A sliding glass door is basically one big window and so a lot of the same tools we use in our window coverings work perfectly for glass doors. 

The Best Window Coverings for Sliding Glass Doors

Vertical Blinds

Tried and true, vertical blinds are many folks default answer to the sliding glass door puzzle. You want to block out the sun, you got a wide glass door. Bing, bang, boom, vertical blinds cover them up, can be moved to the side to allow easy access to the door and go right back. 

Traditionally they have a wand control so you don’t have to worry about any cord problems. These are more function over form, and that utilitarian style isn’t for everybody! Luckily this isn’t the only option out there!


Averte Natural Woven


By far the most popular solution for large sliding glass doors are Horizon Window Fashions Averte Natural Folds.  These are made in a large workroom in Illinois from natural woven materials and operate similar to a drapery. The advantage of the Averte is that it decorates as well as providing a solution for privacy, light, and solar energy.  There are over 150 different fabrics to choose from which offer great colors and textures to compliment any decor. Avertes hang vertically like draperies and operate with a single finger, but unlike draperies, Avertes have a very small stack.  The beautiful natural woven fabrics can be used three ways. These can be made without a liner to allow a view to the exterior through the material (except for a few fabric selections that have a dense pattern). These can also be constructed with a bonded lining of premium Privacy or Blackout type lining.  This is truly a unique solution for the many Arcadia doors of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.


Vertical Honeycomb/Cellular Shades

If your biggest problem is all the heat that comes through the glass door (we understand) then you might want to take a look at getting some vertical cellular shades! The structure of the cells create air pockets that provide incredible insulation, the sun heats up the window, the window heats the air, the air gets stuck in the sells of the shades, and your room stays at the temperature you like! Winter or summer, you can be sure that the temperature isn’t beholden to the sliding glass door.

Like vertical blinds, they can also be collapsed to the side to provide a completely clear view outdoors and an easy walk through! Cellular shades also have a more modern, sleek look as compared to the standard vertical blinds.



If cellular shades are more modern, than let’s take a step towards the classic. Drapes have been around for centuries (probably thousands of years, but I’m no historian) as a way of covering large windows. If you are not a big fan of the look of your sliding glass door and you are more concerned with the look of the room, getting drapes can do wonders! 

Drapes add softness to the room, and can completely cover sliding glass doors, changing the entire look of your room, blocking out light completely, maintaining your privacy, and making sure that sliding glass door isn’t the main feature of the room.

There are different kinds of drapes configurations out there so be careful what you look at. You want to make sure that the drapes and the rod they sit on are made to allow easy opening/closing. Rod pocket style drapes or panels for instance are no good. The rod pocket or grommet styles are not designed to be pulled and closed frequently, where as H-Track or Traversing drapes for instance can easily slide.


Sliding Panels

Sliding panels for a sliding glass door, a match made in heaven? Maybe! This option, also known as panel track blinds, are easy to operate and perhaps most uniquely to them: incredibly stylish. The panels themselves can be made of any number of different fabric options to fit your room or make it pop! If you are looking to make a statement with your choice, sliding panels might be the best fit for you!

Take a look at our full range of vertical blind alternatives to see exactly what kind of options Budget Blinds of Scottsdale has to offer. Give us a call, schedule a consultation, we are happy to help you find the perfect choice for your sliding glass door covering!