Sliding glass doors offer an even bigger view into our homes than our windows. So why do we rush to get window treatments over our windows and yet leave our sliding glass doors completely uncovered?
Is it because we don’t normally think about covering doors with window treatments?
While a sliding glass door is in fact a door, it also acts and is cleaned like a window. So it really should be treated as a window and needs to have a window treatment for two reasons. First and foremost, window treatments give you privacy. No one wants the world to be able to look into their house, and an uncovered glass sliding door allows just that.
Second, window treatments help to keep out the hot air during the summer and the cold air in the winter. Not having a window treatment over a sliding glass door is no different than opening that door and just tossing a handful of dollar bills out of it every month.
Drapes for Your Sliding Glass Door
Yes, you can use drapes over your sliding glass door as a window treatment. The drapes will effectively keep the glass covered for privacy and create a nice barrier to control air flow. The only problem with drapes is that they are not a normal window covering for a sliding glass door and it may confuse people trying to use or even find the door.
Vertical Shades for Your Sliding Glass Door
Vertical shades are a cross between vertical blinds and window shades. These shades are a single piece of material that is created in the shape of a linear honeycomb, also known as cells. The nice thing about these shades is that they slide easily in place to cover your sliding glass door.
Sliding Glass Door Wood Drapes
Wood drapes are not actually panels of wood that you will be boarding up your sliding glass door with. The wood is instead strips that are woven together to make a material that is pliable like cloth, but has the decorative look of wood. These types of drapes are usually made from bamboo, jute, grasses, and other natural woods that can be put in strips and woven.
Vertical Blinds on Your Sliding Glass Door
Vertical blinds are the traditional favorite window treatment for sliding glass doors, and with good reason. Vertical blinds are easier to open and they don’t get destroyed as easily as horizontal blinds do. Also because of the material and the way vertical blinds hang, they don’t collect as much dust as sliding glass door drapes and shades do.