How do you dress a naked window?
More specifically, what are good blinds for sliding doors?
After 15 years in the window coverings industry, I can tell you without a doubt that sliding doors pose the biggest dilemma for homeowners. The love affair with vertical blinds has come and gone, but many people have no idea what else to do to cover a large area. Sliding glass doors present big challenges with energy loss and light control. They are usually in high traffic areas of the house – so very functional, energy efficient, and, at the same time, beautiful treatments are needed. That is a lot to ask from a window treatment! Your only option is no longer blinds for sliding doors!
Fortunately, vendors have responded to the need. Today there are several innovative solutions to this age old problem. Determining your needs for light control, privacy, energy savings, and fashion will help you to select the best treatment for you.
Here are three of my favorites.
- THE most exciting trend in window fashions is the Natural Woven Shade Vertical Drapery. These are the ultimate blend of function and fashion. The shade operates with a simple push on the guide rail, so there are no cords to tangle or break. With so many natural woods, reeds, or grasses to choose from, ranging from sheer to opaque, there is a style for everyone!
- For a very sleek and contemporary look, Sliding Panels are one of the fastest growing new trends in window fashions. Flat panels of fabric slide one in front of another as you open and close the shade using a wand. Fabrics range from opaque shade cloth to natural woven wood materials, again offering much versatility.
- Vertical Cellular Shades offer great function and superior energy efficiency. Available in many colors and fabrics, this shade coordinates with the other cellular shades in your home, but slides easily along a track with a push of the hand, providing a truly cordless option.