Choosing window treatments for sliding glass or patio doors can be a bit confusing. You want it to look good with your decor and function well. But what’s out there other then vertical blinds? In this article you will find six alternative treatments that work out great.
This is a cellular shade in a vertical position that slides back and forth on a rod that is similar to drapery rod. Many companies make these each having a little variance. Most popular is vertiglide by Hunter Douglas then Ovation made by Comfortex. Spring Window Fashions, the parent company to Bali and Graber make slide-vue and verticell. The distinctive feature for these are you can slide either way, left to right or right to left. It offers a clean look with no strings so it is safer for children.
A vertical blind with sheer material attached over it. Most companies have there own version and operates just as a vertical blind. The sheer is one piece that is fabricated to attaches onto each vane.
Sliding Woven Woods:
This is one of my favorites though not many companies make one. It is a woven wood material in a vertical position that is attached at the top to a rail that allows it to easily slide back and forth. Sometime you will find it grommeted at the top in which it will slide on a wood pole. There are no cords and operates simply by slining by hand.
Also referred to as sliding panels or elance. Panel tracks are strips of material about 18 to 35 inches wide that hang from a rod and draw like draperies. There are several panels depending the width. When you slide them to one side they stack over one another. The materials are available in woven wood to sun screen. Most companies make there own version the difference is usually how the rod is constructed and how the panels attach to the rod.
Made by Hunter Douglas. It’s kind of hard to describe but I’ll give it a try. Picture this a vertical blind with the vanes made out of a firm but softer material and each vane is connected by sheer to create a continuous treatment the width of your slider. It has two controls, one to draw it to one side and the second to rotate the vanes to control light and privacy.
I mention these because I see more people putting them on there sliding glass doors. There’re not using the more traditional solid material over there sliders but sun screen fabric. They want to filter out the sun but still want to see out and this offers a good solution.
Well there you have it, six treatments you can use on sliding glass doors. Choosing something that is going to make a big statement can be a bit scary. At least now you have some knowledge to make a more informed choice.
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Robert is a window treament installer who blogs about all things window treatments at bobtheblindguy.com. There you will find helpful information about varous types of window treatments as well as tips & advice. Visit him today at bobtheblindguy.com