A patio door is both convenient and attractive and allows freedom of movement in and out of the home and maximum natural light. You can add curtains to your patio door to preserve your privacy as well as to add to the decor of your home. Consider a few options for decorating your patio door with curtains before you take the leap.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Curtain rod hardware
Look at your patio door. The type of door you have will determine what kind of curtain rod you can use. For example, a metal door will require a magnetic curtain rod while a wood door will allow you to screw in curtain rod holders. If your patio door has an indented glass pane, you can probably use a spring-loaded tension rod to cover the window. A sliding patio door will require over-the-door hardware.
Determine where you want your curtains. You will get a different look if you hang your curtain rod over the patio doors than you would if you cover only the glass of the door, so determine how big a presence in the room you want your patio door to have.
Purchase your hardware. For a big, dramatic look you'll need ornate hardware that hangs on the wall over the patio door. This will give it a more "windowy" look. For a kitchen patio door or a casual look, use smaller, less intrusive hardware that may attach directly to the door.
Select your curtains. For a dramatic look select heavy velvet or faux velvet drapes in a dark burgundy or other deep colour. Use curtain tieback holders on the sides of the patio door to complete the look. For a more casual look use a colourful sheer to coordinate with your other decor
Put it together. Hang your hardware, or measure and install your magnetic or tension rods on or around your patio door following the manufacturer's instructions. Push your curtains onto your rods and hang.
Tips and warnings
- Consider your need for privacy as well as weather insulation when selecting the style of curtain you purchase.
- Don't be surprised when you get home. Always check the length of your curtains and whether or not your door curtains require a bottom rod before leaving the home improvement store.
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