Ideas for Window Coverings for Sliding Patio Doors

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Ideas for Window Coverings for Sliding Patio Doors
Vertical blinds are a common inexpensive solution for sliding glass doors. (blue blind image by Adrian Hillman from Fotolia.com)

Sliding glass doors are often a great solution for connecting a room to an outside area. Sometimes, however, they let in more light than desired. There are window coverings for nearly every type of window and door, including sliding glass doors. Finding the ideal solution depends on your personal taste in decor, but there are a few options that tend to fit in with most decor schemes.

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Vertical Blinds

Sliding glass doors are often a great solution for connecting a room to an outside area. Sometimes however, they let in more light than desired. There are window coverings for nearly every type of window and door, including sliding glass doors. Finding the ideal solution depends on your personal taste in decor, but there are a few options that tend to fit in with most decor schemes.

Curtains With Tie-Backs

For a softer, homier look, try hanging a curtain rod with two curtain panels above your door. The use of fabrics and textiles can add texture, colour and pattern to your room. Attach tie-backs to your curtains so that you can keep them out of the way when the door is in high-use. Curtains are perfect for people who want some ambient light without the harsh glare of bare glass. If you want more variability, hang sheer curtains behind a solid pair of panels on a separate rod. This gives you more options for the amount of light you can have in your room.

Roller Blinds

Roller blinds are a solid panel that pulls down from a roll that is hung above the sliding glass door. Roller blinds are handy because they roll up quickly, keep out the light well, and are not noticeable when rolled up. One of the downsides to roller blinds is that they are either up or down, so there isn't a light-filtering option for ambient light. Roller blinds work best with modern decor, but because they roll up and out of the way easily, they can work with a variety of decor schemes.

Shoji Screens

Shoji screens let in a nice amount of filtered light while still providing privacy inside the home. This option is best if there is not much traffic through the door, as it is not as easy to tuck these away as other options. Some screens come with images or artwork painted on them. Shoji screens are a quick way to add colour and texture to the door as well.

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