Design Ideas for Curtains on Patio Doors

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Design Ideas for Curtains on Patio Doors
Patio doors open up onto your backyard or patio area. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

With the right material and design, the patio door can become an attractive element in your room decor Not only will your window treatment add to the decor of your room, but it also protects your privacy. The curtains and blinds you choose can allow sunlight to filter into the room and add beauty to the room.

Panels and Drapes

Choosing to cover your patio door with panels and drapes allows you to select colours and textures that fit in with the decor of your home. Hanging drapes and panels on a patio door requires you to secure the fabric to avoid wind from pulling your curtains out the door. Curtains designed for a patio door fit over the window portion of the door and secure directly to the door to avoid the fabric from catching in the door.

You can also mount drapes above a sliding door, which you can pull aside to allow light into the room and closed for privacy. If you want the ability to darken the room, use a heavier material to block the sunlight. This works well in a home theatre room with a patio door.

Bamboo Curtains

Bamboo curtains are another option for sliding patio doors. The woven wood material mounts above the sliding door and moves to the sides when opening the curtains to let sunlight into the room. This material provides privacy and darkens the room as effectively as bamboo blinds. Bamboo works well in a tropical or Caribbean designed room.


A valance combined with blinds gives the room a decorative touch while providing privacy. A valance is an attractive way to add colour and design to your patio door while avoiding the wind problems that occur with standard curtains and drapes. When using a draping design over your patio door make sure the fabric is secured to avoid snagging or problems when you open the door.

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