October 29, 2014

How to Choose the Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

A sliding glass door with horizontal window blindsAre you trying to decide what type of window treatments will best fit your home’s sliding glass doors? Finding the right window coverings for sliding glass doors can be tricky because you’ll want something that can be opened and closed easily so your family can walk in and out without delay. While it may seem like vertical blinds are the go-to choice among most homeowners, there are plenty of other options to consider. Thankfully, when you explore the range of customizable window treatments available, you’ll find that you can have the best of both worlds.

Here are some of the most popular choices:

Vertical Blinds

In terms of simplicity, vertical blinds rank near the top. However, they can be anything but ordinary. You can select from a wide array of colors, textures, materials, and panel styles, so don’t feel stuck with the narrow vanes you’re most familiar with.

One of the more unique options offered by Hunter Douglas is Skyline Gliding Panels, which feature larger vertical panels that glide back and forth effortlessly.

Vertical Cellular Shades

If you’re always interested in improving your home’s thermal performance (who wouldn’t be?), you may want to consider vertical cellular shades. Featuring a honeycomb design that helps reduce heat transfer, cellular shades can help keep cold air out during the winter months and warm air out in the summer.

Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades are a great example of this option and come in an array of pleat sizes, colors, patterns, and textures.

Privacy Sheers

Would you be interested in a cross between vertical blinds and privacy sheers? Luminette Privacy Sheers feature soft sheer fabric that connects hanging vanes. This helps diffuse natural light even when the vanes are tilted open.

Woven Shades

Do you like to be as eco-friendly as possible? If so, you might select natural woven shades for your sliding glass doors. Crafted from natural woods, bamboo, reeds, and grasses, woven shades provide a one-of-a-kind rustic look and will undoubtedly become a focal point of your home’s design.


Shutters might not be the first option that comes to mind for your sliding glass doors, but in terms of durability and style, they’re hard to beat. You can choose from wood or composite options that easily fold out of the way.


If you prefer a more elegant look, consider sheer drapes with side panels. This option opens a wide array of color, fabric, and style possibilities, and you can top everything off with a valance or cornice.

The Trusted Choice for Window Treatments

If you’re ready to find the perfect window treatments for your sliding glass doors, you’ll want to partner with a window covering installer that offers exceptional product options and is known for providing excellent service. In Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North Dakota, smart homeowners choose Hirshfield’s Window Fashions. We’ve been exceeding customer expectations for more than a century and can help you select the ideal window treatments to fit your vision for your home.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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