Selecting Patio Door Window Treatments

Whether you are looking to cover French doors, sliding glass doors, or other types of doors that lead out to the patio, you will want to dress them in style with just the perfect patio door window treatments.

The thing to think about when selecting the perfect window covering for these doors is that you want to let the light from the patio in, so you will perhaps choose a sheer style to do this. In the evening, however, you do not want others to see inside your home through the patio doors, so the covering should be more effective that way.

There are several types of window coverings for your patio doors that will be effective either way. For instance, you can use blinds, whether vertical fabric blinds, or wooden mini blinds, or anything in between. This way you can pull up the blind when you want to let the sun shine in, and you can lower and close the blind for privacy. You will also find blackout curtains in case you wanted to keep the light out completely. This would be ideal if you had a door from your bedroom that goes out to the patio, and you wanted to sleep in, for instance.

You can also find full-length curtains in many fabrics that will offer a beautiful look, let in the light, and also give you privacy. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can visit your local fabric store to see the endless selection of fabrics that will suffice in this way. And you may even match that fabric making other window treatments to offset your patio door treatment.

The choices continue with shutters, roman shades, pleated shades, faux wood blinds, panel track blinds, sheers, bamboo, and other draperies.

If you live in a place that has all four seasons, for the winter months you may want to invest in vertical cellular shades. These are also called honeycomb shades. Or you can buy heavier insulated curtains. Both of these choices will keep the cooler air out and save on your heating bills.

If you live in a place that is usually very sunny, solar shades may be the right choice for you, as they will screen out ultraviolet rays, as well as glare. They come in a variety of patterns for your own taste and compliment any room, whether your patio doors come out from the bedroom, the living room, or a deck.

When measuring, you will want to consider whether to start from the top of the door, or just beyond it. If you are looking to hide the gap between the ceiling and the door frame, there are many options you can choose, one of which is the ceiling mount vertical blind.

And if you have a sidelight alongside your patio door, do not forget a treatment to match this, as well. If you have trouble with the installation of these treatments, or you have just never done it before, your local home and building supply center will gladly install them, often for free. They can, of course also measure the door for you and assist you in choosing just the right patio doors.

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