Sliding glass doors and French doors are wonderful for brightening a space and filling a room with natural light. If these doors are in a bedroom or open to a patio where your neighbors have a view, however, covering the glass at times can become a necessity. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use shades and drapes to provide privacy on doors with glass.
Drapery for Sliding Glass Doors
Drapes are an excellent choice for sliding glass doors because they are easy to open and close, can be adapted to fit almost any width, and offer a variety of mounting options. If you have high ceilings and ample wall space above your patio doors, drapery hardware can be mounted on the wall above the doorframe. In rooms with lower ceilings, soffits, or ornate trim, track hardware can be mounted directly on the ceiling to allow the drapery to move back and forth unobstructed.
When measuring for drapes over sliding doors, it is important to consider how the door opens and how far you want the drapery stack to sit on or off the window. If you don’t mind part of the door remaining covered when the drapes are opened, then the rod does not need to reach as far beyond the door frame, as shown in the above design by Sonja Haviland. To have a completely clear view outside when the drapes are drawn, make sure the rod is long enough on either side of the doors to allow all of the drapery material to stack off of the glass.
If your home has shades on other windows near your glass doors, create continuity in your design by making the shades and drapery in the same material.
Shades for French Doors
Another one of our favorite looks involves using different styles of shades on French doors. In the living room below, Kate Taylor Interiors used Woven Wood Shades throughout the space and on the French door panes.
This window treatment solution is extremely versatile. Depending on your décor, you could use Roman Shades, Cellular Shades, Roller Shades, or Woven Wood Shades on your French doors. If you are concerned about mounting shades on your doors because of the material, allow our nationwide network of installation professionals to hang them for you. They can assess and recommend the proper type of screws and mounting hardware for your situation.
If you have questions about dressing your doors, reach out to our expert Design Consultants by phone, email, or in one of our showrooms. We’ll help you choose the right treatment in a look you love, and our measure and install professionals can take care of the logistics.