Blinds on Doors Dilemma

There are a few considerations when choosing window blinds that will cover a door.  The very fact that people traverse through the door with a window covering means that these treatments should be given additional consideration as to how they will function and wear over time.   Here are some product specific considerations:

Wood, Faux and Venetian Blindshorizontal wood blind on sliding glass door

  1. While consistency is important, sometimes it’s unrealistic to cover a door with the same treatment as the adjacent windows.  For example – wood, faux wood and venetian blinds are an excellent choice for windows, but mounting them over a sliding door can make for awkward operation and abnormal wear.  If the door is to be used, the blind will have to be lifted up, and because they are heavy, increasing in weight as you lift the stack, using the blind can be tedious.
  2. Another consideration for wood, faux wood and venetian blinds is the slat stack needs to be accounted for.   For example, mounting a 2″ wood blind above an 80″ high sliding door will need to be mounted as much as a foot above it to account for the slat stack.   The lift strings will also wear out faster on these types of blinds.
  3. If the sliding door is not used that much then these large slatted blinds might be a good choice.  As pictured, they can make a room look great, especially when paired with a nice valance, cornice, or top treatment.
  4. On a swing open door, or french door, a consideration would be that hold down brackets will need to be installed to keep the blind from swinging when the door is in use.
  5. On all blinds that reach to the floor, kids, pets, vacuums, and the fact that they can be kicked easier should also be taken into consideration.
    wood horizontal blind on french door

Honeycomb, Cellular, Woven, Roman, Silhouette, and other Shades

  1. honeycomb cellular shade on french doorThe same operation and wear issues that apply to the above horizontal slatted blinds apply to shades as well, with these notable distinctions:
    • Shades tend to be lighter, and therefore operate easier.
    • Shades are typically more delicate and vulnerable to tearing.  They are also more easily soiled than slatted blinds.
  2. With most shades, a cord loop lift system can, and should be used so the long length of string does not puddle on the floor and create a problem.
  3. Shades with a ‘Top-Down / Bottom-Up’ lift system on french doors can be held to the door, top and bottom, and can still operate ‘Top-Down’.

Blinds and Shades Designed for Doors

There are window coverings that are designed to work better on doors.  For sliding doors, it makes sense to install a sliding blind or shade. These can include vertical blinds, sliding vertical pleat honeycomb shades, also known as ‘Vertiglide’ shades.  Sliding panels are becoming increasingly more popular as manufacturers are figuring out how to ‘panel-ize’ all kinds of fabric and materials.  Sliding panels can include fabric made of woven wood material, and materials similar to roman shades as well.  Finally there are hybrid drapery / blinds which employ drapery fabric and vanes that can rotate like a vertical blind.  These are also called ‘Luminettes’.vertical blinds over sliding glass doors

I hope this makes the ‘blinds on doors dilemma’ a little less of a dilemma.  Doors can be a great place to decorate with the many varieties of window coverings that are available, there just needs to be more forethought given when choosing blinds that cover them.

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