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Sliding Door Window Treatments

Sliding Door Window Treatments

Choosing appropriate sliding door window treatments can be slightly tricky since these doors are generally high-traffic areas and should have the ability to open and close without difficulty. In addition sliding glass doors usually are wide and have an attractive look, so finding a right treatment for them should involve several considerations, such as easily moving, aesthetic appearance and possibly good insulating and light blockage features. Below are some types of window treatments that suit these needs.

Sliding Panels

Sliding panels are vertical panels featuring an aluminum track arrangement which allows them to slide into place. Sized anywhere from 11 to 25 inches wide, they can either be opened partially or fully. Sliding panels are manufactured from woven woods, fabrics or solar-screen-like material. Also referred to as panel track blinds, these sliding panels can also be used as room dividers.

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Sheer Vertical Blinds

Resembling sheer curtains but functioning as regular vertical blinds, sheer vertical blinds constructed from sheer fabric vanes that allow you to easily control the amount of light and privacy you want in your room, while give you the feeling of beautiful sheer drapes. Colors of such blinds are usually soft shades of antique white, white sheer rose, white sheer blue and so on.

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Drapes and Curtains

For a more traditional look, you can use drapes, curtains or sheers as your choice of sliding door window treatments. Since a sliding glass door is opened frequently but does not open like a regular door, remember to choose drapes or curtains that you can easily slide from side to side. Select appropriate drapery hardware for this purpose, such as traverse curtain rod, or pole curtain rod with clip rings.

Shoji Screens

Soji screens are wood or bamboo room dividers made to easily slide open with translucent rice paper that is decorated with a variety of images and patterns. As a distinct kind of window treatment, Shoji screens provide privacy to your home while offering a refreshing alternative to typical sliding door window treatments. You can also coordinate them by placing other Soji panels around your home.

Treating the Glass

If none of these options are to your liking, you can always choose to treat the glass itself instead of hanging curtains, drapes or blinds. Using window film to cover the glass can help reduce energy costs in winter and eliminate caring for window treatments. Window film is directly applied to your glass door yet is removed easily if you decide to change the appearance of your home. Decorative glass treatments can give your windows a frosted, stained or etched look. Depending on how much light you want to filter in your sliding doors will influence your choice of decorative glass film. Stained glass coverings will not allow as much light to enter your home as a frosted covering.

Generally, sliding door window treatments are packaged with the appropriate hardware necessary to hang the blinds or curtains but you may have to purchase extra components depending on the type of treatment you are using. In addition, you will need specific cleaning supplies if you decide to purchase wood panels, such as a fuzzy blind cleaner that can clean several slats at one time. Sunlight can sometimes "bleach" certain fabrics so when purchasing curtains or drapes, make sure the fabric is resistant to fading and is easily washable.

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