Your Options In Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments
It’s the age-old question, “What should we do in the way of a creative sliding glass door window treatments to our porch?” Do you want to go with the same old same old, cheap but traditional vertical blinds? Maybe Roman shades. Hmm.
Anything but vertical blinds
Some ideas that have been utilized by others ran from the simple to the intricate. Even the hanging of regular curtains in front of your sliding doors with the simple addition of grommets, allowing them to more easily slide when closing and opening the door is an improvement. “They slide easier therefore it won’t be such a pain to move them out of the way when we want that clear view”, comments one homeowner. Another suggestion for sliding glass door window treatments is an opaque floor-length curtain with a sheer curtain underneath. If these are hung from large rings, they will be far easier to slide when needed. Color co-coordinating with your décor is of course, up to the individual.
Sometimes, sliding glass doors are too large for Roman blinds. But some feel that curtains in a set of two make the sliding door look too busy. Some homeowners that were considering the double curtains felt that it would leave the room too dark. They didn’t feel that a traditional roman shade would be the way to go either, due to the shade only being adjustable lengthwise whilst maintaining its width. If your sliding doors are truly functional and something that you use a great deal, you wouldn’t want the shades getting in the way of constant use. The suggestion of Ikea curtains was also presented, due to their stylish appearance, affordability and functionality. Again with this idea, the grommets came up… specifically, grommet Merete.
Or maybe not
A decorator agrees that roman shades are a bad idea for sliding doors, unless the doors are non-utilitarian. This decorator suggests sliding panels. She further suggests that coupling those with drapes will give them a softer look. Her preferred look is the lengthy drapes mounted on each side so that they can be closed to give the inhabitants more privacy. Once again, with the privacy issue, sheers are mentioned by this decorator; which don’t exactly block anyone’s view entirely but will blur it into shadows. She takes the suggestion of double drapes, again with sheers on the inside, but adds that the rod for the heavier curtain be hung close to the ceiling, thereby accentuating the height of the room.
If two is good, three must be better
The name Ikea came up again with another decorator who takes the double curtains one step further (who knew?) with 96 inch long drapes, and the sheers we’ve already discussed, but—here’s where the decorator thing comes in—this person placed a translucent layer partway between the opaque and the sheer; plus velvet panels. This method is an exercise in control. The inhabitants of this home will have control, not only over their view and incoming light, but these particular sliding glass door window treatments will allow these people to control heat and prevent it from either escaping or coming in on hot days. This is probably the best idea as far as curtains, or other window treatments like window treatments for bay windows, for helping with energy conservation in a way other than/in addition to air conditioners and furnaces.
In other words, sliding glass door window treatments have to accomplish more than most window treatments in your home.