When considering window treatments for your sliding doors there are a couple of factors that will help you to determine which is the best; curtains or blinds. Before you consider the different types of curtains or blinds to use for your sliding doors, first consider the main reasons and needs for those curtains or blinds to cover your sliding doors. The most common factors include privacy and light control, as well as, temperature control and energy efficiency.
Most sliding doors consist of large panels of glass which is a great way to combine indoor and outdoor living. However, the main disadvantages of large glass panels in the home, is that they are essentially creating large holes which allows air and light to easily transfer in and out of the home. This means that uncovered glass windows and doors can cause up to 87% of heat gain in summer and lose up to 40% of a home’s heating energy in winter. Let’s now take a look at the different types of window treatments that work effectively with sliding doors and how they best combine the convenience of privacy, light control, temperature control and ease of use.
Vertical Blinds, in particular Vertical Honeycomb Blinds are specifically designed for sliding doors. They offer a number of different configuration options that allow for a wide range of sliding doors to be covered. They are available in a left stack, right stack, centre opening, or centre stack. The Vertical Honeycomb Blind offers excellent insulation properties which is essential for large glass panels that usually allow cooling and heat to be easily transferred. The Honeycomb Blind cells trap air to create an airlock, this helps with energy savings and to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. The Vertical Honeycomb Blind can be made in either a light filter fabric or a blockout fabric or a Day & Night configuration that is available in two combiantions; sheer and blockout fabric or sheer and light filter fabric.
Honeycomb Blinds are not only available in a Vertical option but also in a variety of other models, all which help to better insulate the home and help you to save on your energy bills. The Bottom Up Honeycomb Blinds are a standard blind solution and is available in both corded and cordless. The cordless option is great for those who not only want to eliminate dangling cords for their sliding door but also for those with small children and pets.
For modern and contemporary homes where large open plan living spaces are a must, Roller Blinds are an elegant unobtrusive window treatment for sliding doors. Roller Blinds are a great solution for those who have sliding doors spanning entire walls of the home, as they can be made in large widths or smaller widths and stacked side-by-side for greater flexibility. Roller Blinds work well with simple and complex interiors, with a wide variety of materials to choose from to suit almost any décor style.
When it comes to the different types of curtains and how they will work with your sliding door, it’s more important to consider the curtain fabric type and configuration. Whilst choosing a curtain style is also very important, all curtain headers will work with a sliding door and can be installed in a variety of different locations to create different effects. For example, install your curtains to the ceiling to create the illusion of higher ceilings. The most common curtain header styles include Pinch Pleat, Reverse Pleat and Wave Fold. Depending on your interior décor, each curtain header style will suit a different scheme. For example, the Wave Fold Curtain works well in modern homes that have a relaxed and more casual feel. For more formal homes or formal areas of the home such a dining rooms, the Pinch Pleat or Reverse Pleat Curtains work well.
Curtains usually come in four different fabric transparencies; sheer, light filter, dim out or blockout. Depending on your privacy, light and temperature control needs as well as overall look and atmosphere you are trying to create for the space, the different fabric transparencies will create different effects. If you need different levels of privacy and light control throughout the day, opt for a Day & Night Curtain which will allow you to create an ambient light throughout the day and give you the privacy you need when the sun goes down.
As for configuration of your curtain, try to match it to the configuration of your sliding door. This will ensure that the ease of use for both your curtain and sliding door will not affect each other. If you are concerned about the amount of curtain fabric gathering at each side of your door when open, try adding some extra width to your curtain and track to ensure the curtain sits on the outside of your architrave when pulled back.