Finding window treatments for sliding glass doors can be a very confusing and time consuming project if you don’t do some research before you head out to shop. While having many choices can be a good thing, it can also make coming to a final decision of which DIY sliding glass door covering to use in your home much harder. Here are some of the choices you may run into during your search, so you can think about them and choose which kind of sliding glass door window treatments will work best for you.
- Sliding panels are one of the newer choices on the market. These panels come in various colors and fabrics as well as bamboo, and they work well not only as window coverings for sliding glass doors, but for covering closets, as room dividers, and for covering large windows as well. I have even seen woven wood sliding panels that are very attractive. There are usually 4-6 panels included with a set of these, and each panel measures approximately 20” wide. Some are made so they can be cut to length. They are very easy to install. A screwdriver or electric drill, a measuring tape, and a level should be all you need. The panels slide back and forth easily on an adjustable track, so you can position them to whatever side you like, or when they are all spaced evenly on the track, they will cover your sliding glass door completely. These panels tend to be good insulators, depending on the fabric you choose, and they are easy to clean – just use the vacuum attachment on them once in awhile to remove accumulated dust.
- Vertical blinds are one of the most popular ways to cover your sliding glass doors. They are available in light filtering and light blocking styles. They are usually made of PVC vinyl, but you can find metal, wood, and mirrored vertical blinds for sliding glass doors, also. Many vinyl styles have fabric coverings or embossed patterns on the individual vanes, so the style and design possibility for these blinds is immense. This type of sliding glass door covering comes in various widths and lengths to accommodate just about any size sliding glass doors you may have. They are also very easy to install. The hardware you need is usually included, and you will need a screwdriver or electric drill, measuring tape and a level to complete the installation of these blinds. One of the best things about this type of sliding glass door window covering is that they are very easy to clean – just wipe vinyl one with a soft cloth and warm water, and simply vacuum the fabric ones.
- Cellular and pleated shades are also a good choice for sliding glass door window treatments. You will need to install 2 to 4 panels to cover the entire width of your door if you choose horizontal pleated shades. There are also very stylish vertical cellular shades available. Vertical cellular shades for sliding glass doors slide from side to side, and provide complete coverage of the doorway when they are closed. They are excellent insulators, keeping out both heat and cold. There are many color and fabric choices, so you will be sure to find something that will coordinate with your kitchen curtains, and with your wallpaper border. Installation of these blinds is also easy with common household tools, but you will need to make sure to level them perfectly so there will not be a gap at the top or bottom when they are closed. Cellular and/or pleated shades can be pricey, but look for sales and you should be able to find them in most budget ranges. They can also be a bit more of a chore to clean, but with the help of your vacuum attachments, you can keep them clean and beautiful with an occasional vacuuming.
Of course, when you are looking for DIY window treatments for sliding glass doors, you can always select window treatments such as curtains that simply slide on regular curtain rods, but however cost-effective this type of window treatment may seem to be, they might not be the most convenient or up-to-date-looking solution for today’s decor styles.
The most important thing when shopping for sliding glass door widow treatments is to decide what you care about the most – ease of installation, insulation, light-blocking or style. Actually, all styles of blinds come in stylish colors and materials so whatever you choose, you know they will look great.
Tip of the Day:
All windows and glass doors in your home should not only have window coverings on them, they should have window tinting applied to them. Window tinting has so many advantages that every home should have it!
Here’s another great tip from The Home DIY Site: If you have a scratch on the inside of a window in your home that does not have window film installed on it, or a scratch on the outside of a window, this is an easy way to make it disappear: Apply a small amount of white toothpaste to the scratch and rub the area with a soft cotton cloth for several minutes. The abrasive in the toothpaste will rub out the scratch and then polish the glass to a high shine!