Covering Patio or Sliding Glass Doors


We enter many homes where our customers are completely unsure as to how to cover a tricky patio or sliding glass doors. Many are under the impression that the ONLY option is an old-school plastic vertical blind—of which most people prefer not to have.  While these are still an option for those seeking that particular look—there are now MANY more beautiful options to get that patio or sliding glass door covered in style. Here are our top 5 favorite!

1. Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb or cellular shades are an excellent option for covering patio or sliding glass doors. What we love about them is that they are completely cordless! No more wands, chains, no cords! To open or close the shades, you simply pull the operating tab to the left or right. With different stacking options and even the ability to choose multiple fabrics (i.e. Room-Darkening AND Light-Filtering) these shades are a favorite among customers. Regardless of the size, this product will stack to 7”, which makes it a very sleek option and preserves view through. An extra bonus is the added insulation that cellular shades provide. This means more energy efficiency for your home which equates to a lower utility bill! What’s not to love about that!?

Vertical Cell Shade Collage

2. Vertical Sheers

If you are wanting an elegant, classic look, vertical sheers are a beautiful choice. The shades are a combination of vertical blinds and sheer draperies. They allow for complete privacy when the vanes are tilted closed, and a beautiful, light-filtering view to the outside when the vanes are tilted open. The sheers can also traverse left or right to stack on the side, allowing for complete view-through.

Vertical Sheers Collage

3. Sliding Panels

A very popular choice for those seeking a more contemporary look. Sliding panels have multiple panel widths and plenty of fabrics and colors to choose from including blackout and light-filtering. A perfect option for customers who choose roller, solar, or natural shades on other windows in their home as they are able to coordinate fabrics. These decorative and functional shades can even be used as room dividers!

Gliding Panels Collage

4. Shutters

One of the most popular window coverings here in Texas is a shutter! Shutters truly are like furniture for your windows AND they increase the resale value of your home. For patio or sliding glass doors there are two options available.

  1. Bypass Shutters

Bypass Shutter Collage

2. Bi-Fold Shutters

Bi Fold Shutter Collage

5. Natural or Woven Vertical Draperies

Natural or woven shades have gained a lot of popularity the last couple of years. Designers love this product for its natural, earthy feel. This shade is available as a horizontal shade for your windows, but turned vertically transforms into a beautiful natural drapery for your sliding door. There are endless colors and materials available as well as liner options which allow you to have a blackout or light-filtering shade.

Natural Woven Collage

As you can see from all the beautiful pictures, there really are MANY options available for covering your patio or sliding glass doors. I know it can all be overwhelming to make a selection such as this, but we are here to help! Contact us today for a FREE in-home design consultation!

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