Blinds have long been a popular option for covering windows, but do they work just as well in glass sliding doors?
Yes, they do.
So does that mean you should go out and install blinds on your glass sliding doors?
Not so fast!
Every home is different, so you need to make sure blinds are right for your doors. To help you decide whether adding blinds to your glass sliding doors is the right choice, let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons.
+ More light control
+ Better privacy
+ Add style to your room
– Can be an obstruction
– Fewer good choices
On the plus side, adding blinds will make your glass sliding doors more functional. With blinds installed, you can control privacy and sunlight in your room better, making your living space more versatile. You’ll also be able to make minor adjustments as you like, letting in as much light and visibility as you want at any given time. Some blinds can also make your glass sliding doors (and the rest of your room) more stylish, complementing your doors, so it stands out even more.
On the other hand, blinds can be an obstruction in your living space, blocking your way and those passing by unless you draw the blinds away. This can make them problematic when you need to go outside or come inside quickly. Some people may also not like the fact that there’s an additional barrier they’ll need to set aside (in addition to the sliding doors themselves) just to go through the doors. You’ll also find that there are fewer good choices for doors than windows, which could make your search more difficult.
Things to Consider
Unlike installing blinds on windows, there are a few extra things you need to keep in mind when installing blinds on glass sliding doors.
- Installation space – Because of the design of most glass sliding doors, you’ll most likely need to install your blinds with an outside mount. If you don’t have much free space around your doors, then this might be an issue you’ll need to work around on.
- Door handles – Some glass sliding doors have handles that may interfere or latch on the slats of your blinds. Before choosing a set of blinds, consider the style and placement of its door handles and how it could affect its normal use.
- Match door operation – To avoid confusion and wasted effort, it’s best to set up your blinds (if they’re vertical blinds) to open in the same direction as your glass sliding doors. A door that slides open to the right, for example, should have blinds that also open in that direction.
Popular Options for Glass Sliding Doors
If you think blinds are the right choice for your glass sliding doors, you can start your search with these blinds:
- Panel glide blinds – The large panels and wall-like appearance of these blinds make them the perfect choice for long and wide glass sliding doors.
- Vertical blinds – The vertical orientation of these blinds complements the configuration of your sliding doors, providing a similar side-to-side operation.
- Roller blinds – Ideal for glass sliding doors that are less commonly used or those that have low foot-traffic.
- Roman blinds – Another great option for sliding doors that you don’t open frequently. The thick horizontal panels/flaps also makes it easy to cover your doors quickly when you need to.
Need More Help?
If you need more help choosing the right set of blinds for your glass sliding doors, have a chat with us for further assistance. We’ll be happy to help you explore your options so you end up with the perfect blinds for your doors.