When it comes to covering French doors, not all window treatments are created equal. Since French doors swing, rather than slide, they are actually easier to cover than sliding glass doors. In fact, most products that you find on sliding glass doors, such as full drapery or vertical blinds, do not work well with French doors. We’ll take you through the steps of choosing the best Hunter Douglas window coverings for your French doors.
There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for window treatments for French doors. The first, is to remember that the hardware must be mounted well outside the operating area so the doors can swing open unimpeded. In other words, you must ensure the hardware is hung above the door and that it extends to the sides of the frame. The good news is that nearly any type of blind or shade can be mounted on French doors, which makes it very easy to match your French doors to other windows in your home.
When choosing a covering, opt for one with a low-profile headrail, such as Roman shades. A slim profile will give the sleekest appearance with the best functionality. A deep headrail will extend beyond the edge of the door and could make opening the door fully difficult or impossible. You will also want to make sure your window treatment of choice has “hold downs” to keep your shades or blinds from swinging around when you open or close the door. The clips easily unsnap when you want to fully raise your shades or blinds. Our collections of shutters from Hunter Douglas can be built onto your door and may also provide to be a great option for your French doors as well.
Cordless options are the best route to take as they don’t have cords that could tangle within the door hinges or the door handles. You should also look for a flatter-style of window covering so as to not interfere with the door handles. Honeycomb shades, roller shades, and woven wood shades are all great options. Cellular honeycomb shades offer the additional benefit of increased energy efficiency. A lot of unwanted cold air can leak in around doors and windows. Honeycomb shades help provide a layer of insulation to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home without using extra energy.
Is it time to add a little extra style to your French doors? Blind Scapes has been your local resource for Hunter Douglas window treatment products since 1998, and we take pride in the exceptional service we provide to each one of our customers. If you will be adding new window treatments to several windows, talk to us about PowerView® Automation to add a little more convenience to your life with motorized shades. PowerView® allows you to operate your window coverings with your favorite mobile device or even your voice. We have several design ideas on our website if you’re in need of a little inspiration. When you’re ready to start designing window treatments for your French doors, give us a call at (505) 352-5250 to schedule a consultation with one of our window treatment specialists. We’re conveniently located in Albuquerque, NM, and are happy to serve the Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, New Mexico areas.