Why are roman shades and other window coverings for French doors in such demand? Although your elegant French doors are there to bring light and sun into your living areas, enabling you to walk out into your landscaped garden or onto your entertainment patio, there are times when privacy is paramount.
Now, these coverings are not only there to add to your home decor!
Did you know that they might save you money in the long run? Yes, roman shades or any of the other window coverings for French doors and sliding patio doors may also help to make your home more energy efficient!
There are a variety of shades for French doors, all of excellent quality. Your budget and personal taste will dictate your choice.
Although all of these can function to improve energy efficiency, some are designed specifically with this in mind. In addition they can help to reduce noise, and add warmth to a room. Generally speaking they are easy to fit.
So, let's look at some of the options available to you.
1. Top Down Bottom Up Cordless Cellular Shades Or Blinds
Also called honeycomb blinds, these are known to be among the market leaders when it comes to helping with energy efficiency.
Empty pockets of air in these blinds help to insulate your rooms. In warm weather top down bottom up cordless cellular shades for French doors can help to keep heat out. In winter they will help to prevent heat loss.
One example of a cellular blinds is Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb shades. The advantage of this shade is that you can lower the blind from the top, not just raise it from the bottom.
The cordless design is great it you have young kids in the home and are concerned about child safety. Apart from Hunter Douglas, names to look out for include Bali, Levolor and Graber. When choosing the cordless option, make sure you will be able to reach all the way to the top of the shades.
2. Pleated Shades For French Doors
Pleated shades can give your room either old world charm or a contemporary look.
These shades consist of a single layer of fabric. The fabric is precisely pleated horizontally. When raised, it folds away cleanly. One of the many options on the market is Hunter Douglas Brilliance pleated shades.
3. Woven Wood Blinds
Wood will always be a favorite and something like Hunter Douglas woven wood blinds add a natural, warm look where used to cover a patio door. An alternative and less expensive product would be a faux wood shade, such as Hunter Douglas faux wood blinds.
4. French Door Roman Shades
Roman shades always display a classic feel and material can be chosen to let light in according to the need in a specific room. Some roman blinds can almost completely darken a room and other types can create an airy feel.
5. Bamboo Shades
Bamboo blinds bring natural texture and warmth into your home. They can be quite durable if you select a good quality product and are easy to maintain.
Bamboo blinds are also very effective in protection against UV rays. Outdoor bamboo roll up shades have also become popular, functioning to create warmth and atmosphere on patios, decks or porches.
6. Sliding Patio Doors With Built In Blinds
Sliding patio doors with built in blinds are easy to use and demand little in terms of maintenance.
Built in blinds fitted into the windows of patio doors are also long lasting. They are out of reach of the elements and will not become dilapidated due to everyday handling.
With all the window coverings for French doors available today, you may even find it quite difficult to decide which one suits your home to perfection. Remember to keep small, practical things in mind, such as the placement of handles on your doors.
Normally a window treatment for a French door would be fitted behind the handle. However, if the covering needs to fit over the handle, a knob may be more suitable.
Always be generous with materials in order to get good coverage. If you opt for the absolute minimum, you probably won't be creating the effect you desire. In addition, skimping on materials will also make your choice less energy efficient.
From Rika Susan's home remodeling desk.