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Sliding Glass Patio Door in Kitchen

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I just had my kitchen redone and I had a pantry put in in the corner next to the sliding door. The vertical blinds that I had on the window stuck out too far and the door to the pantry could not open.

I really do not want to put up plastic verticals again and I'm not sure how dirty fabric verticals will get in the kitchen. (I would clean the plastic blinds in the tub). I guess I need something that is inside the window and doesn't stick out too far.

I also cannot get the blinds that are inside the glass door, live in a townhouse and have condo rules that all the windows have to be the same.

Any suggestions?

Answer

So . . . you are looking for something practical for the kitchen.

Here are some ideas:
  • Shutters are made from similar hardwood as kitchen cabinets. You can choose a matching color to your kitchen cabinets.


  • Faux wood or vinyl shutters are washable and easy to care for.


  • Curtains made from fabric that can be washed in the machine. Use fabrics that have a pattern so that small stains are not immediately noticed.


  • Vertical Blinds - you can have the stacking on the other side not near your pantry. Fabric vertical can also be washable depending on the particular fabric.


Good luck on your project!

When it is done you can brag about it here.

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8 Foot Sliding Door

by Susan
(Lino Lakes, Mn)

Question

We just built a new house and off our kitchen/dining nook we have 70W by 96 high sliding glass door to the screen porch/deck. We have eastern exposure and sun beating in on our wood floors in the morning.

We have a beautiful view we do not want to block, and hate the vertical blinds. What to do? Not sure if I want to do curtains as we have a very rustic wood, slate thing going on and curtain seem so clunky and in the way.

Answer from The Window Treatment Expert

Hi Susan

Vertical blinds is NOT the only option when it comes to sliding door window treatments. You can put much more up-to-date window coverings like:

  • Sliding Panels


  • Shoji Screens


  • Vertiglide (cellular shades in the vertical direction)


  • Shutters

Or you can try the newer verticals:
  • Sheer verticals (like Silhouette)


  • Wood verticals

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Scarf for Sliding Glass Doors

by Rosie
(Bradenton, Florida)

Question

I have had vertical blinds only on these doors for over 10 years and want an up do. These doors cover almost a whole wall in my living room. There are two sets of 8' doors with about one foot of 'wall' separating them and 2' of wall on each side.

I recently hung sheers up on each end of the stretch of glass. To do this, i attached cafe rods to the shelf board (6" x 1/2") as shown in the picture to be able to clear the existing verticals.

It looks really nice but the center of the stretch is screaming for something! The distance between panels is just shy of 9'.

As a rule, we use the door right of center to go out to our deck but want to keep the option open to use the left of center door in the future. I'm thinking a scarf treatment would be a good solution but not sure how to hang a rod with the existing set up.

Thanks so much for considering and sharing a solution!

Answer

Instead of the cafe rod put a double rod which has two rods one in front of the other. With this you will be able to put the sheer curtains on the back rod and the scarf on the front rod.

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