logo for the-window-treatment-expert.com
leftimage for the-window-treatment-expert.com

New to sliding glass door window treatments!

by CC

our doors

our doors

Question

Sponsored Links

We just moved into a new house, and the previous owners had mounted their sliding glass door window treatments at around 96" high or so.

My question is this:
To avoid ordering custom drapery, can we order 95" long window panels? My fear is that, even with the folds in the drapery, the 50" width of those panels will be too wide for the doors (which are closer to 39" apiece). Are there other, less expensive options out there? Or is that what people typically do? What do you suggest? As the winter gets colder, we want something that will help us keep in the heat, too.

Thanks!

Answer

96" long is standard for drapery panels. If it is too short you can try 108" and make a hem.

The width of a drapery panel should be wider than the width of the window so it should not look outgrown, also slight overlap is necessary. I think that for a 39" door 50" wide is minimal.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Expert about Sliding Door Window Treatments.

Window treatments for sliding glass patio doors

by Sandy
(DE)

Question

Need suggestions for window treatments for privacy, draft needs.

Answer

Sliding doors are easy to cover. Just check out our page on sliding glass door window treatments for the latest ideas.

If protection from drafts are a strong priority you might be best off with Vertiglide, which is a cellular shade for sliding doors. It has the insulating benefit of cellular shades but it opens vertically to work with sliding doors.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Expert about Sliding Door Window Treatments.

Breakfast bay with sliding door and side windows

by Jenn
(Avenel, NJ)


Question

This is my kitchen/breakfast nook. Door bump out is shaped like a bay -- sliding door in middle with side windows. I do not like verticals. Blinds are not possible with the slide. I'm not sure if I should put blinds on the windows with maybe a valance top treatment from end to end of the bay area and leave the slide open?? Not sure I am happy with that idea of leaving slide without a treatment of some sort.

Answer

How about trying coordinates for your windows and sliding door. You can have a vertical window covering for the slide and horizontal for the windows.

A fashionable choice for covering sliding doors is sliding panels. You can coordinate them with designer window shades on the side windows.

Cellular shades can also come in a vertical application called Vertiglide. The side windows then could be matched with regular cellular shades.

For more information on covering sliding doors see our sliding door page or visit our store in NYC

Best Service Decorators
1796 45th St. Brooklyn NY
718-438-4859
Sunday to Thursday 12:00-6:00 PM.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Expert about Sliding Door Window Treatments.

Different Size Windows

by Mira D. Jackson
(Las Vegas, NV)

sliding door next to kitchen

sliding door next to kitchen

Question

Sizing Issues

Sliding door begins next to kitchen cabinet. No room for a drape or even a rod on that end of the sliding door. two small window next to sliding door are slightly lower (top of window) than the sliding door. Should I try to keep both windows and sliding door materials the same height or can I go with the size of the window creating a non symmetrical look?

Color issues

Kitchen is black counters and white cabinets living area couch is a golden/green/taupe with light maple tables and entertainment center which is in the same area as the kitchen. I would like a striped valance or material on the sides of the window and not covering the window. What color strips would you recommend.

I only have a picture that may show you the sliding door next to the cabinets.

Thank you

Answer

Sizing

Unless you want to do one wide window treatment like curtains to cover both the sliding door and the windows it is OK to keep each at their own size. However, for the sliding door you should put a vertical application, (see our sliding glass door window treatment ideas) and the windows should have the same thing in a horizontal form. This would give each one its uniqueness.

Color Issues

Do keep all fabric the same coloring. So make the valance or anything made out of fabric in the same coloring as the couch.

For a custom made valance see our overlapping swag valance, it can be made up to 144" wide.

If you are interested in making it into one window covering, the valance will definitely help. I don't see your windows in the photo so I can't be sure, but if your windows aren't much lower you can position the valance in a way that will cover the area where the window is lower than the sliding door.

Comments for Different Size Windows

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 28, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Here's what I did!
by: Mira

Here you can see what I did with some of my windows.



Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Expert about Sliding Door Window Treatments.


The Window Treatment Expert
1796 45th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11204


footer for window treatment page