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What’s the Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors?

Sliding doors present a unique challenge for homeowners.

Sliding doors present a unique challenge for homeowners. You see, they are doors, but they are also windows, making them one of the most difficult areas of a home to cover. Not only do you need a window treatment that allows for heavy foot traffic, but you also need to consider all of the classics, like privacy, light control, energy efficiency, durability, cleaning, and, of course, price. Fortunately, we have just the solution – Vertical Blinds from Next Day Blinds! These durable window treatments are ideal for “wide window expanses and sliding glass doors, because they stack off to the side, rather than at the top of the window,” explains interior designer Becky Dietrich.

Why Vertical Blinds Make Sense for Sliding Doors

Horizontal blinds, or Venetian blinds, have been around for quite some time. Originating in Persia (not Venice), fixed-slat blinds made of bamboo and reeds quickly became popular and spread rapidly throughout the largest cities in Europe, including Paris, France and London, England. By the late 18th century, horizontal blinds had even made their way to the United States. However, vertical blinds did not hit the scene until 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri when inventors Edward and Frederick Bopp patented the first vertical blind under the company name, “Sun Vertical.” Today, these window treatments are more popular than ever, used most often in – you guessed it – patio and sliding doors.

Privacy & Light Control

Light control and privacy are not often easily achievable, but they are incredibly important, especially when it comes to sliding glass doorways. This is one reason why vertical blinds are so popular for sliding doors. “Not only can you move the blinds completely out of the way, but you can also simply tilt the vanes open and close to allow as much light  or view as you wish,” says interior designer Teri Larsen.

Energy Efficiency

Windows – including sliding doors – account for 25 to 40 percent of our annual heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, “when installed inside the window frame, vertical blinds effectively create a seal on the window that can prevent the hotter or cooler air against the window from circulating in the room,” writes SFGate blogger Laurie Reeves.


Just envision how often you and your guests go in and out of that sliding door. In and out. In and out. From spring to fall. You need window treatments that can stand the test of time. You need vertical blinds. Perfect for high traffic areas, these heavy duty blinds are of exceptional quality and are custom made for each individual sliding door. And, unlike thick curtains, vertical blinds are light, convenient, and easy to maneuver. Additional features include: full dust-cover valances, and vane savers for a lifetime of beauty and trouble-free operation.

Easy to Clean

Take a moment and think about the dirt and dust that accumulates on your window treatments. Now just imagine how much dirt, dust, grime, allergens and other outdoor muck your vertical blinds have to deal with in an entryway. The good news: vertical blinds, especially vinyl vertical blinds, are easy to clean.

“If you’re like 99.9 percent of all Americans, dusting is one bit of household drudgery you’d just as soon avoid,” writes Chicago Tribune reporter Jeffrey Steele. “And that universal loathing is one big reason why vertical blinds are selling so well.” Because of their vertical design, these window treatments simply do not accumulate dirt and dust like traditional horizontal-slatted blinds. Still, vertical blinds will require the occasional cleaning.


“One of the best features of vertical blinds is the price,” says Larsen. These window treatments are “among the most affordable options for sliding patio doors” and large, expansive windows. Next Day Blinds vinyl vertical blinds start at $66 and our fabric blinds start at $95.

Vertical blinds from Next Day Blinds are set with heavy duty headrails and posi-tilt rotation, which ensures that they will always be in place and in sync no matter what.

Founded in 1993, Next Day Blinds is a fully integrated, full-service custom window covering company located in Jessup, MD, just 25 miles from Washington, DC, and 15 miles from Baltimore, MD. From sales and design to manufacturing, measuring, installation, and service, we do it all. Our goal is to help you create a better tomorrow by providing a superior result--blinds, shades and shutters that look nicer, last longer, and are there when you want them.