Coverings For Sliding Glass Doors and Windows

Coverings For Sliding Glass Doors and Windows

Covering glass doors and glass windows is an art of its own. There are so many different outfits for covering glass doors and glass windows that you can truly capture the exact mood you are looking for. If you’re serious about perfectly decorating your home, you should at least be aware of the available options for covering your glass doors and windows. Though there are many more options to choose from, we’ll do our best to present the most common ways to cover glass doors or glass windows in this article. And you can rest assured that after reading this article, you’ll have tons of new inspiration for getting the job done!

curtains vs drapes
curtains behind the drapes

Curtains: Curtains are what most people immediately imagine when they think of covering a glass window. Curtains, as distinct from drapes, are usually made of a lighter fabric, and are not necessarily designed to block out light. Often times, curtains can be seen through, thus they are not designed for privacy.

Drapes: Drapes, as opposed to curtains, are usually made of a heavy fabric in effort to block out light. Remember the last time you visited a hotel? – that heavy fabric hanging over the windows that blocked out tons of that morning sun – those were drapes. But not only do drapes work at blocking out light, they are also designed to insulate against cold and heat, and of course, keep your room private.

interior wood shutters
interior wood shutters

Shutters: Shutters (aka blinds) are pairs of hinged panels, often louvered, fixed inside or outside a window. Shutters offer a classic and clean feel, and can go along fine in any room. They are terrific at creating privacy and blocking out light. They are commonly chosen for their insulating properties as well, as closed outside blinds can keep homes cooler in hot weather, and closed inside blinds can keep homes nice and toasty in cold weather.

sliding solar shades
sliding solar shades

Sliding Solar Screens: Sliding Solar Screens are perfect for a modern sensibility. Many of them are built to let in tons of natural light while at the same time blocking out the damaging UV light. They are also sleek and out-of-the-way as they mimic the style and function of the door itself.

roman shades
roman shades

Roman Shades: There are two types of Roman shades: those that sit above the frame, and those that sit within the frame. In general though, you can think of Roman shades as drapes that work vertically (instead of horizontally). They tend to be out of the way a bit more than drapes, since they sit high above the ground when not in use. Just make sure that there exists plenty of wall space at the top of the frame and above every glass door or window in a room, that way you can mount the Roman shades at the same level across the room. This is incredibly important for visual symmetry.

sheer shades
sheer shades

Sheer Shades: Sheer shades are similar to Roman shades in that they typically sit above the frame, though, they are made of a very thin material, allowing you to see outside even when they are pulled all the way down. They are manufactured mainly to let in tons of natural light, preserve the view, and control the glare. They are also incredibly sleek when drawn, so they nearly sit flush with the top of the window frame. Of course, if privacy is your concern this is likely not your candidate. However, if you live in a fairly isolated area and have tons of beautiful scenery outside, sheer shades might be your best bet!

vertical cellular shades
vertical cellular shades

Vertical Cellular Shades: These are also a very modern option to consider. Depending on the variety, they can allow for tons of natural light and are likely one of the most versatile candidates we’ve discussed so far. That’s because vertical cellular shades function along a track either vertically against a window frame, or horizontally above a glass door. Thus you can move both ends of the shades to suit your decorative vision. If for example, you’d like light to enter from the top half of the window, while keeping the bottom half covered with the shade, this can be easily done. Or, if you’d like just the middle portion of your glass door to be covered, while allowing light to flow in from the right and left sides, this too is totally achievable using vertical cellular shades.

exterior shades
exterior shades

Exterior Shades: You can think of exterior shades as outdoor shutters. They work really well for two particular reasons. Firstly, if you live in a warm climate, you might consider exterior shades, as they do a great job at insulating your home from the hot sun outside. Also, if you have a large outdoor space, such as a patio, and you’d like to increase privacy, exterior shades will do a great job of creating a sense of privacy from the remainder of your home.

frosted glass
frosted glass

Frosted Glass:  Frosted glass can add tons of style to a room, but it does require an acquired taste and an eye for detail. Usually, frosted glass works great between rooms, such as on indoor French doors between rooms, or on sliding glass doors for an indoor office. However, you’ll also see frosted glass on exteriors of modern style homes as well, such as on glass railings or wind screens. Other than being incredibly sleek and dapper, they let it tons of natural light and are excellent for privacy.

decorative-screens
decorative screen

Decorative Screens: Decorative screens are one of those coverings that you’ll have to see to believe. Essentially, they are a screen on the outside of your window usually made out of aluminum but etched with tons of intricate designs that not only creates a stunning design, but lets in tons of natural light and preservers privacy as well. They are usually found along ocean front properties as these coverings also help to protect against harsh winds and hurricanes.

There ya go! As you can see, there are tons of options for outfitting your glass doors or windows. Just use your imagination, and use these options to help set the perfect mood for your room!

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