By: Sai

Doors, doors, doors what to do with them? There are all types of doors with all different problems presented. My big concern right now is sliding doors. I have no idea what to do on them.  They are big and wide with an intrusive amount of glass that always needs to be covered. So the big dilemma is, how do I cover them?  To explain a sliding door  in plain English,  it is a door that slides and collapses into each other. They can either go from left to right or right to left. Sliding doors on average are about six feet and have two panel doors. Then there are over sized sliders which are usually anything above ninety six inches.  These doors tend to have three to four panels. On a three panel door either the middle one slides, and the two sides are stationary, or vice versa where the sides slide in and the middle is stationary. The same concept is used for a four panel sliding door.

The most common treatment for these types of doors is vertical blinds. The reason for this is because of the functionality of them. Verticals can either slide to the left or right which is ideal for two pane doors. For oversized sliders they are also functional, because they too can slide to the one direction, or they can open from the middle so that there is even stacking on each side. This is both functional and an attractive look being that when they stack from the middle they look like a drape or curtain.

What if you don’t want verticals? What if you want the newest product out?  The first alternative is called panel tracks. What are panel tracks you might say?  Panel tracks are pretty much sliding panels of either fabric or woven wood that operate on a track. They can open in a wide variety of ways. They can either open from the middle so you have even distributed panels on each side or you can have it open in one direction so that all the panels line up on one side. The advantage of doing a treatment like this is that it literally looks like a curtain with all the different choices in fabrics and texture that you can choose from.  The best part of it is all the extra amenities that it brings such as it is easy to clean. Also, the panels are on Velcro so you can pull them down easily and clean them. The fact that they operate so easily unlike a curtain that you have to tie up to side, gives the panel tracks  a clean look leaving no need to deal with that mess of getting rods and drapes or anything like that. Panel tracks are another route to go if you want to get a totally different look.

My last recommendation for sliding doors would be…Shades! You may think they aren’t very conventional but I beg to differ.  If you put a shade on the slider it will go up nice and neat and be hidden. So when you want no obstruction what so ever this is the way to go.  Going this route, you don’t have to deal with stacking on the side and you have plenty of privacy. You can raise one, lower the other and just pick and choose which is best. The main types of shades for these are pleated and cellular shades when doing them as a two on one. A two on one is a shade that has one head rail going all the way across but operates as two individual shades. This allows for one to be raised while the other is lowered or they both can all be raised, you have full control. You have a great look that doesn’t obstruct your door in any way.  When choosing between pleated and cellular shades there are stark differences between the two to keep in mind. The first is t cellular shades, which have cells in between them adding  insulating value to your door versus  pleated shades, which are mostly one layered but give you choices between different patterns and textures that look great.

So in conclusion there is a lot of things you can do on your door. You can go conventional with verticals and keep it simple. You can do the new thing and dress up your door with panel tracks. Finally you can do a shade that will disappear when it’s up. The choice is yours so choose wisely!