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Benefits & Considerations to Slider Alternatives

It seems like so many people just don’t like vertical blinds ANYWHERE! Ok, I get it for windows, but for sliding glass doors, they are the most economical and easiest to maintain window treatment for these large openings. If you really have to have something other than vertical blinds for your door, all is not lost. There are several options available for you.

While there are many options available, there are certain benefits and considerations to keep in mind.  The main benefit is that since they are primarily window treatments, you won’t have a problem matching the windows in your house to the door(s) if they are all in the same room or open concept area of the house. However, a consideration to make is that instead of verticals which open and close side to side along with the door, shades or blinds would open and close top to bottom; making in necessary to always open the treatments completely when needing to use the door. Let’s talk about some of the options you have:

Roller Shades, although not the most popular, are a great alternative. They’re a low profile material and when you do roll them up to gain access to the door, there is very little stacking. If you needed to do 2 roller shades side by side for the door (due to measurement restrictions) this is a possibility, however, it will cause you to  have a light gap between 2 shades which will in turn alter your privacy and lighting preferences.

Roman Shades or Woven Wood Shades are also an option for sliding glass doors if you wish to have a more formal or more “completed” look. These two shade options share a lot of the same characteristics and therefore share a lot of the same benefits and considerations as well. They will both give you the same warm and cozy feel of a curtain or drapery and come in many different textures and patterns. However, a consideration to make would be the large amount of stacking that will occur when you pull up the shade, which means you will likely need to mount it higher than the door itself so you have enough clearance to walk through. Of course, it they are French Doors, these are great options because you get the elegance factor and do not need to worry about the clearance issues.

Panel Tracks are a great alternative and a “best of both worlds” situation. These are large panels of Roller Shade fabrics OR Woven Wood material that slide back and forth on a track system. This way, you are getting the functionality of a vertical blind but more of the look of a fabric shade instead! Of course there are some considerations, as always; such as the stacking on one end (or both ends) of the track. These are wide panels so they will take up more room/space.

These are just a few options among a long list of many others, but the point is there ARE plenty of other options if you really don’t like vertical blinds; even if they do come with some considerations… but then again, doesn’t everything?

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Latitude Winners

Why is it so hard to dress up your sliding glass door? And why is the price always so expensive? When it comes to window treatments, you don’t have to think so hard about the options. What do I want; a blind or a shade? Pretty simple stuff, right? But when it’s your sliding glass doors turn to get a new outfit, you cringe! Eek! No one wants the old school vinyl verticals in their house. Please, you would never have company over again.

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Ginger & Spice

By: Gloria

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Its that time of the year, you’re planning your holiday gathering and want to finally get a window treatment for your slider you have been putting off. You don’t have much time  before your loved ones arrive, well good thing we offer a 48 hour delivery time!  Now all that’s left is to decide what to choose.   How about considering a fabric vertical which comes in warm versatile colors that will blend with your holiday decor for a  cohesive transition through out the year.  A warm and inviting Macrame spice has a natural feel ideal for a number of home styles.  If you have other windows in the same room, then you may want to consider the Sequoia Ginger which you can pair with a Redwood Ginger roller shade to transform the entire look.  The fabric for both are the same so its a consistent look.

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A DIY Sunroom Door

 

By: Carrie WV-trinidad_cocoa

 

A few months back, my cousin bought her first house. As the unofficial family décor guru, she came straight to me for advice.

The house has a somewhat strange layout. There’s an area off the living room that the realtor called a nook, but it’s unlike any I’ve ever seen. It juts from the main house in a roughly 9’x7′ rectangle lined with large windows, essentially creating a sunroom sans door. It’s a great little spot, but doesn’t go with the vibe she wants for the living room. We decided to close it off and make it a proper sunroom.

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