How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Boston

Holly Perron

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Boston homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s bad news, since picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how much they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can add to your space.

Sunburst Shutters Boston is set to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific options that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following aspects in mind when looking for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, whereas the majority of windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t obstruct the usage of your door, keeping in mind the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are very large in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that offers great control over light and privacy is important.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home retains that classic, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control of light and heat that comes into your home.

Possibly the most notable benefit of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to stand up to frequent usage is key. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how frequently your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common solution for sliding glass doors in Boston is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you want to follow, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, because they’re available in an array of different colors, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Remember though that there may be a few drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, meaning less privacy when shut. They are also known for breaking due to the constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Boston Study with gray walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often used on larger windows, which makes your sliding door the perfect location for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a track—like very large vertical blinds, but they only open and close, instead of tilting. They’re available in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find an option that goes with your Boston home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to select from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door may be the most noticeable window in your Boston house, so we want you to be confident that the window treatment you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Boston today at 781-352-2205 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.