The beauty of doors—especially if they’re primarily glass—is that they can provide wonderful views, as well as illuminate a room with natural light. But just like windows, they may not always provide as much privacy as you’d prefer.
Adding window treatments to doors is an easy way to enhance privacy and block daytime glare. Door window treatments also present another opportunity to infuse personality into a room, through color and texture. And they can do it all while complementing the shades, blinds, shutters or drapery in the same room.
Want to add window treatments to your doors? Check out the info below to help get you started.
Not only will adding window treatments to doors enhance a room’s aesthetics, you’ll also reap the following benefits:
Having window treatments on doors, particularly sliding-glass and French doors, lets you enjoy privacy when you want it and prevents neighbors and passersby from having a clear view into your home after sunset.
Adding window treatments gives you the flexibility of controlling the amount of daylight entering a room, which is helpful for averting harsh glare.
In winter and in cool climates, window treatments help prevent heat from escaping, keeping a room warmer. Simply open your window treatments during the day to let the sun in, then close them at night to add that insulating layer.
In summer or warm climates, keeping window treatments closed during the day prevents the sun’s rays from heating up a room, so it stays cooler.
Window treatments mount to doors similar to the way they mount to windows. Depending on the type of window treatment you choose, you may need hold-down brackets to keep the bottom portion of the window treatment from swinging when you open and close the door.
Two of the easiest control options for raising and lowering Hunter Douglas window treatments are the LiteRise® system and the UltraGlide® system.
With the LiteRise system, you simply push the window treatment up to open it and pull it down to close it. The UltraGlide system features a retractable wand or cord that always remains a constant length when raising and lowering your window treatments.
Control options for vertical window treatments include various types of wands, for moving the window treatment side to side (rather than up and down).
Yes, you can mount window treatments around door handles. When measuring for your window treatments, you’ll need to make sure that the window treatment is narrow enough so that it won’t overlap the door handle. If you’re opting for shutters, look for shutters that are available with cut-outs (a contoured design that lets you freely operate the door handle without interfering with the shutter).