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Sliding doors are a common feature in most homes and offices but choosing the right window covering can be tricky. This is because sliding doors often lead to high traffic areas like patios or balconies and often remain open for extended periods of time.

So with that in mind let’s jump straight in and figure out what you need to know before buying your sliding door blinds.

 

 1. Obstructions

So the first thing to consider is how you want to mount your sliding door blinds. Here you have two option; either recess or facefix. The preferred method for custom blinds is recess fit but before you can decide that you need to check for obstructions.

Door handles, window latches and burglar bars are the common culprits. You need to make sure your blinds can open and close without hindrance and that once they are open they themselves won’t be an obstruction.

 

2. Functionality

Different styles of blinds function and operate differently. Venetian blinds and roller blinds both open vertically, meaning they go up and down when you open and close them. Vertical blinds, on the other hand, slide left and right.

This is important because depending on the size of your sliding doors and how the space is used will determine what the most practical sliding door blinds will be.

 

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3. Traffic

How much traffic a sliding door gets is an important consideration when deciding which sliding door blinds to choose because some blinds are easier to use than others meaning that the wrong choice might make using your sliding door a chore. 

If your sliding door leads to a small balcony that hardly gets used then your decision can be based on your personal preference. If it leads out to an area that sees a lot of movement through the day then you need to consider your choice carefully.

Venetian blinds are the hardest to operate because they have two sets of controls and their size and weight directly impacts their ease of use. The bigger they are, the harder they are to lift. Vertical blinds also have two sets of controls but aren’t impacted by their size which makes them easy to use irrespective of size. Roller blinds with their single control are the easiest to use.

 

4. Style

The age-old debate of form vs function. While function is an important consideration, it isn’t the only one. Your personal style and the style of the room containing the sliding door are also important to factor in.

Blinds can be a big investment and you want to make sure it fits with the overall look and feel of your home and office.

 

5. Safety

Finally, you need to consider the safety of those using the sliding door blinds. Like we mentioned above venetian blinds get harder to operate the bigger and heavier they get. This could be hazardous if they are predominantly operated by children or the elderly.

 

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Conclusion

 

Sliding doors are a common feature in homes and offices today because of the practicality and ease of use but before you go ahead and buy your sliding door blinds there are a couple of things you need to consider.

Vertical blinds are a great option for large doors because they are affordable and stack neatly to one side, offering very little interference for high traffic areas. They are also relatively easy to operate which is why they are such a popular choice.

Roller blinds roll up neatly but do impede slightly on the height of the opening. Across large windows would need to be split into two or more blinds depending on the size. Because of this, they fall in the middle of the range when it comes to affordability but are the easiest to operate and are the best option for environments with children, pets, or elderly people.

Venetian blinds have the largest variations in colours and materials and have options for all budgets which is why they are the top selling blinds. That being said their practicality can be questioned when it comes to large sliding doors and their size directly impacts their ease of use.

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