patio doors

Dressing Your Patio and Sliding Glass Doors

patio doors

Patio and sliding glass doors are beautiful yet challenging to decorate and dress up. Many homeowners are under the impression that the only option is the old standby – vertical blinds.

Although vertical blinds are very nice and practical, they are only one choice. There are many options to get your patio or sliding glass door dressed in style.

Vertical Blinds

vertical blinds

Vertical blinds complement most window shapes and add height to any room.

The vertical vanes rotate open and closed and traverse across the window like a drapery to provide excellent light control. Vertical blinds can be stacked tightly to one side, allowing you to take full advantage of your outside view. They are easy to clean and can be made of Vinyl, Fabric, or Wood.

Honeycomb or Cellular Shades

honeycomb shades

Cellular Shades are one of the most versatile and innovative window coverings in today’s market. These shades feature a unique pleated honeycomb construction to provide both fashion and superior energy efficiency.

Raise and lower the shade as needed for light control and privacy with a pull cord, cordless feature or motorized options. No cord holes are visible. The durable, washable, polyester fabric is available in a wide range of colors and textures in various cell sizes, and in various opacities, from sheer to total blackout.

Vertical Sheers

Vertical Sheers

These are a great option for the standard vertical blinds that you see on many sliding doors. Vertical sheers can provide an updated, fresh look to your room! They also come in so many colors and options.

Sheer shades are a seamless blend of light control and style. Imagine two layers of sheer fabrics to protect your room from the sun’s damaging UV rays, combined with soft fabric vanes for the ultimate light control. Sheer shades are made for the most demanding of styles, giving your windows a clean, crisp appearance with stunning sophistication.

Sliding Panels

sliding panels

Sliding panels are easy to operate, come in so many choices of materials and colors. Just like most of our window treatments, the sliding panels also have light filtering or room darkening options. These panels come in varying widths and you can even coordinate with our other products like solar, roller or natural shades! Pair your sliding panels with a valance or other top treatment for a finished, cohesive look.

Sliding panels provide a sharp, contemporary look with functionality.

Woven or Natural Vertical Draperies

woven drapes

Woven Wood Shades or “Natural Shades” create a warm environment to any room. Their appearance is relaxing and alluring and will compliment any room decor in your home. They are designed from woven fine wood and bamboo which provide the organic look and feel of nature.

Not only are the materials exotic and stunning but they are extremely durable. They offer a down-to-earth, soft and attractive look in one’s home. This shade can be transformed from a horizontal shade into a lovely, natural looking covering for your patio door.

Natural Drapes are also a great solution that uses the same renewable materials such as bamboo, reeds, grass, and jutes in a slightly different style.

natural woven drapes


Add a touch of class, timeless style and aesthetic beauty to any environment.  When comparing the many options available, shutters are considered by many to be the all-around best and most complete solution.  They are also the ONLY solution that actually add resale value to your home!

Available in real wood, composite and durable faux wood.  Different louver sizes include 2-1/2” for a more traditional look, 3-1/2” for a more contemporary look, and 4-1/2” for the ultra-modern look. Shutters truly add elegance and sophistication to any home.

They are ideal for a clean, classic, or even a contemporary look for any home. Choose from a wide variety of paint or stain colors, or even use a completely custom color that matches your decor perfectly!

Bi-Fold Shutters

bi-fold shutters

These shutters have hinges in the middle that allow them to be folded up and placed on either side of the door. They are on a track system, much like closet bi-fold doors, and slide to either side of the door, allowing one to open it.

This is great for a patio door that lets in a lot of sunlight because the plantation shutters will help keep the heat out in the summer while still allowing you to enjoy the natural light

By-Pass Shutters

Bypass Shutters

Bi-Pass wood plantation shutters are a great option for sliding glass doors. The Bypass Track System allows shutter panels to slide past each other on top tracks to open and close.

When you need to treat a large sliding glass door, bypass shutters make a good solution. Sliding the same direction as the sliding doors, it’s easy to go in and out the doorway.

As you can see, there are many options available for covering your patio or sliding glass doors, and, it can all be overwhelming.

But don’t let your patio or sliding glass doors go bare.  Give us a call at 262-643-8484 and we can help you dress up your doors beautifully!