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Which Blinds are Best For French Doors

which blinds are best for french doors
While doors with windows can be beautiful, they often leave less privacy for our home than we desire. Learn how to choose the perfect blinds for French doorssliding glass doors, and front doors
There are lots of blind types that look great on French doors, but as well as looking good, you also need to think about how you use your French doors, and whether your blinds need to have practical benefits in addition to stylish looks. Here are our top picks for French doors:

There are lots of blind types that look great on French doors, but as well as looking good, you also need to think about how you use your French doors, and whether your blinds need to have practical benefits in addition to stylish looks. Here are our top picks for French doors:

-RALF SPETH

Blinds for French Doors
A common problem for French Door blinds is that the handles get in the way of functionality. The solution is to buy shallow blinds for your French doors that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles.

 

French door blinds should enhance the beauty of your doors, and match the other window treatments in the room.

French Doors


Typically a little smaller than bifold doors and often coming with a spare panel on each side of the doors, these can lend themselves nicely to a good vertical blind spanning the full width. But with this you need to make sure that either the doors open outwards, or if not, that you are able to install a vertical blind above the doors and high enough to make sure that the doors can open inwards.


How to measure French doors for blinds


Whichever blind you choose, it’s important to accurately measure your French doors to ensure a perfect fit. There are lots of things to consider when measuring French doors so we always recommend an in-home appointment with an expert advisor. Our advisors will bring our entire range for you to view at leisure and talk you through all the options for your particular French doors. Once you’ve made your choice, we’ll provide you with a no obligation quote based on your exact specifications and when your made-to-measure blinds are ready, we also return to fit them.


French doors are a lovely feature in any home. So it’s important to choose a blind that best suits the style and function of your French doors. Our helpful guide explains all the options.

Our recommendations are always based on 2 thingS


Reliability. Will it last? We will never recommend blinds that we know are not suitable and will not last.
Easy to use. If the blinds are not easy to use, again we would not consider them suitable.


Tips for French Door Blinds


You can use any type of window treatment for French doors, but there are a few things you need to consider.


Outside Mount


Blinds for doors will be mounted on the outside of the window because unlike regular windows, the French door window has no depth. Look for window treatments that are available in an outside mount.


Door Handles


Your door will most likely have a handle that might get in the way of operating the window treatment. The solution is to buy shallow blinds that fit comfortably between the door and decorative handles. Most 1” blindsroller shades and honeycomb shades will fit behind the door handle, assuming there is 1” clearance.


Hold Down Brackets


When your window treatment is lowered, it may swing when the door is opened and closed. To prevent this, use hold down brackets to keep the bottom of the blind or shade in place. These can be added to most blinds and shades at checkout.


Best Window Treatments for French Doors
Wood Blinds

  • 1″ slats fit behind door handles
  • Tilt for adjustable light control


Faux Wood Blinds

  • 1″ slats fit behind door handles
  • Faux wood material resists warping


Roman Shades

  • Many fabric choices, including blackout
  • Flat construction fits behind door handles


Aluminum Blinds

  • 1/2″ mini blinds are slim fitting and lightweight
  • Durable and easy to clean – perfect for high traffic areas.


Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors


Sliding glass doors are a great feature for any home. They give easy access to the outside, without intruding on your indoor or outdoor space, provide you with a great view and also let in a lot of natural light from the outside.
French doors often have a few features that can make it tricky to choose blinds or shades. Consider whether your blinds or shades will need to pass behind a door handle or lever. French doors also typically have raised, beveled trim around the glass so you’ll need to take this into account when measuring (spacer blocks or projection brackets can help you clear thick trim).
Vertical Blinds.
These are another good solution for French Doors but only if the doors open outward if your doors open in the Vertical blinds would get damaged when you open the doors.
Very reliable and easy to use. Tilt the louvres to adjust the light entering the room and simply move the fabric across the rail to allow access to the opening door.
Duette Blinds. 
Also know as honeycomb blinds. Available up to 2400mm wide so you could one blind to cover your french doors, or you could split it in 2 and have 1 blind covering each door . I would recommend the side chain or Literise operation as these are the most reliable for blinds of this size.
Best blinds for uPVC French doors
If your French doors are in regular use, you should consider Perfect Fit blinds. These are a no drill solution for uPVC doors. They simply clip into place in your window frame and the blind sits neatly within this frame. The great advantage of these blinds is that they become an integral part of the door, allowing you to open and close your door easily. Roller, Pleated and metal Venetian blinds can all be fitted into a Perfect Fit frame.
Best blinds for original French doors
French doors are often a feature of period properties built long before we recognised the benefits of effective insulation. So if you want to retain your gorgeous period features and add an extra insulating layer, then Roman blinds are a great choice. Made with the same fabric as curtains, Roman blinds create a soft and sophisticated finish at the window that really complements period styling. Fully lined as standard, you can also upgrade to an interlining if you wish. This creates a fuller finish and an extra cosy feel.
Most versatile blinds for French doors
If you want a blind that does it all, then Vertical blinds are a good choice. If your French doors are overlooked by neighbouring properties, Vertical blinds will allow light in but keep prying eyes out of your home. They’re available in extra wide widths so are suitable for large expanses of glass and can even be fitted to sloping windows.  When open Vertical blinds can be pulled right away from the window allowing you to enjoy the view. With a choice of contemporary prints and performance fabrics, including blackout, moisture-resistant and Teflon coated PVC, Vertical blinds are ideal for French doors in any space
Vertical blinds for french doors
Another great choice for your French windows to give you some much needed privacy without losing the natural light is vertical blinds. Providing easy ventilation and light filtering, vertical blinds offer a sleek and stylish finish for your doors. Available in an array of colours, from natural browns and creams to vibrant blues and reds, it’s easy to find a style to suit your interiors.
Roller blinds for french doors
Roller blinds add a timeless look to any room and are both functional and stylish. Easy to measure and install, you can find roller blinds that perfectly fits each panel of your French doors.
Choose from an array of colours and patterns, including bold prints and subtle hues. During the day, roll up and secure your blinds to allow easy access to your outdoor space. As night draws near, close your blinds and enjoy a cosy night in without any distractions. For the ultimate privacy, consider our range of blackout blinds.

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