French doors provide easy access to your garden and outside area; they also allow light to stream into your home. Of course, other types of patio doors, such as bi-fold and sliding glass doors, serve the same purpose. As these doors are meant to access the outside, you need some sort of window and door coverings to maintain privacy and control the amount of light entering your home. However, each of these patio doors is different. While sliding doors have much larger panes of glass and slide to open or close, French doors or hinged patio doors open from the centre.
Choosing the Best Blinds for French Doors
In a previous blog, we demonstrated how to make your sliding doors more appealing. In this post, we are going to show you how you can increase the functionality of French doors with proper blinds. French doors are suitable for any type of window coverings, but with patio door blinds the handles can disrupt the functionality of the doors. Getting shallow blinds can be a comfortable solution.
Let’s see what blinds you can get for your French patio door.
Different Types of Blinds for French Doors
1. INTU Blinds
INTU blinds, also known as interstitial or integrated blinds, are integral blinds in double glazing. The specialty of INTU blinds is that they have a headrail that can be clipped to the beading of the window or door. These blinds are perfect for French patio doors since there is no need for any drilling or screwing. Instead, these blinds snap-fit into the beading. These close-fitting blinds do not flap around the window so do not get damaged easily. Furthermore, they reduce drafts and light gaps.
These blinds are available as:
- Roller blinds
- Pleated blinds
- Venetian blinds
These window treatments can be integrated perfectly into your French doors. They are also suitable for your kitchen’s large French door frames. The best part is that these blinds seamlessly fit into the panels of French doors, which means you can fully open them inward or outward.
2. Vertical Blinds
Another great solution for your French doors is vertical blinds. They are reliable blind types that are easy to use. Simply tilt the louvres of these window coverings to adjust the amount of light entering your room. You even have the option of moving the fabric across the rail to provide access to the door.
When it comes to controlling light, these blind types do not disappoint. Blocking light and adding privacy is easy since you can move them from one side to the other with no problem.
Two distinctive features of vertical blinds are their low maintenance and effortless functionality. They have one flaw though: they are only suitable if your doors open outward. Inward-opening French doors can get damaged by blinds.
3. Duette Blinds
Duette blinds, also known as honeycomb blinds, are one of the first cellular blinds. They were specifically engineered to make windows and doors more energy efficient during both cold and warm seasons. These specially-engineered honeycomb constructions from Hunter Douglas trap air in their pockets to provide better insulation.
They are available up to 2.4 m in width, and you can easily cover your French doors with a single blind. Otherwise, you can split it in half and use one blind to cover each door.
You can easily operate vertical blinds with side chain or LiteRise operation, which is significant in all Hunter Douglas blinds and other window treatments. In LiteRise operation, you raise the blinds with a gentle push or lower them by pulling them down lightly.
4. Roller Blinds
This is another great choice when you have French doors. Simply cover your doors with two blinds; this not only makes operating them easier but more practical as well. Like Duette blinds, roller blinds can be operated using the side chain operation. You can even get a remote-controlled blind that looks great, as there are no cords or chains attached.
A Special Mention
Wooden Venetian Blinds
Even though we mentioned Venetian blinds earlier, while discussing integrated blinds, wooden Venetians are a particularly horrible choice for French doors. Even though many people choose wooden Venetians because they are classic and usually look fantastic, we advise against it.
Why is that? There are two main reasons.
As mentioned earlier, getting a shallow depth window blind is the best idea for your French doors. Wooden Venetians are heavy, and operating them is going to be difficult, which negates their long-term reliability.
b. Stack Height
Stack height is the height of the gathered slats of a Venetian blind when all the horizontal blinds are raised or lifted together. Although stack height will vary from one horizontal blind to another, here is an approximate measurement to give you a better idea. A 50 mm wooden Venetian blind with a 2 m drop, which is about the size of your patio door, will have an approximate stack height of 350 mm. That means you will have to duck under the blind every time you need to go in or out.
Some Factors for Choosing French Door Blinds
There are certain factors to keep in mind when choosing the best blinds for your French doors, including reliability, durability and ease of use. However, there are other factors as well. This is not just applicable to blinds but any type of window treatment for your French doors.
Try to install the blinds on the outside of the doors and windows. This is because unlike regular openings, a French door window lacks depth.
As mentioned previously, your blind needs to fit comfortably within the door and the decorative handles. Therefore, 1-inch blinds, roller blinds and Duette blinds are the best options.
Blinds are the perfect window treatments to control light and reduce noise, if you get suitable ones. When choosing the right blinds for your French patio doors, pay attention to details and follow these instructions. You can always get in touch with an interior design expert to learn more.