The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Minneapolis

George Christ

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Minneapolis homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s bad news, since finding the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how much they’re utilized and the potential visual accent they can offer your house.

Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis is ready to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following things in mind when looking for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of the door, keeping in mind the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are quite big relative to most windows, so a product that gives you great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door going to full porch.

The first product we’ll examine is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are an excellent option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home retains that classic, refined look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control over heat and light that comes into your house.

Maybe the greatest strength of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to stand up to repeated usage is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how much usage your sliding door sees, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common choice for sliding doors in Minneapolis is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you want to follow, vertical blinds would be the product for you, because they’re available in an array of different shades, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them a breeze.

Bear in mind though that there are a few drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, resulting in less privacy when shut. They are also infamous for breaking due to the constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Minneapolis Living room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door the perfect site for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to control light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a rail—like extremely wide vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find an option that complements your Minneapolis home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to pick configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, so you can add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most noticeable window in your Minneapolis home, so we want to ensure that the window treatment you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis today at 952-856-8130 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.