Window Treatments for Doors

Doors with windows offer a beautiful touch to any home; however, they can offer less privacy than you’d like. But don’t worry, we’ve got you (and your doors) covered with this guide to adding the stylish protection of window treatments to your doors.

Best Window Treatments for French Doors

Hunter Douglas Parkland ® Wood Blinds available at Avalon Flooring

French doors offer an elegant aesthetic that creates a dramatic impact to any space. There’s a decent amount of window treatment options available to cover your French doors, each with its own benefits. The best window treatments for French doors are faux wood blinds, Roman shades, cellular shades, woven wood shades and shutters.

Cellular Shades

Cellular (also called honeycomb) shades are one of the most popular window treatments on the market today. Not only do they look great, but they’re also known for their energy efficiency. Their cell construction creates air pockets to reduce heat loss which helps save you money on your heating and cooling bills.

They also provide superior light control and privacy, especially with the top down/bottom up option. This gives you the choice of opening the shades from the bottom up (the traditional method), or from the top down. The latter allows natural light to enter the home without giving up any privacy, making it an ideal window treatment for your French doors. Now that’s a win-win!

Woven Wood Shades

These are similar to Roman shades when it comes to functionality. And thanks to the natural, eco-friendly materials used to create them (like bamboo, grasses, weeds and wood), they provide texture and style to your space the way Mother Nature intended.


Wood shutters on a pair of French doors adds some rustic charm and are super easy to open and close in the blink of an eye. They create a clean and subtle look while blocking excess light out during the day, and preventing people from peering in at night.

Best Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors/Patio Doors

Hunter Douglas Luminette ® Privacy Sheers available at Avalon Flooring

Many homes feature sliding glass doors as a beautiful and functional option. These glass doors provide easy access to the outdoors as well as revealing a great view of your yard. They let in plenty of light and allow you to combine the outdoors and indoors seamlessly together in one room.

However, it’s important to consider that sliding glass doors open horizontally so the blinds or shades that you choose should not interfere with the opening of the door or the walkway created when the doors are open. In other words, you don’t want to walk into the window treatment while the door is open. The best window treatments for sliding glass doors are plantation shutters, Roman shades, vertical blinds and vertical cellular shades.

Roman Shades

Roman shades provide a luxurious feel to any space. They tend to fit door dimensions without interfering with the handles, especially since Hunter Douglas custom makes all their window treatments. They also provide exceptional light control and privacy.

Vertical Blinds

These window treatments are great for larger windows and they open side to side, which makes them ideal for sliding glass doors. They also help control light and privacy.

Vertical Cellular Shades

Vertical cellular shades offer all the benefits of cellular shades, with the ability to slide horizontally for sliding glass doors. They’re energy efficient, ideal for larger windows and available in many color and fabric choices to match your home décor style.

Best Window Treatments for Front Doors

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Hunter Douglas Vignette ® Modern Roman Shades available at Avalon Flooring

Because of their everyday use, front doors present a challenge when attempting to fit with window treatments. Thankfully, blinds and shades can be made in a variety of sizes and shapes, so they can be used on doors with any type of windows, which will help prevent outsiders from peering in. The best window treatments for front doors are cellular shades, wood or faux wood blinds and roller shades.

Wood or Faux Wood Blinds

You may choose to cover the window on your front door with wood or faux wood blinds. These both come in a variety of styles and various shades and colors. They are durable and offer the ability to control privacy and light levels.

Roller Shades

These simple shades are growing in popularity today. They soften the view of the outdoors, while giving you the privacy that you need in your house. Roller shades can be customized for a specific project, making them a great option for front door windows. They are available in a wide range of stunning colors and fabrics.

Now that we’ve broken down each kind of door, let’s summarize:

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And that completes our lesson on the best window treatments for your doors. The fun part is next—stop by one of our locations and pick out your favorite stylish door window treatment option with one of our helpful design experts!

At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!

Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

If you have any questions, please email us.