How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Southern California

Kimball Jones

When shopping for the best window treatments for Southern California homes, sliding doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s unfortunate, because choosing the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how much they are utilized and the potential visual accent they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is ready to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. 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 properties in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while the majority of windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment won’t block the usage of the door, bearing in mind how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are very large in comparison to most windows, so a product that adds great light control and privacy is important.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to full porch.

The first option we’ll look at is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters satisfy all three of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific option. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home keeps that timeless, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control of light and heat entering your house.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to stand up to repeated use is important. Polywood shutters are immune to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how much your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common choice for sliding glass doors in Southern California is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you’d like your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds might be the product for you, since they’re sold in an array of different colors, materials and patterns. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make adjusting them simple.

Remember though that there may be a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, which means less privacy when closed. Blinds are also known for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Southern California Living room with navy walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding door the perfect place for a stylish panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a track—like extremely wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They’re available in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find one that goes with your Southern California home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and location of your sliding door, you can choose setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the middle, allowing you to add function to your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Southern California house, so we want to help you make sure the window treatment you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA today at 888-611-2474 to set up your no-obligation in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.