The Best Window Treatments In Southern California For Your Back Door

Kimball Jones

Do you have flimsy blinds on your back door that rattle against the glass pane when you shut the door? Or is the glass on your back door still bare because you’re unsure what to do with it? Choosing the right window treatments for your back door allows you to enjoy the sunlight and outside view of your Southern California backyard and lets you have control over light and privacy - without the distraction of blinds or any other treatment that clangs against the glass whenever you move the door.

The first thing you should think about when searching for a back door window treatment is durability. It needs to be durable enough to take the constant motion of the door and short exposure to outside elements. It should also add privacy while accentuating your home.

Whether your back door is a sliding glass door, a french door, or a regular swing out door with a glass window, here are the best back door window treatments in Southern California for your home.

Plantation Shutters That Are Fixed To Your Door

Plantation shutters on a french door leading out to pool 

Faux wood plantation shutters are a great choice for back doors since the shutter panels are tightly attached to your door. When you open and close your doors, the shutters move with the door and don’t bang around on the glass. You can tilt the shutter louvers open to let in light or close them to reduce glare and provide privacy. The shutter panels can swing out when it’s time to clean the glass on the door.

Sunburst Shutters’ Polywood® faux wood shutters are built for durability and can endure your back door’s constant motion. They’re built using a composite material that resists moisture and fading. The shutters won’t chip or crack due to humidity or temperature changes. Polywood shutters also increase your home’s energy efficiency by minimizing heat transfer through the window.

Sliding glass doors or french doors that open up to your patio or deck can be difficult to cover due to their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters are customizable. If your door has large or irregular shaped handles, plantation shutters can be cut around those handles. They can be installed on any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also be used with bi-fold doors or sliding panels for a sliding door. You’ll end up with beautiful custom shutters that remain tight to your door. And you can easily open and shut the door and your shutters.

Custom Shades

Woven shades on bedroom windows 

Another back door window treatment that is easy to customize to your home is shades. They come in dozens of colors, patterns, and materials. You can retract them to the top to let all the light in or pull them to the bottom to decrease the light. Additional options include light and privacy liners which allow you to tailor them to your needs. Shades that work well for doors with glass are Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades form a stack at the top of the shade but are smooth when you pull them down. Cellular shades have small pleats that form a honeycomb shape from the side. These pleats create air pockets that increase insulation. Roller shades have a tube at the top that the shades roll down from.

You’ll want shades built from material that won’t be affected by heat and moisture if your door is subject to bright sun or humidity. While shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters, you can block some heat loss by using cellular shades or shades made from thicker material with liners. Also know that shades are more susceptible to fading when compared to shutters.

Shades can be installed with hold down brackets so they don’t swing around when you open the back door. One disadvantage shades have is that if you have big door handles, you can’t cut the shade around the handle.

Discover The Back Door Window Treatment That’s Perfect For You

Want other ideas for your back door window treatments in Southern California or window treatments for your dining room, living room, or bathroom? Look through our idea gallery and Ultimate Room Guide. And if you’re ready to start the ordering process for window treatments contact us at 888-611-2474 to schedule a free in-home consultation. One of our window treatment professionals will come to your home and help you pick the perfect window treatment. Contact us today!