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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Southern California

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the deck, yard, or balcony. And the charm of French doors lies in the light - and lightness - they lend your home.

The same glass panels that make French doors so attractive can be a dilemma for Southern California homeowners. How do you cover it with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing how the door operates? Is there a window treatment that lets you control how much light you let in while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Southern California area?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Privacy & Light Control

A French door window treatment allows you to adjust for more or less light easily. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks almost all the light. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be set up in a way that does just that. And the best window treatment needs to cover the French door completely so that passersby (and unwelcome drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are built from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light. And a tilt rod allows you to tilt the shutter louvers for brightness control and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather elements Southern California sees. So the best window treatment should reduce heat transfer and airflow so that the temperature of the room remains pleasant And your HVAC system doesn’t have to run all the time.

Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment for French doors. Polywood shutters are built with exclusive weatherstripping. Close these plantation shutters properly to block as much as 30 degrees of airflow from the glass, and minimize heat transfer by up to 45%. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


The window treatment needs be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move when you open the door. Otherwise, it could sway or rattle against the glass if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame or if it’s not set up correctly.

Shutters for French doors are permanently fixed to the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t rattle or sway when the door is opened. Additionally, they’re custom made to accentuate the French door’s shape as well as the scenery outside.


The window treatment should be made from quality material that is durable to stand up to all the times you open and close the French doors. And the best French door window treatment would handle years of everyday use and adjustments and still look as good as the day you had it installed.

Plantation shutters from Sunburst are made from premium material, which means that your French door shutters will look charming and operate smoothly for decades.

Shutters on a french door

Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Southern California

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom manufactured to account for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to learn more about French door shutters in Southern California. And if you are interested in the same type of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we sell those, too.