How To Pick The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Boise

Spencer Madsen

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Boise homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s bad news, since finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how frequently they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can offer your house.

Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is set to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these qualities in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while typically windows operate vertically. Ensure that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of your door, bearing in mind how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are fairly big in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great control over light and privacy is a priority.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door going to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll examine is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic pick. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home retains that timeless, elegant feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, offering you the greatest control of heat and light entering your home.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut more often than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy usage is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding glass doors in Boise is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds may be the product for you, because they’re sold in an array of different shades, materials and textures. You can further personalize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Keep in mind though that there are a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, resulting in less privacy when shut. They are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Boise Family room with grey walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically used on larger windows, which makes your sliding door a great site for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas where you’ll entertain guests.

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

Depending on the size and orientation of your sliding door, you can choose from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most important window in your Boise home, so we want to help you make sure the window treatment you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions today at 208-609-9129 to set up your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.