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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Boise, ID

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the deck, yard, or balcony. And what makes French doors so beautiful is the brightness they bring into the room.

The same glass panels that make French doors so charming create a dilemma for Boise homeowners. Which window treatment lets you control how much light you let in while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Boise area? How do you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing the door’s functionality?


Things To Consider When Choosing A Window Treatment For Your French Doors

Light & Privacy Control

A French door window treatment should give you control over how much light you let into the room. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be manufactured from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be installed in a way that allows you to do that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door completely so that nosy neighbors (and pesky drones) can’t peek in.

Plantation shutters are made from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that is effective at blocking the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod allows you to move the louvers for control over brightness and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass can only do so much when it comes to insulating against the weather patterns Boise sees. So the best window treatment needs to be able to minimize airflow and heat transfer to keep the room’s temperature pleasant without having the HVAC system run all the time.

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


The window treatment should move with the French door as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it could sway or rattle against the glass if it’s not set up correctly or if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame.

Shutters for French doors are permanently mounted on the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t sway or rattle when you open the door. What’s more, they’re custom built to match the shape of the French door and the view outside.


The window treatment should be constructed 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 could handle years of everyday adjustments and use and still look as good as the day you had it installed.

Plantation shutters from Sunburst are built from premium material, which means that your French door shutters will look charming and stay functional for decades.

Shutters on a french door

Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Boise, ID

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom engineered to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Contact us at 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in Boise. And if you are looking for the same style of shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we have those, too.