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The best blinds for sliding glass doors and patio windows

The best blinds for sliding glass doors and patio windows

Finding the best blinds for patio doors can be a bit of a challenge. There are so many different types and style of blind to choose from, that it can be hard to find the right option.

But if you’re looking for sliding patio door blinds, blinds for french doors, or even just blinds for wide windows, this guide can help you find the perfect choice.

We’ll talk you through the pros and cons of each different blind style, so you can choose the best option for your patio doors or windows.

Zero deflection blinds

One of our favourite types of blind for wide windows, sliding glass doors or french doors, is the zero deflection blind.

You may not have heard of these before, but the zero deflection blind is specifically made for big, wide windows. Standard roller blinds aren’t necessarily a great choice for big windows, as you may need to have several side by side (leaving big gaps between them), or if you try to have a single blind, the weight may cause the roller to droop in the middle, making your blinds sag and crease.

But zero deflection blinds have a unique slimline roller specifically designed to stay straight to widths of up to 5 metres, with no sagging, drooping or creases!

So if you have wide windows and want a pristine finish to your blinds, zero deflection blinds may be the best choice for you.

Full length umbra zero deflection roller blind in grey

Allusion patio door blinds

One of the newest trends in blinds is a brilliant option for sliding glass doors – allusion blinds.

Allusion blinds are wonderful for French doors, not just because they look amazing, but because their vertical panels aren’t attached by chains like normal vertical blinds. 

That means you can actually walk through allusion blinds. So you don’t need to pull them back to access your door!

So when you’re looking for the ideal blinds for patio doors, allusion blinds are one of the best options available.

Roller blinds for patio doors

If you’re looking for roller blinds for French doors, then the classic roller blind can be a great option.

Roller blinds are one of the most customisable styles of blind, they come in a huge variety of patterns, materials and colours, and you can even include features like blackout fabric or remote control.

But when you’re shopping for roller blinds for large patio doors, the wider your windows, the more difficult it becomes.

Because roller blinds are usually longer than they are wide, there are far more off-the-shelf options for smaller windows and doors. But if you have large sliding glass doors, finding a roller blind option can become tricky – and even expensive. That’s because the material needs to be produced on a much wider roll if you aim to have one single blind.

A good alternative is to have multiple blinds for large windows. This can give you a lot more flexibility with your window shading too, as you can have each blind on an individual roller, so they can be at a different lengths whenever you like.

However, this will mean that you have gaps between your blinds, which can be inconvenient. Depending on the size of each roller, you may also have issues with sagging or drooping blinds too, as the wider each roller is, the more likely it will bend slightly in the middle, making creases in the blind. 

That’s why zero deflection roller blinds are a more popular option for sliding glass doors and windows, as they can come in widths of up to 5 metres without any dropping or sagging.

purple perfect fit roller blinds for conservatory doors and windows

Roman blinds for patio doors

If you choose roman blinds for sliding doors or French doors you’re likely to run into the same pros and cons as for roller blinds.

Roman blinds offer a similarly large range of choices and styles, and just like roller blinds, become more difficult to source the wider your doors are.

But once again, a great option to get this look is to have multiple roman blinds at the window. 

One downside with this option is that you’re likely to have some gapping between blinds, and it becomes essential to have them measured and fit perfectly so these gaps aren’t too wide, overlapping or at an angle.

Perfect Fit Striped Roman Blinds for Large Window

Perfect fit patio door blinds

One fabulous option when you’re looking for the perfect blinds for your patio doors, is to consider perfect fit patio door blindsPerfect fit describes how the blinds are installed, not the actual blind type, so these blinds are quick and easy to install and are great to look at too!

Because perfect fit blinds for sliding patio doors or bi-fold doors are installed within the actual door frame itself they give complete flexibility, no matter how wide your doors are.

If you choose perfect fit blinds for French doors, bifold doors or sliding doors we offer a huge range of different styles, including roller, roman, or venetian blinds, so this option really opens up the possibilities for you.

White venetian bi-fold door blinds

External blinds for patio doors

An exciting option to consider for your doors and windows is external blinds for patio doors. These stylish outdoor blinds give an incredible finish to your home, and also provide a great level of insulation.

Doors and windows often loose a lot of heat in the winter – and the opposite when it gets warm! – but external blinds help keep the heat in when it’s cold, and keep the sun off the glass in the summer. Therefore, they’re one of the most eco-friendly options when choosing blinds for your home and are a wonderful alternative to indoor blinds.

External blind for wide windows

Vertical blinds for patio doors

Let’s finish our guide with one of the most popular types of blinds for patio doors: vertical blinds.

When you’ve got wide windows or sliding glass doors, vertical blinds are a great choice because when it comes to vertical blinds for sliding glass doors you have a choice of vertical vs horizontal blinds – and then often vertical is a much more practical option. 

Horizontal blinds are often best for windows, but when it comes to doors they can become a little impractical. In most cases, we think it’s always a good idea to have blinds that move in the same direction as your windows and doors. If they open and close in different directions it can sometimes make things awkward!

Vertical blinds alternatives

One feeling that can sometimes put some people off vertical window or door blinds is that they can feel a little bit like an office. This is mainly because many offices have large expansive windows and the most obvious privacy or shading option is generally vertical blinds!

But today, there are so many modern vertical blinds alternatives giving you a wide choice of styles and colours to ensure you can find something that’s going to look elegant and stylish in any home.

Vertical purple blinds for patio doors

The best blinds for sliding doors

So, when you’re looking for the best patio door blinds ideas for sliding patio doors, our recommendation is to go for simplicity, style and ease of use. In most cases then, vertical blinds or perfect fit blinds are going to be excellent choices.

Vertical blinds are practical, easy to install on extra-wide doors and can give you a great finish in a superb range of fabrics and colours.

Perfect fit blinds open up a whole new range of different options, from roller and roman to concertina blinds. By installing the blinds within your frames it means that every blind is perfectly set to give a ‘perfect’ finish.

For an incredible look that saves energy too, external blinds are the obvious eco choice for a modern, stylish home.

Want to know which blinds are best for your patio doors and windows? Get in touch with us today to get a quote and some free expert advice – and remember – all of our patio door & window blinds come with FREE FITTING for local customers!

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