Best Blinds for Patio Doors
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Shading Large Glass Windows Needn't Be A Struggle

Q. What’s big, predominantly made from glass and is notoriously difficult to shade?

A. Yup, you guessed it – the patio door.

A patio door, for those unacquainted with the term, is normally a large door leading to a garden. Generally, floor-to-ceiling (or thereabouts) and are either sliding, bifold or French doors.

Due to the size of these doors, it can be difficult to decide on which blind is best when I come to shading them.

A patio door is an access point for the garden and so it is important to make sure whatever blind you choose; you can get in and out of the door easily. If the blind is too much effort to operate every time you wish to go outside, you’ll probably eventually stop using the blind.

A roller blind wouldn’t be the most appropriate patio door blind in this instance because you’d have to hoist it up every time you wanted to use the door, meaning it loses the convenience and ease of use normally associated with these blinds when installed in regular windows.

The first choice for a lot of people when it comes to shading patio doors is to use a vertical blind. This is a tried and tested solution and thanks to the customisation options available when you come to order - it’s a perfect blind.

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Palermo Misty Green Vertical Blind
Palermo Misty Green Vertical Blind
From £9.60

Toscana Beige Vertical Blind
Toscana Beige Vertical Blind
From £14.40
Palermo Dew Vertical Blind
Palermo Dew Vertical Blind
From £9.60

Vertical blinds are ideal because they move laterally instead of vertically. This means you can partially close a vertical blind or draw it all the way to the side to prevent any obstruction around the doorway.

We also offer different draw options, meaning you can choose whether you want it to go to the left, right, or split down the middle to provide an even stack of louvres on each end. This means that if you have a sliding door, which is, say, on the right-hand side, you can stack the louvres to the left, out of the way of anyone coming in or out of the room. You can also choose to swap the chain control for a wand, meaning there are no dandling chains and cords that may be a concern for pets and children. Simply push or pull the wand to draw the louvres into place and then twist the wand to rotate the louvres – it couldn’t be easier!

Chain vs Wand Operated Vertical Blinds

It is also possible to rotate the louvres on a vertical blind, allowing you to block those piercing beams of sunlight but still allow ambient natural light and even partially seeing outside. This is a particular benefit for those who don’t wish to have total darkness, but simply wish to limit the amount of sunlight coming into the room. As an added benefit, this also means your privacy is increased too as it is harder to see through a window with a blind in it!

However, we also offer another option that can make it even easier to access your patio door but still shade it. Pleated blinds for bifold doors are a great solution, attaching directly to the door. Small tabs at the end of the headrail and bottom bar slide under the rubber gasket that runs around the windowpane. The pleated blind slides up and down on cords running from top to bottom, holding the fabric close to the window and under tension.

Easy to install bifold door blindsBifold door blinds allow you to open your doors, shade individual panes of glass and – perhaps the best feature – there’s no need to drill or screw anything to install them. By being held against the glass by the tabs under the rubber gasket, they don’t require any hard fixings and can be fitted in about two minutes!

Having the blinds attached to the door also prevents another problem that can be quite a common issue, particularly for those with children or animals. With the patio door being a relatively high traffic area and combined with the likelihood of mud and dirt outside, blinds can become dirty. By having the blind fitted to the door, there’s no chance of children or animals brushing against it after spending an afternoon rolling around in the mud outside.

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Crimson BiFold Door Blind

Crimson BiFold Door Blind
From £14.40
Ochre BiFold Door Blind

Ochre BiFold Door Blind
From £14.40
Purple BiFold Door Blind

Purple BiFold Door Blind
From £14.40

Jeans Blackout BiFold Blinds

Jeans Blackout BiFold Blinds
From £15.60

Steel Blackout BiFold Blinds

Steel Blackout BiFold Blinds
From £15.60
Pearl Blackout BiFold Blinds

Pearl Blackout BiFold Blinds
From £15.60

It also means that you won’t have to worry about your blinds blowing in the wind and flapping around if the door is open. With the blinds attached to the door or window itself, shading your room is just, well, a breeze!

If you’re looking for a blind for your patio door and you’re not sure what options are best for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team – we’re always happy to help!