A client has sliding glass doors in her bedroom. I have suggested
that we order a type of soft shade treatment to cover it, which
would offer beautiful fabrics and privacy. However, the client and
I are concerned that one would be able to see through the space
where the two shades meet.
We also considered blinds. But when the installer came back from measuring the door, he noted that the blinds would receive a lot of wear because they would be pulled open every morning. Do you have any suggestions?
SOLUTION: Sliding glass doors in a bedroom can be a challenge when the correct window treatment is not properly designed for the window. If a slider includes a tinted window, it still may need a window treatment that offers privacy. Also, the gap between a set of window treatments where the two are installed under one headrail can pose a problem. Let me offer you some solutions that will work, based on your clientís style preference.
1. Sliding shutters are a possibility with many new and innovative finishes to choose from. This type of installation would include a built out frame that will provide a bypass track for the shutters to slide back and forth on from the top. This type of installation would appear outside the window frame and is aesthetically pleasing.
2. Another suggestion would be the traditional one-way pleated drapery treatment that would include pleated draperies and sheers. (Yes, they have made a comeback!) Allowing a fabric treatment on the window would soften the look of the sliding window and provide a pleasing effect in the bedroom.
3. A motorized soft shade or vertical blind will offer an airy feeling with privacy along with the convenience and ease of opening or closing the treatment automatically. Many motorization suppliers offer systems that can handle heavier weight fabrics over the distance needed to cover sliding glass doors.
4. Consider woven wood shades. These treatments offer many exotic designs and some can be ordered up to 144 inches in width. Optional features include room darkening fabric liner and clutch operation.
5. There also are panel track systems that operation in a similar fashion as the sliding shutters, but with soft fabric panels instead.
Overall, the choice is yours. The shutters will give a look that goes with most styles, while others are limited. By choosing a fabric window treatment, such as the pleated drapery treatment, many different style possibilities are at your fingertips. This type of treatment is really versatile, based on the type of fabric chosen. A dramatic formal look or a casual contemporary is your choice for this type of treatment!
Too often we seem to overlook the fabric treatments that are available from our custom drapery workrooms with all the new additions to our pallet of choices in the past couple of years! Overall, whatever treatment your client chooses, remember to not forget the style the client prefers!
Editorís note: This is a continuing series of articles
written by Sharon L. Anderson that will answer some of the many
questions we receive at Draperies & Window Coverings as well
as questions Anderson has encountered in her own business. If you
have a question you would like Anderson to address, please send
c/o Draperies & Window Coverings
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Sharon L. Anderson has more than 20 years experience in the residential and commercial areas of interior design. She is currently a faculty member at two Southern California colleges. Anderson has been featured in numerous books and publications.