The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in New York City

Dennis Rooney

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for New York City homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s unfortunate, because choosing the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than any other window, given how often they are utilized and the potential visual accent they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters New York is happy to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the most important considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific options that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following qualities in mind when searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of your door, understanding how much space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite big relative to most windows, so a product that gives you great light control and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first option we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home keeps that classic, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control of light and heat that comes into your house.

Maybe the biggest strength of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to withstand heavy usage is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common option for sliding glass doors in New York City is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds might be a good option for you, because they’re sold in a variety of different colors, materials and textures. You can further customize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Bear in mind though that there are a few disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway back and forth, which means less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

New York City Living room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily used on larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal spot for a stylish panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas where you’ll often have guests.

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a rail—like extremely wide vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find a panel track that goes with your New York City home’s style.

Depending on the size and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to pick arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the middle, so you can add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your New York City house, so we want to ensure that the window covering you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters New York today at 631-246-3930 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.