Sliding glass doors are a type of door which opens horizontally by sliding, usually parallel to a wall. These doors can be mounted either on top of a track below or be suspended from a track above, and some types ‘disappear’ in a wall when slid open. Sliding doors are commonly used as shower doors, glass doors, screen doors, or even wardrobe doors. They are a great source of natural light.
If you have a sliding glass door in your home and you are planning to get suitable window treatments installed, you need to measure carefully. In order to take the correct measurements, you need to consider the type of blind or shade you are planning to install above your door.
* Determine the type of shades or blinds you will be installing.
The first and important step you need to take is to determine the type of shade or blind you will be installing. Most people choose vertical blinds for sliding glass doors as they can be opened to one side, exposing the door part while covering the rest of the window. Honeycomb and pleated shades can also be used vertically.
* Decide whether you want your shade to be mounted inside or outside.
For an outside mount, the headrail is mounted to the wall above the window opening. An inside mount is installed inside the top of the window frame so the shade covers the width and height of the window only and doesn’t overlap with the wall at all. Another aspect that needs to be considered is whether the door handle sticks out too far to make an inside mount practical.
Measure the width of the window.
Measure the exact width from the inside edge of the frame on the left to the inside edge of the frame on the right, for an inside mount. Measure the width at the top and bottom of the window, and again in the middle. Note down the narrowest width of the three and use that rounding down to the nearest 1/8 inch.
Note the point where you want the edges of the shade or blind to cover on either side of the window. Consider the width of the window trim when measuring for outside mount blinds and shades. Additionally, consider adding to your measurements to account for overlap and the inherent light gap on certain products. You can find specific light gap and headrail measurements on our product pages (as well as measuring guides)
Measure the height of the window.
Measure the exact height from the inside of the top of the window’s trim to the inside of the trim on the bottom.
Note the point where you want the top of the headrail to go, at the top, and measure down to the floor or where you want the blind to end. Height is the most important consideration if you have chosen the vertical blinds. Your measurement includes and must account for the size of the headrail.
* Re- check the measurements
Make sure that you have noted down the right measurements writing the width first and then the height.
Specify where the cord goes.
As the sliding doors can go either way, make sure the cord is in a spot that is accessible and isn’t obstructed by anything. For vertical blinds, you need to specify left or right stack, which describes the side the vanes move when the blind is fully open.
* Side-by-side shades
If you are specifying two side-by-side shades, measure each side separately to see if both sides of the window are the same width. Recheck the width of the frame around the movable part of the door and make sure that there is no gap in the middle where the light will pass through.
These are the easy steps that need to be followed while measuring a sliding glass window.
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