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Proper Measurement of Patio and Sliding Glass Doors

How to Measure a Patio Screen Door

Patio Doors

Many individual houses come with sliding glass doors which allows them easy access to the outdoors. They large wide glass doors allow ample sunlight into the house and offer a full view of the porch or the backyard. Sitting inside the house you can enjoy the pleasant view of the outdoors. During the warm summer days when you are entertaining friends over a barbeque and beer outside in the porch, these doors allow easy access to the outside from inside the house. Apart from the purpose served, these doors also add a different dimension to the room decor. They can easily become the focal point of any room. The same features which make these doors irresistible and attractive also suffer from certain limitations.

Absence of adequate covering can highly compromise the privacy, safety and security of the homeowners, particularly at night. They will expose the interiors of the house and that can be detrimental for the safety of the house. Moreover, while natural light is cherished, too much sunlight can cause discomfort. Sun is also the source of harmful UV rays that can cause health hazards for people and also damage furnishings and interiors of the house. Uncovered glass doors or windows also cause immense energy loss during winter and summer which finds the electricity bills skyrocketing. In short, large glass doors need covering.

Vertical Blinds for Patio Doors

Why Patio Doors Need Window Treatment

Many people purchase sliding glass door blinds as these window treatments are the best for filtering light, enjoying the picturesque view of the outside, blocking out UV rays and heat, preserving privacy and security of the house. These window coverings are not only functional they are beautiful in appearance as well. They help to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the rooms and with the right window treatment the doors can effortlessly become the showstopper. For these sliding glass doors vertical blinds made of wood, fabric, and vinyl are a popular choice. They are easy and convenient to operate and unlike horizontal blinds they open sideways allow you full access to the doors. Roller-Solar Shades are also used widely cover the doors. While you have a range of options to choose from for your door blinds, the key to ensuring a perfect fit, optimal coverage and maximum functional benefits is right measurements. We cannot stress on the need for correct measurements enough if you want the blinds and shades to work well for your doors. A small blind will defeat the whole purpose of a blind because sun rays will stream through easily and also expose parts of your house. It will also allow energy loss unabated. Too large a blind will make a poor fit and run into operational issues when closing and opening them.

How to Measure a Patio Screen Door for Shades and Blinds

Measuring for your doors will depend upon some factors:
Horizontal or Vertical Blinds: The method of measuring blinds will differ depending upon it is a horizontal or vertical blind. Each requires a different strategy. As discussed earlier, vertical blinds are popularly chosen for doors over horizontal ones for their operational mechanism.

Outside mount or inside mount: Blinds can be mounted inside the window frame or outside on the wall above the windows. Inside mounts are not possible if the windows or doors lack depth. Sliding doors almost never have enough depth which rules out inside mount for blinds.

Step 1: Choose the kind of blinds or shades you wish to install

Among the most popular window treatments for patio doors, vertical blinds take the topmost position. It is convenient to open them on one side and keep the part of the door exposed. In addition to these, roller shades with interesting motifs can also enhance the look of your overall interiors. If you are looking for some insulation, then honeycomb blinds AKA cellular blinds can do a great job. On the other hand, if you want to strike a balance between privacy control and light control, pastel sheers are high on the recommendation.

Step 2: Decide the Mounting Style

Choose between inside mount and outside mount before you begin. This depends a lot on the window treatment you would want to install. For e.g. vertical blinds are usually outside mounted. Their headrail is mounted to the wall just above the opening of your doors. On the other hand, shades are usually mounted inside. They are mounted on the top of the door frame and run through the entire width of the door. In addition, consider the position of the door handle and make sure the inside mount is practical.

Step 3: Measure the Inside Mount  and Outside Mount

To measure the width of the window for inside mount, calculate the exact width from the edge of the frame on the left to the right. Then measure the size from the top to the bottom of the window and again from the middle.

Now when you have all the measurements, note down the narrowest one among the three and round it to 1/8th of an inch.

If you want to take the measurements for an outside mount window treatment, measure it from the point where you want the external edge of your blind or shade and include both sides of the door.

For outside mounts, add an additional 4-5 inches to the width if you are planning to install vertical blinds. On the other hand, if you are looking forward to installing shades, then make it 1.5 to 2 inches on both sides of the window. Don’t forget to add the measurements of the door trim while measuring your patio doors. You’ll also want to add to the height to account for the headrail, which can vary depending on the product.

 

Installing Patio Door

 Step 4

Once you are done the measuring, double-check the units and order. Make sure you note the width and height respectively.

 Step 5: Mention Stack Position for Cords

A very common problem while choosing the window coverings for patio doors if their dangling cord. Make sure you specify where the cord will fit. Since patio doors are usually sliding, they can open on both sides and if you choose a window treatment with cord, this can be a major issue. If you are looking forward to installing blinds, then specify the left or right stack for the cords.

And a better way out is to go for cordless window treatments with motorized technology. No cords, easy operations and extreme safety to all your loved ones assured. However, motorized is not always available for vertical blinds.

 

Motorized Window Treatments for Patio Doors

Step 6

Measuring vertical blinds for patio doors is an easy job, but here is a small reminder for you. If you want to install the shades or blinds side by side, then don’t think that both sides need exactly the same measurements. Measure both sides individually and make a note of the width of the frame surrounding the sliding part of the door. This will help you keep a small opening to let the sunlight in. Or measure the whole width and divide that into two sections.

Measuring Vertical Blinds

Helpful Hints:
• Steel measuring tape is recommended always if you want accurate measurements.
• Always follow width by height format and never mix width and height measurements.
• Measurements must be taken to the nearest 1/8”.
• If you want to take the measurements for an outside mount window treatment, measure it from the point where you want the external edge of your blind or shade and include both sides of the door.
• For outside mounts, add an additional 4-5 inches to the width if you are planning to install vertical blinds. On the other hand, if you are looking forward to installing shades, then make it 1.5 to 2 inches on both sides of the window. Don’t forget to add the measurements of the door trim while measuring your patio doors.
• Measuring vertical blinds for patio doors is an easy job, but here is a small reminder for you. If you want to install the shades or blinds side by side, then don’t think that both sides need exactly the same measurements. Measure both sides individually and make a note of the width of the frame surrounding the sliding part of the door. This will help you keep a small opening to let the sunlight in. Or measure the whole width and divide that into two sections.
• A very common problem while choosing the window coverings for patio doors if their dangling cord. Make sure you specify where the cord will fit. Since patio doors are usually sliding, they can open on both sides and if you choose a window treatment with cord, this can be a major issue. If you are looking forward to installing blinds, then specify the left or right stack for the cords.

How To Measure a Patio Screen Door for Curtains and Drapes

  1. Grab your inch tape and measure the door from the floor to the top of the door frame on both the right and left sides. Note it down on a piece of paper carefully.
  2. Now if you notice any difference, order your custom drapes accordingly. To play it safe, you can order it according to the longer length measurement and get it hemmed after installation.
  3. Add 3-6 inches to account for the mounting hardware. This can vary depending on your manufacturer’s guidelines.
  4. Lastly, take the outside edge of the door trim and measure it horizontally from the right trip to the left.
  5. Do not forget to add 7-8 inches to the measurement in order to provide your curtains and drapes a 4-inch overlap on each side.
  6. Also, keeping a margin will provide you a little flexibility for when you install your curtains.

Following these guidelines will help you to measure your patio and sliding glass doors effortlessly. Once you are done with the measurement process, share the measurements with your manufacturer and wait for your window treatments to arrive. If you face any difficulty while measuring, feel free to get in touch with the professional team. It’s always better to consult rather than getting a wrong sized product!

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