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How To Measure And Design Your Shade To Clear Your Sliding Glass Door Handle

How To Measure And Design Your Shade To Clear Your Sliding Glass Door Handle

Patio & Sliding Glass Doors

A patio or a porch is your very own outdoor space within the premises of your home. This space is much coveted and cherished as it gives you access to the outdoors. Spending some time amidst nature, enjoying the view of the surroundings or of a sight to behold like a beach or a mountain range, is one of the best ways to spend time and rejuvenate. While winter months make it difficult to step out, summers give an opportunity to spend some quality time outside the house and engage in outdoor activities like playing and entertaining guests. Barbeque nights on a clear day, pool parties or simply bonding with friends over beers is truly special.

Blinds for Sliding Glass Door

Need to Cover Sliding Glass Doors

To access these patios most houses have glass doors connecting the interiors with the outdoor space. These doors can be sliding glass doors or French doors. Sliding glass doors are in fashion and used more widely as they are also space saving. These doors open sideways instead of inside or outside. The large wide doors sprawling across larger part of the wall allows people to enjoy the outdoor view from the comfort of their homes. They offer an unobstructed view of the surroundings and help to frame a gorgeous view. The doors can become the focal point of your homes and looks extremely elegant and appealing. However these same doors can also prove to be quite a nuisance if they are not properly treated to a window covering. Glass as we know can cause major heat gain and heat loss and the vast expanse of glass of sliding doors can prove to be quite a pain during the summer and winter months. Apart from causing energy bills to shoot up, glass doors can jeopardise security and privacy of your homes as they can expose your house to the outsiders. These doors also allow easy streaming of UV rays and harsh sunlight that can cause discomfort and even damage health and interiors of the house. For this reason, finding the right window treatment solution for your glass doors is of utmost importance. Vertical blinds, faux wood blinds, wood blinds, cellular shades, etc are some of the best window coverings for your doors.

Take Note of Handles & Knobs While Measuring for Blinds

For sliding glass doors vertical blinds are a popular choice. These blinds open sideways and stack on either side of the door. If your sliding door opens on the left you need to opt for right stack blinds and if your door opens on the right then you must choose left stack blinds so that you can access the door and will also steer clear of hardware like handles and knobs. While choosing the right window treatment for your doors is crucial, more important is getting the right measurements for your shades and blinds. Sliding glass doors have handles and the window shades should not interfere with them as it can affect functionality and usability of the window coverings. The measurements you take should take these into account.

If you are hanging blinds and shades in front of the doors you cannot forget about the handles and knobs. If door handles stick out then they will interfere with the blind or shade, particularly with wood vertical blinds. So when you are taking measurements, measure from the opposite side till just next to the door handle (if on a french door). This will ensure that the window treatment will steer clear of the handles. You could also make use of extension brackets as they help to add depth to the top of the rail and this provides clearance of protruding door handles and knobs. This is more ideal for sliding doors.

If you are opting for shutters for your sliding glass doors you need not worry about handles. These shutters come in different specialty shapes and with cut outs which allows them to cover doors with architectural elements and obstructions such as door handles. You need to specify where those cutouts should be when ordering your shutters.

For the rest of the door you can follow the steps below to get the right measurements:

Measurement of Width

Inside Mount

  • Measure the width of the window/door. Measure the exact width from the inside edge of the frame on the right to the inside edge of the frame on the left.
  • Measure the top, bottom and center of the window/door. Identify which is the narrowest width of the three and round it to the nearest 1/8 inch.
  • Provide 2.5 inches minimum depth for completing the installation of blinds inside the window/door (double check the depth required with your blinds manufacturer).

Outside Mount

For outside mounts, determine where you want the edges of the blind to extend on either side of the window. Vertical blinds will extend about 4-5 inches beyond the actual window while outside mount shades should cover about 1/1.5-2 inch of the wall on either side. The width of the window trim must be taken into consideration when measuring outside mount blinds and shades.

Measurement of Height

Inside Mount

  • Measure the height of the window/door. If it is an inside mount then measure the height from the inside of the top of the window’s trim to the inside of the trim at the bottom.
  • Measure the door on the left, right and center and take the tallest measurement and round it up to the nearest 1/8 inch. Take the measurement in such a way that the blinds sit just above the floor to prevent dragging of the vanes.

Outside Mount

  • For outside mount, you will have to take measurement from the top of where the headrail is fitted, down to the floor. Vertical blinds should be mounted about 3 inches above the window opening. The vanes should not touch the floor and must fall just short of the floor.
  • Unlike shades, height is very important for vertical blinds. For most shades, any extra will not be too noticeable (as the extra fabric will stack or stay in the roll). However, for height, it will determine the length of the vanes.

Measuring for your blinds is not tough however it is critical for securing the right fit for your doors. Ill fitted shades or blinds will compromise functionality and also ruin the aesthetics of the door as also the room. If you are unsure and not confident of handling the measurements and handles etc. we recommend professional assistance.