Door Blinds | Best Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors & French Doors

Windowed entrance ways are beautiful.  Wood frame doors with glass panes are unique and add a special element of inviting sentiment and design interest to your home, breaking away from the box standard full wood or metal doors.  Since the entrance of a home is located in an enclosed hall it can be dark, and windowed doors offer a great solution, opening the space up to warm natural sunlight.  Windowed doors are definitely a popular choice for patio or side entrances.

But when the sun goes down the need for privacy occurs for all windows.   Our well lit homes can become a gallery of observation once the darkness arrives and quite frankly, most of us are not comfortable with having others spectate the activities within our own homes.  And while none of us enjoys thinking of it, we do know that for safety reasons it is really best to close blinds and drapes at night.

The most popular solution historically was to cover the windowed doorway with a drapery.  Something light was generally selected so that light could permeate through the fabric.  But a semi-transparent curtain fabric will do very little to filter heat, light or provide the privacy you may want for that space.  So if you have an outdated semi-transparent drapery mounted on your windowed door, we’d like to offer you some ideas to affordably update both the appearance the functionality of your window covering.


Venetian Blinds

Did you know venetian blinds perform perfectly when installed on a windowed door? Given the mounting requirements most individuals do not think of venetian blinds first. However venetians are a great idea for a windowed door as you can adjust the angle of the slats to moderate the amount of light you allow into the room. Consequently venetian blinds can be pulled up and out of the way for window cleaning quite easily.

Roller Blinds

The use of roller blinds over windowed doors is returning to popularity once more and is somewhat of a throwback to vintage 1950 era style. Recently a product reviewer named Debra Hall installed a gorgeous roller blind on a door in her home. The beautiful results and her written review of the product and her experience with My DIY Blinds can be found on her site here. We also sell linked blinds so you’re able to achieve much larger widths than the largest 3000mm roller blinds.

If installing Venetian or roller blinds on a windowed door, create a finished trim box around the top of the venetian blind for a formal effect, be sure to tell us to use a ‘common fascia’ among the entire blind. This will hide the hardware and give the installation a polished professional look.

Panel Glide Blinds

If your doorway is an alternate exit that leads to a patio, you may consider a more casual window blind. Panel Glide blinds are produced from the same fabrics as roller blinds and have reduced gaps compared to vertical blinds. When used on an entrance way that leads to your patio or outdoor space, they’re easily slid open.  From a design perspective it ties together the feeling of the outdoors beautifully framing your access to the garden. It blends well with virtually any décor, adding depth and texture to the space.

Vertical Blinds

Similar to Panel Glide Blinds, they’re easily opened giving you easy access to the outside. You’re able to slide the slats out of the way when using high traffic areas such as the door! You’re also able to gently tilt open the slats over the entire length of the door to control exactly how much light is entering the room, you can’t do this with Panel Glides. Vertical tracks from My DIY Blinds are limited to 4.4m in length.


Curtains can be made to large widths, drapes are practically an excellent choice for over your sliding glass doors.

Roman Blinds

Although a popular choice, you must know that in order to access your door these blinds will need to be pulled all the way up, it can be a hassle in high traffic areas. Secondly you must have ample space above your door for them to stack, otherwise they will not clear the top of your door or window.


Check out our pelmets as well, the’re a great final accessory over your door blinds.

French Doors & Mounting onto doors

Be sure to specify you are wanting our miniaturised clutch and tubes if using roller blinds. Our 32mm tube and mini clutch roller blind range has been specifically designed to be caravan blinds, but they’re equally as great for mounting onto french doors, providing that excellent balance between aesthetics and function due to not standing out.

The other most popular option for mounting onto french doors and functioning as door blinds are:

  • Honeycomb Blinds
  • 25mm Aluminium Venetian Blinds

They are very small depth wise and will usually fit under things such as door handles for an excellent fit. Secondly you want small depth blinds for mounting onto doors as it could possibly create issues when opening the blinds outwards, by obstructing itself when hitting the wall.

Front door blinds

Similiarly as above, if you have small width openings with limited depth you should opt for:

  • Honeycomb Blinds
  • 25mm Venetian Blinds

The above blinds also have the least amount of gaps on either side of the blinds, meaning you will be able to block out the most amount of light. Gaps on tiny window openings such as the side windows some home’s front door areas have will be really noticeable given the window size. But not with the above two choices!

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