Questions about Covering Doors: Our Guide to Answers

In California, the spring weather will bring the heat and the gorgeous views of lush palms and clear blue skies. More than anything we are ready to get outside! That also means we get a lot of questions about covering doors. We have all the solutions for sliding doors, French doors, easy to use options and everything in between!


Is there a way to make my front door private?

Your front door is the first place where privacy is crucial. Most homeowners need help deciding on how to tackle glass at the entryway door. You may have slim sidelights or glass on the door itself. Whatever you have, choosing window treatments that give you privacy is priority.

entryway door in roseville CA with roman shades
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
front door shades for sidelights on Sacramento, CA door
Duette® Shades


plantation shutters on narrow sidelights next to front door
NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters

Can I cover a glass door?

How do you cover a glass door? This is one of our top questions about covering doors, since it seems like there might not be much for the window covering to attach to. TrackGlide is a great solution for modern, sleek finishing with plenty of light control and privacy. The structure of the shade implements a narrow track that adheres to the very edge of the frame, not on the glass.

duette honeycomb shades with trackglide operating system
Duette® Shades with TrackGlide™

You get full coverage and beautiful glide functionality without having to drill holes. With TrackGlide, you even get energy efficiency–keeping the heat outside.


What should I use to cover my sliding glass doors?

Covering sliding doors depends on how you intend to use them. You can do horizontal or vertical shades. How you use your home will give you the best insight into which option is best. Vertical shades give the functionality of easy movement as it glides with the door.

sliding door with vertical shades that open and close like the slider
Duette® Shades with VertiGlide®


french door roman shades in white door coverings northern california
Luminette® Privacy Sheers


Roseville, CA Kitchen with gray Designer Roller Shade fabrics over sliding doors
Skyline® Gliding Window Panels


When considering horizontal shades, remember to think about which portion of the slider you use to open and close. While one side opens for easy access, the other often stays in position for privacy and added light control. However, you can always adjust it to bring in more light whenever you want it.

sliding glass patio window panels in Northern CA mansion
Designer Roller Shades


window shades that open up and down on sliding door
Pirouette® Window Shades

We have worked with plenty of families who opt for a single shade over the slider. In these cases, motorization is a big part of making it incredibly easy to access ad use. Hands-free, voice activated commands make getting outside a breeze.


What about covering my interior french doors?

Having french doors inside your home is a real treat. They add a level of elegance–and in today’s world, dynamic function. French doors allow for privacy and a “closed off” feeling when working from home, or getting a workout in at the beginning of the day.

roller shades on interior french doors
Designer Roller Shades

So, what’s the best way to cover them? Turns out, most of the same coverings you would use on exterior french doors are also great options when covering interior doors. Roman shades, roller shades and plantation shutters tend to be the most popular.

room darkening shutters on glass patio doors in modern master bedroom Rocklin, CA
NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters


honeycomb shades on interior french doors
Duette® Shades

And, of course, draperies can be a beautiful style option. They stay to the sides to enhance the elegance, closing easily when privacy or light control is needed.

french doors with drapery panels
Design Studio® Drapery


What are the best shades to put on doors?

lever door handles on french doors with silhouette shades

Having an extensive list of options for covering your doors is a great place to start. We have plenty of choices and solutions for homeowners. A common theme we have found is that figuring out what you want can be the most challenging thing. That’s why working with a window covering specialist can be a great experience. Before you make your final decision here are some things to consider:

  • How will I coordinate with the other window treatments in the space?
  • Will I still be able to use the door knob or handle?
  • Can I open the door all of the way?
  • How will the shade attach to the door or frame?

Still Have Questions about Covering Doors? We Are Here for You!

At California window fashions our team knows how important functionality and style are. Choosing the best window coverings shouldn’t be a hassle. Our designers will help you pick the best solutions that fit your needs and home. From privacy to light control we have options that feel fresh not fussy. Start enjoying your space this spring! Get in touch with us for your FREE consultation.