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Blinds for patio and sliding doors

Read our expert guide for how to dress patio doors with stylish and practical blinds

Samantha Gibson

by Samantha Gibson

Trend and Styling Expert

Published: 13/01/2016

Updated: 06/05/2022

There are several blind types that are suitable for patio and sliding doors but before we go into more detail about these, take a moment to ask yourself some important questions:

 

Are my doors mainly for light control or do I need regular access to the outside?

How do I use the room and space around my doors?

Are my doors overlooked? Does my blind need to protect my privacy?

How do my doors affect the way the room feels throughout the day and seasons?

 

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for in a blind, you’ll find it easier to narrow down your selections.

Let’s have a look at the options:

Best blinds for light control

When it comes to managing light levels, especially across wide expanses of glass, Day & Night Roller blinds are hard to beat. These innovative blinds cleverly combine sheer and opaque panels in a single blind to either gently filter light, or block it out and create a cosy feel.

Of course, you can also open these blinds right away from the window just like a standard Roller blind when you want to let lots of light in.

 

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Best blinds for easy access

If your patio or sliding doors provide regular access to and from your house, then you need blinds that work seamlessly with your doors. Perfect Fit blinds are a clever, no-drill solution for uPVC doors. They work by clipping a special Perfect Fit frame within your uPVC panels.

Your choice of Roller, Pleated, or metal Venetian blind is fitted into the Perfect Fit frame and your blinds become an integral part of your door. There are no operating cords or chains, so Perfect Fit blinds are inherently child safe and great for creating a really sleek look.

 

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Best blinds for social spaces

In most homes patio and sliding doors are found in the busiest spaces, especially kitchen-diners and living rooms. These areas demand a hard-working blind that’s great to look at but practical too.

Traditional Roller blinds are a great choice for these. Versatile and budget-friendly, our range includes blackout and moisture-resistant fabrics, as well as sheer styles for daytime privacy. Roller blinds even have the option of motorised controls for easy operation.

 

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Best blinds for privacy

Vertical blinds are a really practical choice for patio or sliding doors. They gently diffuse light to help maintain a comfortable temperature and provide privacy, which is essential if your room is overlooked.

Vertical blinds can be made to fit almost any width, so are great for full-width doors in glass extensions.

 

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Best blinds for temperature control

While patio and sliding doors are great for bringing in lots of light, strong summer sun and chilly days can lead to extremes of temperature.

Specialist ThermaShadeTM Pleated blinds have a solar reflective coating that helps to regulate the temperature all year round – keeping you toasty when it’s cool and chilled during the hot summer months.

 

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