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Basically, most curtains will work for a sliding door. However, you should consider having them tie off at the side during the day. At night you can let them hang straight down. You could also go with vertical blinds. This one works well on these types of doors too. Otherwise, use a drawstring curtain that you can pull the string to open and close them during the day and evening hours.
How do you decorate sliding glass doors with curtains?
Cheryl from Walstonburg, NC
We are living in Japan in base housing and have a huge back sliding door, there are 4 panels. What I did was take those scotch white hooks, the ones with the sticky backs on them, and put those on both top corners of each glass.
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I bought a thermolined patio panel from JC Penny. I made a rod pocket at the top. It comes with a pleated top. Just open the pleats and make the pocket. I then mounted a rod about four inches out and right along the top of the door. The curtain pulls to the side during the day. Put a tasseled pullback on the side held with a cup hook half way down on the right. At the top of the doors I mounted another rod. I made a valance to match the swag on the window across the room. It looks great. A plus is our living room-dining room [we live in a bi-level] has been a lot warmer! Good luck. The panel was not cheap but I'm sure it will pay for itself soon, with lower electric bills. (02/22/2008)
If it's your house, do what you want. I live in an apartment that doesn't allow us to drill holes for curtain rods. I got a spring rod that was long enough to fit the inside of the door. In other words, it's between the vertical blinds and the glass door. I got two floral twin sheets, sewed a slot for the rod at the top, sewed an appropriate hem at the bottom and hug my curtains. I don't see any reason to have to open them in the middle, sliding them to the left gives us plenty of outdoor light. Spring rods are terrific and the one I got holds my curtains nicely. Just make sure that the curtain slides easily. Good luck. (02/22/2008)
We had a patio door on the longest wall in our big kitchen at our former house. We installed a rod that we could pull the drapery towards the side opposite where the door opened and hung insulated draperies on it. In the wintertime, we closed it at night to keep the room warmer. In the summertime, we usually kept it open most of the time and I pulled it back with a decorative cord so it looked more fashionable and didn't just hang straight down on one side. When it was extremely cold out, I'd open the drapery just far enough to let our dog in and out of the door. That set-up worked very well for us. (02/22/2008)
Christopher Lowell says: ( I confess to just LOVING him and his style!)
We just moved into our new home,and the first thing I did was to remove the verticals on the patio doors! I hung a decorative black rod above the doors, and hung tab top panels. It looks great and flows well with the other rooms and the style of our home! Target carries very wide and long tab tops made by Woolrich! (02/23/2008)
I too had the same problem. I took down the verticals because they looked so dated. I got lots of green toille fabric and made drapes from ceiling to floor. I made a very large valance with the same toille and another valance behind that one which hangs about four inches lower to give a nice trim/layered look. I hung the rods about 10 to 12 inches out to either side of the sliding glass doors. At night I pull the drapes closed to provide privacy and open them in the morning - pulling them all the way back over the outside wall and away from the glass doors. This way is doesn't get in the way when we go in an out. It truly looks like a big beautiful, well draped window. During the winter when we don't use the door every day I added sheers to a second rod. Then the window looks more formal. (06/01/2008)