Holly Jacobs Designs

Covering Doors

Covering windows on doors can present some challenges – but not as many as you may think.  Homeowners are often surprised to hear that most products we offer can easily be installed in a doorway or directly onto a door. 

In the case of a slider, obviously the treatment can’t be installed directly on the door - that would inhibit one side of the slider bypassing the other.  So sliders are treated by installing the treatment either inside or above the casing.  Inside mount is preferable if the blind or shade will not get caught on the door handle and there is enough depth to recess the headrail in the casing.  Where there is not enough depth or the handle presents a problem, mounting on the wall above is the other option and also allows for adding enough width to have the treatment stack completely off the window glass to one side or the other.  Typically the best products are those that stack vertically rather than horizontally.  Verticals, vertical honeycomb/cellular shades (such as Graber’s SlideVue or Hunter Douglas’ Duette Vertiglide), as well as woven woods run vertically like a drape. Traversing fabric panels are an excellent choice as are bypass shutters. 

​What about French doors?  For many years, homeowners chose to use sheer panels with a small café rod top and bottom of the glass to create shirred panels that would provide privacy while letting in some light.  A band can be added at the center to create an hourglass shape.  However, this look is considered somewhat dated so younger homeowners are looking for fresher options for door coverings.  A good alternative for someone who wants a sheer may be a swing-arm rod affixed to the door.  This would allow for a sheer drapery panel that can be opened and closed as needed.

​Since just about any blind can be affixed to a door, there are many options for French door coverings:  honeycomb/cellular shades (cordless is best to avoid swinging cords getting caught in the door), woven woods (offered in many fabrics for a wide range of privacy), wood blinds (these can be a bit tricky:  if the door handle is paddle-style rather than a round knob, it may be overlapping the glass and interfere with the operation of the shade.  This can be remedied by switching out the door handle or installing a 1” wood blind that fits behind the paddle handle).  Also available is a variety of shades:  Roman, roller or solar. Hunter Douglas makes a roman shade in their Vignette collection that is low-profile so the top of the shade does not stick out as far into the room as a traditional Vignette with its cassette.  All shades will easily fit behind the door handle.  Most door coverings come with a hold-down option so that the blind can be kept from swinging around when the door is opened & closed.