What blinds are best for your patio doors? We’ve spent 130 years learning what is and what isn’t right for certain windows or doors.
Our recommendations are always based on 2 things.
- Reliability. Will it last? We will never recommend blinds that we know are not suitable and will not last.
- Easy to use. If the blinds are not easy to use, again we would not consider them suitable.
Here are our recommendations based on our years of experience.
Vertical Blinds. These are the perfect solution for Patio Doors and large windows. Very reliable and easy to use. Tilt the louvres to adjust the light entering the room and simply move the fabric across the rail to allow access to the opening door.
Duette Blinds. Also know as honeycomb blinds. Available up to 2400mm wide so you could one blind to cover your patio doors, or you could split it in 2 and have 1 blind covering the opening door and one covering the fixed panel. I would recommend the side chain operation as this is the most reliable for blinds of this size.
Roller Blinds. Another good option for your patio doors. I would recommend having 2 blinds to cover your doors as they will be easier to operate and more practical. Side Chain operation is a good choice, alslo with the price of remote control as low as £99 per blind this could look great with no cords or chains.
Wooden Venetian Blinds. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. We turn down around 30 jobs a year because people want Wooden Venetian Blinds fitted for their patio doors. There a 2 main reasons for refusing the orders.
- Weight. Wooden Venetians are very heavy and would be very difficult to operate which will affect their long term reliability.
- The stack height. A 50mm wooden venetian blind with a 2000mm drop (approx patio door size) will have a stack height of 350mm meaning unless you are very short you will need to duck under the blind everytime you come in and out of the door.
I hope this information is of some use in making the decision of which blinds are best for your patio doors.