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Patio Door Blinds & Window Treatments

Patio door blinds and window treatments play an important role in enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of transitional living spaces. Whether it’s vertical blinds, shades, or other innovative solutions, these window coverings offer homeowners the opportunity to customize their design aesthetic while seamlessly integrating outdoor and indoor environments.

Why Patio Door Blinds Can Be Challenging

Door blinds and treatments present unique challenges due to the specific characteristics of sliding glass doors and patio doors. The windows and panels on sliding doors often feature larger dimensions and coupled with their frequent use, make finding suitable window coverings a trickier task compared to standard windows.

The biggest challenge is identifying treatments that can accommodate the door’s functionality, allowing easy opening and closing without interference. The potential for drafts and light leakage around the edges of the doors is also an obstacle to achieving effective insulation and light control. 

Finally, they often serve as focal points in both interior and exterior spaces, so you want to maintain style for function. Thankfully, Norman® has a premium selection of innovative and elegant window-covering solutions for patio doors.

Types of Patio Door Blinds

With diverse options available in today’s market, homeowners can tailor their choices to match both aesthetic preferences and practical needs. Vertical blinds and metal blinds each bring their own set of advantages, addressing factors such as light control, privacy, and ease of operation.

Synchrony™ Vertical Blind

Engineered with an innovative cordless design, Synchrony™ vertical blinds slats are effortlessly rotated with a twist of the wand providing tighter closure for enhanced light control. The valance-free design offers a sleek and modern appearance with greater light-blocking capability.  Choose from over 50 colors, patterns, and styles of these classic vertical blinds. 

CityLights™ Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum blinds are known for their clean, modern aesthetic and durable high-performance materials. The sturdy slats are easy to clean and offer superior light control and increased privacy benefit areas that require greater coverage. The slim profile and crisp lines of aluminum slats on these mini blinds create a sophisticated and contemporary look that complements large windows and wide windows.

Types of Patio Door Shades

While blinds, with their adjustable slats, provide precise control over light and privacy for patio doors, shades offer a softer, more uniform look, diffusing natural light and creating a cozier atmosphere. 

Shades are available in a range of colors, eco-friendly materials, and luxury fabrics that allow homeowners to tailor their choices to match the overall decor.

Portrait™ Honeycomb Shades

These premier cellular shades are designed with a unique honeycomb structure that creates air pockets, providing effective insulation and contributing to reduced heating and cooling costs through improved energy efficiency. 

Their adjustable nature allows for precise control over the amount of light entering a room, which is particularly advantageous for patio doors where direct sunlight can be intense.

Portrait Honeycomb Shades are energy efficient and durable, available in an array of on-trend colors, and can be equipped with cordless or motorized operation, ensuring easy and convenient use. Select vertical cellular shades for sliding glass doors or a low profile SmartFit™ with Frame for your French doors.


Experience the unique flow-through feature of the individually constructed stylish fabric vanes of these innovative shades for seamless indoor-outdoor living. SmartDrape™ offer the unique ability to travel through the shade without opening or closing. 

Set the airy soft fold drapery to “closed” and you can achieve superior privacy and light control, and when switched to ”open”, the shades deliver outdoor views and copious amounts of natural light.

Patio Door Shutters

Bi-fold and bypass shutters are growing in popularity for patio doors. Designed to elegantly fold and stack accordion-style, providing a wide and unobstructed view when fully opened,  Norman’s innovative Bi-fold 180™ shutters are well-suited for large patio door windows. Bypass shutters are an excellent choice for patio doors in areas where space is limited. Known for their smooth and easy operation, Bypass shutter panels glide effortlessly along the track, making them a functional solution for everyday use. 

When deciding between Bi-fold 180™ shutters and bypass shutters for patio doors, let factors such as available space, design preferences, and the desired amount of outside views guide your choice.

Choosing the Right Door Blinds & Window Treatments

Selecting the perfect patio door blinds or shades involves a thoughtful balance of aesthetic preferences and practical considerations like energy savings and functionality. Keep these key factors in mind as you narrow down your options:

  • Consider Size and Type of Patio Door: your first priority needs to be taking into account the dimensions and style of your patio door (sliding, French, folding) to ensure that the chosen window coverings are proportionate and compatible with the door’s design and operation.
  • Light Control and Privacy Needs: Think about your personal preferences for natural light or privacy and any unique requirements the room may have. Choose window coverings that offer adjustable features such as blinds or shades with varying opacity levels.
  • Material and Color Options: Carefully select materials and colors that align with both the aesthetic of your interior and the durability required for the specific conditions around the patio door.
  • Budgetary Considerations: Establish a budget for your patio door window coverings, taking into account not only the initial cost but also potential maintenance expenses. Materials such as hardwood tend to be more expensive than composite or aluminum, but there are great options out there for every budget!

Find Your Ideal Patio Door Window Covering

Norman® is a leading provider of high-quality and stylish window products for patio doors. Years of industry experience, innovative design, unbeatable customization options, and unparalleled customer support make Norman® a stand-out choice for custom window treatments. 

Whether you are looking to upgrade your window coverings or are starting from scratch, our team of experienced designers is ready to help you find window treatments you’ll love. Start shopping our great collection of patio door window coverings today!


Q: Do patio door blinds provide enough privacy?

A: Yes, patio door blinds, especially vertical shades with opaque materials, can provide effective privacy when closed.

Q: Are patio door window treatments easy to maintain?

A: With options like cordless, facilitating cleaning and upkeep on patio door blinds can be very easy.

Q: What materials are better suited for patio door window treatments?

A: Materials like polyester fabrics for roller shades or composite or ABS for shutters are better suited for patio door window treatments due to their resistance to moisture, durability, and ease of maintenance.

Q: Can I customize my patio door blinds?

A: Yes! Norman® customization options include size, color, and style to suit your preferences and the specific dimensions of your doors.

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