Wooden Blinds for Patio Doors?

Mon 13 Aug 2018 Amy Kilvington

Installing blinds on your patio doors can present a challenge or two. Bifolding doors in particular are tricky to dress, as the panels can protrude into your home as they slide and stack together. This means that a window dressing would get knocked or damaged if it’s not raised high enough or opened far enough.

However, there are ways and means for making blinds work for your patio doors, including bifolds, sliding doors and French styles. Read on to find out more…

Integral blinds

One of the best blind solutions for a patio door is an integrated blind. This sits between the panes of glass and can be operated with magnets or a remote control, thus removing the need for a blind to be installed ‘outside’ the door. While integral blinds are an innovative option, you may not like the look of them, especially if your interior design taste sways more towards traditional or retro styles. Integral blinds can also be very expensive and difficult to replace, which again is off-putting for some homeowners. In our opinion, perfect fit blinds would be the better choice. Of course, if you’re not keen on this contemporary aesthetic, wooden blinds may be a good solution for your bifolding, sliding or French doors.

The benefits of wooden blinds

It’s imperative that your patio door blinds provide privacy and excellent light control. They should also bring a feeling of safety and security, as these large panes of glass may cause you to feel a little vulnerable or exposed in your home. A sturdy, well-fitting blind will offer you that extra layer of security, and may even deter potential intruders. Finally, your blinds should be warming and stylish, adding that finishing touch to the space. Fortunately, wooden blinds tick all the boxes.

Installation and functionality

Of course, before you reap the benefits of a high quality wooden blind for your patio door, you must first consider the practicalities. When measuring for and choosing your blinds, you need to think about where it will be installed to ensure it doesn’t obstruct the door being operated; when the door is fully open, the blind must fit neatly within or outside the frame. Your blinds also shouldn’t be obstructed by door handles.

One of the easiest solutions is to install your wooden blind outside the recess, so that it can be raised completely and neatly when it’s time to open the doors fully. But if you prefer the look of blinds sitting within the recess, you need to make sure they are installed in a way that won’t hinder the functionality of your doors. You should also consider the number and width of the blinds you’ll be installing. In most cases, one blind per panel is a sensible choice.

Wooden blinds for bifolds, sliding and French doors

Wooden blinds offer flexibility with arrangements so you can make the most of natural light and air filtering. They will bring a traditional look to your patio doors, offering warmth and style no matter the season or current trends. Wooden blinds are also a timeless choice,  so even if you decide to redecorate your room in future, your blinds will always look the part. Choose from a wide range of sizes, styles and finishes at Wooden Blinds Direct.


Patio doors and large expanses of glazing can lend well to wooden blinds, as long as they are installed in a way that won’t hinder the door’s functionality. Want to know more? Get in touch with our team: interiordesign@interiorgoodsdirect.com or 01924 848739 (8:30-4:30 MON-FRI).


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