You have the beautiful master suite with grand open windows followed by the French Doors that lead to your patio. Or the row of windows in your Family room is center stage accompanied by the French Doors to the outdoors. The question always follows, should I follow through on my window treatments or will they be too bulky on the doors?
The answer is, stay uniform! It doesn’t matter what kind of window treatment you have. Cellular shades, roman shades, even the bigger 2” wood blinds or sheer horizontal shades can all be a great window treatment for French doors. They will compliment your windows much more compared to breaking away from your current window treatment and switching to sheers. Or some people also think if they have 2” wood blinds, they should switch to the smaller 1” wood blinds on the doors. Please don’t. By switching you break the flow and things will appear busy and as if they just don’t quite fit. Balance and flow is created by sticking with the same product.
At this point a quick reminder on how to measure for French doors:
For doors custom window treatments are order as outside mounts. On an outside mount the factory doesn’t take a deduction of the ordered width or anything to the ordered length either. Therefore all calculations have to be made by the person that is measuring. First it needs to be determined what size headrail the product has to add appropriate mounting surface above the glass to trim that surrounds the glass. So for a wood blind that might be close to 2 ½” for a cellular shade around 1”. The same should be done for the bottom rail, since the rail is fastened with hold down brackets below the glass or trim.
In the width the main consideration is how wide you would like the fabric to be. Most people decide for it to cover from trim to trim. Since some products that roll up have a deduction in the width taken, these shades have to be ordered a bit wider to accommodate for this deduction.
That pretty much sums up French doors. Keep it flowing!