How to Select Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors

blinds sliding glass doorsSliding glass doors are attractive and functional, but finding window coverings you like can be difficult. Since sliding doors will be opened and closed a lot, it is important to choose window treatments that can be moved completely out of the way. For this reason, blinds are an excellent choice. Here are some tips for selecting blinds for sliding glass doors.

Choosing the Right Style

Obviously one of the most important aspects of selecting blinds for your home is the color and style. From 100% basswood blinds to faux wood blinds that can be painted in a wide array of colors, Danmer has a lot to choose from. The most common type of blinds used for large areas such as sliding glass doors is vertical blinds. They are easy to open and close and when opened they take up very little space.

You’ll also have to consider color. Think about the colors already in the room and what kind of look you’re going for. Do you want the blinds to blend into the room so you choose a bright white or cream color? Or do you want to make a statement with a rich espresso or a deep cherry? Whatever look you’re going for, a Danmer design specialist can help. Just remember that you’ll likely want to match the blinds on your sliding glass door to the blinds on other windows in the room.

Only Select High-Quality Blinds

Another very important consideration is quality. There are many inexpensive options available for blinds, including off-the-shelf brands; however these options aren’t likely to last very long. Blinds have many working parts and if those pieces are not made from high-quality material, they will break quickly. Saving a little money initially is likely to cost you more money and more headaches down the road.

Blinds from Danmer are built on a durable roll-formed, heavy-duty steel headrail that provides long-term strength and stability. Even the cord lock containing a stainless steel wear guard with a crash-resistant safety feature locks the blinds automatically once the lift cords are released.

Consider Insulation Benefits

Save on heating and cooling bills with high-quality Danmer blinds. Covering large areas such as sliding glass doors helps to reduce airflow which keeps the indoor temperature comfortable. Blinds also help block direct sunrays that can really heat up a home at certain times of the day. The more you can regulate indoor temperature, the less you’ll have to spend on running the heater or A/C.

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Halloween Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doorsThe temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling that can only mean one thing. It’s almost Halloween! One of the fun things about Halloween is decorating and this means sliding glass doors too. You put a lot of thought into your window coverings all year long but as the holidays come, starting with Halloween it’s time to get creative. Here are some great ideas for spookifying your sliding glass doors.

Swap out Window Treatments

For a fun look on the inside and outside of your home, consider swapping out window treatments for the holidays. It is inexpensive and simple to change out curtains and valances. For Halloween select black, orange or red fabric. Some will even have spooky designs like witches, ghosts and pumpkins. When Halloween is over, just box up the special curtains or valances and store with your other holiday decorations.

Window Decorations

If you don’t want to change out your window treatments, there are still plenty of fun things you can do to decorate. Check out local stores for fun removable stickers that will attach to sliding glass doors. Make spooky eyes in all front sliding glass doors so the home looks like a monster from the front. Black spider webs will add a scary feel as well, and is even better if you add a few spiders dangling from the webs. It’s not too hard to spook out your neighbors with some shadows that will make them wonder what is lurking inside. Put a scary figure, like a witch or zombie, inside near the door so when the lights are off it casts a life-like shadow.

You can even find window paint and get artistic. First sketch the design out on paper and then transfer the design onto your sliding glass door. Window paint is inexpensive and comes off easily when you’re done with it. Of course by the time you wash off the pumpkin, it will almost be time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!

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Creative Window Treatment Ideas for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doorsAre you looking for creative window treatment ideas for sliding glass doors? Sliding glass doors can be challenging because not only is there a large space to cover, it is also necessary to open the door from time to time so the window treatments must be removable in some way.

Danmer offers a wide selection of custom shutters, shades and blinds that are perfect for sliding glass doors of all sizes in any room of the house. Choose from different colors and styles to create a unique look.


Shutters, especially custom shutters from Danmer offer lots of creative options for covering sliding glass doors. The first decision is how you want the shutters to open; either sliding or bi-fold. Sliding shutters work well if you only need to open the shutters part way. Bi-fold doors take up more floor space when opened, but they can be opened enough to reveal the entire sliding door and window.


Shades are excellent, cost effective window treatments for sliding glass doors and large windows. Roller shades are a popular choice if you’re looking to black out a room; like a bedroom for example. Shear shades are also available if you’re looking for added privacy as well as allowing light into a room. And because they roll up when not in use, you can always add a valance or curtains to give the window some more personality.

Woven shades are a less expensive, yet still creative option depending on the overall look of the room. These shades are typically made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Complement a room with a beachy feel and then complete the room with other beach décor for a room where you’ll love to relax and decompress.


Blinds may seem boring at first, but there are lots of fun ways to spruce them up. First pick the color and material. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on how you want them to look in the room. You can even select horizontal or vertical styles. Vertical blinds work best on larger windows and sliding glass doors.

To make blinds a more meaningful part of your décor, don’t settle for the typical white or eggshell versions. Spice it up by choosing blinds in an accent color like red or blue. Or surround the window with other window treatments such as pulled back curtains. And for extra flare, consider blinds that come with a design on the louvers so when they’re closed it reveals an image.

The way to get creative with shutters is to allow Danmer to help you with the design. Danmer’s Masterpiece Shutters can be designed with a high quality photo or image printed directly on the shutters. Choose a palm tree with rolling waves in the distance or select one of your favorite works of art. Whatever creative idea you have for the shutters in your home, Danmer can help. For over 35 years Danmer Custom Shutters has provided unique and beautiful window coverings for homes all over California.

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How to Choose Between Shades, Blinds or Shutters

windowIt’s time for new window coverings – but which ones should you choose? Do you like the look of shutters? Maybe you like the simplicity of shades? Your choice will depend on the current look and feel of the room as well as your personal preference. Before you make a final decision, here are some things to keep in mind about the different options.


Shutters are probably the most elegant choice when you’re adding window treatments to your décor. They give the room a sophisticated look, while providing maximum privacy and good light reduction. Shutters can be custom made for doors and windows of any size. The louvers can also be adjusted to change the amount and direction of light coming into the room.

Shutters come in wood or synthetic materials; both of which can be painted to match the color scheme in the room. More so than blinds and shades, shutters can provide excellent insulation, depending on the model you choose. Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer, for example, are made from solid, dense polymer foam and they insulate up to 3 times more than wood shutters. Better insulation means lower heating and cooling bills. These shutters may even qualify you for a federal tax credit.


There are many choices when it comes to shades. Roller shades are ones that may come to mind first. They can be purchased in a thick material which blacks out any light from coming through, a sheer material which limits UV rays but allows visibility, or somewhere in between. Honeycomb shades are a nice hybrid of blinds and shades. They have the look of blinds but because they are made from shade material they have a variety of light blocking options available. Woven shades are a less expensive option. These shades are usually made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Ultimately shades are a cost effective option with a wide variety of style and color options.


Blinds are an excellent, functional option for most windows. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on the look of the room. Blinds offer a more refined look than shades, but at an affordable price. Because there are so many moving pieces and lift cords it is important to choose blinds made from the highest quality metal and polycarbonate components.

If you still aren’t sure which type of window treatment will work best in your home, consult a design specialist at Danmer. Set up a free consultation where the design specialist will help you make the right choice.

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Types of Eco-Friendly Window Treatments

Everyone is going green these days. Whether you’re trying to keep up with the latest trends or you have a deep concern for the environment and our responsibility to protect it, buying eco-friendly products is something everyone seems to be doing. You may think about it at the grocery store or when you buy a new car, but what about your window treatments? Can blinds, shades and shutters be eco-friendly? Absolutely!

If you’re researching eco-friendly window treatments, look for the following characteristics:

  • Recycled materials used for the window treatments and in the manufacturing process
  • Sustainable materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Maximum insulation

Thermalite™ Shutters

Thermalite shutters from Danmer may be your best bet when you’re looking for eco-friendly window treatments. They are made from a synthetic material that looks and feels like wood without using precious natural resources. This material is 100% non-toxic, flame retardant and water resistant, making it not only Eco-friendly but also durable and long-lasting.

Thermalite shutters help the environment by being more energy efficient as well. In fact, they insulate 3 times more than wood which will help drive down your heating and cooling costs.

Wood Shutters

If you truly prefer the look of real wood shutters, don’t worry. You can find eco-friendly wood shutters as well made from Premier Hardwood that is sustainably harvested and environmentally certified. The areas this wood is harvested from are protected against over farming which can be very damaging to the environment and future tree growth.

Roller Shades

You can also find eco-friendly roller shades. Look for materials that are PVC-free and recyclable. Danmer carries SheerWeave fabrics that are eco-friendly but also offer superior light filtration and glare control. Not only do these roller shades look great in any room, they also help to conserve energy and preserve the temperature in the home.

It is easy to find effective, eco-friendly window treatments for your home. Just do a little research into the materials and workmanship before you buy. If you have any questions, contact a design specialist at Danmer today.

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3 Cool Things You Can Do with Automatic Window Shades

What happens with technology meets interior design? Automatic window shades can be practical and functional, but they can also be fun!

Automatic window shades are adjusted with the touch of a button. They are useful because shades can be adjusted even in hard to reach places, large shades are easily opened and closed and privacy can be attained quickly. These automatic shades are operated with remote controls, wall switches or even timers. Here are some cool things you can do with automatic window shades in your home.

1. Cover Window Arches – You know those beautiful arches in your windows? The ones way up high that give the room an elegant look. How annoying is it when the sun hits just the right spot and blinds you in your family room or heats up the whole room because you just can’t cover it? Installing automatic window shades on these hard to reach arches is the answer to your dilemma. Just flip a switch to open or close. It’s that easy!

2. Install Timers or Sun Sensors – Timers and sun sensors are a very cool addition to automatic shades. Timers are great if you know exactly when you want the shades opened or closed. For example maybe you want to keep people from being able to look in when you’re out of town or you like to sleep with the windows covered but you want the sun to shine in when your alarm goes off. Just set the timer and it will all happen automatically. Sun sensors are brilliant. Do you have a couch that suffers from overexposure? Protect your furniture and manage your heating/cooling costs by installing a sun sensor to pull the shades for you. You don’t even have to be home.

3. Get the app! – Believe it or not, some automatic window shades can be controlled from your smartphone. Just download the app and follow the instructions. No matter where you are you can open or close your window shades just by taping the screen.

If you don’t already have automatic window shades, you may want to consider an upgrade. They’re smart, practical and honestly, fun to play with. Whether you’re showing off your fancy windows or just trying to get some shut-eye, you’ll be glad that you installed window coverings that do what you want with the touch of a button.

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Can Shutters and Window Treatments Block Out Light?

S3. large_04-7145electing window coverings is an important decision. You obviously want them to look good and match the décor of the room, but they serve other purposes as well. In addition to blocking out noise, providing privacy, and reducing heating and cooling costs; some window coverings can also block out light.

Best Window Coverings for Blocking Out Light

When buying new window treatments one of the things to consider is how much light do you want to block out. When covering a kitchen window, for example, blocking light may not be a primary concern. However in bedrooms and rooms with a television, many look for options such as shutters that can quickly and easily block out sunlight and glare that can make it difficult to sleep or watch TV.

There are “black out” options that can keep all light from coming into a room. While effective, these window coverings are often not all that attractive and come in the form of thick, dark fabric that either adheres to the windows or hangs well beyond the window frame.

Blinds and curtains are able to block out some light, but the fabric used is often thin enough to allow a decent amount of light through, or the slats on the blinds are so small, lots of light is able to seep through the cracks.

Shutters are a great option if you’re looking for stylish window coverings that provide the ability to block quite a bit of light. They will not “black out” a room, but they fit snug in the window frame and when the slats are closed very little light is able to shine through. It is more than enough coverage to keep the glare off the TV or the bright sun rays from disturbing a peaceful slumber.

Danmer makes custom shutters to perfectly fit any door or window in your home. They’re a perfect choice if you want attractive, yet practical window coverings to block out light.

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Window Shades Are Practical and Affordable

When shopping for a window treatment that is both practical and affordable, many homeowners feel they are limited to a small selection. Window shades are an elegant, yet reasonably priced window treatment that are available in a wide selection of styles and color choices. Window shades can be made with several natural materials including bamboo, grass, and jute. You can select from a number of styles including standard Roman shades, waterfall Roman shades, arch top shades, ring drapery panels and more to suit your personal style as well as your home décor.

Window Shades with Automatic Controls

Do prefer to add ease to control your window shades? Have a fully integrated system installed with your shades to control them in groups or individual. Choose from the use of a remote control, watch switches, 24 hour timer, sun sensor and others.

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Choose High Quality Window Treatments

Many homeowners make the mistake of continually buying cheap, low quality window treatments. Low quality window treatments tend to fail quickly, fade, and generally make a room look rundown. Rather than continually waste your money on cheap metal blinds and flimsy curtains, search out a sturdy window treatment built to be long lasting like plantation shutters.

Shutters Make the Perfect Window Treatments

Plantation shutters made of hardwood or synthetic materials are an excellent choice in window treatments due to their longevity and polished look. Shutters also tend to be easier to clean, as some synthetic varieties have an anti-static quality to repel dust. You will also find that shutters a superior choice for blocking out light for those who prefer a relatively dark room for sleeping or television viewing. As shutters need to be custom made to fit snugly in the windows of your home, choose a shutter company that’s a designer, manufacturer, and installer all in one to save time and money.

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Sun Control Roller Window Shades for Your Enclosed Porch

If you have an enclosed porch or sunroom, it is likely one of your favorite spaces in the house. It gets you close to being outside, but without having to deal with the bees, mosquitoes and other pests. Not to mention, you can enjoy it even when it is raining, snowing or super windy out.


The problem is that there are times during the day that the room likely gets unbearably hot from the sun beating in. Not only is this uncomfortable, it fades your furniture. Sun control roller window shades can help protect your furniture while also making the room more comfortable.

Why Our Sun Control Roller Window Shades are so Special

The sun control roller window shades we have here at Danmer are perfect for any room in your home, including the sunroom. Special fabric is used to reduce glare, diffuse light and help to control interior temperatures. Not to mention, since they block out UV rays, they help to keep your furniture looking new longer.

We only use the highest quality fabrics paired up with your choice of a motorized or chain operated clutch control. Schedule a free consultation today and allow one of our experts to help you choose which fabric is right for your needs and space.

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