What kinds of curtains work for french doors?
April 30, 2009 11:42 AM Subscribe
I need some ideas for curtains for a set of french doors. How can I have privacy and control light without permanently blocking the view and/or making the use of the door problematic?
posted by ashirys to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My husband and I recently acquired our first house. The house is lovely, with a roughly eastward view of the mountains that is to die for. The house was originally designed to take advantage of the morning sunlight, with lots of windows and glass french doors that exit onto the full-house-length back porch. The master bedroom, great room, and spare bedroom each have a set of these doors.
The problem that I'm running into is that the doors are clear glass in a wooden frame, which does absolutely nothing in the way of privacy for the bedrooms. These doors face into a cow pasture, so maybe it's of little importance, but I don't feel comfortable without some form of covering. Plus, all that sunlight is a little bit daunting first thing in the morning.
So, what can I do to provide some measure of privacy without impeding the doors? I know there are door-mounted curtains and blinds out there, but it always seems like those fairly permanently block out the view, which I'd rather not do. Is there some way to do sliding curtains over the doorway that won't get caught on the doors when they're opened? The doors open inward from the center. At the moment, we have sheets jury-rigged up over the doorway to provide some privacy, but obviously that's a very temporary solution.
This is our first house, and we've mostly made do with fabric venetian blinds in our past townhouses, so I'm a curtain novice. Any and all window treatment advice for french doors is more than welcome.