Choosing The Right Sliding Glass Door Drapery Treatment For Your Active Family's Home

If your family spends a lot of time outside in your backyard, then you need to purchase an appropriate drapery treatment for your home's sliding glass door. Unlike other windows in your home, your sliding glass door's drapery will be much more prone to soiling and wear issues because your family and pets will be traveling through the area on a daily basis. You want to purchase a curtain that resists soiling and wear, is easy to clean at home, and will provide safety by limiting the view through the large pane of glass.

Sliding Glass Door Drapery Fabric Selection

When looking at draperies for your home's sliding glass door, you should consider only those fabrics which are machine washable and resistant to soiling and wear. Some good fabric options are:

  • acrylic
  • cotton
  • polyester

Additionally, there are some nice denim options on the market today. Denim drapes are nice because they have a nice homey look and yet are easy to clean.

You should avoid any fabrics which require dry cleaning because it is costly and bad for the environment. Some examples of dry clean only fabrics include:

  • rayon
  • silk 
  • velvet

Also, wool draperies are not machine washable because they will shrink significantly.

Sliding Glass Door Drapery Safety Considerations

Since your home's sliding glass doors are easily accessible from outside and are large areas where the inside of your home can be visible to others, you need to ensure that the drapery you purchase completely blocks the view through your window. When your family is inside for the night you do not want people to be able to see what is going on inside of your home. This is both a privacy and a safety issue, especially if you have young children.

You should install privacy curtains or blackout curtains on all sliding glass doors in your home. Once these types of curtains are closed, no one outside of your home will be able to see anything inside.

For the sake of safety and security, you should not use vertical blinds or sheer curtains on your sliders. Sheer curtains give viewers from outside a clear view in your house when it is dark outside and you have the lights turned on. Additionally, vertical blinds have a habit of sticking together or hanging up on objects left on the floor, leaving open gaps in coverage.   

Additional Assistance

If you need additional assistance with selecting the appropriate sliding glass door draperies for your home, then you should speak with a local interior designer or an associate at your local home improvement store. (For more information, go to or another site)