window shades for sliding glass doors

The best window shades for sliding glass doors

Window treatments can be chosen for either their practicality or their aesthetic appeal. Often, people are looking for something that combines both of these features. Norman® SmartDrapes™ is a product that does just that – it is both exquisite and functional, as well as simple to clean!

They are made up of a series of individual vanes that can transition from sheer light-filtering fabric to solid with a simple twist of the wand. The fabric is available in whites, grays, and browns. These drapes are a great option for sliding glass doors, as you can walk through them, whether open or closed.

Best window shades for sliding glass doors

SmartDrapes™ can fit doors or windows up to 245 inches wide, or two can be combined to fit larger patio or deck doors. To clean them, simply remove the individual vanes from the headrail, place them in a mesh laundry bag, and machine wash them on a gentle cycle. Once they are slightly damp, reassemble them on the headrail and wait until they are fully dry.

Our client in North Raleigh reached out to us about installing high-end window treatments for her sliding glass door. Her goal was to update the aesthetics of her home, and we achieved that with Norman SmartDrapes.

Motorized window shades for arched windows

Our client also needed window coverings for two different arched windows and one traditional square window in the home. Elevated and elegant aesthetics were the goal for these windows as well. 

For the one arched window that needed maximum light control, we installed custom wood shutters from Norman USA. This created a classic and timeless window covering. The shutters can be opened or closed for maximum privacy and light control.

The other two windows were outfitted with custom light-filtering roller shades from Alta. They were finished with Bliss automation, allowing for smooth operation with the touch of a button. The light filtering keeps the harsh sun glare from entering the space while still allowing beautiful natural light to filter into the rooms. 

These window coverings are a great choice, as they are beautiful, functional, certified best for kids, and very affordable. To learn more, sign up for a free in-home consultation with one of our professionals.


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Norman Smart Drapes
Fabric/Color: Polyester Pacific Ivory
Light Filtering

Norman Normandy Wood Shutters
Specialty Shape Arch
Color: Creamy
2 ½” Louvers
Standard Til Bar
Inside Mount

Alta Motorized Roller Shades
Fabric/Color: Linview Morning Light
Metal Fascia
Operation: Bliss Rechargeable motor, control with remote, phone/tablet


The Amazing Benefits of Window Treatment Motorization

Did you realize you can also have automated window treatments? Smart homes and smart businesses have been around for a few years now, with automation on many different items for your convenience. Many homeowners and business owners don’t realize that their window coverings can also be motorized and added to