What Are The Best Blinds For Your Bi-Fold Doors?
Bi-Fold doors are a relatively new type of patio door that has become very popular over the past few years. If you don’t know what a bi-fold door is, it’s a large patio door made out of multiple small panels, which are all connected by hinges that can fold up to open the doorway.
As these are a new type of door, lot’s of people aren’t sure on how to properly shade them, as the panels on bi-fold doors are mostly made up of the glass panels, they’ll let a lot of light in during the day and in Winter can cause you to lose heat to the outside.
The problem is, there’s no consensus on the correct way to hade bi-fold blinds, so today we’ll look through some of the more popular ways people have been shading their bi-fold doors.
Curtains are the go-to window covering for most people, so it’s no surprise that lots of homeowners have opted to shade their bi-fold doors with curtains. They’re simple, easy to use and even easier to install. Curtains are also great for bi-fold doors as they can be opened side to side to allow use of the doors.
The downside of using curtains to shade your bi-fold doors however, is that the opening in curtains is in the middle, whereas bi-fold doors open from one of the sides, meaning that having the door open means that at least one half of your curtains will need to be open.
Vertical blinds are another common solution to shading bi-fold doors. They’re cheaper than most other blinds, which makes them very accessible and like curtains they’re easy to install. These blinds are perfect for bi-folds as they open from the side, which will allow you to only partially open the blinds in order to use the doorway.
There aren’t many drawbacks to vertical blinds for bi-fold doors, but some people aren’t a fan of the style, as they’re commonly used in offices some people find that they look a bit ‘office-y’. Another drawback is that vertical blinds aren’t the best at keeping light out as light may leak through the gaps between individual slats.
Bi-Fold Door Blinds
And finally we’re onto specialist bi-fold door blinds, these blinds are specially designed to work on bi-fold doors. Rather than hanging over the whole doorway, these blinds click into the individual glass frames of the panel to directly shade the glass on the doors. These blinds also do not obstruct the door at all as they’re within the panels, so they help make your bi-fold doors very accessible.
The only real drawback of bi-fold door blinds is the fact that they can often be more expensive than other shading solutions. Although you pay for quality and as these blinds are designed specifically to fit in bi-fold doors, it is a cost well worth paying.