Motorized Shades and Your Sliding Glass Doors

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Sliding glass doors are very common in homes all across the country as they allow lots of natural light and easy access to the outdoors. But how do homeowners cover-up sliding glass doors? It’s important to cover sliding glass doors for both light control and privacy but finding the right kind of treatment can be tough. There are lots of different options on the market for covering sliding glass doors, but one of the best options is to add shutters, panel track window blinds, or motorized shades.

Vertical blinds are some of the most common window treatments for sliding glass doors. But, vertical blinds are often both ineffective and unattractive. Vertical blinds are generally made from flimsy materials that crack, break, or tear easily, leaving you with sharp edges that can cut little fingers or a window treatment that is missing blinds or is broken altogether.

Plus, all it takes is for one blind to become misaligned and then the entire system will not open or close properly. But even vertical blinds that are in good condition aren’t very stylish, and often look cheap. That’s why window shutters, motorized shades panel track blinds are much better options for sliding glass doors. Both of these window treatments offer better style and function.

Motorized shades are ideal for sliding glass doors as they use motors to open and close, removing the need for cords, lines, and other poorly functioning accessories. You should look into panel track blinds for your sliding glass doors. These blinds are ideal for large windows and sliding glass doors as they are hung like vertical blinds but don’t come with all the issues. First of all, panel track blinds are easy to open and close. The blind panels fold neatly away to one side when they’re open, and they don’t clack against each other or catch on one another. These treatments are also easy to use for light and privacy control. Panel track blinds are stylish and modern, coming in a variety of shades and materials, just like shutters.

 motorized shadesShutters are another good option for sliding glass doors. First of all, shutters are sturdy, meaning they will last a lot longer than other kinds of treatments even with constant, daily use. Plus, shutters open and close with their louvres or their hinges, allowing you total control over light and privacy as well as an easy and quick way to clean them. As a further bonus, window shutters are energy efficient and can help make your sliding glass doors more efficient, too. Shutters also look great when used on sliding glass doors. They come in a wide variety of color and materials to match any room décor, from clean white and natural wood to blacks, reds, and more. Also, unlike vertical blinds, shutters are an asset to any home and can add to your home’s value.

We are here to help you if you want to learn more about your sliding glass door treatment options or motorized shades. Stop by, call, or visit us today for more information about our service.

Do it Yourself Motorized Shutter Ideas

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Adding motorized shutters to your home is a great way to boost energy efficiency, style, value, and function. But did you know that there are also ways you can use shutters besides the classic window treatment?

There are tons of ways to use old window shutters beyond their standard service as window treatments. If you’re replacing the shutters on your home with new ones, don’t be so quick to throw them away. Looking for inspiration for your window shutters? Check out this list of fun, simple and stylish DIY shutter projects:

  1. Mock Windows – Sometimes rooms don’t have any windows or not enough windows to your liking. You can create the look of more windows with shutters. Mount outside mount shutters on the exterior of the home to make the illusion that the shutter is covering up a window. This is great for creating symmetry on the outside of a home. You can also mount a shutter on the inside of the home and then put up a poster or some artwork with outdoor scenery on it to create the illusion of a window on the inside of a room.
  2. Cabinet Doors – Custom cabinets are gorgeous and fun, but they can be expensive. Instead of buying new custom cabinets, just repurpose your shades. Solid, raised panel shutters look a lot like classic cabinet doors, while louvered plantation shutters are perfect for a cottage-style kitchen with some country flair.
  3. motorized shuttersBarn Doors – Modern farmhouse style is all the range right now. Get a piece of the chic farm life action by using your old shutters as barn doors in your home. Like real barn doors, barn door shutters slide back and forth on a track for a rustic yet functional way to divide a room, close a closet or any other way you would use a sliding interior door. You can use the shutters without the frames and mount them to a barn door style tracking system or a top and bottom track system like those used on sliding patio doors.
  4. Closet Doors – Closets hide away all that stuff that you don’t want anyone to see, but that doesn’t mean that the closets themselves can’t be stylish. You can cover a linen closet, bedroom closet, or any kind of open storage space with plantation shutters. The shutters give you the privacy you need to cover up the closet, the style you want to make the room look unique, and the function you desire to make it easy to open and close the closet quickly and easily. You can also control how much the slats are open or closed for more or less visibility into the space.

If you’re ready to install new shutters in order to free up your old ones, we are here to help. We offer a range of motorized shutter services. These are just a few of the many, many ways you can repurpose old shutters in your home, so call us today to get new shutters.

Using Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization in Your Playroom

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While window coverings with Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization and beyond are perfect when used as intended – to cover and dress windows – they can also shine when used in more out-of-the-box ways. Whether you’re looking to use old shutters that have since been replaced by new models or want to use new shades, blinds, or other window treatments in creative ways, they make great finishing touches for a homeschool playroom.

Maybe you want a simple playroom with a homework corner for your kids, or perhaps you’re looking to create a complete classroom. Either way, you need to be sure that the space isn’t overwhelming but is still stimulating. That’s where window coverings come in. It’s a good idea for them to have a space that not only encourages play but also boosts curiosity, creativity, and learning.

Window coverings can serve as tools to help control light, organize a space, and switch between activities. Use these ideas for how to use shades, shutters, and other window coverings in a homeschool playroom:

  1. Light is Key – Sunlight not only brightens up a room, but also is favorable to learning.  Sun glare, on the other hand, makes a space impracticable, uncomfortable, and distracting. That’s why it’s a good idea to use shutters as they were originally designed in a playroom or homework room. Shutters can help direct the sunlight so the kids can focus and learn without being uncomfortable or distracted, or they can be fully opened to let in fresh air and bright morning light. Try shutters with Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization to make it easy to open and close the shutters as needed.
  2. Learning Zones – What parent hasn’t fought through homework time with distracted kids crowded at a kitchen counter or dining table? Instead, try dividing up a room with shades, rugs and furniture to create different learning zones for different activities or different kids. For example, set up one corner with puzzles and another with art supplies and then separate the two with some shutters. You can also try creating a homework nook or reading space in a bedroom, family room or even the porch using shades to define the space.
  3. Reading Corners – Reading is a huge part of learning and education, but many kids don’t really like it at first. Encourage reading by creating a fun and comfortable space for it. Close off a corner of the room with shutters made into panels or room dividers and then add a thick rug, fun chair, bean bag, or cushions to serve as cozy seats that are also fun to sit in. You can also include a basket or small bookcase to hold a small rotting of books to keep the kids interested. Make sure it has enough light by adding a lamp or putting it near a window with a window covering like a shade or a drape.


These are just a couple of the many ways you can use window coverings in unique ways. Learn more about Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization by calling or visiting us today.

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