There are many types of window treatments for French doors that can help add a great deal of character to any space, from your living room to your office and beyond. From curtains and sashes to plantation-style shutters and more, there is a way for you to add the flair you crave for your French doors, no matter where they are or what kind of interior décor you have within your home or office.
Long, Luxurious Curtains with Long Curtain Rods
One of the simplest ways to add a dash of style to your French doors is by adding a long curtain rod across the top of the doors, about four to six inches above the frame. Pick a color and fabric that will work well with your interior design, and if your French doors face the sun at any point in the day, choose a fabric like canvas or a thicker linen that will keep out the intense rays of a sunset or sunrise. Hanging the curtain rod should be quite simple, and can be done with any ordinary power drill. To find the right curtain rod size, measure the combined width of the French doors and add six inches—this will give you three inches of play on either side of the doors. Long, luxurious curtains can be opened and closed more easily than any other type of window treatment, making them the best solution for ease of use.
Wood Plantation Shutters
While these are definitely higher on the difficulty level in terms of installation, plantation shutters add tremendous beauty to any room. They are classic, never go out of style, and offer you the ability to keep the sun out or let it in as you please. To install plantation shutters, you may want to hire a professional, but if you want to do it yourself, you need to measure from two inches above the window panes at the top of the French doors, and two inches below the French doors to get the correct length. To get the correct width, measure each French door’s window pane separately, adding at least one to two inches on either side to ensure full coverage. All the instructions for installation will be included in the plantation shutter box along with the manual and warranty, as well as the hardware you’ll need.
The Roman shade is one of the most timeless and popular choices for French doors, as they offer long life, ease of use, and come in a huge variety of patterns, fabrics, and styles. You can pick from extremely sheer fabrics to very thick ones depending on your taste and decor, and with enough looking around online and off, you’re sure to find a print or color you truly love for the French doors in your home. Roman shades are an excellent way to keep out the sun while also preserving your privacy indoors. Typically, installation of Roman shades is relatively simple and can be done within less than an hour or two.
Of course, there are many other options for window treatments for French doors, so be sure to shop around to find the one that really speaks to your style and the decor within your home.