The Best Blinds for French Doors


It might not be obvious to you which are the most suitable blinds for French doors – but our team at Solaire Blinds can help.

With their light construction and glass panes that extend for most of their length, French doors offer style, practicality, and natural light. They are also versatile enough to be potentially used with a wide range of blinds.

So, let’s consider which options might be the best blinds for French doors for your property.

How to Dress French Doors: What You Should First Consider

As you’d expect, some types of blinds are better suited to certain spaces than others.

Whether in a residential or commercial property, we’d first recommend considering the following before purchasing French door blinds:

  • Whether your French doors open inwards or outwards. It is most common for French doors to be installed so that they open outwards, although some property owners choose to have inward-opening French doors fitted. But this could have implications for the blinds you choose. Vertical blinds, for example, are only suitable for outward-opening French doors, as they would be damaged if fitted on inward-opening doors.
  • How frequently you will be opening and closing the doors. Perfect-fit blinds become an integral part of the door itself, instead of being separate to them, so they might make more sense if you expect to be constantly opening and closing your French doors. If you open and close your French doors much less frequently, day and night blinds might be the better option.
  • Whether privacy or daylight is the greater priority. If, for instance, you require maximum daylight on some occasions and maximum privacy at other times, you may be especially attracted to roller blinds.

Which Blinds Work Best with French Doors?

With their ability to open inwards or outwards (depending on which option is chosen), as well as to make a residential or commercial property seem bigger and brighter, French doors can greatly boost the visual appeal and functionality of your space.

Here are our top recommendations:

1. Perfect-Fit Blinds

Given that much of the whole point of having French doors installed is their elegance, it might seem a less-than-attractive idea to then have them covered with bulky-looking blinds or shutters. Plus, such bulkier window coverings may be vulnerable to moving around in the wind.

So, in your search for the most appropriate blinds for French doors, perfect-fit blinds might appeal to you. These blinds can be clipped directly to the frame of a French door, with no need for drilling. You will then be able to open and close your French doors without being forced to do the same with the blinds themselves.

Benefits of Perfect-Fit Blinds for French Doors

  • Straightforward to install and operate
  • Child-safe, due to no cords, cables, or wands being needed
  • Neater, cleaner, and more elegant-looking than alternatives

2. Roller Blinds

This type of blind consists of fabric that rolls out of a tube at the top of the window. Bespoke roller blinds are simple-looking and streamlined, but also easy to use with the attached chain. Unsurprisingly, they are a popular choice for people with French doors.

If you want the ability to completely shut out visibility, whatever the time of day or night, roller blinds would give you a lot of control. You can roll them completely out of the way to maximise the natural light that floods through or you can roll them shut for the utmost privacy.

Benefits of Roller Blinds for French Doors

  • Easy to lift and lower the blind by rolling the tube
  • Can be rolled completely up, completely down, or somewhere in-between for the best balance of natural light and privacy
  • Wide range of options, including blackout blinds and motorised operation

3. Day & Night Blinds

These often-requested French door blinds are similar to roller blinds, except that they have two layers of fabric, each with translucent and opaque stripes. Raising or lowering the blind causes these fabric layers to slide past each other, which gives the user control over light and privacy levels.

You might be especially likely to choose day and night blinds if your French doors are on a public-facing side of your building – for example, near a busy street. In this situation, you may desire a lot of privacy control on a day-by-day basis, but also the ability to allow greater daylight into the room at certain times.

Benefits of Day & Night Blinds for French Doors

  • Cater to wide-ranging lighting and privacy requirements
  • A sophisticated design that is also easy to adjust
  • Can work well as night blackout blinds

4. Vertical Blinds

Consisting of vertical vanes or louvres attached to a sliding track at the top, vertical blinds are especially frequently chosen blinds for French doors among property owners that desire privacy. They are easy to operate using a wand, chain, or cord, and they can be specified in a wide range of colours, designs, and fabrics.

Purchase sophisticated-looking vertical blinds, then, and they will nicely complement the refined aesthetic of your French doors. Vertical blinds are great for allowing in lots of natural light and a cool breeze on warm nights. They enable you to take advantage of the sleek aesthetic of French doors, without compromising privacy.

Benefits of Vertical Blinds for French Doors

  • Broad-ranging customisation options, such as waterproofing
  • Allow a balance to be struck between daylight and privacy
  • Can be operated using a 100% child-safe wand

Do You Put Curtains or Blinds on French Doors?

Some people do choose curtains for their French doors, due to their ability to block out the sun and provide privacy when needed. However, it’s quite rare. Instead, blinds are typically the go-to option due to their lighter build.

A major downside of curtains for doors is, of course, that they are always visible. If you purchased French doors in the first place because of their sleek and streamlined appearance, curtains will interfere with that in a way that blinds won’t.

Need Help Deciding the Right Blind Type? We’d Love to Talk

There are so many potential forms of blinds for French doors. Get in touch or come visit one of our showrooms, and we can take you through the different samples you might want to consider.

You’ll find we have a wide range of made-to-measure blinds and can meet your preferences with a design that’s completely bespoke.

Reach out to us today for a free home consultation, where we can discuss your needs.



How to Shorten Vertical Blinds (in Three Easy Steps)

Vertical blinds are a popular addition in many homes. They’re perfect for those looking for a way to maintain privacy, without sacrificing light flowing into their room. Vertical blinds are best fitted amongst French doors and large windows – as they’re simple to use and glide side-to-side easily. But, an easy mistake many buyers make when ordering vertical… Read more »


The Best Blinds for French Doors

It might not be obvious to you which are the most suitable blinds for French doors – but our team at Solaire Blinds can help. With their light construction and glass panes that extend for most of their length, French doors offer style, practicality, and natural light. They are also versatile enough to be potentially… Read more »

Strata Poplin Anthracit perfect fit blinds in a conservatory

Perfect-Fit Blinds Problems & How to Fix Them

Whatever perfect-fit blinds problems you encounter, they shouldn’t include struggling to achieve, well, the perfect fit. These blinds are made to sit flush against a window rather than across and on top of its opening. While you won’t typically need to drill holes and put up curtain poles during their installation, problems can still arise with perfect-fit blinds after… Read more »


How to Remove Roller Blinds

Have you been wondering how to remove roller blinds but aren’t quite sure how to do it yourself? Whether you want to bring your blind down for cleaning, repairs, decorating or to replace it completely, there’s no need to be daunted. When you know blinds inside out, the way we do at Solaire Blinds, it’s… Read more »

Bifold Doors with roller style blinds

What Are the Best Blinds for Bifold Doors?

If you’re on the hunt for the best blinds for bifold doors, Solaire Blinds are on hand to help. We’re experts in blinds solutions, with decades of experience in matching people with their perfect made-to-measure blinds. In recent years, bifold doors have become enormously popular, and for good reason. When open, they can fold out… Read more »

Man installing cassette roller blinds on windows.

How to Measure for Blinds: A Guide

We know that many people find the task of measuring windows for blinds quite tricky. There can often feel like there’s a lot to take into consideration, especially when there are so many different conflicting guides out there, but it shouldn’t have to be a difficult experience. In this blog, we’ve taken it back to… Read more »


Our Accreditations

City & Guilds Logo