Looking for the perfect window blinds for your sliding and bifold door designs? Vertical blinds may be the conventional option, but what other practical and stylish solutions can you explore? We elaborate on 4 excellent alternatives to vertical blinds below. Read on to find out more.
1. Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are a brilliant choice to consider for sliding doors and bifold designs alike. While bifold doors are made to be hassle-free and easily manoeuvrable, the wrong blinds or curtains can make opening them a hindrance. Roller blinds are not only a smooth solution to this problem, they also offer an appearance of modern elegance. When combined with bifold doors, they can be installed within the frame of each leaf of the bifold doors, which offers the least inconvenience and a smooth opening every time. Additionally, each blind can be opened and closed individually as preferred, to keep out the worst of the glare during the day.
Another perk of roller blinds is that they are very adaptable and useable in all rooms of the house, whether you’re in need of moisture-resistant sunscreen roller blinds or blackout thermal blinds to keep the warmth in during the cooler months of the year, you can easily find a design to cater to your needs.
2. Honeycomb Blinds
Another attractive and insulating solution for your doors is honeycomb blinds! Neat and efficient, these blinds are well-loved for their incredibly effective insulating properties. They can be used all year round and are popular solutions for patio doors, sliding doors, and bifold doors alike.
You can buy them in a range of colours and fabrics to suit any interior. From NZ Blinds, our light filtering honeycomb is excellent for the living room and lounge, where you might want to minimise glare without completely darkening the room. In comparison, blackout honeycomb designs offer a darkening and warming effect, perfect for bedrooms. They also come in corded (the most cost-effective) and cordless (SmartRise) designs. Cordless blind designs are great for those with small children running about the house.
3. Plantation Shutters
While plantation shutters may not be the first window solution that comes to mind, they are definitely a choice to consider for your sliding and bifold doors! Their timeless and classic appearance is complemented by their durable and energy-efficient design. Unlike roller blinds, plantation shutters are placed along the width of the aperture above of the door frame instead of within each bifold leaf, they also fold in with a concertina effect separate from the bifold design.
An unexpected perk of their design is that, because they are permanent fixtures when installed, they can increase the value of your home long term! However, a downside to plantation blinds is that they require more effort to open and close than other window solutions, which can be inconvenient for some. They also take up more space, so they are not ideal for small rooms.
But, if you love the look of shutters as much as we do, there are plenty of ways you can make them work within your home. You can even install them on the outside of the house so that they open outwards! With the right plantation blinds, you won’t need to worry about them being damaged or diminishing in value over time. Shutters come in a range of materials and coatings, so whether they are subject to extreme heat or used in moisture-prone rooms, they won’t warp, fade, crack, peel, or discolour.
4. Venetian Blinds
Finally, Venetian blinds are casual and stylish solutions ideal for large windows, sliding doors, and bifold doors alike! While Venetian blinds for sliding doors will be mounted to the architrave (the frame above the door window) they are fitted within the frame of each leaf on bifold doors.
Venetian blinds are advantageous choices to consider because they offer flexible light filtration and easy manoeuvrability. With a similar appearance to plantation shutters, for those who already have plantation shutters and want to keep consistency in their design in other rooms of the house, Venetians are light and space-saving alternatives to use.
No matter your interior layout, Venetian blinds come in a range of materials, finishes, and textures, so whether you’re looking for affordable, practical aluminium Venetian blinds, timber Venetians, or faux wood Venetian blinds, there are solutions to complement every home.
Buy the best window blind solutions from NZ Blinds
If you’re looking for high-quality window solutions for your bifold doors, sliding doors, and the like, our blinds collections offer a wide range of opportunities to explore! Get the best blinds for your needs easily with us. Simply view our selection online, choose the style and design that you like, make any final adjustments to your order, and finalise your purchase! Your blinds will be manufactured and delivered in no time at all.