French patio doors look beautiful, but they come with privacy difficulties. Opening and closing the doors can make it difficult to block the view from outside in because of the way the doors swing open to the inside. Below, you will find a few ideas that you can use to protect your privacy without making it difficult to use the doors.
Bi-fold Louvered Doors
Louvered doors that fold are typically seen as closet closures. These doors can easily be installed directly inside the French doors. Then, when you want to increase the privacy indoors, the bi-fold doors can be closed. This will give your patio doors a charming look with the optional privacy that you hope to achieve.
Roman shades can be installed directly on the interior side of the doors. Roman shades are a wonderful solution because they allow some sunlight to shine through the semi-opaque fabric while you can still maintain your privacy. When they are opened, they are neatly tucked at the top of the door and won't take away from the appearance of the door.
Curtains can be used on French doors with the use of two curtain rods – one mounted just about the top of the window and the other mounted at the bottom. This will keep the curtains immobile to prevent them from getting trapped between the doors when you open and close them. You can dress the curtain up with a sash tied across the middle section of the curtain to allow more natural light in the space while maintaining a great level of privacy.
You can purchase a do-it-yourself window frosting kit at your local home improvement store. This kit will include everything that you need to frost the glass on your French doors to improve privacy without stopping the light from shining through.
You can also purchase a do-it-yourself stained glass kit. These kits won't create actual stained glass, but they will give the same effect. When the sun shines through, a rainbow of colors will fill the room and those who are outside won't be able to see in.
Talk with a door technician from a company like Fas Windows and Doors to learn more about improving the level of privacy within your home without sacrificing the architectural beauty that the French doors have to offer to the inside and the outside of your home throughout the year.