The Best Window Treatments In Chicago For Back Doors

Richard Rampton

Do you have flimsy blinds on your back door that rattle against the glass pane each time it’s shut? Or is the glass on your back door still bare because you don’t know how to cover it? Adding the right window treatments to your back door allows you to enjoy the sunlight and outside view of your Chicago backyard and gives you control over light and privacy - without the added noise of blinds or any other covering that rattles against the glass whenever the door moves.

The first thing to think about when searching for a back door window treatment is durability. It should be durable enough to handle the constant motion of the door and occasional exposure to outside. It should also provide privacy from neighbors while coordinating with your décor.

Whether your back door is a normal swing out door with a glass window, a french door, or a sliding glass door, learn about the best back door window treatments in Chicago to meet your needs.

Plantation Shutters That Are Fixed To Your Door

French back door with white plantation shutters 

Faux wood plantation shutters are great for back doors because the shutter panels are tightly attached to your door. So when you open and close your doors, the shutters go with the door and don’t bounce against the glass. You can tilt open the shutter louvers to let in light or close them for privacy. The shutter panels can swing out when it’s time to clean your door’s glass.

Our Polywood® faux wood shutters are built for durability and can endure the continuous movement of your back door. They’re made of a composite material that resists moisture and fading. The shutters won’t chip or peel due to humidity or temperature changes. Polywood shutters also reduce heat transfer through the window to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

French doors or sliding glass doors that open onto your deck or patio can be challenging to cover due to their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters can be customized. They can be cut out around irregular shaped or large handles and can be installed on any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also be used with bi-fold doors or sliding panels for a sliding door. The result is pristine custom shutters that stay tight with your door. And you can easily open and close the shutters and your door.

Personalized Shades

Contemporary bedroom with light woven shades 

Another back door window treatment that is easy to customize is shades. They come in dozens of colors, material, and patterns. You can retract them to see the view outside or pull them all the way down to block the light. Add-ons include liners for light and privacy which let you tailor them to your needs. Shades we recommend for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades form a stack at the top of the shade but are flat when pulled down. Cellular shades have small pleats that look like a honeycomb from the side. These pleats create air pockets that help insulate the glass. Roller shades have a tube at the top that the shades come down from.

You’ll want shades made from material that can guard against the effects of moisture and heat if your door is subject to relentless sun or humidity. Shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters, but you can block some energy loss by using thicker material, liners, or cellular shades. Also know that shades are more susceptible to fading when compared to shutters.

Shades can be installed with hold down brackets so they don’t swing around when the back door is shut. One disadvantage shades have is that you can’t cut the shade around large door handles.

Pick The Back Door Window Treatment That’s Perfect For You

Looking for more ideas for your back door window treatments in Chicago or window treatments for your living room, dining room, or sidelights? Browse through our idea gallery and Ultimate Room Guide. And if you’re ready to order window treatments call us at 847-250-6544 to schedule a free in-home consultation. A member of our local team will come to your house and help you find the best window treatment. Give us a call today!