4 Alternatives to Vertical Blinds

How do you know when it’s time for a window treatment overhaul? One sure way of knowing is if you look around your home and see these…


Better Alternatives to Vertical Blinds
The dreaded vertical blinds are a good indicator it’s time to update your window coverings!


We get it. Vertical blinds are functional and sometimes they can seem like the best solution for tricky spaces like sliding glass doors or expansive windows. But they are outdated, clunky, and make a space feel more corporate than home-y. There are many alternatives to vertical blinds that are functional and have a refined style. Don’t choose function over form when you can have both! Choose one of these alternatives and bring your house out of the 1980s!

4 alternatives to dreaded vertical blinds:

1. Custom Draperies

The most common place we see vertical blinds are on sliding glass doors. Many people worry that draperies will get caught in their sliders so they opt for vertical blinds instead. It’s true that this can be an issue, but if you work with a window treatment expert they’ll help you design and install drapes that won’t get caught in the door.

Custom Draperies are Better Alternatives for Vertical Blinds
The key to preventing drapes from getting caught in a sliding glass door is to mount them far enough outside the window trim.

Drapes will add height and softness to your room that simply cannot be achieved with vertical blinds. See more examples of draperies for sliding glass doors here.


Alternatives to Vertical Blinds
Draperies can also be hung over double doors.



Alternatives to Vertical Blinds
Draperies can also be hung over double doors.

2. Sheers

Many people choose vertical blinds because they have a wide width window and need an affordable solution to cover it. If this is the case for you, consider sheer window treatments. Sheers are wonderful because they let in natural light while still providing privacy. Open-weave sheers offer even more privacy coverage and are a smart choice for bedrooms or rooms facing the street. Lined and natural woven sheers take this classic look to the next level.  

Alternatives to Vertical Blinds
Tired of hearing your vertical blinds clattering against each other? You won’t have that problem with beautiful, breezy sheers.

3. Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers

Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers are a great options for sliding glass doors, wide windows, and expansive walls of windows. If you like the vertical lines created by vertical blinds, you’ll love Luminettes! They consist of vertical fabric vanes that can be rotated 180-degrees to diffuse light, filter out glare, reduce UV rays, and provide privacy coverage. Choose from one of several color options.

Alternatives to Vertical Blinds: Hunter Douglas Luminette Privacy Sheers

Luminette window coverings come with the exclusive SofTrak™ hardware system. When you  slide your Luminettes closed, the hardware system conceals the headrail with fabric for an elegant look. They are also compatible with one of our favorite Hunter Douglas technologies, PowerView™ motorization.

Alternatives to Vertical Blinds: Luminette Privacy Sheers with SofTrak Hardware System
The SofTrak™ hardware system is exclusive to Luminette Window Coverings.

4. Shades

Shades are a great alternative to vertical blinds and are especially practical for double doors. Shades can be pulled down at night for privacy or to block harsh sun in the morning or afternoon. Shades come in a many varieties but we especially love Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades. Select from several fold styles, colors, and either horizontal or vertical orientation. There are no exposed rear cords which keeps your doors uncluttered.

Other great shades to consider are roller shades, Hunter Douglas Silhouette® Window Shadings, and Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Shades.


Alternatives to Vertical Blinds: Vignette Modern Roman Shades
Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades combine the soft elegance of draperies with the function of shades.


It’s time to ditch the vertical blinds and refine the look of your home. Schedule a complimentary design consultation and one of our design experts will help you find the right alternative to the vertical blinds in your home. We welcome you to stop by our design boutique to see full size models of Hunter Douglas products and the hundreds of drapery fabrics we carry.

Which of these alternatives to vertical blinds is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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