The Best Custom Shutters, Blinds & Shades!
Proudly Serving Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, and Surrounding Areas
French doors

What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Seattle, Washington

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the balcony, deck, or yard. And the allure of French doors is in the brightness they filter into the room.

The beautiful French door glass panels pose a problem for Seattle homeowners. Is there a window treatment that lets you control how much light you let in while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Seattle area? How do you cover it with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing the door’s functionality?


Things To Look For In A Window Treatment For Your French Doors

Light & Privacy Control

A French door window treatment should give you control over how much light you let into the room. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be set up in a way that allows you to do that. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks almost all the light. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that nosy neighbors (and pesky drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are built from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that effectively blocks the light. And a tilt rod lets you adjust the shutter louvers for control over brightness and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather patterns Seattle experiences. This means that the best window treatment would minimize heat transfer and airflow so that the room’s temperature stays pleasantwithout having the HVAC system work any harder.

The most energy efficient window treatment for French doors is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood shutters are manufactured with exclusive weatherstripping. Close these plantation shutters properly to block as much as 30 degrees of airflow from the glass, and minimize heat transfer by up to 45%. Not only that, but Polywood shutters also insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


The window treatment should move with the French door when you open the door. Otherwise, it could rattle against the glass or sway if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame or if it’s not set up correctly.

Shutters for French doors are permanently mounted on the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t sway or rattle when you open the door. What’s more, they’re custom crafted to match the French door’s shape and the view outside.


The window treatment should be constructed from quality material that can withstand all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of daily use and adjustments and still look as good as the day you had it installed.

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are made of means that your French door shutters will be stunning and operate smoothly for decades.

Shutters on a french door

Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Seattle, Washington

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom made to allow for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Contact us at 360-464-2277 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in Seattle. And if you want the same type of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we sell those also.