Q:I have been a satisfied customer, purchasing cellular shades for most of the rooms of my house. I now want to put cellular shades on several wooden doors with large glass panels -- much like 'French doors'... Can you recommend if cellular shades will work on that type of door, if so, how to measure, and is there some type of fastening hardware that can be fixed at the bottom of the door to keep the shade from flopping in the breeze as the door is opened or closed?
A:Cellular shades can be mounted on french doors. You would order them as an outside mount shade. Remember on outside mount the cell shades will come the size you enter into the system. To measure for the door mount shades you need to measure the "window" on the door and then add to that measurement keeping in account the edge of the door and the door handle. We recommend adding at least an inch to the left and right sides of the shades. On the height you will want to mount above the window on the top of the door and also have the shades extend past the bottom of the window on the door. You should add at least 3-4 inches to the height. Remember when adding to the size of the shade make sure the final size you enter will not interfere with the door. Visit here for more detailed instructions on door mount blinds.
To hold the bottom of the shades in place you will need to order hold downs. These are brackets at the bottom of the shades that tie the bottom rail to the door to keep it from swinging away from the door as it opens and closes. You will of course have to detach the shades from the hold downs to raise them. One option may be to order a top down bottom up cell shade so it can be lowered while the bottom is still attached to the hold downs. The one disadvantage to this is that you want to have the lift cords on the hinge side of the door to keep them from swinging into the door as it shuts. A cell shade with the top down bottom up option will have a cord on each side of the shade unless you also choose the cordless upgrade which has no cords. Once to lower and on to raise the shades.
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