What’s the Best Curtain Rod For a Sliding Glass Door?

Sliding glass doors can be really tricky to decorate. If you are looking for a curtain or drape for your sliding glass door I’ve got some tips on how to choose the right rod AND the curtain. Custom window treatments for sliding doors can be really expensive, but there are some affordable options.

The great thing about sliding glass doors is that they let in tons of natural light, but they are so large that they can often be tough to style with a curtain. You’ve seen vertical blinds, but if you’re looking for a rod and a curtain, this probably isn’t the style you’re looking for.

Here’s my inspiration photo, which is a custom drape from Drapery Street. I contacted them as part of my research to see how much this would cost, but they don’t work outside Indiana.

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Curtain Rods for Sliding Doors

To get a curtain rod that works with a sliding door you need one that is long enough and sturdy enough. Drapes that will cover sliding doors are going to be pretty heavy.

Size – Standard sliding doors are 72 inches tall and 80-96 inches wide. You will want a rod that goes well beyond the width of the door so that you can push the curtain out of the way. You also want one that has at least one middle support bracket because of the length.

Most sliding doors will require you to use an outside mount. This means the rod is mounted above and outside the window on the wall.

Material – The finish or material that will work best depends on the other hardware in the room. If you have a lot of brass get a brass rod, or if you have lots of wood get wood. But get a rod that is smooth and not fluted so the drape can slide back and forth more easily.

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The best place to go for a bargain is Amazon, but they don’t have heavy-duty rods. For something that can hold a really large curtain, you will need to spend more.

  • Best Light weight option – This rod expandes to 120 inches and comes in 4 finishes (black, champaign, nickel and pewter). It includes three support brackets (one for the center). It’s a good basic curtain over a standard size sliding door.
  • Best heavy duty inexpensive option – If you have a sliding door with windows on either side you or you are hanging very heavy curtin you need a rod that is NOT a telescoping one. Get a rod that has equal rods that string together like this one from Cambria. This type of rod is expensive, but if you’re hanging really heavy drapes the telescoping rods are to flimsy.
  • Best iron Rod – Iron will hold a ton of weight and MarthaAndAsh makes a custom length in brown, dark brown or black.

How Do I Find A Custom Drape?

Most of the custom drapes are provided by local companies BUT there are many sellers on ETSY that can make custom drapes for a reasonable price. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • RhanfoldDecor has 31 linen color choices. They also make drapes as wide as 100 inches and as long 107 inches. You can get a pair of 100 inch drapes for $230. They will also line them and they offer multiple mounting options. The choices are Grommet, Rod Pocket, Hook/Ring. This seller also makes velvet drapes with the same options.
  • ShopbyElena makes heavier velvet curtains in a wide range of colors. You can get a pair of 54″ wide drapes for $100.

Keep in mind that you need to decide how you will mount your drape before you order them. Rod pocket curtains are harder to slide open and closed. If you want to move the drapes a lot, rings are your best bet.

I recommend getting a solid color curtain for your sliding door. The curtains will be a lot of fabric that you might not want to switch out if you get sick of the pattern you choose.

These are my best tips for how to choose the right curtain rod and curtain for your sliding door.

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