What can I do for my patio doors aside from vertical blinds?

We just moved to new home patio doors have vertical blinds -- HATE them. I need ideas on what to do. I still want my privacy but also light to get in for my plants. Thanks!
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  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Dec 31, 2016
    Have you thought about making some simple curtains? You could use a very sheer fabric so that you still get sunlight...

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 31, 2016
    Home Depot sells rolls of privacy film that you can cut to the size of your door.

    • Alice Elaine Lord Alice Elaine Lord on Mar 20, 2017
      I cut holes with an exact knife to get light inside and remove the colors I didn't like in the stained glass wisteria pattern.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Dec 31, 2016
    You could put up plantation style wood blinds. Check out Selectblinds.com, Blinds.com, Budgetblinds.com, Blindster.com for inexpensive custom
    wood blinds. I did this in a sun room, turned put gorgeous.

  • Robert Robert on Dec 31, 2016
    I went to Ikea, They have hanging vertical rolls that hang down. many designs.If shut you can see out ,but light comes through.

  • Lmi14393911 Lmi14393911 on Dec 31, 2016
    Thank you I ill check out Ikea

  • I had the same problem. Plus the sliding doors are in the kitchen and the only access to the back yard from the house. I have 3 dogs and 6 cats. In addition to the sliding glass door, there is also a large picture window right next to it, plus a window above over the kitchen sink. I purchased double rod curtain rods. Sheers underneath with medium weight curtains on the second rod. All washable. Works well for me and my lifestyle.

  • Libby Libby on Jan 20, 2017
    Attach Sliding barn style doors to the Exterior.

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    • I really like the idea and will keep for future reference. Some of the best things in life happen because of a long story, necessity and trial and error. I live across the highway from a jail. Safe place to live as should they ever escape, the last place they want to stay is here. Plus I have a bunch of dogs and cats, I do not sleep much and wander around at odd hours, anyone would be a fool to deal with the likes of me. Middle aged menopausal women can be dangerous even without weapons. Right now I am preparing to build a small dam to keep water off my patio (long story . . . ☺), and I need a shower, put my hair up in a ratty bun, put on grungy work sweats, no makeup - I scared myself looking in the mirror! Someday I will want extra security and this will come in very handy. Thanks again!

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Feb 11, 2017
    Check and see how the vertical slats are attached. You may be able to take the slats off and hook curtains on. I used those lightweight split key-rings (wire) "O's". Pretty grommet-tops are available now in semi-sheer curtains for your privacy and light.

  • Donna Donna on Feb 13, 2017
    Hunter Douglas makes a right to left, or the other way if you prefer, double layer,
    1" pleated fabric door. When closed, it only takes up about 4" of space and when
    opened, the pleats are vertical . It has a handle on the side that you use to open and close it and in the full open position, there is a light weight magnet that holds it closed. My friend has it in her home for her sliding door cover and it is just wonderful. It only takes a second to open and close it. It covers the whole door and my friend's is white so it lets in light, but one cannot see through it.
    I don't know how many color choices they might offer. It is easy to vacuum.

  • Velma Petersen Herrig Velma Petersen Herrig on Mar 09, 2017
    Many years ago I had a patio door like that - so when I installed drapes I had the drapes hanging on both sides so that when open, they didn't cover the sliding doors at all, but I also had sheers which I had open only to to the opposite side from the door. This allowed all levels of privacy and light. If we were using the door alot, or keeping open for air, I usually had the sheers covering the half that didn't open.

  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Mar 18, 2017
    I just did a awesome technique on the windows next to my front door. https://kelleysdiy.com/2017/03/14/window-priv... It's a pretty, very easy, filters the light, but best of all..you can see out...they can't see in!

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Mar 21, 2017
    Hi, I have two large windows on my patio that are facing the street. I got privacy film in bambo. The film is white, the tall bambo canes are clear so you can see out but your neighbors can't see in. I love my windows now.