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Aussies love our indoor/outdoor living. That means we love lots of windows, and access to the outdoors is essential! We also live in a harsh and unpredictable climate, so plantation shutters are a perfect solution to cover all that glass.

Can Plantation Shutters Be Installed On Sliding Doors?

If you have sliding doors in your home, you may be wondering if plantation shutters are an appropriate window covering choice. The very simple answer to that question is, “yes!”

Installing plantation shutters on sliding doors means you can have the look you want for every room in the house, not need to compromise your access and still be able to manage light and privacy.

Plantation Shutters for Sliding Doors

Why Install Plantation Shutters For Sliding Glass Doors?

Finding shutters for sliding glass doors or any other type of sliding door is often a challenging task because of the large opening and the sliding functionality of the doors. Normandy plantation shutters are an ideal solution for dressing sliding doors. They tend to be both appealing and practical while combining durability with the stylishness of shutters.

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If you choose to mount plantation shutters, they will prove to be a fashionably elegant and sophisticated addition to your home, while complimenting any modern and/or traditional door/window covering styles. Beyond style, plantation shutters are incredibly practical and are resistant to cracking, fading and humidity.

Complete Blinds carry Normandy Plantation Shutters built using premium hardwoods from certified North American forests. For large sliding glass doors, bi-fold track Normandy plantation shutters can be used since they have hinges in the middle and can be folded like an accordion.

We also carry composite plantation shutters using synthetic materials which are designed to look like real wood.

Benefits of Plantation Shutters

Benefits of Plantation Shutters for Sliding Doors

There are several reasons why plantation shutters could be the perfect choice for your home.


Traditionally used in Mediterranean countries, shutters can give you the perfect look and warm feel associated with those destinations. You may even feel like you’re always on holiday with shutters installed!


Having plantation shutters installed over your sliding doors as well as the rest of the windows in your home adds to the insulation value of your home. They add another layer of insulation, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. You may even see a reduction in your energy bills.

Plantation shutters also provide a layer of protection to household furnishings, protecting them from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Plantation Shutters & Insulation

Operating Plantation Shutters for Sliding Doors

Easy to Operate

Shutters are easy to operate and without cords involved, very safe. A simple hand motion opens and closes the louvres to the precise angle desired. It not only allows you to direct light or glare away from the room but also gives you complete privacy control.

Plantation shutters can also be personalised to fulfil the distinct needs of any home since they are often equipped with features like motorisation or a tilt rod.

Natural Light

We all want sunlight to stream into our homes and be the primary light source. Plantation shutters are one of the best ways you can benefit from natural sunlight being able to enter your home. You have complete control over how much light can enter and if you have bi-fold shutters you can open them completely to allow the sunlight to flood in.

Plantation Shutters for Natural Light

Plantation Shutters over Sliding Glass Doors

What To Consider When Mounting Plantation Shutters Over Sliding Doors

Whenever measuring plantation shutters for sliding doors, the door handle should always be considered. Usually, lesser backspace is available if the door handle is protruding and this can make it difficult to open and close the louvres. For clearance, it becomes necessary to mount an extended frame.

On the other hand, the handle of the sliding door can also be replaced with one that is inset. When backspace is being measured, the space between the flush face and the first obstruction, usually the door handle, should be measured.

Different plantation shutters have varying backspace requirements however, an additional inch or two of backspace is required for bi-fold shutters that have an overhead track since they fold like an accordion.

How Are Plantation Shutters Mounted Over Sliding Glass Doors?

After measurements of a sliding door have been taken, an easy-glide aluminium track is installed over the doors on the wall. The shutters are then mounted on that track overhead.

The shutters function smoothly because of nylon wheels that serve as the carriers without jamming or skipping. As long as there is enough wall space, the shutters can be rolled off to both sides of the door in order to allow airflow, natural light and visibility.

The installation of bi-fold plantation shutters tends to vary and they barely occupy any space since they are mounted parallel to the wall.

Plantation Shutters Mounted Over Sliding Glass Doors

So, can plantation shutters be installed on sliding doors? Absolutely! There are many reasons why plantation shutters could be the perfect choice for your home.

Shutters for sliding doors provide a timeless and elegant look, while also allowing the user to control the elements, privacy and visibility. Plantation shutters can be mounted over doors in bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms and offices.

Contact us at Complete blinds to make the perfect plan for installing shutters in your home.

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