Elevate Your French Doors with Outside Mount Window Treatments

French doors are not only a stunning architectural feature that can enhance the elegance and charm of any home, but also a versatile design element that can transform your space. To truly make the most of these beautiful doors, consider incorporating outside mount window treatments.

Understanding Outside Mount Window Treatments

Outside mount shades are installed on the exterior of the window frame, above the glass or on the wall surrounding the window. This mounting style is ideal for French doors, providing enhanced light control, privacy, and aesthetic appeal.

Benefits of Outside Mount Shades for French Doors

  • Enhanced Light Control: Outside mount shades offer superior light-blocking capabilities, making them ideal for rooms where blackout is essential, such as bedrooms or media rooms. Pro tip: select “shade operation front” so that the fabric lays closer to the glass helping to maximize darkness in the room. 
  • Visual Impact: Window coverings on French doors can amplify their size and visual impact, drawing the eye upwards and outward. They also provide an opportunity to introduce color and pattern into your space, transforming your French doors into a focal point.
  • Practicality: In addition to aesthetics, outside mount shades provide practical benefits. They help shade your home during the heat of the day, keeping it cool and potentially lowering your energy bills. They also offer privacy when needed, making them perfect for rooms that require seclusion.

Tips for Measuring and Installation

When installing outside mount shades on French doors, it's crucial to measure accurately to ensure a perfect fit. Here are some dos and don'ts for measuring and installation:

  • Do Measure Accurately: Take precise measurements of the width and height of the glass  to determine the correct size for your shades. Refer to our online measurement guide for detailed instructions on measuring your French doors for outside mount shades.
  • Do Measure Twice: Double-check your measurements to avoid errors. Remember the old saying: measure twice, cut once!
  • Do Send Us Photos: Providing photos of your French doors can help us offer personalized recommendations and advice for your window treatments.
  • Don’t mount too close to the glass. Add two inches to the top and 1” to the bottom so you can avoid the glass during installation. 

Schedule Your Consultation

Ready to transform your French doors with outside mount window treatments? If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help! Schedule a free design consultation with Everhem to explore our range of shades and receive personalized recommendations based on your needs.