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Initial post: Aug 17, 2011 1:03:00 AM PDT
S. McBee says:
We are moving into a rental for only a year so little money needs to be spent and I have typical restrictions of renting. My problem is I have a sliding glass door that takes up most of one wall & demands to be a focal point whether I agree with it or not! It has vertical blinds on it that must remain. I have many ideas but none of them just call to as brilliant! I would love to hear different suggestions. Neither privacy nor light coming thru is an issue because of blinds already in place. I've considered scarf treatments, simple valance (least fav), hanging rod from ceiling, or traverse rods but they appear to be expensive as are the French door rods that spring open allowing rods to separate when door is open. Please help! As long as I have only the vertical blinds to look at I won't be happy with my decor! Thank you for your input!

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 6:18:30 PM PDT
AnnieinKC says:
Same problem here, triple glass doors! But you do have a GREAT option. (1) Go to and get a peel & stick mural (removable and repositional) of the ocean to attach on the inside of your glass doors. Call their customer service with your exact measurements of just the glass of your patio doors, plus add a little around the edges (stick it to the metal frame). The murals will look GREAT behind your vertical blinds and are show-stopping when you walk into the room from the front door. Check out Island View and Island Times, and Billie Holiday Sings the Blues, too. The Overview [sp??[ Cafe and Mediterranean look fabulous on dining room walls, as well (you can also go to for a pic of this! Fabulous!) (2) Also, you can draw the focal point of the room away from the windows by using something grand and colorful like a mural on another wall. has many of the same murals, but on paper, trimming tool, and only $79 on sale! I know, I don't want to paint my apt walls either, so I went to Home Depot and got "soundproof wallboards" for $7.50 each (8' x 4') for my big living room wall, opposite the fireplace. You can attach the wallpaper mural to the soundproof boards with spray adhesive, drill two small holes at the top, and hang the wallboards on cup hooks, or just nail or screw in, at top of wall. That way, you can take them with you! Smiles, AnnieinKC

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2011 7:33:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2011 7:34:47 AM PDT
Marilynn says:
I agree with Annie in KC that a stick on window mural would be nice.

If you are not so much looking for a decor on the window itself and just want to dress up around the sliding door, buying some fabric (simple yet elegant, but not too thin) that you can make a puddle on the floor with on one side and leave it hanging about 1/3 the way down on the other (the side you open the door on) is an attractive look. (You can do a floor drop on both sides if you do not like the one sided puddle).
When you move simply take your rod and fabric with you. You can use it again in a different place or give it to someone, it would be mush appreciated. Either way it is a win-win solution.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 6:18:09 PM PDT
NiteOOwl says:
Hang a 12" to 18" rod on either side of the door and use a single floor length panel on each. I used this method on 3 sliders in my great room and everyone thinks it looks quite stunning. You can overlap the fabric on the non-opening door if you need to. Twin sheets with clip-on rings will work, but one pair of curtains may be less expensive. Or buy fabric, hem, and clip on.

If you don't want to spend money for rods, use large wires or even branches from the yard.
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