What to Know for Choosing the Best Tall Window Treatments

Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Deciding the ideal window treatment for your tall windows and sliding glass doors can be a tall order (pun intended.). As much as you may love the openness and natural light they draw in, there are other factors to consider that go beyond making a style statement. Let’s take a closer look at the features that matter most as we explore some of the beautiful window treatment options for tall windows—and glass doors.

Whichever you choose, we have you covered!

Hunter Douglas Duetter® Honeycomb Shades
Duetter® Honeycomb Shades

Features that matter most

Window treatments make the ultimate luxury statement when dressing up a room. But there’s more to consider than just looks (dare we say it!). This is especially true when tall windows and sliding glass doors are part of the space. Here are some of the main points to keep in mind:

  • Privacy—Your view to the outside world may be beautiful, but who’s looking in? Remember: If you can see them, they can see you.
  • Energy efficiency—Save on your energy bill by choosing coverings that will keep the cold winter air out and also prevent the warm summer heat from coming in.
  • Light control—Go easy on your eyes by choosing coverings that will reduce glare while you’re on your computer, tablet, or binge-watching your favorite shows.
  • Size—Size matters when selecting a window covering for your tall windows and glass doors. Here are some questions to consider which the window treatment must accommodate:
    • Is the entire opening covered?
    • Does the treatment fit properly?
    • Is the height of the window or door highlighted?

Fashion and function

When it comes to window coverings for tall windows, who said you can’t have fashion as well as function? Sit back as we show you how it’s done.

Curtains and drapes

They may be a traditional choice, but today’s curtains and drapes are a far cry from Grandma’s house. In fact, they can be as hip and trendy as you are. It all depends on the aesthetic you’re aiming for. Here are some benefits and points to know when choosing curtains or drapes for your tall windows:


  • Provides privacy and light control.
  • Lengths can be customized to fit any size window or door.
  • Curtain panels draw the eye up and accentuate the full height of the window or door.
  • Makes the room look bigger.
  • Timeless elegance.

Points to know before purchasing:

  • Take correct measurements.
  • Purchase sturdy, elegant drapery hardware that can support the weight of the drapery.
  • Choose fabric that suits your lighting and energy needs. Sheer curtains will give you a light and airy feel, while velvet and suede drapes will help insulate the room and offer a more regal look.

Designers love shades for their versatility. And when it comes to dressing tall windows and glass doors, they are a showstopper at any level. Here are some key benefits of choosing shades for your tall windows or doors:

  • Available in a variety of styles and fabrics.
  • Can be customized to fit a room’s style, location or light coverage needs.
  • Can be modified to fit larger sizes.

Whether you’re looking for privacy, energy efficiency or light control, there’s a shade option that will turn your home’s tall window into a fashion statement. Let’s explore them all:

  • Cellular shades—For superior energy efficiency, cellular shades are your best window treatment option for tall windows and doors. Constructed like a honeycomb, cellular shades are designed with a unique construction that will also help save money on your energy costs all year long.
Hunter Douglas Applause Honeycomb Shades
Applause Honeycomb Shades
  • Solar shades—For rooms that receive an abundance of sunlight throughout the day, solar shades are your best bet for protecting your artwork, hardwood floors and furniture from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.
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  • Top-down bottom-up shades—When you want the best of both worlds, top-down bottom-up shades are your best option. Just as the name implies, these shades provide light coverage from either the top or bottom, and without blocking the entire window.


Hunter Douglas Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
  • Roman shades—If style and sophistication is the look you’re going for, then look no further than Roman shades to fit your aesthetic, especially for tall windows and glass doors. Here’s why:
    • Perfect for tall windows.
    • Looks like a beautiful valance when fully raised.
    • No exposed cords make it a safer option for small children and pets.
    • Available in a wide range of colors and textures.
    • Energy efficient, with availability in sheer, light-filtering or room-darkening options.
Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
  • Motorized shades for tall windowsOne of the biggest challenges of operating shades on tall windows is that they are difficult to reach. Motorized shades make this task a breeze, thanks to controls which you can operate from the palm of your hand. With just the click of a button, you can raise and lower the shades as necessary.
Hunter Douglas EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds
EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds

Blinds are a fabulous choice when you want to cover the top or bottom half of a large window or door. For tall windows and sliding glass doors, however, there are some points to keep in mind to be sure they are the ideal choice for the room.

  • Recommended—Blinds are great if you’re looking for consistent light control, privacy, or when you can expect to leave them open or closed for a period of time, such as in a kitchen or bathroom.
  • Not recommended—Blinds are not an ideal choice if you plan on raising them up and down throughout the day, since their control mechanisms may be out of reach and difficult to operate.
Hunter Douglas Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum Blinds
Modern Precious Metals® Aluminum Blinds

We hope our blog has enlightened you on the many window treatment options for tall windows and glass doors. Whether you’re looking to elevate the look of your living space or cast some shade and privacy in your favorite room, we have you covered to make the best choice for your home. And remember: Installing window treatments for tall windows—and glass doors—can be a challenging project. You can count on the professional installation team at Country Carpet to install your window treatments with safety and accuracy.

See a look that you love? A Country Carpet expert will be more than excited to work with you in helping to choose the perfect look for your home design. You can schedule an appointment at a time that works best for you. And walk-ins are always welcome. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on your project.

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