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Should French Doors Have Curtains?

Should French Doors Have Curtains

Deciding whether to adorn French doors with curtains depends on several factors including privacy needs, aesthetic preferences, and functional considerations. While French doors are celebrated for their ability to bring in natural light and offer expansive views, there may be situations where curtains are beneficial.

In this article we’ll take a look into when you might want to put curtains up, and which curtains are best suited.

Why Should You Use Curtains?

Here’s some of the reasons why you might want to install some curtains:

They Give You Privacy

One of the primary reasons to consider curtains for French doors is privacy, especially if the doors face a street or a neighbour’s property.

Curtains can provide a barrier when needed, offering peace of mind and comfort.

There’s always going to be certain times when you don’t want your entire room on display, and curtains give you that flexibility.

You’ll Have Better Light Control

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Although natural light is a desirable feature, there are times when controlling the amount of light entering a room is necessary.

Curtains can help manage glare, particularly in rooms used for watching television or working on a computer. It’s also important for those who suffer from headaches. They can block out the sun until they feel a bit better using the curtains.

They Look Aesthetically Pleasing

Curtains can add to the room’s decor, complementing the style and colour scheme.

They can make a room feel cozier and more finished, especially in spaces where additional soft furnishings are minimal.

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Better Energy Efficiency

Curtains can also play a role in energy efficiency. Thick or thermal curtains can provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping a room warmer in winter and cooler in summer, thus reducing energy costs.

This is good for your pocket and of course the environment too.


Curtains offer flexibility; they can be drawn back to enjoy the view and natural light or closed for privacy and comfort. This adaptability is particularly useful in changing seasons or for varying occasions.

And the best part about it is they’re easy to open and close. So the option is always yours.

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Tips For Choosing Curtains For French Doors

  • Style & Material
    When selecting curtains for your French doors, consider the room’s overall design. Lightweight, sheer curtains can maintain an airy feel, while heavier fabrics offer a more dramatic look and better insulation. Ask yourself: which would look best in my room?
  • How Will They Be Mounted?
    Consider how the curtains will be mounted and operated. They should be easy to open and close, not obstructing the door’s functionality. Special curtain rods or tie-backs may be necessary for optimal use. This is something we’ve helped 1,000’s of customers with so if you’re using us we’ll be happy to help advise.
  • Getting The Right Dimensions
    Ensure the curtains are the right size. They should cover the doors completely when closed, but not be so long that they impede the door’s operation.