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As a window fashions expert, my eyes are always looking at examples of other people’s work. Sometimes, the work is fantastic and other times it is woefully poor. This is unfortunately one such example of bad design. I decided to video the window coverings so you can learn from their mistakes.

We were traveling in a foreign country recently and this was the rental unit we stayed in. I won’t spend time talking about how the roller shades were installed poorly. One of the shades actually fell out of the window while we were there due to poor anchoring. Wait, I said I wasn’t going to talk about it.

But the main point of this blog is to talk about how to divide roller shade or other shade panels on sliding doors.

As you can see in the video, there are three panels of glass and two vertical frames in the opening. So, what is the best way to cover this opening? We would have suggested 1 large panel or 3 individual panels to match the window breaks. By choosing 2 panels, they allow a lack of privacy. The gap had about 2″ between panels. If someone is privacy conscious, this will be too much. If they had put the break over the metal part of the door, the frame would have provided privacy. The gap also allowed a lot of light to pour in. Bad for sleeping.

Gap Between Shades

Bottom line: It is better to choose your window coverings carefully to avoid problems than to have mistakes. As you’ve probably noticed, window coverings aren’t inexpensive. Use a trusted professional…like us. For a better example of how to treat a slider, watch this video at



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