French doors with plantation shutters

Why Shutters Are The Best Window Treatment For French Doors

July 16, 2019

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might open onto the deck, yard, or balcony. And the beauty of French doors lies in the light they bring, and the way they open up a room.

The same glass panels that make French doors so attractive pose a dilemma for homeowners from Boston To Sacramento. How do you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing the door’s functionality? Is there a window treatment that allows for light control while being energy efficient? What makes plantation shutters the best window treatment for French doors?

Why Plantation Shutters Are The Best French Door Window Treatment

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass goes only so far in insulating against the weather elements your town experiences. That’s why the best window treatment needs to be able to reduce airflow and heat transfer so that the room’s temperature remains pleasant without having the HVAC system work any harder.

The most energy-efficient window treatment for French doors is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood shutters are engineered with exclusive weatherstripping. When closed properly, these plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of airflow from the French door’s glass and reduce heat transfer by up to 45%. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.

Light & Privacy Control

A French door window treatment lets you adjust for more or less light easily. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be set up in a way that allows you to do that. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be made from a material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. And the best window treatment needs to cover the French door entirely so that passersby (and pesky drones) can’t look in.

Our plantation shutters are made from solid wood or a synthetic polymer that blocks the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod allows you to adjust the louvers for as much light – and view – as you need.


The window treatment should be made from quality material that can withstand all the times you swing the French doors open. The more use the door gets, the stronger the window treatment should be. The best French door window treatment would handle years of daily use and adjustments without showing signs of wear.

Sunburst’s Polywood and Ovation wood shutters are made from premium materials that are solid and built to last. That means your French door shutters will look beautiful and stay functional for decades.


The window treatment should stay fastened to the French door as you’re opening it. Otherwise, it can sway or rattle against the glass if it’s not set up correctly or if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame.

Shutters for French doors are permanently mounted on the non-glass part of the door. So unlike blinds and shades, shutters don’t sway or rattle when the door is opened and closed. What’s more, they’re custom made to accentuate the shape of the French door and the view outside.

How To Get Shutters For Your French Doors 

French doors in a bedroom 

We offer plantation shutters for French doors in Polywood and Ovation®. Our local store can custom make them with a square or circle handle cutout so you can access the door handle. Use our locator tool to find the Sunburst store nearest you. Then, call them to get started on your French door shutters!