Panel glides

In recent years panel glides have grown in popularity. They are a good option to put on sliding doors as they can be stacked back just as far as the door is open, or if you are wanting more light to come in they can be stacked right back off the glass provided there is room.

Fabric

Panel glides are available in a wide range of plain, patterned and textured fabrics. Fabric density options include blockouts for privacy and darkness, translucents for privacy and light, and sunscreens for daytime privacy while keeping the view through your window. Panel glides are easily coordinated in the same or complimentary fabrics as the roller blinds or Roman blinds on other windows within the same area. You also have the choice of including joins or battens like you may have on your Roman blinds to continue the same look throughout the room.

Installation

As with vertical blinds, panel glides have a few different options when it comes to stacking. Depending on how this is done will have a direct bearing on the number of panels, the width of each panel and tracks that are used. For example, if you have five panels stacking one way then you will require five tracks and each panel will be one fifth the size of the area that you are covering. In the same instance, if it is practical, you could have nine panels on the same five tracks but have them centre opening and because there are more panels, each one will be narrower. Due to the nature of how the panels stack one in front of the other, the tracks that are used can be fairly bulky and require large brackets to hold them up. For this reason people will often choose to add a linear valance or pelmet to hide the track and brackets leaving them with a more attractive finish.

Cleaning

As with any blind or curtain, the key to keeping them looking fresh is regular cleaning. This can just involve quickly running over your panel glides with a feather duster every now and then to take any dust off the surface. Another way of doing this is to use a soft vacuum with an upholstery brush attachment to remove the surface dust. Generally if they are in a situation where they are exposed regularly to condensation or moisture, there is a higher chance of mildew build up on the bottom of the blades. Mildew is caused by dust collecting on the surface of the blades then combined with the moisture in the air it can grow and leave marks on the fabric. Most fabrics have an element of mildew resistance, however, this does not mean they clean themselves, so they will still need some attention over time.