What Blinds Are Best For Bifold Doors?

What Blinds Are Best For Bifold Doors?

Duette Blinds Folding Doors
Posted: 25 Jan 2022

Many people now have folding doors as a part of their conservatory and orangery.  They provide an easy way to let light and air into a conservatory during the warmer months. This does mean that when buying blinds for a conservatory with a folding door; you need to think about what blinds would best work with the bi-fold system. This often leaves people asking: what blinds are best for bifold doors?

pure™ Pleated Blinds for Bifold Doors

Our pure™ Pleated Blinds are an excellent option for bi-fold doors. Due to the small profile of the pure rail;  they can be recess fitted into the frame of each part of the door. This means that they can be fitted into doors that open internally without interfering with their operation. Because folding door blinds are taller than standard side blinds; the stack of the fabric when the blinds are retracted could look large and bulky. However, thanks to the design of the pure™ Pleated Blinds. They will retract away neater than any standard blind system.

What Blinds Are Best For Folding Doors

Duette® Blinds for Bifold Doors

As with pure™ Pleated Blinds, Duette® blinds can also be recess fitted into the frames of the door. Duette® Blinds are often used in bi-fold doors due to the extra insulation the honeycomb structure of the fabric provides. and the rectangular shapes of the doors are ideal for the Duette® fabric. The main disadvantage of Duette®, when compared to our Solar Design™ Pleated fabrics, is that, due to the double-layer design of the Duette® fabric, the stack of the blinds will be bigger when they are retracted.

What Blinds Are Best For Folding Doors

pure™ Pinoleum Blinds for Bifold Doors

Pinoleum Blinds are a type of Roman Blind so they cannot be recess fitted into a set of bi-fold doors, as the size of the fabric stack when the blinds are retracted would not allow you to properly close the doors. However, if the doors fold back externally then our pure™ Pinoleum Blinds can be fitted above the doors, and hang just in front of them. The main downside of this approach is that it means the blinds will start to move in the wind should they be extended while the doors are open, but some people like to use the pinoleum wood weave to compliment the style of their conservatory.


What Blinds Are Best For Folding Doors

Other Blinds

It is possible to use other types of blinds, such as roller blinds or vertical blinds, with bi-fold doors; although as with Pinoleum Blinds they can only be fitted above the doors if the doors fold back externally. It is technically possible to have blinds in a Perfect Fit frame recess fitted into the frames of a bi-fold door, however, it requires the doors to have a larger-than-normal bead depth to allow for the frame to fit. The Perfect Fit blinds still have the same disadvantages that they have in normal conservatory windows. The frame may cover up a portion of the glass and for The Perfect Fit blinds, we only use classic pleated fabrics; which have not been designed to be used in a conservatory.

Combination Blinds

In the colder months, bi-folding doors can lose a vast amount of heat through their metal frames. However, combining our large folding door roller blind and individual Duette® blinds or pure™ pleated blinds for each panel; is a great way to keep your room feeling warm this winter. ⁠


Overall, it’s easy to fit blinds into a set of bi-folding doors that offer a neat result that doesn’t interfere with the door’s operation. If you are wondering what blinds are best for bifold doors, arrange an appointment with a member of our sales team and they will be able to see exactly what type of blinds would be suitable for your doors.


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