Fully Closing Draperies
Sliding panels are a good solution for patio doors in a more contemporary setting and are available in a variety of colours and textures to match your decor. The panels slide under each other when open and you are left with one panel width at the side. The vertical panels can range from 11 to 24 inches; the more panels the less glass is covered when they are open. Sliding panels are available in a wide range of materials providing varying degrees of privacy and light control.
If you want to combine the traditional look of sheer draperies and the functionality of vertical blinds choose sheer verticals. The under structure is a vertical blind but the sheer fabric that covers the vertical vanes brings this treatment to a new level. By simply rotating the vanes you can go from light filtering to complete privacy.
Sliding Shoji Screens
This is an unusual solution for a patio door but it is a functional one. A shoji screen has a wooden gridded frame with translucent paper inserted between the grids. Check out Shoji Design Inc. for beautiful designs.
Bi-fold plantation shutters are hinged together and fold against each other, similar to a closet door. You can choose between panels that are free hanging or ones used with a track to guide and support them. Bi-fold panels can be configured to open to one side or to both sides of the window.