Those big French doors that you thought were such a nice addition to the house are actually a nuisance: they let in too much light in the summer, too much cold air in the winter, and too much noise year round. What you need is a pair of patio door curtains. Look for a thermal pair with a blackout back to reduce noise and keep your house energy efficient. While most thermal French door curtains are dark, you can find lined light cream or beige curtains that do a decent job of blocking light and trapping heat. For maximum efficiency, buy a full-sized sliding door curtain panel that is big enough to cover the entire door. If you need to buy two panels that meet in the middle, you are bound to lose heat where the two panels join. On eBay, you can find a wide inventory of patio door curtains, as well as the hardware that you need to hang them. For such a wide area, grommet top curtains are often the best option, so in that case, all you need is a heavy-duty curtain rod to mount them. With the curtains up, you have all the conveniences of patio doors with none of the hassles.
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