Installing Blinds on Doors
French doors or sliding doors are a common feature in houses. These doors either provide access to an outdoor space like a patio or a porch or are used to act as dividers between rooms. Wherever they may be mounted, these doors make a stunning addition to the rooms. Patio doors or French doors allow ample light to flow into the room. They fill homes with positive energy and vibes. They effortlessly become the focal points in a room and leave a lingering impression on all. While these glass doors make a beautiful addition, they also bring in excess natural light, glare and UV rays. They can compromise your privacy as they can expose a considerable part of your homes to the world outside and can also cause energy loss in the house during the winter and summer months. Even though these doors are a fantastic choice for your homes they need to be well treated to make them functional. You can choose from a large range of blinds, shades, shutters and drapes to dress up your windows and allow them to effortlessly integrate with your existing decor and surroundings.
In this discussion, we will focus on the ways you can mount blinds on your doors. Rather than spending money on getting a professional to get them installed, you can easily mount them by yourself. Measurements are the key to ensure the correct installment of the blinds. If you take incorrect measurements, the blinds will not make a good fit and they will lose their effectiveness and beauty.
How to Measure for Door Blinds
1. Door blinds will always be outside mount. There is hardly any space for inside mounts which means that the blinds will have to be fit on the exterior part of the door (ie, the door frame itself).
2. Measure the width and length of the glass. If there is a raised moulding around the glass that you want the blinds to cover take measurements from the outside of the moulding edge to the outside edge width and length. Remember to add an additional inch to the width and three or four inches to the length. This is to provide additional privacy and some installation space. Too much width is not desirable as they will interfere with the handles of the doors.
3. It is preferable to have tit and lift controls near the door hinges and away from the door handles.
4. Some doors have lever-type handles and these can interfere with tilting of blind slats. If you want to tilt the French door blinds you need to move the slats from behind the lever to get them out of the way.
5. Use hold down brackets to keep the bottom part of the blind or shade in place. This is because when you have the blinds lowered, they will swing every time the door is opened and closed.
Installing Blinds on Doors
To install blinds on your doors, firstly you need to get the brackets mounted. To do so:
Step 1: Take measurements of 2 inches from the outside of either side of the door. Make markings with a pencil. Locate the center of the door. Make a spot 2 inches above the center of the door and mark it using a pencil.
Step 2: Take a level and check the markings to ensure that they are on a straight line otherwise you will have an uneven blind installation.
Step 3: Using a power drill, drill in holes in three places above the door.
Step 4: Take the brackets, place them on the markings and screw them into the holes.
Install the Blinds
Once the brackets have been mounted it is time to install the blinds.
Step 1: Take the headrail of the blinds and hold them in such a way that they face you.
Step 2: Slide the headrail smoothly into the brackets.
Step 3: Snap the headrail into place. Apply a little pressure and you will hear a click once when they are properly installed.
Step 4: Blinds have been successfully mounted. Raise and lower them a couple of times to ensure that are functioning smoothly.
Depending upon the material of your door frame you will need different types of screws to hold the blinds in place. For metal frames, you need screws that are designed for metal rather than wood screws that are supplied with blinds.
What You Need?
To effectively install blinds on windows you need the following tools:
• Pencil for markings
• Power Drill
• Wood screws or screws for metal frame
Installing blinds on doors is simple and hassle-free. Measurements are the key for giving your door blinds the perfect fit.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damages caused by following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.