- Though a bit time consuming and daunting, installing blinds on your sliding door on your own is very simple.
- You just need a few tools and follow some simple steps.
- You can add your own touches if you wish, like hanging a drape over the brackets or the rail.
So you ordered some blinds for your patio door, but you are not sure if you should spend the afternoon installing it yourself or pay someone to do it for you? Installing blinds for your door is a simple process that will take you as much time as it would any other person. By doing it yourself you do not just save some money but you can also make sure that it is done right. Plus, many come with a manual guide for the job anyway. If yours did not, we have got all the steps you need to install sliding door blinds (in Port St. Lucie, Florida for example). So unless you are feeling really lazy, try out these simple steps:
Tools Needed For The Process
You will need a steel measuring tape to get the lengths right, a drill, a screwdriver, a pencil, a level and a stool or a ladder. Blinds usually come with screws, anchors, levers and other hardware needed to install them, but you may want to keep a toolbox handy. You might also want to cover your eyes and mouth with glasses and a cloth respectively to avoid dust. Also, be cautious when using the drill. Once you have everything you need it’s time to install.
Steps To Install The Blinds
Measure the door: Use the steel tape to measure the sliding door. First, measure the doors’ length, i.e. from top to bottom, then measure the width, i.e. from side to side. Be careful to note the mat if any at the bottom and windows and door handle at the sides. Be sure to mark them with a pencil and use a level to ensure that they are even.
Measure the blinds and its tracks: Using the tape measure the blinds’ and tracks’ lengths and widths and mark them around the door. If you have someone to help you, ask them to hold the tracks and then the vertical blinds on the door in such a manner that they cover the patio door and quickly mark the measurements.
Install the brackets: Hold the first bracket along the length of the track area you marked on the door on either side. Drill holes where the bracket is supposed to be attached. Insert anchors, and finally, lineup the bracket and screw it to the wall. Repeat the step with the other bracket on the other side. Some verticals may need a third bracket right in the center to support the blinds’ weight, make sure to mark it beforehand and repeat the steps.
Install the tracks: Insert the tracks into the brackets’ slots, sometimes two tracks are inserted depending on the type of vertical blinds. Once the rails are in place insert the clips used for holding the slats into the rails.
Install the slats: Hang each slat onto the clippings by the holes on the top. Once done, use the control chain or wand to see if the verticals are working properly and that the slats are not falling off. Note the texture of each slat to ensure that they have been hung the right way and draw them to make sure they cover the sliding door completely.
Finishing Touches: The sliding door blinds may come with decorations for the brackets or valance to cover the tracks. You can add your own touches if you wish, like hanging a drape over the brackets or the rail. Now your sliding door blinds are ready.
Now all that’s left is to clean up the dust from the drill and pack your tools. Be sure to pack the extra parts that came with your sliding door blinds in Port St. Lucie as well, just in case you need them in the future.