What are French Doors & Why Do They Need Blinds?
If you have a porch or a patio you need doors that help to connect these spaces to the house. The door can be either patio doors or French doors. Both are beautiful and absolute show-stealers. French doors have glass panes that extend for the greater part of their length. While French doors open outwards on hinges, patio doors slide sideways along a track. Both are popular choices for doors.
While French doors look gorgeous, allowing lots of natural light to stream through into the house and gives an unobstructed view of the outdoors, you may want to cover the doors with some form of window treatment. Regardless of how pretty they look as it is, a window covering is required to make the door more functional. You cannot leave them bare or naked as they otherwise bring a number of concerns to address. You need a window treatment to protect your privacy, insulate your doors against energy loss, block out the harsh rays of the sun and the harmful UV rays that can cause damage to health, your interiors and electronics. The glare of the sun’s rays can cause irritation and interfere with your work and sleep. Getting the right window treatment that will help elevate the look and appeal of your French doors is a challenge for homeowners.
Installing Blinds on French Doors
Step 1: Choice of Tools
Before you start work on installing the blinds it is advisable to get all the tools needed in one place to prevent confusion while work is in progress.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through 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.
To install blinds successfully on your French doors you need the following tools:
• Measuring tape
• Carpenter’s level
• Electric Drilling machine
• 1/16 inch drill bit
• Flat screwdriver
• Screws brackets
To get the right fit and install the blinds perfectly on your French doors adhere to the steps given below. It is preferable to use a drill bit that is smaller than the screws to be used. When you are making pilot holes make them below the surface.
Step 2: Measurements
Getting the measurements right is the first step towards getting the best-fitted blinds for your French doors. These doors are different from traditional windows and measurements will vary. Take a measuring tape and firstly measure the glass portion of the door. You need to add at least an inch to both the width and the length to get overlap for privacy and light control. Allow a sufficient buffer for handles and hinges when taking the measurements. You do not need to make space for the center molding.
Step 3: Where to Mount
The blinds should be mounted a couple of inches above the glass. On each side of the glass make markings for the brackets using a pencil. Repeat the procedure at the bottom for hold-down brackets. When you open and close the doors these brackets will help to keep the blinds in place. The blinds need to be installed at the top center of the French doors. This is considered the best place for installing the blinds as it is the strongest section of the door. Installing the blinds here will prevent any damage to the wood and also prevent splintering. French doors are normally made of cedar, oak and other forms of solid wood that are known to split.
Step 4: Make Markings
Take a mounting bracket and make markings of the places where the screws will go using a pencil. Repeat these steps for all mounting and hold-down brackets. With the help of a carpenter’s level ensure that the markings are aligned so that the blinds make a straight fit.
Step 5: Drill
Using a 1/16 inch drill bit make pilot holes in every screw mark that you made on the doors a while ago.
Step 6: Secure Brackets
Take the brackets, hold them against the screw holes and secure the screws using your screwdriver. Repeat this step for all the brackets that need to be installed.
Step 7: Install the Blinds
Take the headrail of the blind and slide it into the grooves on the brackets. The headrail will snap into place. Do the same for the bottom rail of the blind.
Point to Remember
French doors, unlike sliding doors, have two doors. You will need two blinds. Ensure that you have taken correct measurements of both the doors. While it is likely that both doors will measure the same, it is better to double-check as there might be a slight difference between the two which needs to be considered when installing the blinds.
As you place the headrail and bottom rail into the grooves, the blinds are ready to use. Installing and fitting blinds on to your French doors are easier than you realize and are completely doable at home. Measurement is the key and once you cross the hurdle, the rest is easy.