If you are planning to put your outdoor space to good use, you can consider installing bistro blinds. Whether you own a cafe or have a beautiful home, weather conditions can be a great deterrent in the proper utilization of your outdoor space. As any café or restaurant owner would agree, outdoor eating areas are a great attraction for customers looking to have a comfortable and relaxing meal. However, creating an outdoor experience for your customers is a serious investment, one that you would like to capitalize on all year round. The same goes for homes, where you would want to turn your garden space into a permanent living area.
So, it is a good idea to install bistro blinds which will allow you to transform your outdoor space into a functional area, irrespective of the weather.
Selecting the Right Bistro Blinds
Bistro blinds are outdoor blinds which enclose your outdoor areas to provide an insulation layer against the elements, all the while preserving the view.
The market is full of outdoor blind solutions that provide a vast range of functionalities. Before making a selection, you need to have a good think about the type of experience you wish to create for yourself or your customers. You might wish to add a bit of privacy with semi-transparent fabric or preserve the view with transparent materials. Your priority might be insulation from outdoor temperatures or create a shaded nook from the scorching sun. If you have to deal with unpredictable weather conditions regularly, you might wish to select foldable or retractable bistro blinds for your outdoor space. Let your needs guide your choice, and you’ll never go wrong.
Before you buy your bistro blinds, do a survey of your outdoor space. You might need one big piece or a few smaller pieces. Bistro blinds usually come in square pieces that are zipped together to enclose the space. The entry and exits have to be planned out beforehand. To measure for Bistro blinds, get the accurate measurement between the inner edges of the posts of walls.
Different Types of Bistro Blinds
Don’t know which blinds to select? Some of the most popular bistro blinds are listed below.
Tinted Alfresco Bistro Blinds provide reprieve from the constant glare of the sun. If you wish for shade and lowered temperatures, this should be your choice.
Crystal Clear Bistro Blinds provide cover without hampering the view. With these blinds, it’s easy to forget you sitting in an enclosed area. These are the perfect choice for nature lovers.
Motorized Bistro Blinds are all the rage nowadays. Their remote-control operation provides a safe and uncluttered cover for your outdoor space, giving you a break from manually opening and closing your blinds. Not to mention, it makes your space look modern and chic.
Installing Bistro Blinds
The first step is to select a beam, wall, or ceiling joist to hang the bistro blind from. You need to fix the headrail onto a level wall or beam overhead.
If a headrail attachment is impossible, you need to put on a bulkhead. For sloping roofs or uneven ceilings, you can put up a custom-made bulkhead to provide an even beam to put on your Bistro.
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.
Step 1: Use metal tape to find the middle point of your upper wall/beam. Mark it using a marker.
Step 2: Use metal tape to find the middle point of your headrail. Mark it using a marker and drill a hole into it. You can skip this step if your headrail comes with pre-drilled holes.
Step 3: Align the middle hole in the headrail with the mark on the beam, and drill the screws in. Use one hand to support the headrail.
Step 4: Drill in two screws at both ends. Make sure that the blind is level.
Step 5:Now it’s time for the wall anchors. This is where the roped-end of the blind will go in. You will put in the roped end in the channel running along the wall anchor. Pick up the lower end of the blind rope and slide it through the anchor channel.
Step 6: Once you have repeated the process with both sides of the blinds, do the zips to close the blinds.
Step 7:Next you need to attach the wall anchors. Hold it against the wall to make sure that the blind stands straight along the gap. Use your drill to drill in the screws through the pre-drilled holes. If the anchor comes without holes, you will need to drill holes in according to your convenience.
Step 8: Now it’s time to put in the base anchor plate. You can put them at the base of the post or on the ground. Drill screws in at the both ends of the anchor plate. Repeat the same on the other side.
Step 9: To make sure you blind stays put even against strong winds, secure the blind bypassing the straps provided at the bottom, through the anchor plate and making a tight knot.
Step 10: If you blind come with cords, you will want to put in a cleat that would hold all the strings. Drill in a clip at the two sides of the blind, and wrap the cords around it. Make sure that you clip them at a height out of reach of children.
Step 11: If you need to join one or more blinds, you will need zip joiner. Zip-off the roped edges of the two blinds and attach the zip joiner. Align the zip joiner with the other blind and join them. Once done, clamp the headrail of the zip joiner in the same way described above.
It will take a few days for the blinds to lose their wrinkles. In a weeks’ time, your blind should look as smooth as glass. Now you are all set to entertain! Reclaim your outdoor space from the whims of the weather and craft a magical experience for your guests.