Are patio doors suitable for blinds?
If your patio doors are used frequently to enter and exit your home, you’ll need blinds that coordinate with them. Some of your best options are of the Roller, Pleated, or Metal Venetian blind variety. They can be installed in the frame, allowing your blinds become a permanent part of your door.
Outside mount blinds should be used if you wish to install blackout window coverings to filter out undesirable light. Blinds that are mounted on the outside of the window frame provide more light coverage than blinds that are mounted on the inside of the window frame.
Alternatively you can even mount them on the exteriors of your home. Outdoor blinds are effective at reducing the heat before it touches your window, and can also protect your outdoor space like a deck or patio.
Installing Patio Door Blinds
One of the most common applications for these blinds is to decorate patio deck doors, since they provide quick access or complete privacy with the simple pull of a drawstring. They’re also simple to set up. All you have to do now is follow these simple instructions:
- Measuring is the first step in the process.
From the top of the doors to the floor, measure the width of the patio doors. Make sure to account for any rugs or flooring at the bottom of the stairs, as well as the mounting hardware that will be installed above the doors. Then, from side to side, measure the width of the doors, taking into account any window moldings and the door handle. For ultimate seclusion, you may want to extend a few inches on either side to entirely cover the glass doors. Blinds that only cover a small portion of the width of patio doors are likewise unattractive.
- Installation of the Brackets is the second step in the process.
Depending on the type of blinds you choose, all blinds will come with pre-packaged mounting gear, which will typically include wall anchors, screws, brackets, and other items. To install the mounting hardware on your wall, follow the accompanying instructions. Most sets require you to pre-drill the anchors, which you’ll most likely screw in the brackets once they’ve been installed into the wall. There will be two side brackets at either end of the head rail, from which the blinds will hang, depending on the width and material of the blinds. A third center bracket may be necessary to appropriately divide the weight of the blinds so they don’t fall to the floor.
- Mounting the Head Rail is the third step in the process.
Once your brackets are in place, install the head rail into the brackets, making sure that the location is consistent with the width of your patio doors’ specifications.
- Finish is the last step in the process.
Most blinds come with a rod or vane attachment that allows for twist control of the blinds’ opening and shutting, as opposed to a chain or drawstring attachment that may slide the blinds open or shut, covering them from end to end. Finishing elements, such as valances or decorative bracket attachments, will be included to disguise the functioning parts of the head rail and/or the mounting brackets themselves. These are decorative items that are highly advised to complement the elegance of your new blinds and give your patio doors a lovely appearance.
Type of Mount
The style of mounting has a big impact on the size of your blinds for your sliding glass door. Inside mounts are installed within the window casing and do not cover the border. Outside mounts, on the other hand, are installed on the wall outside the doorframe. The depth of the windows dictates the type of mount. If a window doesn’t have enough depth to place the blinds inside the frame, you’ll have to go for an outside mount. For vertical blinds, outside mounts are more popular.
- Using Molding or Not Using Molding
If the window is encased in molding, make sure the specifications account for it when installing an outside mount. The measurement will be from the floor to 2 inches above the opening if there is no molding.
- Width measurement
- Inside Mount
- Determine the width of the doors from the inside edge of the right frame to the inside edge of the left frame, measure the exact width to an eighth of an inch.
- Take measurements of the window’s top, bottom, and center. Determine the smallest of the three widths.
- Allow a minimum of 2.5 inches of depth within the window/door to complete the blind installation.
- Outside Mount
- Determine how far the blind’s edges should extend on either side of the window if it’s mounted outside.
- Outside mount shades should cover around 1/1.5-2 inch of the wall on either side, whereas vertical blinds will extend 4-5 inches beyond the actual window.
- When measuring outside mount blinds and shades, remember to take the width of the window trim into account.
- Height Measurement
- Inside Mount
- Determine the height of the doors. If it’s an inside mount, measure from the top of the window trim to the bottom trim.
- Take the tallest measurement and round it up to the nearest 1/8 inch on the left, right, and center sides of the door. To prevent dragging of the vanes, take the measurement so that the blinds rest just above the floor.
- Outside Mount
- If you want to mount the head rail outside, measure from the top of the head rail to the ground. Vertical blinds should be 3 inches above the window opening. The vanes must not touch the floor and must come to a stop slightly above it.
- Vertical blinds, unlike shades, place a premium on height. Any additional will be unnoticeable in the majority of colors. The length of the vanes, on the other hand, is determined by height.