Do you feel like you could use more privacy at your patio doors? Want more control in modulating the light? Feeling like the space could use a pick-me-up in general? Consider enclosed blinds, which are an amazing option to enhance privacy and give you more light control on your patio doors.
If you’ve been thinking of enhancing your patio doors with enclosed blinds, we’ve got you covered with this step-by-step process. Set aside a Sunday afternoon, grab a friend or a neighbor, and get started on this easy DIY project.
First, gather all your supplies.
Luckily, installing enclosed blinds is a fairly simple process that doesn’t require too many complicated tools; you’ll even be provided the screws you need in order to secure the inner frame.
So just gather the following:
- Utility knife with a sharp blade
- Screwdriver or power drill
- Safety glasses
In addition to those three tools, we recommend you reach out to a friend or family member to help you make the whole process easier. Plus, DIY projects are always a little more fun with company.
Step 1: Remove the Screw Covers
You’re working on double doors, so your first move is to pick a door and get started. First, locate the screw covers around the frame and start to remove each one. We usually use a drywall screw, but anything that works best for you that won’t create any damage on the door.
Step 2: Remove the Screws and Internal Frame
Remember that friend we talked about? This is when he or she will come in handy. As you prepare to remove the frame from inside, have your partner stand on the other side in case the glass starts to slip. Especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve done any work on your doors, the adhesive can be weak and liable to give out once the screws are out.
Step 3: Score the Paint Line Around the Frame & Remove Adhesive
Once your screws are out, you’re going to use your sharpened utility life to score the paint line around the frame. Use firm but gentle pressure so you get the job done without carving too deep into the frame. By doing this, you’ll be removing adhesive that remains. This ensures that your next step will be a whole lot easier.
Step 4: Remove the Door Glass
This is the satisfying part: if you’ve managed to get rid of the adhesive sufficiently, then the door glass should push open at this point with no trouble. Again, you’re definitely going to have an easier time at this point if you’re working with a partner – they’ll be able to catch the glass from the outside as it slides out of the frame.
Step 5: Scrape Away Any Remaining Adhesive
This is an important part. If you don’t make sure that all the adhesive has been removed, your fresh new glass won’t be able to bond correctly with the frame.
Step 6: Guide Your Enclosed Blinds in Place From the Outside
You friend or partner is definitely going to come in handy for this part. With their help, guide your enclosed blinds into place until they sit just right.
Step 7: Line Up and Install the Inside Frame
Once you’ve lined up your inside frame, use the provided screws to get it into place. Don’t over-tighten the screws. Use the lowest setting on your drill and then just hand tighten to finish them off. You’ll thank us for that tip down the line.
Step 8: Put on Those Screw Covers and Finish it off!
Once you’ve put the screw covers back on, you’re definitely going to want to clean the glass. It will definitely be covered in fingerprints and smudges from all the work you’ve put in. When you’re finished, step back and prepare to be impressed by the finished product (don’t forget to remove the operator lock!)
If you’ve been doing each door at a time, now’s the time to move onto the other one. Repeat the steps, and in no time you’ll have beautiful enclosed blinds in you double patio doors.
Installing enclosed blinds on your patio doors is a simple process that you can complete in about an afternoon— but will offer you instant privacy, light control, and a cool aesthetic.
If you’re thinking of adding enclosed blinds, check out our website for more information. And if the idea of a DIY project doesn’t appeal to you at the moment, no worries: we offer easy, professional installation as well. Contact us today at Zabitat for more information.
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