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How to Install Vertical Blinds on a Glass Sliding Door

February 14, 2014 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

In this post, you’ll learn ...

  • Why choose vertical blinds for sliding glass doors.
  • Tools you need in order to install your vertical blinds.
  • Instructions for accurately hanging blinds.For more pictures, visit our Photo Gallery.


People prefer to do things themselves these days, and home decoration is no exception. The phrase, “If you want it done right, you're going to have to do it yourself,” is the perfect epitome when it comes to decorating your house – window treatments included. Vertical blinds on a sliding glass door are the most common window treatment because they can fully cover the windows or allow total light inside. They also slide out of the way for access to the door. However, many folks are afraid of DIY blind installation.

If you're worried you might not get the job done right, have no fear, this guide should get you through the process smoothly. Sliding glass door blinds are always a great addition to any home, so make sure you follow the guide to the tee for perfection.

You will need

  • Tape Measure
  • Electric Screw Driver
  • Pencil
  • Vertical blinds and hardware
  • Level

Step 1: Take measurements

Measure the width of the blind’s track, as well as the blinds themselves to ensure you have the proper size. If you want to do this quickly, have someone hold up the blinds as if they were attached to take the measurements.

Step 2: Mark your measurements

Find where your tracks end and lightly mark those two points; then, lightly mark at the top of the track at the width-points. This will be your guide for the bracket. Before moving on to step 3, use your level to ensure that the two points drawn (where your brackets will be placed) are level.

Step 3: Drill

Within the four points mentioned above, you will place your two brackets. Take one bracket and fit it within the two marks on either side.

Drill pilot holes in the wall using a 3/8-inch drill bit where the screws will fit into the brackets. Insert the provided wall anchors into the pilot holes so the flange of the anchor is flush against the wall. Once the anchor is inserted and the bracket it lined up, insert the screws. Be sure that these are tightly fit as loose screws will inevitably come out; stripping the wood or drywall they are attached to.

Step 4: Assemble

Vertical Blinds

Once the brackets are set-up, it's time to insert the tracks. Grab the tracks (the number of tracks you need will be dictated by the size and weight of the blinds you buy) and insert them into their respective slots. Most manufacturers implement a click system that makes this process incredibly easy, so you should have no problems with this portion. After you've done this, it's time to get the blind carriers set in place. The “carrier” is the small clip that holds the blinds. Make sure that they are all facing the right direction as well. You can test this by turning the mechanism that opens and closes the blinds themselves.

Step 5: Finish

The final step is to simply put the blinds into the carriers, which should be an easy process if you've followed the guide accurately so far. Each blind should have its own openings, located at the top, where the carrier will latch on. Take the blind and place it on the carrier until it's held. Once you've done this, you should double check and see if all of your blinds are properly placed facing in the right direction. You will know if the blinds have been placed in the right direction if all textures, finishes or curves are facing the same way.

If this seems like a task too big to tackle yourself, call your local Patio Enclosures. We offer a wide range of custom blinds and shades to complement any décor. Plus we take care of the measurements, ordering and installation process so you don’t have to.

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