Installing mini blinds on a French door is slightly different from installing them on a window because you don’t install them in a confined space like you would with a window blind. The valance attaches above the area with the glass; this is known as an outside mount.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Safety goggles
- Drill and drill bits
- Philips and flathead screwdrivers or drill bits
- Hold-down brackets
- Clothespin or clamp (optional)
Attach the mounting brackets to the headrail of the blinds temporarily, and hold them against the door in the spot where you want the blinds to start. Ensure the headrail is level.
Outline the brackets, sides and bottom, on the door with the pencil. Depending on the specific model of blinds, you may have to make another mark about 1/8 inch to the outside of each bracket; check the manufacturer’s instructions.
Take the brackets off the headrail; you may have to stick a flathead screwdriver tip between the bracket and rail to snap it off. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you don’t damage the brackets. Do not force the brackets off, because you risk breaking them.
Hold the brackets back up against the door within the marks you made. Mark the screw holes.
Drill pilot holes for each spot, and install the mounting brackets.
Open any doors or panels on the mounting bracket if needed. Sometimes these are separate squares that slide in and out of the bracket, or they swivel up. Not all models have these. Insert the headrail into place by either snapping it in or placing it in the brackets. Close those panels. This will depend on the specific model. Connect the wand (which tilts the blinds open).
Attach the valance clips to the headrail. Do not install them on top of the cords.
Locate the guidelines on either end of the valance. Bend these in at a 90-degree angle so that when you install the valance, the ends point toward the door. Not every model will have these guidelines.
Install the valance by snapping it into the clips.
Unwrap the blind cords carefully. Don't cut them out of their wrapping, because you might cut the cords themselves. Test the blind cords and wand.
Lower the blind to their full length. Insert the hold-down bracket pins into the hole in the side of the blind's endcaps.
Hold the brackets against the door and mark the location of the screw holes in the brackets. Ensure the two brackets are even with each other. Remove the brackets and move the blinds out of the way.
Drill pilot holes in the spots you marked and attach the brackets. When you lower the blinds, you should be able to bend the brackets back a little to allow the pin to get into the blind’s endcap.
Tips and warnings
- Measure carefully if the door handle is right next to the glass or another area you want the blinds to cover. If the handle is a lever, ensure it won’t catch in the blinds when you tilt them open.
- Hold-down brackets aren’t always automatically included in window blind kits. When buying the kit, check if you need to order hold-down brackets separately.
- Measure the door so that the blinds overlap with the nonglass portion. This gives you better light filtering and more clearance when installing the blinds. If the door has raised trim around the glass, measure so that the blinds will cover the trim, and order spacer brackets, which allow the blinds to be installed slightly out from the door so they don’t bump up against the trim.
- Clip the blind cords out of the way with a clothespin or clamp so that children do not get caught in long cords.
- Wear safety goggles when cutting or drilling into the door.
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