How to install blinds on a metal door

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How to install blinds on a metal door
Horizontal Window Blinds (rainbow blind background image by Stephen Orsillo from

Horizontal slat blinds are good option for metal doors because they come in a variety of styles, colours and materials that will most likely blend in with the surroundings and fit on a door. The blinds should be 2 inches wider than the glass in the window and it should be 2 inches taller than the window to make sure it overlaps the glass. It is possible to install blinds on metal doors with a few materials.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Drill with a Phillips head bit
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Valance rods (optional)

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  1. 1

    Mount the brackets 2 inches above the window and use a measuring tape for adequate placement. Hold the brackets against the door and use a pencil to mark the screw holes on the door. Make sure the bracket marks are level with each other and use a level to determine this.

  2. 2

    Align one bracket up against the marks you made with one hand and with the other hand, use a drill to attach the brackets with self-tapping screws. These screws drill their own hole and pilot holes are unnecessary. Make sure the brackets fit tight against the door.

  3. 3

    Slide the head rail of the blinds into the brackets. The head rail or long metal piece should fit snugly in the grooves of the brackets.

  4. 4

    Check that the blinds work correctly on the door and do not get in the way of the door opening and closing.

  5. 5

    Attach the valance over the head rail by lining it up with the valance clips and it should snap into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you purchase self-tapping screws that are the appropriate size for the blind brackets.

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