How to Install Bistro Blinds Effectively and Flawlessly


It is quite natural to have lesser scope for outdoor entertainments at home during the winter season. Unless, you have some sort of protection from the rain and wind! Of course, you can construct a roof over the deck to create a shelter that can protect you from the external elements or you can even enclose the sides of the deck as an effective solution to make it a comfortable outdoor space. But, this will involve a lot of money and even a permanent utilization of the space, which may not even be required throughout the year. The best and most prudent option is, therefore, to screen the outdoor elevated deck, to protect you from the unpredictable weather conditions, with bistro blinds.

Bistro Blinds
Bistro Blinds

Need for a Bulkhead

It is inevitable that you will need some kind of support whenever you would want to install the bistro blinds, effectively and efficiently. It is essential to make sure that the head rails are attached to level beams and the walls or the ceiling joists. This will ensure that the blinds drop to the floor squarely. It will also make the operation easier as the zip will open and close smoothly. If the deck has perimeter beams then these will create a sloping skill on roof, making the level head rail attachment nearly impossible. To avoid such issues, you will need a proper solution and a do it yourself (DIY) bulkhead is the perfect solution to the problem. Then you can attach the bulkhead below the sloping perimeter beams. This will provide a level surface to fix the head rails.

Making the Bulkhead

To make the bulkhead to fix the bistro blinds, you will need to follow a specific process:

• Secure a U-shaped aluminum channel of the required measurement to the perimeter with screws
• Cut proper length of primed H3 timber boards making an angle that will match the sloping beams
• Slot these boards into the channel
• Reinforce the boards on the outside with primed H3 pine
• Cover it all with cladding

Make sure that everything is planned and is within your budget. If you are unsure about the process and its precise measurements, call on professionals to fix the bistro blinds.

Outdoor Bistro Blinds for Home
Outdoor Bistro Blinds for Home

Steps to install the Blinds

The steps followed to install the blinds need care and caution. The steps are as follows:

• When the bulkhead is secured, clamp the blinds. Make it ready for drilling, measuring the spots exactly.
• Once the bistro blinds are securely clamped, it is time to focus on the rail heads and to clamp them as well by attaching them with screws.
• If there are any additional blinds that you need to attach to the blind that you have already fastened, join them together with the help of the provided zippers.
• When all the blinds are properly in place, attach the wall anchors by drilling holes and securing them with screws.
• Finally, anchor the bistro blinds with the anchor plates to be ready to use it.
• Lastly, make sure that you use a cord cleat roll up the blinds easily in a single and smooth motion.

Going through the process, it is evident that installing the blinds is a time-consuming process and there are a few exact measurements to be made, in order to install it efficiently and smoothly. It is better not to do it alone as even the slightest mistake in measurement and fixing may affect the functionality of the blinds in a negative manner.