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How to Install Outdoor Blinds and Shutters

7 Mar 2024
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How to Install Outdoor Blinds and Shutters

Transforming your living space doesn’t have to be a daunting task with the help of outdoor blinds and shutters – both popular choices in the Australian home improvement sphere

Whether you’re looking to bask in the sunny outdoors without the harsh solar glare or seeking added security, privacy and insulation, these practical alternatives are a game changer. 

Outdoor blinds provide a versatile solution, allowing you to control your home environment effortlessly. They offer a multitude of benefits that extend beyond mere aesthetics and sun protection. They help expand your living space and play a pivotal role in regulating temperatures, providing additional insulation against both heat and cold. 

Meanwhile, shutters exude a classic and timeless charm. Available in various styles, such as plantation, roller or custom units, shutters contribute to an elegant and sophisticated aesthetic that can complement both modern and traditional spaces. 

Now, the thought of DIY blinds installation or installing your own shutters might have you second-guessing your DIY skills. Fear not! Whether you’re embarking on a weekend project or revamping your entire space, we’re here to guide you through the process.

Important Note:  Products may vary and additional steps may need to be employed to install roller blinds or other types of window treatments properly depending on the manufacturer and model.

Of course, if you want a hassle-free, professional installation, you can always get in touch with us at Modern Group!   

 

Table of Contents

This article covers the following topics and includes easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions on how to install outdoor blinds and shutters.

 

How to Install Outdoor Blinds

First things first; gather your essential tools crafted for outdoor use—a reliable cordless drill, a spirit level, measuring tape, pencil, brackets, screws, and, of course, your specially designed outdoor blinds or blind kit. 

  1. Strategically mark the drill points. Utilise your measuring tape and pencil to mark drill points on the surfaces of your outdoor space. Given the openness and exposure to the elements, ensure brackets are well-placed to not only support the blinds but also withstand outdoor conditions with resilience.
  2. Install the brackets. Secure the brackets into the marked drill points using your cordless drill. In outdoor settings, durability is paramount, so confirm the levelness and sturdiness of the brackets.
  3. Affix the outdoor blinds. Following the manufacturer’s guidelines, meticulously affix your outdoor blinds, adapting the process to the specific requirements of each outdoor setting. This typically involves securely attaching the blinds to the brackets, considering the need for a snug fit against the outdoor elements.
  4. Evaluate the blinds for functionality. Test the blinds for smooth operation by opening and closing them to ensure the mechanism functions seamlessly.
  5. Tailor positioning for comfort. Fine-tune the positioning of the blinds to align perfectly with the characteristics of each outdoor setting. Confirm they deliver the desired level of coverage, privacy, and protection against outdoor elements while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your space. 

Going through the steps and having the right equipment are crucial, and this is where a Modern installer comes in, saving you time and effort. 

 

How to Install Shutters

If you’ve opted for roller or plantation shutters, follow these basic steps tailored for the installation of each type of shutter. 

 

Installing Roller Shutters

Before diving into the installation, ensure you have all the necessary tools on hand: a power drill, a spirit level, a pencil, screws, wall plugs, and, of course, your roller shutters.

  1. Verify the roller shutter components. Unbox your roller shutters and familiarise yourself with the different components. Ensure all parts are present and in good condition before proceeding with the installation.
  2. Take precise measurements of the window or opening. Measure the dimensions of the window or opening where the roller shutters will be installed. Precision is crucial, so double-check your measurements to ensure a perfect fit.
  3. Mark the drill holes. Using a pencil, mark the positions for the drill holes on the wall or window frame. These markings will serve as your guide during the installation process.
  4. Install the brackets. Secure the brackets into the marked drill holes using your power drill. Ensure the brackets are level and tightly affixed. These brackets will provide the necessary support for your roller shutters.
  5. Mount the roller shutter. Carefully place the roller shutter onto the brackets, ensuring a secure fit. If your roller shutters have a locking mechanism, make sure it engages correctly for added security.
  6. Confirm smooth operation. Test the roller shutter to ensure smooth operation. It should roll up and down without any resistance. Address any issues with alignment or movement at this stage.
  7. Adjust for alignment. Fine-tune the alignment of the roller shutter if necessary. It should sit evenly within the window frame or opening, providing effective coverage.
  8. Conduct a final check. Perform a final check to ensure all components are secure, the roller shutter operates smoothly, and there are no visible issues. This step ensures a successful installation and long-term reliability.

 

Installing Plantation Shutters

Before embarking on your plantation shutter installation journey, gather your tools: a cordless drill, screws, a spirit level, measuring tape, a pencil, and, of course, your beautiful plantation shutters with pre-assembled frames. 

  1. Examine your plantation shutters. Unpack and inspect your plantation shutters (whether inside-mount or outside-mount). Take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship and ensure all parts or components are present and in pristine condition.
  2. Measure for precision. Begin by measuring the window or door frame where you want to put the plantation shutters. Measure the width and height, accounting for any potential variations in the opening.
  3. Mark the pilot holes. Using a pencil, mark where the pilot holes for the hinges will be drilled. This step ensures precision and alignment during the installation process.
  4. Install the hinges. Secure the hinges into the marked pilot holes using your cordless drill. Ensure they are firmly in place, providing a sturdy foundation for your plantation shutters.
  5. Hang the plantation shutter. Gently lift your plantation shutter and align it with the installed hinges. Carefully secure the shutter onto the hinges, ensuring a snug fit. This step lays the foundation for the elegant transformation of your windows.
  6. Test the shutter for smooth operation. Open and close the plantation shutter to ensure it moves smoothly and without any resistance. This step ensures that your shutters not only look good but also function flawlessly.
  7. Confirm the evenness of alignment. Check the alignment of the plantation shutters. They should sit evenly within the frame, creating a cohesive and visually pleasing look.
  8. Conduct a final aesthetic check. Step back and admire your handiwork. Ensure that the plantation shutters are not only functional but also complement the overall aesthetics of your space. This final check guarantees a visually stunning result.

Going through the steps and having the right equipment are crucial, and this is where a Modern installer comes in, saving you time and effort.

 

Empower Your Decision: DIY or Professional Installation?

Ready for your DIY venture? With this general guide, you might find joy in the hands-on window blinds installation approach, or in putting up your own shutters. But if the intricacies seem overwhelming, fear not – Modern Group professional installers stand ready to ensure perfection. 

Better yet, if you’re still in the project planning stage, get in touch with us and share your ideas, so we can help you tailor the best solution that fits your needs and design specifications.

 

FAQs

The installation time for roller shutters varies based on the number of shutters and the complexity of the installation. Generally, a standard installation can be completed within a day, while larger or more intricate projects may take longer.

While it’s possible to install roller shutters yourself, we can always provide professional assistance for optimal results. Our experienced installers ensure precise fitting and proper operation, maximizing the benefits of your roller shutters.

Typically, our installation team will bring all the necessary tools and equipment for the installation process. However, if you prefer to handle the installation yourself, you may need basic tools such as a drill, screwdriver, spirit level, measuring tape, and ladder.

Yes, roller shutters can be customized to fit almost any window size or shape. Roller shutters are versatile and can fit any window, including standard rectangular ones and uniquely shaped ones like arched or angled windows. We offer customization options to ensure a perfect fit, making roller shutters suitable for all window types.

The time can vary depending on the number of windows and the complexity of the installation. On average, it might take a few hours per window.

Yes, our plantation shutters can be customized to fit a variety of window shapes and sizes, including irregularly shaped windows. Our team will assess your windows and provide tailored solutions for a perfect fit.

If the shutters don’t fit perfectly, adjustments can often be made by trimming the frame or panels slightly. However, it’s essential to be careful not to damage the shutters during this process.

Common mistakes include incorrect measurements, improper alignment, and insufficient fastening. It’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely to avoid such errors.

Plantation shutters can be installed using either an inside mount (within the window frame) or an outside mount (on the wall surrounding the window). The choice depends on the window style and personal preference.

Installation difficulty can vary depending on factors such as the type of blinds and the mounting surface. While some DIY enthusiasts may manage, professional installation is often recommended for optimal results.

Common tools may include a drill, screwdriver, spirit level, measuring tape, and possibly a ladder or scaffolding for working at heights.

Yes, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use proper safety gear, such as gloves and safety glasses. Take precautions when working at heights and ensure the area is clear of any hazards.

Installing outdoor blinds on a balcony or patio is a straightforward process that begins with measuring the space accurately. Once you’ve selected the appropriate blinds for your needs, our installation team will securely mount them using brackets or tracks, ensuring they are properly aligned and anchored to withstand wind and weather conditions.

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