How to install bistro blinds

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How to install bistro blinds

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Project Overview

Bistro blinds are a good way to extend your outdoor areas and protect you from the harsh elements. We’ll show you how to install them on a pergola.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and mark the centre of the crossbeam
2 Measure and mark the centre of the beam
3 Screw the blind to your crossbeam
4 Pre-drill the wall anchors and attach the blinds
5 Screw anchors to the wall
6 Install the base anchor plates
7 Install the cleat out of reach of children
  • Step 1. Measure and mark the centre of the crossbeam

    Make sure you install your blinds to a solid structure. We are installing these blinds on a pergola. The first step is to find the centre of the crossbeam for your opening. Measure with your tape measure and mark with your pencil. 

  • Step 2. Measure and mark the centre of the beam

    Now take your tape measure and pencil, and mark up the centre of the blind.
  • Step 3. Screw the blind to your crossbeam

    Line up the two centre points and put a screw in. We are using a baton screw to get a nice solid fixing. Check the blind is level and attach a baton screw at either end

  • Step 4. Pre-drill the wall anchors and attach the blinds

    Pre-drill the wall anchors as per the instructions supplied with your kit. Insert the roped edge of the blind into the wall anchor. This is the channel that the roped edge of the blind can slide into.
  • Step 5. Screw anchors to the wall

    Zip up the blind and screw the anchor to the post. We have a black blind with black railing so we are using black screws. Make sure you have the right length screws to secure it down properly.  
  • Step 6. Install the base anchor plates

    Install the base anchor plates to the bottom of the posts or into the ground.  If you are going to keep your blind down make sure it’s anchored tightly to the base anchor to stop any damage from the wind.
  • Step 7. Install the cleat out of reach of children

    Screw the cleat to the post on the side with the cord at a reasonable height to keep it out of reach of children.  It will take a few days to get all the wrinkles out of the blind, but after that it will drop.

Tools and Materials


  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure


  • Blind
  • Screws
  • Wall anchor tracks
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