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I am trying to fit add on, enclosed blinds (like these) to the rear door of my new home. I have not been able to find a set of blinds that fit appropriately and I am not sure why. I've returned 2 sets so far.

  • Is this a non-standard door?
  • Using the measurements below where can I purchase blinds that actually fit?
  • Is there a type of enclosed blind that has the narrow clearance I need to fit it with the door hardware?
  • Are there other, equally effective solutions for putting privacy blinds on this door?
    • I want to avoid blinds that slap against the door when it is opened and closed.

Window Frame Measurements:

  • Inside frame
    • Vertical: 63 in. (approx)
    • Horizontal: 21 in. (approx)
  • Outside frame
    • Vertical: 66 in.
    • Horizontal: 23 3/4 in.
  • Distance to hardware from frame
    • Door handle: 1/2 in (approx)
    • Deadbolt: 3/4 in (approx)

Pictures:

Full door frame:

Rear door

Inside vertical measurement:

Inside vertical measurement

Inside horizontal measurement:

Inside horizontal measurement

Outside vertical measurement:

Outside vertical measurment

Outside horizontal measurement:

Outside horizontal measurement

Handle to frame measurement:

Door handle to frame

Deadbolt to frame measurement:

Deadbolt to frame

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  • The problem is that there's no "standard" glass opening size. You need a blind made for that specific brand of door, or you need a custom size.
    – isherwood
    Feb 14 '20 at 21:13
  • A new door with the blind built in is 670.00 on Home Depot's web site = happy wife. here a link to a retro fit window. amazon.com/ODL-Blinds-Raised-Frame-Doors/dp/B00AIVT6QU/…
    – Alaska Man
    Feb 16 '20 at 17:31
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You just need to have the blinds cut to size, many home stores even big box can cut custom sizes. To avoid blind slap some blinds come with lower mounts that hold the bottom bar in place. This limits the blind to twisting them to horizontal for open or verticals for closed. Some higher end blinds actually have rails that contain the blind and bottom and keep it in place. And can be raised and lowered

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I want to avoid blinds that slap against the door when it is opened and closed.

You could use normal blinds, but velcro the bottom of the blinds to the doorframe. It's mildly more work than normal blinds, but it eliminates the slapping and is easy enough to detach and raise.

Going in a different direction, another idea would be applying privacy window film to the door's window. That gives you privacy but doesn't do much for sun glare.

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  • You can buy a window replacement for that door that has the blinds built inside of it between the two panes of glass and they are actuated by a lever in the trim of the window.
    – Alaska Man
    Feb 14 '20 at 18:03
  • @Rob Elliot I appreciate that recommendation!
    – Shrout1
    Feb 14 '20 at 19:01
  • @AlaskaMan I will look into that! It might be more expensive than finding add on blinds, but the wife is going crazy because I'm using a trash bag over the window at the moment :P I'll look into it for sure!
    – Shrout1
    Feb 14 '20 at 19:02
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Self answering! I finally brought my measurements with me to Home Depot and sure enough they had what I needed! I wasn’t sure it was going to fit during the installation but the blinds turned out to be perfect, real snug.

In my circumstances I needed to order 24”x66” blinds (which seem obvious). I should have brought my measurements and pictures the first time!

Here are the blinds installed: Blinds installed

And here is the packaging for the ODL product I ultimately needed:

ODL Box

Thanks again for the help everyone!

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  • Nice, looks just like the one i linked too except the dimensions. What was the cost ?
    – Alaska Man
    Mar 24 '20 at 15:27
  • Yes I think it's almost identical! Thank you for your link, it got me pointed in the right direction :) It cost $137 USD with taxes. Not too bad!
    – Shrout1
    Mar 24 '20 at 17:46

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