By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A vertical blind is a popular window treatment for sliding glass doors and windows because it provides privacy that can be controlled like a horizontal blind with vanes that open, close and fold away stacked on one side. To operate you use a pull cord wand that adjusts the angle and movement of the vanes.
These can be light-filtering or room-darkening and made of vinyl or covered in fabric that matches a header valance installed across the top. You'll find vertical blinds sold at home and design centers in a variety of sizes to fit different shape windows.
A handyman will charge $327 to install a good quality vertical blind on a 6-foot wide by 7-foot high patio door. This includes labor and material. You can buy the blind and wall anchors for $105 and install it yourself, pocketing a 62 percent saving. You'll need an electric drill and bits, screwdriver, tape measure and a ladder. It helps to have someone on hand to hold one end of the blind while you work on the other.
If you have little kids, choose a vertical blind with a safety wand that eliminates the looped pull cord and keeps it out of a toddler's reach and harm's way.
For design ideas and to print out installation instructions go to www.nextdayblinds.com.
The average price to install vertical blinds noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.