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Bistro Blinds turn your patio into another room

Updated on April 17, 2011

My wife and I decided to buy some bistro blinds to enclosed our patio and basically we now have an extra room for our house, it can be expensive but if you do it yourself you can save money or if you have the money most bistro blinds companies install them for you so check out your local link or the Internet for nearest supplier. If you want to do it yourself in Australia Kmart and Bunnings sell the do it yourself bistro blinds as long as you know the measurements of your patio and have the right tools to do the job. The best plan is to have a bistro blind barbie, well you get friends to come over for a BBQ and you get your friend's to help install your bistro blinds with you. Its really not that hard to do it yourself and you will save money and have the satisfaction of doing the job yourself like we have also it will add value to your house because it just like adding an extra room to your house .

Bistro Blinds are totally see though but they keep the weather out they act as wind and rain break and offer low cost new outdoor room and we know that to build another room on to your house cost's a fortune.

Ideal protection from rain and wind when entertaining out doors. Made from a heavy duty PVC film the Bistro blind is suited for enclosing patios, pergolas, balconies or any outdoor areas which are subject to the elements. Simple to use rope and pulley mechanism and an effective seal against harsh weather conditions

Extend the width of your Bistro blind by attaching two or more blinds together using the Bistro Zip Joiner.

The joiner is a strip made for the same PVC film as the blind with zippers on both sides which enables two blinds to zip together

Simply unzip and remove the end flap from each blind as seen in the diagram below and attach each blind either side of joiner and zip together.

HOW TO INSTALL 1. Blind must be fixed to cross beam. To attach blind you need to measure and drilled holes in cross beam in line with holes in head rail of blind. 2. mark your beam in accordance to your measurement and drill holes. 3. Simply line-up head rail holes with holes in cross beam and fix with coach bolts provided in pack. 4. Fix cleat to side post to tie back cord when blind is rolled up. 5. Reduce movement of blind by fixing base anchor plates to ground at each end of blind and securing end straps to base anchor plate.

ADDITIONAL FIXING For a more secure fitting you can attach blind to side post using wall anchor plate. Anchor plates are not included in pack, they can be purchased separately. Note you need wall anchor plate for each side of blind. Coach bolts are needed for fixing plate.

HOW TO INSTALL WALL ANCHOR PLATE 1. Measure and mark where plate needs to sit so channel is in line with edge of blind. 2. Mark anchor plate and post at intervals of approximately every 500mm and drill hole. 3. Fix wall anchor plate to post using coach bolts 4. Pass roped edge of blind through channel of anchor plate at both ends. 5. To roll up blind simply unzip each end and pull on cord to roll-up blind,


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      7 years ago

      we have fitted bracket under guttering and bent to almost z shape to attach wood beam and screwed blind to beam under the pergola as the pergola beam is the guttering not screwable any easier way?

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      9 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

      no drama thanks for your comments anyway .

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      9 years ago

      I think i accidently did a thumbs down, SORRY bout that!

      I'm going to try and put some on my carport to make it a kind of rumpus room.

      I love these bistro blinds, i knew someone who put them up in her courtyard and they are amazing.

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      10 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

      Yeah its great idea for your house .

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      10 years ago from Whiting, IN USA

      Cool Idea!

    • mulder profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

      Yes Eileen that's the only trouble living in Rocking-ham close to the beach I'm 5 minutes away its the wind we are hoping all will be ok we made them pretty strong so keep your finger crossed it made a hell of a difference to our patio we have a big patio and before it was open now its enclosed its great .Thanks for your comments

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      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Dave these are really great. We have them on the end of our otherwise enclosed patio. The only thing that worries me is when the rotten winds that we have been having lately keep breaking the tie downs on the bottom.

      My husband has fixed springs on the clips which tend to help strengthen the resistance. I also rope them down as well. But jeepers it has really been blowing lately. I have trouble sleeping with the winds. Great hub and thanks for sharing.


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