An attractive and budget-sensitive treatment for a casement or sliding glass window is a vertical blind, which provides privacy just like a horizontal blind but is controlled with vanes that open, close and fold away stacked on one side. You pull a cord wand to adjust the angle and movement of the vanes. Depending on the location of the window, vertical blinds can be light-filtering or room-darkening. They are made of vinyl or covered in fabric that matches a header valance installed across the top.
To find them online, type "vertical blinds" in a search box. They're sold at home and design centers in a variety of sizes and materials to fit different shape windows. Measure the width and height of the window opening outside the window frame where the blind is usually installed.
You'll pay a handyman $321, which includes labor and material, to install a good quality vertical blind on a 6-foot wide by 7-foot high patio door. To install the blind, 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. You can buy a good quality blind and wall anchors for $130 and install it yourself, pocketing a 60 percent saving.
For safety's sake especially if you have little kids, choose a vertical blind with a safety wand that eliminates the looped pull cord and keeps it out of reach and harm's way.
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