Magnetic Shades & Blinds


Doors and window casements made of metal have durability and impenetrability that far exceed their wooden cousins. However, it seems that because they are metal it is difficult to attach any accessories. If you have a metal door with a window and are looking for a way to hang blinds without having to screw into the metal, blinds with strong, magnetic brackets can be used. Knowing the ins and outs will help make an informed decision when purchasing your magnetic blinds.


  • Magnetic blinds are typically made of vertical slats just like ordinary mini-blinds. Also like traditional mini-blinds, magnetic blinds open and close with a string-and-pulley system. Magnetic blinds are available in vinyl or wood. Vinyl mini-blinds typically are sold in white, light gray or ivory colors. Wood blinds are available in a variety of stains, from golden browns to rich chocolates.


  • Vinyl magnetic blinds are the more affordable choice; however in settings where appearance is essential, wood magnetic blinds will create a finer and more natural look. Before buying magnetic blinds, the window must be measured for the appropriate size blinds. The magnetic brackets that sit outside the edges of the windows are accounted for by adding 1 to 1 1/2 inches to the width of window. Blinds can be purchased online from interior furnishings suppliers or from home improvement stores.


  • The installation of magnetic blinds is convenient because no tools are needed. Simply fit the magnetic brackets over the ends of the square rod then stick the brackets to the door or window trim just outside the top corners of the actual window. Make sure the adjustment string and wand stick are on the opposite side of the glass. Place a level across the top of the square rod to make sure it is even.


  • The appearance of magnetic blinds is easy to uphold with regular cleaning. A duster or a vacuum with the upholstery brush attachment can be used to dust blinds regularly. In an average setting, blinds should be dusted twice a month. In a setting where there are a lot of airborne particulates, such as a wood shop or a restaurant, blinds should be dusted weekly. Wood blinds can be dusted using a wood dusting spray. Vinyl blinds can be dusted with a light misting of vinegar and water. If necessary, the blinds can be occasionally removed from the door or window for a more thorough washing.


  • Just straight blinds may not have the warmth and attractiveness you are looking for in your home or business. If not, embellish the blinds with curtains. Magnetic curtain rods are also available and are attached to the door or window frame just like magnetic blinds. Magnetic curtain rods can be fitted right over the square rod of the blinds. Use just a curtain valance across the top for minimal embellishment or use full side-draw or pull-up curtains for full framing or optional concealment of the blinds.

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