How to Hang Cellular Shades on Fiberglass Doors

What You'll Need
Cellular shades
Electric drill
Masking or Painters tape
Tape measure

Cellular shades can provide protection from light coming through your fiberglass doors. Whatever design of cellular shade you go for, you can hang them against the door to block sun or simply offer more privacy. You can buy cellular shades ready-hung from home improvement stores, so all that you have to do is actually install them on the door. To fit a cellular shade onto a door, you will need to drill out a guide hole for the screw, but this is not very difficult to do. For anyone with DIY experience, this should not be a complicated procedure, and following a few simple rules, you can complete this project in a day.

Step 1 - Take Measurements

Before you make any holes in your fiberglass doors, decide where on the door you would like the cellular shades to be fitted. Hold the top edge of the shade in place, and then make sure that it is centered by taking measurements from the edge of the door to the edge of the shade for each side. Measure from the top of the door to the edge of the shade on both sides, making sure to level the rod between measurements. Make a mark for each hole to be drilled once you know the shade is well centered and level.

Step 2 - Drill Holes

You need to drill the holes in the fiberglass doors using a drill bit which is around one sixteenth of an inch smaller than the screws you will be using to mount the shade. You should also wrap masking or painter's tape around the drill bit so that only the very tip is showing, so that you avoid drilling through both parts of the door. Drill slowly, so that you don't damage the glass on the door. Take care not to press too hard on the door, as this can cause cracking and damage.

Step 3 - Add Screws

Now you have made the holes, you can screw the mounting plates to the wall. Taking your screws, place the first one into the hole, and start turning slowly. The screw will have to break down the door a little, so be careful when pressing in, as too much pressure at this point can damage the door. Don't allow the door to move while you are screwing, as this can lead to the angle becoming distorted. When you have screwed in one side, repeat on the other, and then wipe the door frame to remove any debris

Step 4 - Mount Shade

Once the screws have been fitted onto the side of the door, you can now add the furniture which comes with the shades, including hanging rail and pins. Your shade should hang flat against the door without the need for further interventions such as screws in the lower part of the door. Once the shade has been added, you can use it as often as you like, the screws should not fall out of the fiberglass door.