We have looked into a few shade options, but everything has been out of our budget. We finally decided to give some simple patio curtains made from drop cloths a try.
See more about how I made these curtains after the jump...
We've had the curtains up for over a month. I wanted to fix up the porch a little bit before posting about the curtains, but it is already well into July and before you know it, summer will be over. (Plus my hubby brought home that monster of a baby pool you see in the photo, so I figured it really doesn't matter now anyway...)
When you pull the curtains open, they are wide enough to reach all the way across the open space between the cedar posts.
|Our back porch is very difficult to photograph. It was either way too bright or way to dark!|
I used six 9 x 12 Canvas Drop Cloths. I didn't want to spend too much time sewing these in case they were a bust, so we simply folded the top over and used clips from walmart to hang them.
(Someday, after I win the lottery, I will spring for real Sunbrella outdoor curtain fabric. At $15.00 per yard with a 12 ft tall and 60 foot wide opening, I don't even want to calculate how many yards I would need... OK, I calculated it, I would need almost 60 yards.)
Disclaimer: As I am sure you know, any cotton fabric left bunched up after being rained on, will mold/mildew. Drop cloths are made from cotton, to insure your curtains will last, be sure to open them so they can air dry after it rains. If you live in a perpetually wet/humid climate, you might want to spring for the special outdoor fabric.
I considered using some inexpensive curtain hanging accessories from Ikea, but we were afraid with only one support in the middle, the curtains would sag. So instead, we used metal conduit and brackets from Lowes and spray painted them oil rubbed bronze.
I bought 1 4 x 12 Drop Cloth to use for ties and maybe I will get around to making a few more pillows.
They look really great from inside the house too!
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