You'll Love These Ideas for Beautiful Outdoor Curtains
Dress up a porch or patio with outdoor curtains, shades or blinds – they look striking and keep the sun (and neighbors) out of view, too.
An outdoor space is the perfect place to entertain friends and family, or to sit and have a cup of coffee before you start your day. But if the sun is too hot, or if your neighbors seem close enough to lean over the porch rail and swipe a burger off the grill, outdoor curtains, patio shades or outdoor blinds might just do the trick.
Choosing the Right Treatment
Outdoor blinds, patio shades and outdoor curtains all provide privacy and sun protection. But they have different looks and, in some cases (as with solar shades) different levels of both.
Outdoor curtains create an elegant, flowing look. Because they move in the breeze, letting sunlight into the space, they create a dappled effect, but don’t provide as much continuous shade as the other types. When hung over a veranda or pergola entry, they can take on the appearance of an elegant, old-world portiere.
The easiest way to install an outdoor curtain is with a tension rod placed inside the supports of a screened porch or pergola wall. Curtain rods made for outdoor use can also be installed on a wall, ceiling or inside mount.
Choose fabric that is fade- and mildew-resistant, and manufactured for outdoor use. Take the curtains down in the winter to launder them (follow instructions on the tag) and then hang them again in the spring.
Patio Shades and Sails
Patio shades protect your home from sun damage and provide continuous shade. Depending on the thickness and weave of their fabric, they can filter or even completely block sunlight.
Patio shades can be mounted over the patio like an awning or hung like a patio sail, which is piece of fabric that is suspended above the patio like a canopy. The breathable fabric allows wind and water to pass through it.
A patio awning can be retractable, allowing it to use it when need it and enjoy the open air when it’s not. A patio sail is fixed unless it is removed, making it a good option for areas where children play and need consistent shade.
Outdoor blinds, like outdoor curtains, can be installed over the openings of a porch or pergola. They can be raised and lowered as needed to create shade and, depending on the type of fabric, can also block UV rays.
Bamboo roller blinds are inexpensive and hold up well to changing temperatures. Blinds made of outdoor fabric are typically heavier, blocking more sunlight. Both should be removed and cleaned for winter, then hung again at the start of the outdoor season.
Creating privacy outdoors doesn’t mean you need to build walls between you and your neighbors. Make your porch, deck or patio feel like its own private oasis with outdoor curtains.