Pretty and Energy Saving Patio Curtains

It all started with our neighbor’s trimming their trees.  Let’s just say that the trimmers did an aggressive job of cut back the trees in the yard behind us.  Unfortunately that means that we are now getting the late afternoon sun shining directly in to our patio and family room.  That wouldn’t be so mad except that it’s July and the increase in sun is increasing the temperature on the patio and in the house.

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So I decided to whip up some patio curtains.  I love the look of curtains on an outdoor space but I know what the sun can do to fabric.  Even the outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella only lasts a year or two in our area before it begins to fade so I decided to use SunScreen Fabric from Lowe’s.  Not only does it filter out the sun light but it will stand up to the water from the sprinklers too.  We have had a piece of this material covering our skylights for almost 9 years so I figured it would last on the patio.

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I purchased enough to cover three 15 foot sections of the patio and it cost me about $80.  Not cheap but I will never have to replace it and the curtains should help keep our electric bill down.

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I was able to keep costs down by using old curtain hardware that I pulled out of my bedroom after we had to replace our sliding glass door.  You can see why we had to replace the sliding glass door here.

I had all the hardware that I needed except for the rods but instead of buying new wooden rods we used white PVC Schedule 40 pipe and it saved us a ton.  The pipe for each opening was just a tad over $2.  Must better than those expensive wooden rods.

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I did invest in thread for outdoor projects.  It was a bit more expensive than regular thread but it will stand up to the sun and water.  I doubt regular thread would even last a year here.

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As you can see the girls were eager to help.

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I laid it out on the floor to measure and then I cut the length I needed by using the line in the fabric as a guide.  Super easy.

I found this material was very easy to sew on.  My sewing machine is fairly basic but it had no trouble sewing through three thicknesses of the SunScreen.  I did use a heavy-duty needle but I probably could have used the regular needle and done just as well.

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I just did a simple rolled hem, 2 1/2 inches on the bottom and one inch on the top.

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The only thing left to do was attach the curtain ring with the clip and hang the panels.

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I love the way the curtains soften up the hard lines of the patio.

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The material is light enough to move in the breeze up still drop the temperature almost 8 degrees on the patio.

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Even Gidget likes the new patio curtains.

Thanks for reading,


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