Hi friends! Happy Labor Day weekend. Hopefully you have something fun planned. We will have a college-football-filled-Saturday and plan to lay low around Atlanta. If you are looking to labor around the house, here is a tutorial for some floating outdoor curtains to enjoy this fall.
I know many of you are already mentally shifting to fall, I am guilty too! Now that the blazing heat is hopefully almost behind us, we can start enjoying our outdoor spaces again for a couple months before winter. I know as soon as it cools off, we will be watching football on the porch and grilling out. This past spring, I was fortunate to partner with At Home to give our porch a makeover. The cushions, pillows, rugs and accessories definitely brought new life to the space…and I even managed to give the uncovered porch “floating” CURTAINS!
Without a roof on the porch, this space never really felt finished. I always felts like curtains would help cozy up the space, but without walls or a roof I just didn’t see how to make it work.
So I stewed on it. And stewed. And stewed.
F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, I figured out a way to engineer “floating” outdoor curtains on our roofless porch. And it was VERY inexpensive. Here is how I did it.
DIY FLOATING OUTDOOR CURTAINS TUTORIAL
TOOLS & MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THIS DIY FLOATING OUTDOOR CURTAINS PROJECT:
- 2″ x 2″ x 8″ wood lumber (quantity depends on how many posts you want)
- 1 in x 3.5in Screw Eye ( quantity depends on how many posts you use)
- 1 in. x 10 ft. Electrical Metallic Tube Conduit
- Paint or Stain to Match Existing Decking
- Outdoor Curtains
STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR THIS DIY OUTDOOR CURTAIN ROD PROJECT:
First you will need to install tall pillars to hang the curtain rod from. To do this, determine which existing deck posts you can screw the tall 2x2x8 boards into and mount them to the existing decking. (I actually already had these installed because this is also how we strung patio lights years ago on our deck)
TIP: Go ahead and paint or stain the 2x2x8 posts to match your existing deck finish before you install.
Here you can see that I have three pillars and used the house as my fourth curtain rod holders.
Near the top of each 2x2x8 board, screw the 1″ screw eye into the board in the direction that you want to have the curtain rod hung. (the curtain rod is the 1″ electrical conduit)
Since I wanted to have one of my “rods” hang from the side of the house, I screwed one of the 1″ eyes into the eave of the house.
Now that they 2x2x8’s and the 1″ inch screw eyes are in place, you can hang your curtain “rod”. For this, I used lightweight electrical conduit also spray painted to match the decking. The conduit comes in 10 feet pieces so I used a saw to cut the pole down to fit between the posts.
Hang the outdoor curtain drapes onto the “rod”. I was lucky and had these lightweight sheer curtains on hand, and love that they already had the grommets in them. Mine were given to me by my Mom, but I found these on Amazon that look like they could be a good inexpensive option. Since these are going to be exposed to the elements, I think inexpensive is key since they might only last one season/year. That said, mine have been up for around 4 months and they are still in great shape.
That’s it! Are these floating curtains perfect? NO.
Do I care? NO.
Because I love how these floating outdoor curtains made our back porch feel “finished”.
I spent some time this week prepping the porch for cooler days. (ahem, tossing the dead plants.) Knowing it is almost time to relax out here again makes me so happy!