Patio Pro Tips - How to Pick and Hang Outdoor Curtains
Curtains have the power to transform both indoor and outdoor spaces alike. Not only does drapery provide privacy, but it also helps accent decor and create a finished and elevated look. Here, we’ll dive into how to choose the best outdoor curtains as well as how to hang them.
CHOOSING YOUR OUTDOOR CURTAINS
Outdoor curtains are made with a variety of fabrics, styles, and hanging options, so it’s important to look for several key product features to find the right ones for your space.
- Waterproof and weather-resistant materials. Polyester or Polyethylene-based fabrics are the best materials for outdoor curtains. It’s even better if the fabric is infused or treated with solutions that prevent mold, mildew, and rot.
- UV ratings. Look for curtains rated and designed to block UVA and UVB rays.
- Built-in grommets or loop panels. These make it easy to hang your curtains.
- Size. Take measurements of your space. Most outdoor curtains are available in a variety of lengths, but you can also hem and alter outdoor curtains if needed. Choosing a length depends on how much of the curtain you’d like to pool on the ground (between 2 and 8 inches is the general rule of thumb). Pooling curtains will be a little more resistant to wind.
HOW TO HANG OUTDOOR CURTAINS WITH CURTAIN RODS
Most outdoor curtains come with built-in grommets or tabs, which make it easy to use a traditional curtain rod to hang your curtains. First, measure the area where you want to hang your curtains. Curtain rods can be mounted onto wood with hardware, or you can opt for rods that work with tension if you’re using lightweight curtains.
HOW TO HANG OUTDOOR CURTAINS WITHOUT CURTAIN RODS
For spaces that don’t support curtain rod installation, you can use heavy-gauge steel wire rope. You’ll need eye hooks and wall anchors to secure the rod to something nearby (like a patio post or the exterior of your house). Before securing the other side, run the wire through the curtain grommets or panel.
HOW TO KEEP OUTDOOR CURTAINS FROM BILLOWING
To keep outdoor curtains in place, consider these tips:
- Place weighs (or something heavy like washers or stones) in the hem
- Wind curtains around heavier potted plants
- Use decorative curtain tie-backs to cinch curtains in the middle
- Place curtains between heavy furniture