DIY Porch Curtains Made With $10 Shower Curtain Liners

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 18, 2015

DIY porch curtains made with shower curtain liner,

After writing the blog post about cottage gardens yesterday, I was inspired to work on our house today.


I did work on our garden a bit, but I’m even more excited to have finished another project on our porch: we added curtains to it!

I love our porch. It’s one of my favorite features of the Blue Cottage, but since we moved in almost two years ago, we haven’t really been able to use it much at all.

055aThere is always so much stuff on the porch because we are short on space. And every time it rains, I have to move the wood furniture to the center of the porch and cover them or they’ll get ruined.

That not only doesn’t look nice, it’s also just annoying. I’m not able to enjoy the porch like I would like because I’m constantly moving things.

So I came up with a plan to add curtains on the sides of the porch that I can pull out when it’s raining. This way, I can leave the furniture in one spot.

I got busy searching for DIY porch curtains on Pinterest and found a lot of posts — but they all featured curtains made out of drop cloth or burlap or bed sheets.

They are inexpensive and look pretty, but after reading several posts, I learned that those porch curtains get very heavy from the rain, need to be treated with water repellent spray, and get moldy after a while. Hmm.

Then it hit me: why not use shower curtain liners? They’d keep the rain off the furniture, they don’t cost much, they give you privacy but let the light through, and they won’t get heavy from the rain.

I found $10 shower curtains liners at Target that feel like fabric and are even machine washable!


I also researched the best way to hang the shower curtain liner. I could have used a rod, or piping, and add eyelets and many hooks to our porch, but I found the easiest way to hang these DIY porch curtains.

Just buy:

  • 2 thin wire ropes
  • 2 turnbuckles
  • 4 screw eyes or C hooks
  • 2 1/8″ wire clamp set
  • 2 sets of curtain clips (not shown)
  • drill

I bought the supplies at Home Depot and got the wire cut to the length I needed, about 6 feet, so I didn’t have to buy a wire-cutting tool. All of the hardware only cost about $15 for both curtains. The curtain ring clips are also from  Target.

DIY porch curtains with shower curtain liner,

This is seriously the easiest tutorial to hang DIY porch curtains — much faster and cheaper than any other tutorial I’ve found!

Don helped me with drilling the holes for the hooks while I put together all the parts, which only took a few minutes.

Can we get a drumroll for my handsome husband being in a picture? I’m hoping to persuade him to be in more posts from now on. He is so skilled and can help me so much, and I like working with him on projects for the Blue Cottage.


DIY Porch Curtains Tutorial

1. Decide at what height you want to anchor the rope and mark two level holes for the hooks on either side of the porch.
2. Pre-drill the two holes for the screw eyes and screw in one on one side.

3. Put one end of the wire through one screw eye, make a loop, and secure it with a wire clamp.
4. Put the other end of the wire though the turnbuckle, make a loop, and secure it with a wire clamp.
5. Then slide the curtain clip rings over one end of the wire. This is what your end product should look like before you hang it.

I decided to use 8 clips, but then nice thing about using the turnbuckle is that you can easily take it off from the screw eye and add more clips to the wire if needed.

076a6. Now screw in the screw eye with the wire attached to it on the other side.


7. Hook the turnbuckle into the screw eye on the other side.
8. Tighten the turnbuckle until the cable is rigid.
9. Now you’re ready to attach the shower curtain liner to the clips. One liner was perfect for our porch, but if yours is larger, you might want to add two liners on each side, and add another wire clamp to make sure the wire is secured for the extra weight.

097a095aThere you go, my DIY porch curtains that cost less that $20 each and only took half an hour to put together!

DIY porch curtains with shower curtain liner, DagmarBleasdale.comAs you can see, the liner doesn’t reach the floor, but that doesn’t bother me for now. I could add another piece of curtain liner with fabric glue later, but I think it will keep enough rain from the furniture like this.

8. Add curtain ring clips to the bottom of the shower curtain liner to weigh it down so it doesn’t fly around when it’s windy.

You could also add something else to the rings that is heavier, or you could hang the whole liner upside down so that you can use the ring holes in the liner to attach something heavy with strings.

102aI’m going to buy more of these clips to weigh down the liner. If I find that the clips are not strong enough to hold the liner when it’s wet, I’m going to switch them with shower curtain rings and use the liner holes at the top of the liner, but I want to see how this setup works out first because I like how easy it is to detach the whole liner from the clips.

098aI’m really happy with the look of this, and that it not only keep the rain off the porch but gives us added privacy if we want it.

100aWhile not in use, the curtain looks like this, or you could take it down and just put it up when it’s about to rain.

DIY porch curtains with shower curtain liner,

What do you think of my DIY porch curtains?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Randy King July 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

I used shower curtain liner on my porch also! I used shower curtain spring rod to hang them,and old beaded necklaces on a command hook to pull them back with. I did have issues on windy days. Command hook,and safety pin usually do the trick. Unless winds were extreme (good ole midwest)! Love your idea! Great minds think a like! ?


Pam Phillips January 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Oh and by the way you can get longer shower curtains at Target ….


Pam Phillips January 20, 2016 at 10:36 AM

To weigh down the bottom of your curtain, put a copper pipe through the rings at the bottom of the curtain when you draw it on a rainy windy day. This works well and also
stops the sides from blowing in the wind.
You have some great ideas.


Althea June 28, 2015 at 4:10 PM

I also use shower curtain liners as porch curtains. Last year to weight them down I used fishing weights attached along the bottoms of the curtains, but in stronger winds that wasn’t enough. This year I plan to put a wire in the bottom hem, making them more like a divider panel. Hopefully, they will slide easily back and forth, and solve my wind problems.


Dagmar Bleasdale June 30, 2015 at 8:58 PM

Thanks for that idea, Althea!


agatha mantanes June 4, 2015 at 9:14 AM

wonderful idea. Get some small divers weights and clip on bottom i also was able to purchase extra long shower curtain on line.


Dagmar Bleasdale June 13, 2015 at 1:03 AM

Hi Agatha, I should see if I can find extra long shower liners. Thanks for the tip!


Karen Brasington June 1, 2015 at 9:52 AM

I have been searching for something to hang on the sides of my pergola…this will work perfect! The sun hits the porch, that is when we have sun, so that I can’t use it until early evening! Now I need how to use them on the top to create a useable space! Saw a shade type that was retractable, however I can’t afford! Super idea and very clear directions. Thanks! Karen


Dagmar Bleasdale June 1, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Hi Karen, I’m so glad this will work for you! It’s been raining here and these curtains are working great.


Pamela Smith May 28, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Great idea! I have curtains I bought years ago from a sale for .10 each. They are curtains that hung around hospital beds. They are very heavy, but I used the same kind of cable and hooks that you did. But I do have to take them down and wash them every year, so I will be keeping your idea in mind for the next time. Thank for the idea and I am pinning!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 28, 2015 at 11:41 PM

Hi Pamela, thanks so much for your comment!


sheblooms1 May 20, 2015 at 2:58 PM

I love this idea I did it with the shower curtains that have the weighted magnets on the bottom so it doesn’t blow too much with the breeze.
I also hot glued magnets onto the posts to hold them on place better.
When tied back I have an extra magnet to keep them in the tie backs.
At the end of the season I throw it into the washer with some oxy bleach to remove any living organisms-lol
It has lasted 3 yrs so far and looks great!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 21, 2015 at 11:20 PM

That is such a great idea, to use magnets! Thank you!


Barbara Ann May 18, 2015 at 11:50 AM

I too used shower curtains to line my patio . Since it was a lot bigger I had to use 2 curtains to create one panel. So I chose a off white and a chocolate brown. I cut the brown one in half and sewed it to the bottom of the off white panel. I loved the idea that they handle the rain in one season and block the sun in another season. They lasted about 4 years of being left up all year around.
Barbara Ann / shop / barbaraannscreations


MJ May 18, 2015 at 8:06 AM

Great idea! I can use this on my back porch to keep rain off individual UFOs (unfinished objects), Better than covering each one separately! Thanks very much for this. I might turn it upside down and hang short strings of ‘heavyish’ colorful beads from the holes. Today is a free day and I think I saw shower liners at the Dollar Store. Great way to spend a Monday! Thanks again. MJ
PS…love your blue house. I’m looking for one of my own. But need to trade the double garage for at least a shed–if not a garage!!!!! LOL


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