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.
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
As 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.
I’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.
What do you think of my DIY porch curtains?