Last week I shared some photos of an outdoor room that I’ve been working on since March.
Today I wanted to share a few more details about it… I’ve still got several projects “to do” out there but it’s a good start and now that the weather has turned to summer, I should be able to get them done!
I knew I wanted outdoor drapes under the deck. I debated about buying the drapes or making them. After much research at my local fabric store and online, I elected to buy the drapes. I got them for a reasonable price. Turns out, I could not find outdoor fabric cheap locally. It ended up being close to a “wash” financially… so I elected to save the time and not make them (blasphemy I know, for a self professed seamstress *wink*).
However I was not excited about the price of outdoor drapery rod. Especially considering the fact that our deck is 20′ x 16′. That’s a whole lot of drapery rod!
Then one night I was wandering the aisles at Lowe’s and walked past the chain link fencing aisle, I realized the poles for chain link fencing would would make great drapery rods.
-they are made to be outside
-they are inexpensive
-they are easy to cut to the right size
I was even more excited when I realized that I could use some of the chain link fencing materials to also hang the curtain rods!
So here’s how I did it:
Purchased fence poles that I knew would fit the rings on my drapery rod. Then I had my husband cut them to size. The poles are meant to lock together with a large side and a tapered side, so just make sure that you cut the correct end of the pole, so they will still fit together.
When you have the rod the correct size, feed the drapes onto the rod. Then at the center of the rod (where you joined the 2 pieces if you needed to do that) and the 2 ends of the rod attach the U shaped bracket (it’s sold right next to the fencing, just make sure you get the right size).
Okay, something to keep in mind. The curtain rod can not be flush up against the underside of the deck, otherwise the drapes will not slide back and forth on the rod easily.
Now, my husband and I sat and argued in Lowe’s for about an hour on how to fix this problem… to save you a potential argument, I’ll just tell you what we figured out… *wink*
Buy a LONG bolt to go through the U shaped bracket. Feed the bolt through the bracket then behind the bracket attach 3 nuts. This will give you a good buffer between the bracket and the wood.
To finish up… you can add the end caps to the ends of the poles to make them look nicer.
If you live in a windy area like me, you’ll want to attach the drapes to the deck to keep them from blowing away.
To do this I installed a hook to the beams on the deck, then used some hemp grosgrain ribbon to make a tie back. The hemp ribbon is a bit stiffer than normal grosgrain… I also got it in bulk, so if the tie backs start to look bad, I’ll just replace them.
Now the last problem to fix is how to keep the drapes from blowing in the wind when they are open… I need some kind of weatherproof temporary drapery weight- suggestions?
In the evening, the sun comes in so bright through this side of the patio (it gets right in your eyes!) So far, it’s been great to be able to close the drape and get some shade, so we can still enjoy the patio in the evenings!
I’ve received many questions about the outdoor room.. I’m planning a FAQ post on it soon, so if you have questions about the drapes, just leave a comment and I’ll answer them in that post!