Today I’m going to show you how to hang outdoor curtains under a deck and teach you how to hack some aluminum fencing into DIY Outdoor Curtain Rods. It’s easier than you think to build your own outdoor curtain rods! We have had ours up for years now and still love how well they work!
Last week I shared some photos of an outdoor room that I’ve been working on since March. You can see photos of the space under our deck by clicking HERE.
Today I wanted to share a few more details about the outdoor space. I’ll also show you how we hung outdoor curtains under our deck to give us a bit of privacy and to block out some of the afternoon sun.
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 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 at 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 time and not make them.
How to Make Outdoor Curtain Rods
I found pre-made outdoor drapes at a reasonable price. However, I could not say the same thing about outdoor drapery rods. 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 make great drapery rods!
- They are made to be outside
- They are inexpensive
- 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!
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).
TIP: something to keep in mind. The curtain rod cannot be flush up against the underside of the deck, otherwise, the drapes will not slide back and forth on the rod easily.
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.
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.
How to Keep Outdoor Curtains From Blowing in the Wind
After a few summers with our drapes blowing away every time we needed to use them, we finally figured out a solution to keep them from blowing. We realized that the drapes needed to be attached to each other to keep them from blowing.
We purchased small clips from IKEA meant to be used for sliding drapery. When we put the drapes down, we used the small clips to clip the drapes to each other along the sides. We then clipped the curtain closest to the beam to the beam. This ended up making one large curtain that was attached to the side post of the deck. So when the wind blew, the curtains stayed mostly in place.
We tried using curtain weights but they did not work. Clipping the curtains to each other worked much better. We keep a small bowl of the clips outside on our coffee table, so they are close by when we need them.
Final Thoughts & Tips:
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 an 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!