I’ve had curtains in my own garden since the day the deck was built, about 16 years ago.
We’ve had to replace them once. I’ve always like the look of breezy curtains outside – softening the look of anything they attach themselves to. They also make any outdoor room look more cozy and roomlike. They also help separate areas in a yard, and enclose more personal spaces.
Outdoor curtain hanging is no more difficult than indoor curtains.
Except finding pre-made outdoor curtains to suit your size/color/taste can be difficult. Big box stores do sell them, so do fabric stores. Bed, Bath & Beyond; Target and other stores do sell them seasonally or online.
The best fabrics for making them are not the cheapest; and unless you have the skills to make your own, the cost can be high for bespoke curtains (I’ve always wanted to use the word bespoke in a sentence!).
They’re called performance fabrics – the most popular brand is Sunbrella, but there are other options too. The better the fabric, the longer they’ll last.
My wife made ours. We ordered the fabric through JOANN Fabrics. Actually, when it comes to sewing projects like this, it’s team effort. I cut, she sews, I hang.
Our first set of curtains we left out in the wintertime.
The new set we bring in for the winter and we’ll get many more years out of them. If you live in the south or southwest, they probably don’t last as long as up north here. Scorching, constant sun is tough on fabrics, and none last forever.
Where would you put curtains in your own garden if you were to add some?
Here are some favorites I’ve found over the years in Buffalo-area gardens.