Spring Decorating Ideas

Add Shade + Privacy With Outdoor Drapery Panels

Turn your outdoor space into a shady, peaceful retreat by giving ready-made drapery panels a quick and easy designer update.

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Materials Needed:

  • outdoor drapery panels
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • notepad
  • chalk
  • drapery hooks
  • plastic or metal drapery rings
  • outdoor drapery hardware
  • galvanized metal pipe
  • galvanized metal flanges
  • galvanized metal elbows
  • galvanized metal threaded nipples
  • exterior screws
  • drill
  • extension cord
  • fabric steamer

Measure Height of Space

Use a measuring tape to determine the necessary height for the panels. Jot this measurement down to ensure ready-made panels with the proper length are chosen.

Measure Height of SpaceEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-Sarah Dorio Photography

Choose Drapery Panels

Outdoor drapery panels are commonly available in acrylic, linen and polyester construction. Depending on the intended look for your outdoord, keep in mind that linen will naturally wrinkle and appear more relaxed; acrylic is the most stiff and is likely to look more utilitarian; and polyester can look more tailored.

Choose Drapery PanelsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-Sarah Dorio Photography

Measure and Mark Hook Placement

To properly outfit ready-made panels with drapery hooks, use a measuring tape to space each hook 6 inches apart and approximately 2 inches down from the top. Once all hooks are laid out, mark their placement with chalk.

Measure and Mark Hook PlacementEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-Sarah Dorio Photography
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