How to Build an Inexpensive Backyard Shade House


Hot sun in the summertime can keep you indoors if no big shade trees are located in your yard. Instead of waiting years for trees to grow, plant some stakes in the ground and create an inviting shade house. Soon, you’ll be enjoying a comfortable and inviting outdoor spot. This shade house is made from inexpensive cotton bedspreads, which can often be found at thrift shops, and is attached to a wooden fence or house wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Three cotton bedspreads
  • Grommets and grommet tool
  • 8-foot wooden pole
  • Two 6-foot wooden poles
  • Hammer
  • Three 3-inch nails
  • Heavy cord
  • Three screw eyes
  • Screwdriver
  • Two tent stakes
  • Sew two bedspreads together by pinning a 2-inch overlap of both bedspreads. Sew two lines of straight stitching 1/4-inch from the bedspread edges to create a canopy.

  • With the grommet tool, make holes in the canopy corners and on each end of the center 2-inch overlap.

  • Cut the third bedspread in 6-inch strips for overhanging borders. With right sides together, sew the strips to the edges of the canopy with a 1/4-inch seam.

  • Hammer the nails through the top of the wooden poles, 1-inch from the top, to create dowels. These dowels will keep the grommet holes from sliding down the wooden poles.

  • Attach three screw eyes with the screwdriver to the house to correspond with one canopy long edge’s grommet holes. The middle screw eye will be placed 2 feet higher than the edge screw eyes. Attach the inner edges of the canopy to the house at the screw eyes.

  • Insert the long wooden pole in the outer edge middle grommet hole and the shorter poles in the outer edge grommets.

  • Attach 8-foot lengths of cord to the tops of the outer edge poles and secure the cords to the ground with the tent stakes.

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