Ideas for Outdoor Curtains


Outdoor curtains need to be durable and able to handle various temperatures and conditions such as freezing cold and hot moister. Traditional indoor curtains will wear, fade and attract mold and mildew during humid months of the year. Instead of buying expensive outdoor curtains, use creative ideas for outdoor curtains. Outdoor curtains can be used to create a safe haven or to add an element of prestige and class to your patio or lanai.

Shower Curtain

  • Use shower curtains for outdoor curtains. Shower curtains are made to resist humidity and moister build-up and can be found in various styles and colors. You can find shower curtains made from different materials as well to suite your outdoor project. They can be found in plastic materials or cloth that has been treated with a plastic coating for preservation. Select the curtain that fits your style and the look you’re going for. Use hooks, screws or nails to attach the shower curtain at the top of where it’s being placed. The shower curtains can be used as panels to make a column appearance or can be overlapped for full coverage.


  • Purchase tulle indoor curtain panels. Tulle is very lightweight and allows good airflow so it will not grow mold or mildew because it dries at a very fast rate. The lightweight feature of tulle also makes it easy to hang outdoors. Use a thick piece of yarn in the middle of the tulle curtain to create a decorative appearance to each panel. You can overlap the tulle to create the feeling of being walled-in. By overlapping various colors in the same color scheme you can create a decorative and creative ambiance to your outdoor area. You can also drape tulle from corner to corner over the curtains to create a decorative look.

Use Lattice

  • Use lattice to create a wall effect that can be used for privacy or the feeling of exclusion. Build a lattice wall around the space your want to section off. Paint or stain the lattice a color that will complement the curtains you’re going to use. Line the lattice with outdoor curtains to create a sectioned-off area outdoors. You can drape the curtains from the very top of the lattice to the ground for full coverage. You can also drape curtains overhead to create a false roof using white or another solid colored curtain.

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