DIY Porch Curtains


Making porch curtains provides an opportunity to personalize your home's entrance. Designing window treatments allows you to customize color, fabric and style to suit the porch and your taste. Prioritize shade, insulation, privacy, light and view or a combination of these features. Make the porch comfortable and finished with a set of homemade curtains.

Maximize Light

  • To keep the porch bright, select fabric that allows light to come through. Effective choices include muslin or cotton gauze. Natural colors in light shades work well for maximizing sunlight in the porch. Choose ivory, green, beige, yellow, blue, pink or orange.

    The Martha Stewart website features a farmhouse makeover with simple white homemade curtains hung on a painted dowel.

    Creating porch curtains with a see-through effect preserves a view of the yard. A technique for increasing the view through curtains involves making the curtains only slightly wider than the windows for minimal gathers in the fabric.

    The flat panels create a spacious effect, allow more light through and provide maximum visibility of the outdoors. Flat gauze curtains allow you to monitor children at play or watch hummingbirds while still obtaining a screening effect for privacy.

    You can pair see-through curtains with window shades to increase insulation and privacy, while still enjoying light-maximizing curtains during the day.

Screen Curtains

  • You can make screen curtains to protect an open porch from insects and birds. Screen fabric, or shade cloth, allows breezes through and reduces glare.

    With a screen curtain, the household can enjoy meals on the porch with less risk of yellow jackets, bees and other unwanted guests.

    This project involves measuring from the porch ceiling to the floorboards and along the front and sides of the porch. Ceiling-mount tracks, curtain-hanging hardware, screen and shade cloth are available from home improvement stores. Clips, Velcro or magnets work to hold the curtains together, and you can put fishing weights in the hems so the screen curtains hang straight and stay down in the wind.

Economical and No-sew Curtains

  • Flat sheets can provide a budget fabric option for porch curtains. King- and queen-size top sheets provide a lot of fabric. The sheet's top hem works well as a channel to put a curtain rod through.

    Check the remnants table at fabric shops for inexpensive porch curtain fabric. A remnant is a piece of new fabric from the end of a bolt of yardage.

    Those who prefer not to sew can buy iron-on hemming tape from a fabric store or variety store. With this product, all you have to do is iron the hem where you want it and the hemming tape turns into adhesive to hold it in place.

    You can also use clip-on curtain rings. With these methods, even someone who has never made curtains can create attractive porch curtains in an afternoon without sewing a stitch.

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