Choosing Outdoor Curtains for Your Patio

When you are looking to add that extra special something to your outdoor patio space, then you are heading in the right direction looking for outdoor curtains.  These are just like what you would use to add some elegance and sophistication to your indoor living spaces.  The main difference with an outdoor curtain and an indoor style is with materials.

Having said this, there are differences in fabrics, certain design elements and color choices as well.  With outdoor patio curtains, the main thing to keep in mind is the location you are going to be hanging them.  For certain applications, it is possible to get away with a less outdoor friendly material in terms of fabric and still be protected if your curtain will be handing beneath your patio.  Also, what are you hoping to use them for?  Are you wanting privacy, shade or both?

If you plan on hanging your patio curtains out beneath a gazebo, cabana or other type of patio cover, then you should consider the more weather resistant materials and fabrics.  Just like with your outdoor patio cushions, you have a lot to choose from in terms of style and weather-resistant materials.  One such fabric is the tried and true polyester.  With these, you can get mildew-resistance and water-repellent, as well as machine washable features.  You can also find patio drapes that are made with the Sunbrella-brand fabric that resists the damage caused by ultraviolet rays (UV).  As far as fabric patterns, the sky is the limit.  You have striped, bolds, prints and any number of other patterns in between.  You can certainly match your patio furniture and cushions set without a problem.  Some retailers will even be able to custom make your curtains using the same fabric that your chair cushions are made from.
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An elegant and breezy look from an outdoor patio curtain.

An elegant and breezy look from a set of outdoor patio curtains.

Depending upon the orientation of your patio and the climate that you are in, materials become key to the longevity of your curtains.  If you live in a more harsh environment, like the desert southwest or northeastern parts of the U.S., you have some extremes to consider.  Both blazing sun and freezing cold can have devastating effects for outdoor furniture and other fabrics, this includes your outdoor curtains.

Protecting and Maintaining Your Patio Curtains

One way to mitigate the damage to your furniture, cushions and patio curtains is to consider getting some additional types of cover and shade.  In the desert, the sun and dust will be the most destructive forces for your outdoor accessories.  In this case, patio shadeswould serve you quite well.  You can get them in materials that accent your curtains and other fabrics or go with something that blends into your surrounding backyard landscape design.

Soften your surroundings, add privacy, and reduce harsh sunlight with our sheer outdoor grommet curtains. These soft, semi-transparent drapes are available with corrosion resistant grommets. Panels are 54″W. Sheer outdoor curtains in white, ivory. Polyester. Washable. Imported.
Outdoor drapes soften harsh sunlight, keep you cooler, and offer privacy. Made from 100% yarn-dyed spun polyester, these drapes are fade resistant, water repellent, and mildew resistant. Each panel features eight stainless steel plated grommets. For indoor or outdoor use. Panels are 50″W. Outdoor curtains in green, natural, forest, chocolate, white, orange, blue. 108″L in natural, white only. Sold as individual panels. Polyester. Washable. Imported. Aluminum hook/clip rings with removable clips sold separately. 3/4″ diameter.
Use these curtain panels to dress up a gazebo, balcony or patio with billowy softness and color! The Voile Outdoor Curtain Panels provide the privacy you want without blocking all the light. Made of water-repellent, fade-resistant polyester voile, these outdoor curtains will keep their soft beauty through sun, wind and rain, and they’re machine washable. Great indoors, too! Use the Voile Outdoor Curtain Panels alone or under other curtains. Imported. When ordering Voile Outdoor Curtain Panels, please specify white, ivory, gold stripe, blue stripe, green stripe, or red stripe.Benefits of the Voile Outdoor Curtain Panel:These outdoor curtains are weather-resistant and durable, so you can leave them up all season Voile Outdoor Curtain Panel comes in a variety of breezy colors and stripes to complement your outdoor furnishings Add privacy to a balcony, pergola, gazebo or porch with these airy outdoor curtainsWe also offer curtain rods in 2 styles: Bracket-Mount Outdoor Curtain Rods, and Curtain Tension Rods.Questions about how to hang drapes? Check out these simple steps on how to hang your window treatments the quick & easy way.
Create your own outdoor living space with our Gazebo Solid Grommet Top Indoor Outdoor Curtain Panels Specially designed for use indoors or outdoors Use outdoors as Outdoor Curtains for Pergola Curtains or Cabana Curtains Great for patio doors leading out to your veranda or outdoor living areas – allows you to leave your doors open and let you curtains capture the breeze Made of thick polyester to provide privacy these panels hang well and sway nicely in a breeze This indoor/outdoor curtain panel is water-repellent and mildew-resistant Reinforced with 8 silver stainless steel grommets, these curtains feature 1″ side hem and 3″ bottom hem Sold as single panels This panel is 50″ wide and available in 2 lengths: 84″ and 95″ 100% polyester curtain is Machine washable To achieve th
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106″L Olefin Outdoor Grommet-Top Curtain Panel. Add comfort and style to your outdoor spaces with our 100% Olefin Outdoor Grommet-Top 84″L Curtain Panel. Create a shady spot on your porch or deck and make your house the coolest in the neighborhood. High-quality fabric is slubbed for texture; indoor good looks with outdoor durability! Olefin is stain, fade, mold and mildew resistant; just hose clean and line dry. 50″W grommet-top Panels 100% Olefin fabric is high-quality and slubbed for texture Stain, fade, mold and mildew resistant Available Colors Camel Camel Stripe Green Green Stripe
All-Weather Striped Curtain Panels. Weather-, wrinkle- and fade-resistant polyester curtain panels are UV protected to retain color longer. Perfect for adding privacy and style to your outdoor living space, our All-Weather Striped Curtain Panels are designed to hold up to sun, wind, rain and heat beautifully. Polyester fabric keeps its vivid color and wont mildew, making these panels ideal for patios, porches, gazebos and more. No-rust oversized grommets let you slide panels onto a decorative curtain rod (sold separately, 706697) with ease. Pair with our All-Weather Sheer Panels (701359, 701532) for a complete window treatment solution. Available in a variety of colors and sizes to match any dTcor. 100% polyester fabric repels water and is fade- and mildew-resistant Stainless-steel grommets are durable and wont rust Striped panel comes in 2 sizes and 4 colors Also available in solid (7 colors, 701391) Furnish your great outdoors with our All-Weather Striped Curtain Panels. Order from Brookstone today!
UV-Resistant 84″L Outdoor Sheer Grommet Drape. Our Outdoor Grommet Drape will add a little shade and a lot of atmosphere to your porch or patio. Woven from weather-resistant, 100% spun polyester in cool, neutral fabrics, drapes are now available in sheers. Slide the drape smoothly on its stainless steel grommets to block out sun. Imported. Outdoor curtain panels Easy-care, UV-resistant polyester won’t fade or mildew Blocks harmful UV rays Stainless steel grommets won’t rust Durable and long-lasting Available Colors Gold Stripe Red Stripe Sizes Individual panels are 50″W Care Sheers – dry clean only

Your patio curtains can also transport you to another dimension so to speak.  If you have a cabana or other type of gazebo structure that sits out in your yard or poolside, the right outdoor curtain can suggest an exotic feel and experience.  Think of those Greek or Italian styles and patterns.  Imagine how you would feel having those enveloping you or gently blowing in the breeze, while you sit in your chaise lounger on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

When you are looking for new outdoor curtains, dimensions are important to note.  Standard dimensions are 96” long (8’) by 50” wide (just over 4’).  This is a typical size.  You can order custom sizes as well from many local drapery shops or online.  You’ll also want to ensure that the materials your fabrics are made of can withstand the outdoor elements.  Some fabrics say that they are for the outdoors but show little in the way of materials to back up these claims.  If your curtains are to hang on a rod of some kind, make sure that it is made of a material that will not rust and stain your drapes.  Also, if your curtains have a grommet-style of attachment to this rod, they should be stainless steel or brass to resist that corrosion and staining as well.  Beyond this, being able to properly clean and maintain your outdoor curtains should keep them stable and looking good for years to come.

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