June 09, 2010

Outdoor Fabric Curtains & Canopies

I am totally in love with the look of outdoor fabrics.  I can't help but swoon when I see backyards like these:

Source: Elle Decor

Outdoor fabrics used as canopies and drapes look so romantic and tropical.  To me, it makes the space seem more like an extension of the home and another room.  Plus, fabrics are a great way to add privacy to your patio or yard.  Unfortunately, my little backyard offers no built in opportunities to hang outdoor curtains.

I considered adding an outdoor gazebo with curtains to my patio.  These are great for privacy and shade, but I am hesitant to get one because I've heard they tend to blow away or get damaged in heavy wind, even when secured into the ground.  Has anyone tried an outdoor gazebo in their yard?  Plus, I already have an offset umbrella, so I don't really need the canopy gazebo.

If I wanted to utilize my existing patio umbrella, I've seen umberella netting sold.  This seems like a great (and inexpensive!) way to keep bugs away from your outdoor dining area, but I'm not sure if it would give me the privacy I need.  Has anyone tried adding netting or fabric to their patio umbrellas?
Source: Ikea
I've also seen a few clever ways to build a DIY outdoor gazebo or cabana that I love. Check out these gorgeous DIY cabanas with curtains made from pipes:

Source: Sunset

I love these, but because I have a homeowner's association in my community, I'm a little hesitant to put up and large structures in my yard though.  But I recently found this DIY backyard canopy that would solve my privacy problem, without taking up too much space in my little yard:

This outdoor canopy is so cute, without being very imposing, I may just have to try it in my backyard!

Are there any other ways to easily add fabrics to a deck or patio?  What solutions for privacy and shade do you use in your yard?

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