DIY Gazebo Curtains

If you saw my post about putting up the gazebo... then you can probably see what I needed to do next. 
gazebo with navy blue outdoor furniture

We have a western exposure on our deck which is great all day but in the late afternoon the sun is intense. 

sun shining through gazebo top

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I searched around for a while for a shade or curtain solution that would work but I didn't find anything for a reasonable price.

You can find more about the gazebo we purchased, it even has replacement canopies so your purchase will last for many years!  

I visited a local box store to search out a curtain or even shower curtains that might work.

It must have been my lucky day because on clearance were 2 indoor/outdoor panels the perfect color. 

The only problem was they were very, very long!

Outdoor gazebo curtain

I measured the correct length, cut the extra fabric and hemmed the curtains to the length I needed. 

I hand stitched the hems because frankly hauling out my sewing machine wasn't going to happen today. 

hemming curtains for gazebo

I was left with a good sized navy blue block at the bottom and I used the original curtain hem as tie-backs.

I also have about 2 yards leftover for pillow covers.

outdoor gazebo curtains with tie backs

I hung the curtains with shower curtain hooks... 

the big circle, loose leaf style ones. 

Gazebo curtains closed for sun protection

Inside view... 

These curtains are lined so they do a great job of blocking out the sun. 

They are indoor/outdoor curtains but I am spraying them with water proofing spray on both sides just to be sure. 

curtains closed on the gazebo

These curtains completely solved my blaring sun problem and can be tied back when not in use. 

I am also going to add a small string tie-back at the bottom for windy days. 

Two of the sides of our gazebo are along the house and I left one side open so it wouldn't feel too closed in. 

Gazebo curtains tied back for sunlight

I think this was the perfect solution and the perfect color!

gazebo curtains on a summer deck

See how we built this pretty gazebo here. 

Small sized deck furniture set

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .