Patio Shade Sails10:54 PM
Our patio is nothing fancy. When we moved, it seemed the previous owners had tried to make it a cage.
So for a while we lived like this, and it was OK, but we really didn't use the patio, because it felt small and closed off.
With the pressure treated 4x4 posts still standing, I planned my next move, to make shade sails for the patio.
After a lot of online research, I found the most affordable place to purchase shade cloth.
I bought my shade cloth HERE at Home Depot, they also carry wheat, black, and dark green. This is the best price anywhere. It was $20 for a roll 6'x15'. What surprised me the most, to ship 2 rolls, it was only $7.00. Other sites charge me that much to ship 2 measly yards of fabric!
So my shade fabric came, and I decided these babies needed to be temporary, so I can take them down in the winter, or in the case of a really bad wind storm or something.
So to the hardware:
In the top of each post, I drilled a pilot hole
Another little detail I included was sewing ribbon along as I hemmed all the outside edges.
It really opens up the space so we can enjoy coming and going, and makes the patio feel like a room, kind of like a tent/ canopy.
The best thing, is the fact it provides some much needed shade to play under since we have no trees in the backyard.
At night we've enjoyed having dessert with the lights on as the sun sets.
I'd like to get some hanging lit lanterns maybe, also nice dining patio set (which probably won't happen).
There is the hole in the center between my 2 triangle shaped sails. I think I have enough fabric left to piece a mini sail to cover that hole. So maybe more updates to come.
Also, the weather latticed poles. I thought about painting them. But I have a trumpet vine and wisteria planted at the base of the outside poles, so hopefully we'll have flowers and greenery growing up the poles in a while, and so painting them won't matter, although they'd look better now. I may get to that.
Anyway, we're liking the shade sails a lot better than the white lattice cage so far, and hopefully the whole patio will only look better from here.
(I have some more projects planned)