Looking for inexpensive way to provide shade on screened back porch.

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I have a nice screened back porch, but the sun is still pretty relentless. Panels have to be 94" inches And depending on width of fabric, need quite a few panels, no fewer than 10 (If I follow rules for hanging curtains.). Exploring cloth, rolling screens, and way that doesn't send me to the poorhouse.

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  • Lyn15291588 Lyn15291588 on Aug 01, 2017
    Dollar store/Walmart sheets.
  • Use king sized sheets! Hang upside down and in the top, which is now the botton, open the side seams and run a piece of pvc to weight it down and keep it from billowing in the breeze.
  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 01, 2017
    Hello Rmbragdon; Please check at Wal-Mart. (walmart.com)
    I purchased several medium duty slatted shades, which look like wood for my Parents. They too have a huge porch, and the sun is brutal on one side.
    These work quite well, and have held up for numerous seasons.
    I have hung medium weight sheers over the shades, to give the porch a fancy look.
    I hope that this helps you!! Take Care!
    • Rmb8915103 Rmb8915103 on Aug 01, 2017
      Sunny,
      Thank you! I am off to Walmart tomorrow. If it works in Florida, it will surely work here in Texas.
  • Emily Emily on Aug 01, 2017
    vines are wonderful shade. We had bright sun on a front porch and planted a rhododendron bush. It took a while but is very effective. We also have grapevines and Boston ivy and wisteria. They all could be sun blocks. and are less expensive than fabric.
  • Sunny C Sunny C on Aug 01, 2017
    Hello Rmbragdon; You are so Welcome!!! I hope that they have what you need!!!
    If they do not, Please check online at walmart.com
    You never know, you might have to order them!!!
    I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!! I hope that your patio turns out Perfectly!!! Take Care!
  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Aug 02, 2017
    Have you thought of making shades or drapes out of drop cloths? They come in several different sizes and the largest really is big, and they aren't too expensive. I have always used them for my pergola curtains and top. A few years ago I made bedroom drapes out of them and still like them.
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