Pergola Shade on the Cheap!

We needed additional shade desperately for our brand new pergola! I didn't want to spend a lot of money and one simple trip to Menard's got me exactly what I needed!
pergola shade on the cheap, decks, outdoor living
I really didn't want to use fabric because I knew it would get moldy and gross super quickly.
pergola shade on the cheap, decks, outdoor living
These 4' x 15' long canvas drop cloths were perfect. They were almost the full length of the pergola and with two of them almost half of the pergola is in shade during the hottest part of the day! The best part was that they have a plastic membrame on the back side and they are extremely durable.
pergola shade on the cheap, decks, outdoor living
Looks pretty good, huh?!?! Shade for $30! I'll take it!

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  • Rebecca Platt
    on Apr 26, 2016

    We built a pergola last year. I used the 4x15 size. Weaved them in and out of each top board and then tacked them with small black tacks. I take them off every fall. However, they get mildewed. So this year I think I will spray them with polyurethane or waterproof fabric spray. They work GREAT!

  • Michaelene Upton
    on Aug 30, 2018

    Mine's more of a comment I did this very same thing use the same material and it worked wonderful until we got hail. I have a holy canopy. But I will try again. It did work really well for about a month

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