$20 Instant Porch Curtains With Shower Liners!

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$20
30 Minutes
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Every time it rains, I had to move the wood furniture on our porch to the center of the porch and cover them with plastic tarps so they wouldn't get ruined.

That not only doesn’t look nice, it’s also just annoying!

We were not able to enjoy the porch like we would like to because I was constantly moving things.

So I came up with the perfect, inexpensive solution: add curtains on the sides of the porch that I can pull out when it’s raining!

I made them with $10 shower curtain liners that look like fabric.

They have been working like a charm for 2 years now! They have not ripped, and when they get dirty, I can throw them into the washing machine.
DIY Porch Curtains Made With $10 Shower Curtain Liners.
This is our porch full of wood furniture that I had to cover every time it rained. Not anymore!
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These are the supplies you need for my DIY porch curtains.

One tip: measure the length of wire you will need and have the store cut it to size for you. Here is a link to all the materials.
My sweet husband, a finish carpenter, helped me to put up the cable on the porch. All he had to do is screw in two screws, and then we were able to hang the curtains!
Voila - DIY porch curtains! They repel the rain, plus give us more privacy.

To see the step-by-tep tutorial of how I put together the hardware, go to Dagmar's Home. It's super easy - promise!

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  • Lynda Sciandri Edwards Lynda Sciandri Edwards on Sep 28, 2017
    will it work to keep out wind if you do the same thing to the bottom?
  • Siimplyy Marian Siimplyy Marian on Oct 06, 2017
    Do you think this would work on a gate? My neighbor children are always watching me when I sit outside on my porch.
    • Elsie Mason Elsie Mason on Oct 07, 2017
      I would guess it would keep little-prying eyes out of your business. The only thing is would they be so bold as to approach and move it aside if they are determined enough.
    • Dagmar's Home Dagmar's Home on Oct 30, 2017
      I think it would work perfectly!
  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Nov 14, 2017
    Why wasnt the curtain installed just outside of the porch so water would drain down curtain on the grass instead of on your porch. You can buy weights in fabric or fishing departments to add to the bottom of the curtain to keep it hanging straight. Doesnt the rain come in at the top opening.? Lowes also carries the clear or smoky siding that could be cut to cover the top that is open. It could come down far enough to come to the outside of your curtain about 3".
    • Dagmar's Home Dagmar's Home on Dec 29, 2017
      It just looks prettier from the street side to have them on the inside, I think. I'm not worried about the porch railing getting wet.
  • VIOLETTE BARASCH VIOLETTE BARASCH on Nov 14, 2017
    Did you put similar curtains on the other (two?) sides of the porch as well?
  • Terri Terri on Nov 14, 2017
    I got some lace shower curtains for my front porch. We live right on a county highway (really close to the road) and I was tired of folks gawking at me as they sped by!
    I am wondering if these curtains would hold up in the extreme cold of WI? My back porch needs a redo on it's plastic snow block I usually staple on...hmm?
    • Dagmar's Home Dagmar's Home on Dec 29, 2017
      I've had these water-resistant fabric curtains on your porch for over 2 years now in NY, with snow and rain, and they still look just as fine.
    • Sra7582717 Sra7582717 on Apr 29, 2018

      Painters tarps can be cute too. You can paint on them

      or stencil on them. Plus they are pretty durable.

    • Peggie Billadeau Peggie Billadeau on Jun 01, 2020

      I think painters tarps might be OK for looks, but they wouldn’t let the air flow through. In the summer heat

  • Cdean Cdean on Apr 29, 2018

    We have done this, but wth strong winds at times, trying to figure out how to keep weighted down when it's windy. Here's our pics, any ideas?

    • Patti Boser Patti Boser on Apr 29, 2018

      I have decided to make curtains for my back porch. I will use painters cloth for the weight and will spray water proofing onto them for the rain. I am going to make small sand bags that can clip onto the bottom of the curtains. Probably 4 bags to each curtain. If I have enough length on the curtains, you won't see the bags. You can unclip the bags when you need to wash the curtains.

      This is my thought process and I hope it works.

    • Karen Reilly Karen Reilly on Apr 29, 2018

      Washers

    • Laura Moonwoman Laura Moonwoman on Apr 29, 2018

      drapery weights are sold by the yard. it is basically the pull chain for your lights or fans covered in fabric so you can sew them to the hems. i use these on flags, even the hems of tops that ride up on me!

    • 153091 153091 on Apr 29, 2018

      They do sell small clips that have many different items hanging on the clips, usually to hold down your outdoor table cloths....You could clip them to the bottom of your curtains. I use the clips and put a small bag of rocks or gems from the dollar store..really holds down well.

    • Trudi Trudi on Apr 29, 2018

      They make drapery weights. Some look like buttons and you sew them on the bottom.

    • I sewed (or velcro) a channel at the bottom and insert a pvc pipe to keep it from billowing in the wind. If you have strong damaging wind, run rope through the pvc and tie to your railings.

    • Cynthia Sazzys Breeden Cynthia Sazzys Breeden on Apr 29, 2018

      Add grommets to bottom hem and stretch a line across the bottom. Run the grommets over them.

    • Vickie Raymond Vickie Raymond on Apr 29, 2018

      I live on a hill. I use pieces of pvc, cut in lengths of about 18 inches. I have added extra weight to 4 of them, with sand and glue plug. When in use, they easily slip into a rod pocket along the bottom. Using multiple shorter lengths in each curtain allows for easier movement, where needed. My area is 18 x 46, with south/western exposure, which is the direction from which we get most weather. My space is extensively used for spill-over when I host my very large family, frequently.

    • MMM MMM on Apr 29, 2018

      Really excellent suggestions. Good work everyone! :)

    • Beth Brown Dixon Beth Brown Dixon on Apr 29, 2018

      Washer

    • Pamela Miller Pamela Miller on Apr 29, 2018

      First off, I would like to say, love that you used tension rods instead of cable, seems much sturdier; I was thinking the weights that they sell with the helium balloons would be a good idea, they're fairly cheap for the plain/colored ones-i think 50-75 cents a piece. You could use a hole punch & just tie with a ribbon or twine at the bottom every couple of feet.

  • Cecilia Huether Cecilia Huether on Apr 29, 2018

    I want to do this with my screened porch, but with rain comes the wind, how do u weight the curtains down?

    • MMM MMM on Apr 29, 2018

      Look at the question above, many answers there.

    • Murielwiseman Murielwiseman on Apr 29, 2018

      I found very heavy liners at walmart, they are clear. I put these up just before winter hit because the rain was coming onto my deck and soaking more than 1/2 of it. My deck is over 20 feet long and I wanted to enjoy the winter on my deck, going on it and not getting drenched. I used 2 x 2s, screwed them to the deck framing then used double sided sticky black tape, the expensive tape that holds, attached the tape and curtain to the railings. It worked great and is still up and has not blown down or ripped. If you dry the curtain in the dryer for 5 or 10 minutes it takes all the creases out and looks much better. be careful with drying the liners, plastic does melt if you leave them in to long.

    • Mom6247494 Mom6247494 on Apr 29, 2018

      Perhaps you could run a wire across the bottom like the one at the top....thread it through the hem of the shower curtain. attach to hooks on both sides.

    • Murielwiseman Murielwiseman on Apr 29, 2018

      Also I used the 1/2 circle hooks to hang them, just screwed them into the 2 x 2s.

    • Murielwiseman Murielwiseman on Apr 29, 2018

      Pictures

    • Anthony Anthony on Apr 29, 2018

      My liner came with weights at the bottom.

    • Rosy Rosy on Apr 29, 2018

      If your curtain has a deep enough hem at the bottom buy a piece of pvc pipe the width of the curtain and end pvc pieces along with pvc glue. Fill pvc pipe with sand glue on end pieces and run the filled pipe through bottom of curtain works great. We live in Arizona we do this alot to shade ends of patios for shade and the weight helps with the blowing winds

    • Loretta Loretta on Apr 30, 2018

      Try curtain weights. Glue several across the bottom

  • Fra23112259 Fra23112259 on Apr 29, 2018

    my washer was rust on the part where the bleach goes at what can I use the remove it.

  • Joann Felters Joann Felters on Apr 30, 2018

    I like the idea, but how do you know which direction the rain will fall? Most times the rain does NOT come straight down...it is either slanted to the left or right!

    • Lynne Daly Lynne Daly on Apr 30, 2018

      You could do a slight hem on the bottom and run another wire through or you could use more curtain clips and use a tension rod. Or you could weight it.

    • Joann Felters Joann Felters on May 01, 2018

      Thanks Lynn, but that only takes care of the rain on one side. If the curtain is posted on the left side of the porch and rain comes from the front or the right, then everything is wet. Just wondering!

    • Jess Hartley Jess Hartley on May 26, 2021

      The overhang is probably far enough out that they don't get much rain far enough up on the patio from the front to bother the wood furniture against the house. And maybe they did the same thing on the other end? Or maybe the porch extends far enough that the rain doesn't hit the furniture from that end. Or maybe there's a built in barrier on one side or not the other.


  • Shirlene Shirlene on May 03, 2018

    How do you keep the curtain from blowing up in the wind?

    • Lisa Langley Lisa Langley on May 25, 2018

      Im in the process of doing this you can either glue little rocks on the bottom like a inch from the bottom, or you can put anyting little and heavy and glue them on the bottom.


    • Charlee Ford Charlee Ford on Aug 14, 2018

      Curtain liners usually have weights/magnets at the bottom.

    • Beth Beth on May 25, 2020

      If, by some chance, your curtain liner does not come with weights on it already, you can buy "curtain weights" anywhere fabric notions are sold. You can also buy curtain weights that look like little bb's sewn into a tube of muslin that you ostensibly run through the hem of your draperies, but you could whip stitch to the end of your shower liner if you wanted, I suppose.

    • Monique Wong Monique Wong on May 26, 2020

      Most of these shower curtains have some kind of weight as lre as dyed seen in. If not then you can sew or glue something to the bottom to add weight. I've use fishing weights or old coins, heavy buttons.

    • Brenda Brenda on May 26, 2020

      You can also find clip-on weights that you might put on a tablecloth outside. They help to keep the corners from blowing up over the table or having the corners blow up over someone's plate. This is something you might even find at a dollar store.

    • Ellen Morrison Kelley Ellen Morrison Kelley on Jun 01, 2020

      Metal washers work great for this. I have even used pennies.

    • Denise Denise on Jun 24, 2020

      You could even use wooden clothes pins. Simple and easy. Color them if you want.

    • KWBOY KWBOY on May 26, 2021

      in a stronger wind, I think a second cord at the bottom attached through pass-thru holes of the curtain could be necessary.

    • Cathy Gold Cathy Gold on May 26, 2021

      Even in stronger winds it does Not work! The curtain just billows back and in my case ripped the curtain, tried velcro and that didn’t work.

      finally just planted a vine

    • Linda Linda on May 26, 2021

      Maybe you could try making grommets in the bottom of the curtain and attaching it to the floor through them.

  • Millicent Owen Millicent Owen on May 26, 2021

    I will do this, but how do I pin your tutorial? icon icon

    • Tonya Flores Carrasco Tonya Flores Carrasco on May 26, 2021

      That’s what I’m trying to figure out. There has been several on here that doesn’t give the option. Someone please answer this so we can save these. Thanks!!!

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  • Bridget Bridget on May 26, 2021

    I love this idea. I will order longer curtains from Amazon. They have 84” up to 108”. I like for the curtain to touch the floor. Great job! 👌🏾

  • Meanoldrunk Meanoldrunk on May 26, 2021

    what part of Finland is your husband from?

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