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!
I really didn't want to use fabric because I knew it would get moldy and gross super quickly.
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.
Looks pretty good, huh?!?! Shade for $30! I'll take it!
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  • Judith Judith on Sep 01, 2016
    how did you attach them to the structure

  • San11940809 San11940809 on Apr 24, 2018

    Is there a picture of the finished project & how were they hung so they do not blow away?

  • Kim LaBrush Wachtel Kim LaBrush Wachtel on Jul 27, 2018

    Does the rain water lay on top of the canvas or does it run through?

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  • Michaelene Upton 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

  • Kat Kat on Mar 08, 2019

    Some of the cloths have grommets at the end and you can use bungee cords. Just use a complimentary color or white. That’s what I am doing for my apartment so I can take it down when I leave.

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