How to use shower curtain to "rain proof" my partial enclosed lanai?


I have a concrete lanai...triple slider doors are the exit from my inside den. The left side of the lanai is the concrete exterior & the right side is a screened-in area & a screen door. The opposite side is wide open to to my large outside screened-in lanai and this is why I need an enclosure. I have indoor/outdoor wicker furniture and a rug set up in the partially enclosed area that needs protection from the summer rains here in n southwest Florida.

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  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Apr 07, 2019

    Hi there, have you thought about getting a waterproof sunshade. They come in many colors. I am putting the link up for you to check out.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Apr 07, 2019

    Just guessing here because you didn't supply a picture. A shower curtain or tarp can be suspended from a rod and closed or opened as needed. I would get the easy glide curtain rings that have small rollers suspended on the ring instead of the normal rings. I would put a second rod near the bottom to hold the curtain from blowing away. Leave some slack in the curtain to absorb some wind movement.

    Another option is to get a roll-up shade that is guided by support wires along the edges. You roll up the shade and there are no lower bars to get in the way. The bottom of the shade will pull up some when the wind blows. It should shed a majority of the water. Check with outdoor canopy installers or places like

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 07, 2019

    I'd use sun fabric. It's heavier and can add weights in the seems . I think will hold up better and not blow around so easily.

  • Em Em on Apr 07, 2019

    Plain fabric will blow as will a shower curtain. Setting a second curtain rod at the bottom will help but in very strong winds is likely to tear. Get shower curtains with heavy grommets and put a rod at the top and bottom and do not pull curtain tight. Leave enough slack to account for a strong wind. Sun fabric will blow just as much as regular and you will have not better protection than regular curtains. I like the roll up idea from Ken as well. they are much stronger, allow a little wind to get thru and can be tied off at the bottom with the hook supplied with the blinds.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 07, 2019

    Love the shower curtain idea. If you are worried about it being too light in weight and blowing around add some weight to the bottom.

    I like the idea of being able to pull the curtain open or closed depending on the weather. Takes much less time to pull a shower curtain open as compared to unrolling a blind.

    Plus this would be much easier to take down and put up as well as taking MUCH less storage room when not in use.

    It takes 2 of us to take down and/or put up our blinds and they can be a pain to clean.

    Of course would be a lot cheaper to use a shower curtain so you could afford to change the look whenever you wanted by getting a different design or color.