Needing shade on my back verandah s havnt got a pergola
Suzette on Jun 17, 2017Hi Michelle, Here's a link to some "Sun Shade" Ideas! https://www.google.com/search?q=pictures+of+sun+shade+sails&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjuwdzL6sTUAhWK6SYKHdsZBQYQsAQItAE&biw=1280&bih=635Hope this helps!Helpful Reply
Gina on Jun 17, 2017Have you looked into "shade/sun sails?" I have on on hot sunny side of house,they are great,even lasted thru our crazy winter,very durable,come in dif sizes.I love mine,going to get more!..have at home depo,ace hardware stores.Helpful Reply
Barb on Jun 18, 2017The sun shade/sails are great (have used for many years) but an even cheaper way is a $12 canvas painter's drop cloth from Walmart....same idea, lots cheaper. It will not block the rain either and your plants will love it.Helpful Reply
Pam Walker on Jun 18, 2017PVC frame & a TARP. It's inexpensive with a little elbow grease. Measure out the corners of where you'd like for it to be. Dig holes about 5-7 inches deep. Get some 2 inch PVC pipe & some Elbows. Put the ends of the pipe down inside the holes & with a marker, draw a line where ground comes up to. Measure how high you desire it with either the front or the back 2 shorter by 2-5 inches so the rain will drain off. Place the elbows onto the tops of them. Attach another piece of PVC running from one post to the other at the measured length between the posts at the ground level. Do this to all 4 sides. When assembled, place it firmly into the holes dug from before. Back away & see if you like it. Shorten it by cutting off more if needed. When satisfied with that, remove it from the holes again & lay it upside down in the yard. Spread out a tarp big enough to cast over the entire top of the frame & PLACE it under the frame. Fold the edges of the tarp over the edges of the pipe & either secure with staples (stapling fabric to fabric to create a sleeve) or attach the edges of the tarp to the PVC with small screws. Once you've attached it all the way around, stand it up & place it in the holes again. Pack the dirt in the holes around the PVC very tightly & you've got your shady spot. ADDITION: Since it's not a permanent fixture, you can easily remove it & take it apart & take it with you when you move if you do. If you want, you could even put some shear curtains on it. Get some circle magnets & hot glue them to the PVC. If you're facing the frame, 1 magnet will be at the top left just under the tarp & the other will be at the top right just under the tarp. Hot glue 2 more on that same side. 1 at the bottom left & another at the bottom right. Put magnets in the corners of the shears & just attach the magnets when putting them up or taking them down. For a decorative look, run rope lights inside the top edges of the frame for nighttime lighting using eye-hooks screwed into the PVC to hold the lights. To dress it up a notch, you could use square stepping stones to build you a floor with a table & chairs for yourselves or entertaining guests. Hope this helps. :)Helpful Reply
Seethebeauty on Jun 19, 2017Definitely have to go with the automatic sun-shade that you attach to your house and it rolls up when not in use. I am west facing and it is almost impossible to get my umbrella to offer sun over four chairs at any given time. This way you can enjoy the backyard without huge site barriers other options might create. A little pricey, but the joy you will get will erase that twang...maybe!Helpful Reply
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