I visited my in-laws over the weekend, and I had the opportunity to see the new outdoor curtains they installed on each side of their covered deck. They chose to install outdoor curtains for reasons of privacy, but the curtains provide an unexpected benefit as well. The deck has become another room in their home, a living space where my in-laws retreat for a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon conversation. The deck itself is not screened in, but the curtains they hung are made of rugged fade-resistant and waterproof Sunbrella fabric and do a surprisingly effective job of shielding the room’s occupants from sun, bugs, and weather. The curtains improve the look of the deck area, too, making it so much more inviting and comfortable to use.
It is refreshing to know that creating a new outdoor living space doesn’t have to break the bank and doesn’t necessarily require building permits. A room addition can be as easy as installing outdoor curtains. The hard part now is trying to decide what color fabric to choose for my own outdoor space.