Today’s outdoor curtains and drapes look as good as indoor ones and offer superior performance, so why wouldn’t you choose outdoor curtains for your indoor spaces? Here are a few reasons why outdoor curtains are a good idea:
- Indoor fabrics fade — The beautiful curtains you had custom made for your sunny living room may not look so beautiful in a couple of years as the sun’s UV rays do their darndest to fade the curtain’s colors. Because outdoor curtains are intended for outdoor use, they are constructed with fabrics that resist those harmful UV rays and keep fading at a bare minimum. Your curtains will look just as vibrant in ten years as they do when you first install them.
- Protect indoor furnishings — Those same UV rays that fade your lovely indoor curtains can also do some serious damage over time to your other indoor furnishings. Upholstered furniture, artwork, fabrics, carpets, and more are at the mercy of the sun’s UV rays. Over time, these indoor treasures can fade, weaken, crack, and become otherwise damaged as a result of prolonged sun exposure. The best quality outdoor curtains have a UV protection factor of 98%, so they block the bulk of the harmful rays that threaten to damage your indoor furnishings.
- Durability and versatility — Outdoor curtains are made with beautiful, but rugged, fabrics that can take the worst of outdoor weather. By using outdoor curtains inside, you can feel confident that they’ll stand up to everyday, and not so everyday, abuses. Outdoor curtains make any room of the house look good, but, because they are so easy to clean, they are especially ideal for the busiest of rooms, like the kitchen, family room, kids’ rooms, play room, and laundry room.
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.
This past Fall, sadly, I had to remove and cut back a good portion of the enormous century old oak trees I had in my backyard. Living in east Memphis, TN, I am used to the over abundance of trees and the shade they create. Although I was sad to lose some of my big trees, it has really opened up my backyard. I have even planted grass seedlings which are now sprouting in 2 areas of my yard. I am in the process of creating a better backyard atmosphere. The first thing I am doing is putting in a few Shade Sails. I have found shade sails to be an interesting and decorative way to “fancy” up my yard. I am amazed at how easily they fit into almost any backyard setting, and how easy they are to install. They are great around the pool offering the kids a well deserved break from the blistering sun as well as shade contiuing from what I already have from my existing trees over to the side of my house. I now love sitting on my porch with a nice cool drink, grilling tenderloin for dinner. So much that I even Twitter about it… @KarenMR, and @backyardcity. Recently, I also purchased new outdoor patio furniture and the shade sails provide UV protection for my new furniture and whoops almost forgot….myself and my kids.
School is out in about one week, and I am so glad I have most of my outdoor decorating finished. We are going to have a great time this summer enjoying our own backyard.
What’s In Your Backyard? Tell me about it……