How to Install Shade Cloth Fabric

How to Install Shade Cloth Fabric

Its EASY to installing Shade Cloth Fabric Like a Pro

If you would like to add more shade to your patio pergola or outdoor gazeb then shade cloth is a Fast & Easy way to accomplish your goal. Here are some basic steps on how to install shade cloth to your pergola so you can enjoy your deck or patio even more.

What you need for the installation:

  • Shade Cloth to cover area, plus about 25% more
  • Hammer or screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Safety goggles
  • Box cutters (or a sharp knife, scissors, or some other sharp cutting instrument)
  • Attachment hardware: screws, nails, or 1in staples (or a heavy duty staple gun with 3/4" staples or larger). Stainless steel hardware is highly recommended, but there are many other types of fasteners specifically treated for use outside.

How to Install Shade Cloth / Fabric

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Staple Fasteners for Fabric
Heavy Duty 1in Staples
Fix cloth with Screws & Washers
Wood Screws with Washers
Pergola ready for Shade Cloth

Start with a pergola, arbor, or another structure you wish to cover with the shade cloth.

Roll out shade cloth on structure loosely

Roll out the shade cloth across your structure and loosely pull it into position. Leave at least 8-12 inches of overhang on all sides.

Attach cloth every 12 inches

Attach shade cloth to one of the longest sides first (the edge closest to your house). Start at one end and pull with medium pressure (enough to get the wrinkles out and just a bit more) as you move along the edge. Attach about every 12-18 inches.

Attach Clockwise.  Keep fabric lines straight

Now, finish attaching the outside edges, continuing in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction (depending on how you started above).

Make sure that the knitted knot lines in the fabric are straight.

Leave room to trim excess cloth

When attaching the shade cloth along an edge of the structure where the fabric will be trimmed off, be sure to move the attachment point just inside from the outside edge of the beam, or post to leave room to cut the fabric.

Hide fabric seams on top of rafter supports

When joining the edges of two rolls of shade cloth along a rafter or support, try not to overlap the shade cloth, if possible. Offset the fixing points of the two edges so they do not align next to each other.

Sometimes seams must show.

You can use a pinch pleat to join or seam two sections of shade fabric. (hardly used due to costs, time to implement, bulky seams are visible from underneath, and easier to conceal seam on top of a rafter or support)

Attach cloth to all interior supports
Now, tack down the shade cloth to any interior support beams about 12-18 inches apart. Closer if in very windy areas.
Trim excess shade fabric

Trim off all the edges using a box cutter (or other sharp cutting instrument)

Underside View Of Shade Cloth on Pergola

Underside view of shade cloth covered pergola. Neat and tidy.

Finished Views of Shade Cloth Covered Pergolas and Porches

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Commercial 95 Shade Cloth
Commercial 95 Shade Cloth

By Linear Yard or Large Roll
Coolaroo Shade Cloth
Coolaroo Shade Cloth

Pre Sized Rolls Only
Custom Shade Cloth Panels
Custom Shade Cloth Panels

We can make one for you. Hemmed with or without Grommets!

Last Updated: 02/16/2024 11:32 AM - ID:2439