Shading My Porch from the Sun

In the afternoon the hot sun comes onto my porch. I need to create shade, but can't afford solar shades. Does anyone have an idea what I can use to shade my porch that is not to expensive?

By Fidgie68 from Monticello, MS

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Get vining plants such as clematis, morning glories, passion vine, or ivy and put on a trellis on that side of your porch. This will block some of the view but keep out a lot of the strong sunlight when mature. You can get the wood or plastic lattice panels and make as many trellis necessary.

Or, plant a shrub like a lilac or Rose of Sharon nearby that grows tall and bushy and doesn't mind the sun.

IF these ideas won't work for this year, then I'd get cheap remnant cotton material and make my own by hanging up a curtain rod or two to the upper inside of the porch frame and sew across the top of fabric to fit a rod. You can add weights to the bottom to hold fabric down from a strong breeze. Get a fabric that's light enough for you to see through and still blocks out the sun, but lets in air.

You could also go to a thrift shop and buy used drapes for this purpose or a large tablecloth or sheet. If you get the color that matches your house, it won't look odd.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Also check your local hardware store for an inexpensive all-weather roll-up shade. I recently bought one that is 6' wide for less than $20. My porch faces west and there is no shade; the roll-up shade makes a big difference!

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

I have the same problem but with a patio with a hard awning over it.

I live in a mobile home park and they won't let us put any kind of fence or things like that.

Has anyone ever bought material for a sunscreen?

The hard awning is so tall that it looks like I would need to spend a fortune for material with maybe installing grommits to slide the rod through.

Any ideas besides a roll up awning? I tried that already and when a hard wind blows the thing flies way up. It broke into many pieces.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

If they will let you stick a trellis in the ground, you can plant a fast growing climbing plant or plant tall bushes on the side where the sun shines in the afternoon.

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June 11, 20090 found this helpful

How about a few cheap evergreens in a tall pot? You could plant them in the ground in the fall.

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