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Creating Shade on a Porch

Having good air circulation and a shady outdoor space can be delightful. This guide is about creating shade on a porch.
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November 29, 2008

This idea will be best where the snow does not blow. I live in Key West, FL. The hot sun just keeps on shining on my lattice laced porch. In order to keep my windows open, and block the heat, I needed a privacy shade. I bought some Spanish moss, and stuck in the the lattice holes. The moss is like an air plant. No soil needed, and with a water spray a day they flourish.

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By Cindy from Key West, FL

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May 28, 2006

Hello and thank you for any advice you give in answer to this. My electric bill is about to go up and up higher here in Maryland. I want to hang something on my porch that will block some of the sunlight but not the breeze. I have a screen door on the porch so of course I still want it available. I have looked at the banners and flags online but they are expensive. Is there something or some material I could use to just buy and tack it up on my roof? I am already hemming white cotton to hang on the windows just to block out some of the sun. It has been very hot here today and I haven't used the AC. In the past I would have but I don't want to pay for it.

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Sandy from Baltimore, MD

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

You did say "hang" something so I'm guessing lattice-board (which affords both shade and air) wouldn't do? I hang plants on my patio for shade.
I hate the AC,too -- expensive and hurts my arthritis, so we use ceiling fans and pedestal fans.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 30, 20060 found this helpful

They have shade cloth in home improvement centers - that lets the air in - or you could try lacey panels -

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

Bamboo shades are inexpensive and can just be tacked to your roof edge. You can see through them but they block out all of the sun. Works for me. I got mine at Home Depot

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

we moved last year into a trailer with a beautiful covered patio on the east side of the house. I went to Wal Mart an bought 3 big nice blinds that roll up or down to any length you wish. These are lilke plastic strips made into a blind..this has help cut down on the heat as our glass sliding door in the kitchen also goes out onto the patio. I do know that they had 2 different widths that they came in an are quite large an only cost about $ 10 each. you can also take them down an use a hose on them to clean them. they have help so much an yes we do leave them up year around.

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June 1, 20060 found this helpful

You could try putting up some lattice and attaching some kind of shade to it. I have used lattice to create some privacy on the side of my deck, and it wasn't expensive.

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June 1, 20060 found this helpful

A vine on a trellis that loses its leaves in the winter.
If you go with bamboo shades, you'll need to fasten them down or up during windy weather.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 1, 20060 found this helpful

My solution- buy heavy drop cloth or painters cloth at hardware store that has grommets on top side. Use shower rod wire hooks and mount on rod made of electric conduit pipe held up with simple brackets. This will slide easily and nothing harmed by rain or sun.

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June 1, 20060 found this helpful

I planted a Japanese Maple in front of my porch. We put a piece of PVC into the ground near it, so when we watered, it went right to the roots. It took a while to grow, but is 10x larger than a neighbor's, who planted hers at the same time. I keep the inside branches cleared out so air can freely circulate. It shades the porch and house nicely, but we can see out through most of it, and our porch still gets a nice breeze through the screen door. Though not a quick solution, a great one.

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For my windows--I bought cheap blankets at Wal-Marts (off-white), measured and cut them the size I wanted, and used thumbtacks to hang them from the inside of my windows. In the sunlight, they are opaque, allowing partial light through. They insulate well, keeping out the winter cold and the summer's heat. They look just like blinds from outside. You can make them any length you want. On windows we don't use, I made them full length; on windows we kept the blinds up half-way, I only made covers for the top half; on a few windows, I made them 3/4 length. A few, I made full length, but we roll them up at times (like when we put our window air conditioners in during the summer months)--they usually stay up by themselves, but if not, a few straight pins would do the trick. The thumbtacks make them easy to remove. You don't even need to hem or bind the edges. I thought about different fabrics to use, but these were by far the cheapest.

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June 8, 2009

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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