There’s no need to let the weather dictate when you and your guests can enjoy the beauty of your yard. Keep cool in the shade from the hot summer sun or take in the beauty of a rain shower while staying dry by easily making your DIY awning.
Awnings boost the functionality of your yard while also enhancing the overall visual appeal of your home. If you choose to add furniture to your patio or deck, a DIY patio cover will improve your living space, and will create a cozy environment for guests.
A DIY awning will take your entertaining to a whole new level. You and your houseguests will be able to enjoy outdoor parties and barbecues come rain or shine. There will be no more need to worry about always checking the weather or having to find the appropriate indoor space to host your event should an unexpected storm occur.
As a nice bonus, patio awnings can be a great investment for you by increasing the value of your home. They also can be instrumental in cutting down the price of your energy bills.
The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning has stated that awnings can reduce heat gains in your home by over 50%. By installing an awning, you are better able to create a relaxed and welcoming space for visitors during the hot summer months.
Here’s how to get started with creating your DIY awning.
Take Accurate Measurements
Before doing anything else, you must be sure to take accurate measurements of your outdoor space.
Deck or patio covers can either be freestanding or can be directly attached to the exterior of the house. Decide on the style that works best for you. The structure you choose will affect the amount of fabric that you need.
Measure the length and width of the patio, deck, or general yard space that you want the awning to cover.
If you have chosen a freestanding structure, write down a measurement for how high you want your support system to go. Add a few inches to the overall length of the space that you need to cover. The extra fabric will account for the pockets you will need to create so that the material will wrap around the support.
For the attached awning option, you will want to add a few inches to all of the measurements that you have taken due to A-frame dimensions.
At this point, you will also need to choose if you want your patio or deck cover to have an overhang. If you do want the overhang, be sure to a few extra inches to your measurements.
Purchase Your Materials
Visit your local home improvement store to get all the necessary materials that are needed to build your awning.
An extremely economical material to use for this DIY project is just a canvas drop cloth. Depending on how fancy you want to go, or the exact ambiance you are trying to create for your outdoor living space, you may opt to choose a material that has a fun patterns or details. Just make sure that the fabric you are purchasing is durable enough to handle all different types of weather conditions.
For the frame, PVC pipes and connectors are cost effective and relatively easy to use.
Sew the Fabric
If you don’t have a sewing machine at home, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a tailor that will make all of the alterations to the fabric you’ve purchased.
To sew your cover at home, begin by laying the fabric flat. Lay a piece of the pipe down on the backside of that fabric, and make a mark indicating where the material should end. You will want the fabric to have a snug fit around the pipe.
Pin the fabric in place along the edge of where the seam will be. Stitch the fabric from end to end, making sure to leave the top and the bottom of the material open so that the pipe will be able to fit securely.
Assemble the Frame
There are a couple options you may utilize when it comes to the frame.
If you are building a freestanding awning, cut the four pieces of the pipe to the appropriate height. Place the two-way corner connectors on the frame so that the structure will be able to stand by itself.
In your yard, mark the exact area where each leg of the frame will rest. Dig a few inches down into the ground so that the frame will have a decent amount of stability. Move the frame so that the legs fall into the holes and ensure that the structure seems sturdy.
For the awning that you are attaching to the side of your house, you will begin by dry-fitting the pipes. Ensure that everything aligns as you would like it to, and the slip the fabric over the structure so that you can ensure the material will lay taut over the frame.
Slide the fabric off the pipes, and then cement the frame in place. Once the frame is sealed together, put the fabric back on the pipes and prepare to install the structure to the house.
Next, place brackets to the ends of the frame. Drill holes in the exterior of the house where your brackets will sit. Secure the brackets to the exterior of your home Place connectors at the ends of the poles so that the fabric will not slip off.
Enjoy Your New Awning
You are just five easy steps away from creating the patio, or deck, awning you have always wanted. Enjoy entertaining with ease now that you can rest assured that weather will not be ruining any of your party plans.
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