So you’ve got the gazebo of your dreams and can’t wait to while away long, summer days and evenings outside. Whether you want to create more privacy, add shade or warmth, keep pesky insects at bay or just like the look of gazebo curtains, they are a great investment. Wondering how on earth to attach them to your gazebo? Let’s find out!
Types of gazebo curtains
Before you hang curtains on your gazebo, you’ll need to decide on the type of curtains you need. You can buy ready-made, weather-resistant curtains that can be left out all year round, pretty voiles, practical mosquito nets, or you can make your own. Whatever your style, there’s a curtain for you:
Solid fabric curtains
Made from tough, mildew and water-resistant fabric, solid fabric curtains are the toughest choice for your gazebo. They can handle being left out all year-round and are resistant to damage from UV rays. You can choose a selection of colours and buy curtains in custom sizes. These curtains are a great choice if you need privacy and warmth, perfect for a hot tub gazebo or an evening dinner party.
Mosquito Net Curtains
There’s nothing quite like the buzz of a mosquito or wasp to stop you from enjoying your relaxing gazebo time. Fortunately, you can buy ready-made mosquito screens which can be hung along gazebo curtain poles (see below for details on how to fix these). Some mosquito nets are fully enclosed, with a zipped entrance and the whole thing attaches to the gazebo ceiling using hook and loop fastenings.
Sheer fabric panels
It’s hard to beat the beauty and elegance of sheer, light fabric panels. Often used to decorate wedding gazebos, these soften the look of the gazebo and can provide light shade and protection from insects. These are the easiest curtains to make yourself and, although not suitable for use all year round, they’re easy to attach, remove and wash.
How to Hang Gazebo Curtains
If you’ve got a wooden gazebo, attaching curtains is super simple. You’ll need a weatherproof curtain pole and fixings for each side that you want to hang the curtains on. Take care to use fixings that won’t rust.
- Measure the width of the side of the gazebo that you wish to hang the curtain along and cut the pole to fit if necessary.
- Using the supplied fixings, attach the first curtain pole mount to one of the gazebo’s support columns.
- Measure the distance from the ground to the first fixing and mark the opposite support column in the same place so the pole will be level.
- Once the pole mounts are in place, you can position the curtain pole. The pole can be secured in place when the curtains have been hung.
- If you’ve got tab top curtains, simply thread them onto the pole or add the curtain rings and hang the curtains on those.
- Tighten the pole mount fixing screws so the pole is held firmly in place.
- Repeat for the other side/s that you wish to hang curtains along.
- Stand back and admire your work!
If you fancy a more rustic look, you can fashion a pole from bamboo canes and cup hooks. This is ideal for lighter, voile, linen or cotton curtains and you can store the curtains and the canes during winter.
How to Put Up Net Curtains Without Drilling
If your gazebo is metal, or you don’t want to drill holes into your wooden gazebo, there are solutions that don’t require leaving holes in your gazebo.
No drill tension rod
Inexpensive and incredibly quick and easy to fix, you can also quickly reposition your curtains. Make sure to thread the curtains onto the rod before you fit it to the sides of your gazebo. This option may not be the most effective if your curtains are heavy, but for a quick fix, it’s hard to beat.
Hook and loop tape
Another method that doesn’t involve drilling, hook and loop tape is a great solution for adding curtains to pop-up and metal gazebos.
To attach your curtain:
- Lie the curtain panel out flat and cut a length of hook and loop tape the same width as the curtain.
- Remove the backing from the soft side of the hook and loop tape and carefully stick the tape along the curtain panel, taking care to keep the curtain flat as you do this.
- Separate the hook side of the tape from the curtain panel and fix it along the top edge of your gazebo, where you want to curtain to hang.
- Once you’ve allowed time for the adhesive to set, fix the curtain to the backing strip.
- Although you won’t be able to pull the curtains open or shut using this method, you can use curtain tiebacks to hold them open as desired.
Hang curtains with hooks
Another effective way to hang curtains on your gazebo is to suspend a curtain pole from the top struts using over-door hooks. This is ideal if you don’t want to hang curtains permanently or just wish to hang curtains for a special event.
As with the tension pole, if your curtains are very heavy or will be opened and closed frequently, you may prefer a sturdier fixing. You’ll also need to choose a pole that has a wider end or add rubber bands to the pole ends to stop it from sliding off.
Adding curtains to your gazebo offers many benefits and is really simple to do. With a wide choice of fabrics and fixings to choose from, hanging curtains is a great way to add colour and texture to your outdoor space while keeping insect intruders and unwanted elements out.