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These Outdoor Curtains and Shades Will Turn Your Patio into an Oasis


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Now, more than ever, we love our patios. But with the sun beating down during warm-weather months, they can get hot. Luckily, outdoor curtains and roller shades are the perfect solution for all your shade and privacy needs.

So what’s the difference between indoor and outdoor curtains? Outdoor curtains and shades can absolutely be used indoors, but they are designed to be more durable and weather-resistant to withstand high winds, rain, direct sunlight, and even snow.

We’re already crazy about outdoor rockers, pretty porch planters, and mini fire pits, but if you’re looking for just one purchase to dress up your entire patio without breaking the bank, outdoor curtains are it. Scroll down for our favorites.

Miami Outdoor Tab Top Curtain Panel in White

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$35.49, Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • Easy to wash with soap and water
  • Water-repellant coating
  • Easy to hang

These crisp, sheer outdoor curtains will instantly make you feel like you’re on a breezy beachside cabana. These provide the look of a lightweight curtain but are actually made of durable, water-resistant polyester and have a heavy-duty canvas-like feel. They also offer a light-filtering, UV protection for the sunniest of days.

One reviewer wrote: “These curtains are so stylish and light weight. I love to sit out on my porch but I was looking for something to make me feel like I was somewhere else. These curtains added a style to my porch that made it look very inviting and chic. They are very well made and can be used indoors or outdoors on the patio. .. They have a water repellent coating and made of durable heavy materials with shinny stainless grommets which make them easy to hang on your favorite curtain rod. They clean up with soap and water , and are mold resistant. They make me happy just seeing the appeal that hanging them made! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.”

Marin Indoor/Outdoor Window Curtain

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$39.99, Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • Print comes in multiple colors
  • Water, fade & mildew resistant
  • UPF 50+ protection

The ironwork design on these outdoor curtains will add instant class to your patio. They wonderfully weather the elements, with a stain/mildew/water-repellant finish, and fade-resistant polyester fabric that can be washed with ease.

One reviewer wrote: “Excellent quality. Block the worst of the evening sun and still allows some light in. Great for privacy as well.”

Imperial Matchstick Semi-Sheer Roll-Up Shade

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outdoor shades

$154.99, Wayfair

Why we like it:

  • Cordless for kid safety
  • Easy to install
  • Light-filtering

Bamboo blinds are perfect for adding a natural, wooden vibe to your outdoor space. This roller shade will filter the light without completely blocking it, cooling your porch while allowing some light to illuminate your space. It’s also cord-free and it comes in two different colors to match your decor.

One reviewer wrote: “Just what I needed to block the sun on my patio. When the sun sets, my patio will get very hot. This shade keeps the sun out and my patio nice and cool in the evening. “

RYB HOME Patio Curtain Outdoor – Sunlight Blackout Shades

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Starting at $40.95, Amazon

Why we like it:

  • Blackout curtains
  • Perfect for privacy
  • Waterproof

If you want completely privacy or superior sun protection, these are the outdoor curtains for you. They’re machine washable, don’t fade in the sun, and come in five neutral colors. Plus, reviewers are obsessed…

One reviewer wrote: “WOW WOW WOW! I bought these for our outdoor screened-in porch. I was hesitant to buy these because I thought the price and length was too good to be true but REVIEWS DON’T LIE. They are beautiful! I bought 6 panels of the Grayish White in 108 in and they were not just beautiful but great quality. They’re truly waterproof….. I tested it already with these heavy Georgia rains we’ve been having. I was worried the color would be silver like but Greyish White describes it perfectly. No silver sheen to them at all. Very high end looking. I loved them so much I bough 2 more panels to finish off our deck.”

Elrene Home Fashions Connor Indoor/Outdoor Solid UV Protectant Grommet Window Curtain Panel

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$42.41, Amazon

Why we like it:

  • Mildew and weather-resistant
  • 9 colors to choose from
  • Easy to hang

Amazon reviewers love these durable, all-weather outdoor curtains. They come in three lengths, have rust-proof metal grommets, and come in a rainbow of colors (the yellow is our fave!)

One reviewer wrote: “Great outdoor curtains that retain the bright white color, without any mildew. I left these up over one year, through winter rain, cold, wind and they look like new. Love the sunscreen and durability.”

LORDTEX Burlap Linen Look Outdoor Curtains for Patio

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Starting at $40.99, Amazon

Why we like it:

  • Water-repellant
  • Expensive looking (but not!)
  • They look just like linen!

If you love linen curtains, these outdoor linen-look curtains will not disappoint. They’re sheer like linen, but made of dense, durable polyester that will withstand weather.

One reviewer wrote: “Love them for my porch! They look really great! When I received the package, I was surprised with the quality. There were exactly what we wanted. We don’t want to block the view, but just soften the sunlight. Also, they are good for decor.”

Collaroo Walnut Cordless Light Filtering Fade Resistant Fabric Exterior Roller Shade

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$117.00, Home Depot

Why we like it:

  • Saves money on cooling
  • Reduces glare
  • Smooth crank operation

This roller shade is ideal for porches and patios that get lots of sun. According to the manufacturer, it can save an average 40 percent on cooling costs when used over windows. It’s easy install and with simple crank, you can control the amount of sunlight and heat basking your space.

One reviewer wrote, “This shade is the perfect solution to my needs. I installed this shade on one side of my front porch, because the afternoon sun beams right down on us. It has cooled down the area at least by 15 degrees. My wife loves it. The ease of rolling it up after use is ideal. I’d recommend this item for daily use.”

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