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How to Join Shade Cloth

Sarah Coennen

A shady oasis during the hot summer months is a wonderful commodity. People seek refuge on enclosed patios, under trees and in open-air buildings. When you have an open-air building or covered patio that is not quite shady enough, you can add shade cloth to the enclosure or roof to make it shadier and cooler.

When your shade cloth isn’t large enough to cover the roof in one fell swoop, join several pieces of shade cloth.

  1. Spread out the shade cloth, exposing the sides that you wish to join together.

  2. Overlap the shade-cloth edges and line up the seams as well as you can. You may or may not be able to line up the seams perfectly because of the type of shade cloth or the manufacturer, but as long as the corners of the fabric match up, you should be fine.

  3. Push one of the joining pins into the overlapped edges of the shade cloth. Weave the pin through the shade cloth in an “over-under” fashion.

  4. Pull back on the pin to lock the pin into place. Continue applying pins every few inches until the shade cloth is completely joined.

  5. Tip

    You can purchase joining pins online or at shops that sell shade cloth.


    If the pins are not secure, they will fall out, causing the shade cloth to fall apart.