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How to Build a Simple PVC Sunscreen For The Yard

Sarah Schreiber

Hollow PVC pipes are lightweight and have use beyond just transporting fluids. A simple PVC sunscreen for your yard can be put together in a short period of time. You can move the sunscreen around to different areas of the yard or keep it in one spot.

Transform PVC pipes into a backyard sun shade.

Set up chairs or a picnic table underneath and you can enjoy the outdoors without the bright sunlight interfering.

  1. Use a scroll saw to cut 12 sections of PVC pipe to a length of 8 feet. Mark the 8-foot length by placing a measuring tape at one end and using a carpenter’s pencil to draw a line at the length.

  2. Take four PCV pipe sections and lay them flat on the ground, arranging them into a square. Repeat the process in another section of the lawn with four additional pipe sections.

  3. Attach the four corners of the PVC square by popping the pipe ends into 3-way PVC joints. Make sure the third joints are all facing the outward in the same direction. Repeat the connecting process with the other square.

  4. Turn one square so the 3-way PVC joints face upward. Pop the four remaining PVC pipes into place so they extend upward.

  5. Turn the structure on its side and attach the other PVC square, popping the four extending pipes into place to complete the sunscreen frame.

  6. Cut a piece of sun protective fabric to the dimensions of 8.5-by-8.5 square. Lay the fabric out on a flat surface so it’s smooth. Place the PVC frame on top of the fabric in the center.

  7. Apply a layer of heavy-duty waterproof fabric glue to the fabric that extends beyond the PVC frame. Fold each of the four fabric sides inward, over the PVC pipe. Press firmly into place. Allow the glue a drying time of at least 12 hours before turning the structure over and moving it into place in your yard.


Glue the PVC pipes into the joints with PVC cement if you want the sunscreen to be a permanent structure.


Move the structure into an indoor location such as a garage in the event of a storm with high winds.