Do-it-Yourself Patio Shade

If you spend a lot of time out on your porch, you will likely experience a high level of sun either in the morning or in the evening.

Install Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo blinds work well outdoors.Bamboo blinds work well outdoors.
You can make this situation a DIY project and add shade to your patio by choosing between several different methods. You can simply place a large patio umbrella in the grass in front of the patio and take the easy way out or you can install adjustable bamboo blinds. Blinds work well if your patio has an overhang roof and the sun shines in from the sides. If you do not have an overhang, you can install a retractable awning. This works well if the sun drenches the patio from all directions.

Measure the width of your porch from vertical support to vertical support. Measure from the bottom of the roof to the ground. Purchase a blind that matches this width and length. If necessary, you might have to install two separate blinds next to each other to compensate for length.

Place the headrail against the front bottom edge of the roof and mark out the mounting locations with a pencil.

Place the mounting brackets in place and then secure them to the bottom edge of the roof with the supplied screws.

Secure the headrail to the mounting brackets. This will vary slightly depending on the brand and design of blinds you use.

Pull the blind down to the ground and place a mark on the bottom rail approximately 1 inch from each end. Place additional marks on the ground at the same locations.

Drill into the cement floor with a masonry bit. Drill a hole half the diameter of the shank on the eye bolt you plan to use. Thread the eye bolts into the holes.

Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the bottom rail with a drill bit and hand drill. Make the hole half the diameter of the shank on the eye bolt hooks. Thread the hooks into the bottom rail.

Pull the blind into an upright and closed position when you do not experience sun. Pull it down and connect the hooks on the bottom rail to the eye bolts on the ground to secure the blind in a closed position.

Install Retractable Awning

Place the awning against the wall at the height where you plan to install it. Center the awning headrail over the porch. Position a level on the top of the awning and adjust the awning until it rests level on the wall. This process will take two people and likely a set of ladders due to the length and height of the awning.

Scribe a line on the wall that traces the bottom edge of the awning and then place a mark on each end of the awning. Place the awning off to the side for now.

Position the mounting brackets onto the wall and line them up with the marks you made.

Place marks on the wall to denote the mounting hole locations on each mounting bracket. Shorter awnings will only have a mounting bracket on each end. However, longer ones could have a mounting bracket located in the middle as well. Place the mounting brackets off to the side.

Drill pilot holes into the wall. If drilling into siding or wood, use a standard drill and drill bit that measures half the size of the lag bolts you plan to use. If drilling into brick or block, use a masonry drill bit that measures the size of your masonry wall anchors.

Fill each hole with silicone caulk to keep moisture out of the holes. If you need to insert anchors into the brick, drive them in with a hammer now.

Place the mounting brackets over the holes you drilled and secure the brackets to the wall with the lag bolts and a wrench or with the wall anchor screws and a screwdriver.

Place the awning onto the bracket and secure them with the supplied fasteners. In many cases, you simply need to run a thumbscrew through the bracket and into the awning headrail.

Connect the awning to an electrical outlet if the awning is automated. Otherwise, crank the hand crank to raise or lower the awning into position.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Bamboo blinds
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Drill bit set
  • Eye bolts
  • Eye bolt hooks
  • Awning
  • Level
  • Masonry anchors
  • Silicone caulk