A few key considerations at the outset will make it a whole lot simpler to choose the outdoor curtains or outdoor-curtain sheers, along with curtain-hanging hardware, that's best for you and your own unique outdoor-living situation.
Location, location, location!
Quality outdoor curtains are an exceptional accessory for any number of outdoor-living situations and setups – gazebos and porches, and with just a little creativity, poolsides, patios, decks, balconies and beyond. If hung on the inside of a front porch, outdoor curtains or outdoor-curtain sheers can also work wonders in enhancing curb appeal.
One of the real beauties of outdoor curtains or outdoor-curtain sheers is their ability to turn a partially enclosed outdoor nook into a real outdoor room. But keep in mind that darker-colored curtains are liable to make a space that's already fairly removed from full sunlight seem darker still. If brighter light is what you want, then consider lighter-colored curtains; for even more natural light, go instead with outdoor-curtain sheers. Also, a heavier-fabric curtain may limit airflow in a space where there already isn't much. In this case, an outdoor-curtain sheer may again be the better option.
If privacy is an issue, then you may want to go with regular outdoor curtains, not outdoor-curtain sheers. Though it's difficult to make out many details on the other side of outdoor-curtain sheers, there is nonetheless a sense of being more exposed than with heavy-material outdoor curtains.
If so, then you'd be wise to go with either our WeatherSmart® Outdoor Curtains or our Outdoor Curtains Made From Sunbrella®, our two solution-dyed outdoor-curtain brands, which simply are going to retain color longer than polyester can. If price is a primary consideration, and you opt for polyester outdoor curtains or outdoor-curtain sheers instead, then consider a more muted color that won't show fading quite as quickly.
Once you get the outdoor-curtain bug, it's hard to take no for an answer. Still, sometimes the reality of an outdoor living space can make it a little trickier to install curtains, and may even require some improvising on your part, or assistance from a professional carpenter. Quite simply, you have to have a suitable place to hang that curtain rod! Partially enclosed outdoor spaces like gazebos, porches and some attached decks are ready-made for adding outdoor curtains, yet many preferred outdoor-living setups may require some structural alteration or outright addition – vertical 4"x4" beams attached to the corners of your deck, for instance, or a wide arbor-type overhang installed into the ground – to support the curtain-hanging hardware.
For further ideas on how to hang outdoor curtains in the absence of existing overhanging structures, see our Installation Guide.