Outdoor curtain is a valuable element for your patio since it can make the outdoor space more visually appealing as well as protect you, your family and your outdoor furniture from harsh sunlight and rainwater. But your relaxing patio moment will be gone immediately once those outdoor curtains are blowing all around during the colder and more windy months. What can you do? Is it possible to make outdoor curtains work all year around? Don't worry, here we've prepared 5 ways to answer your "how to keep your curtains from blowing?" question!
1. Add outdoor curtain weights
The thought first came into your mind in terms of keeping outdoor curtains from billowing will probably be making the curtains heavier. But how to weigh down outdoor curtains? The simplest way is to directly buy the outdoor curtains that come with weighted bags and put heavy stuff into them so that these curtains won't be lifted by the wind anymore.
For those who already have outdoor curtains and want an easy & quick solution, outdoor curtain weights are tailored for you. From anti-rust magnetic weights, ceramic weights to sand bags, there are a wide range of weights for outdoor curtains to choose online.
If you really have a strict budget and is not planning to spend any money on it, curtain weights diy is your perfect choice. Open the bottom edge, put some heavy stuff you have (pennies, pebbles, sands etc.) inside and sew the hem shut. Then you got your weighted curtains, easy-peasy!
2. Use curtain tiebacks
Another popular hack is using curtain tiebacks. Tiebacks are decorative ropes that are used to tie around your curtains. It's a more flexible way to keep outdoor curtains from blowing in the wind. With them, you are able to attach your outdoor curtains to the fixed railing of your patio, porch, deck, gazebo etc. so that they won't fly around in the strong wind. And during the windless days, you can just take off those ropes and let your curtains open and fall naturally.
Tiebacks are designed in many kinds of colors and styles so you can choose the one that perfectly matches your outdoor living space style. But there is one thing you should pay special attention to: metal or magnetic tiebacks should not be used for outdoor curtains as they are very susceptible to rust, unless you are willing to spend more on anti-rust ones.
3. Opt for heavier outdoor curtain fabric
If you are reading this before getting outdoor curtains for your patio, and happen to live in a state with the most wind, such as Alaska, Michigan and Montana, directly buying outdoor curtains made of heavier fabric is one cost-efficient way to keep them from blowing during windy conditions. Take canvas as an example, this fabric is made by special weaving method. Its plain weave texture is known for being durable, sturdy and heavy duty. This fabric can even be heavy and strong enough to make conveyor belts.
KGorge Outoor Canvas Curtain, made of tightly weaving polyester yarns (with a waterproof coating on the surface), is added with more weight & texture and has an even thickness throughout the fabric. In this way, this fabric can also become water resistant or even waterproof, making it a greater fabric for outdoor curtains.
4. Add a bottom rod for outdoor curtains
If you want a permanent solution to prevent outdoor curtains from blowing in the wind, consider fixing your outdoor curtains on both ends with two curtain rods. This method may require some DIYing. You'll first need to open the bottom edge of the curtain, attach it to a curtain rod and sew the edge shut. Then bolt the rod to the bottom of your patio.
If you haven't bought your outdoor curtains yet, you could use outdoor curtains that are designed to be anchored to the ground using a bottom rod to save your time of sewing. KGorge has this style called Top & Bottom Grommet Windproof Outdoor Curtains for Patio. This curtain has grommets (stainless steel open rings) on both top and bottom. In this way, you are able to attach this curtain to both two rods easily and then install the rods at the top and bottom respectively. Great news: the blowing and flapping will never happen again! What's more, this outdoor curtain is also designed to resist rain, rust and mold.
5. Add a rope along the bottom hem
Adding a bottom rope is similar to the top and bottom grommet solution for outdoor curtains blowing in the wind, but it can be done in an easier way without drilling any holes. This just involves some sewing work.
You first DIY a bottom hem at the bottom of your outdoor curtain that is wide enough for a rope (or buy outdoor curtain that have pre-sewed hem for the rope at the bottom) , run the rope through the hem, and attach it to a heavy furniture, a patio column or other permanent structure near the curtains. After completing this, your curtains will never blowing everywhere in the wind.
Each person would have different major concerns about the same issue. Hopefully, one of the above 5 ways we've listed for how to keep outdoor curtains from blowing and billowing in the wind will be suitable for you and get you started.