A covered porch is a wonderful amenity. It is a highly desirable extension of the indoor living area, and with furnishings and eye-pleasing decor, it can be just as comfortable and stylish. It is a great place to sit and relax after a long hard day, especially when the warmth of the sun is flanked by gentle breezes. It is physically and emotionally therapeutic to sit back and soak up natural light while taking in lots of fresh air. However, an outdoor seating area can provide too much of a good thing. The afternoon sun can be blinding, and it can make concrete or brick far too warm for comfort, especially during the hottest months of the year. Instead of staying indoors on sunny afternoons, use one or more of these easy ways to block potentially harmful rays. You will be able to enjoy the outdoors without baking, burning or becoming temporarily blinded by an unwanted southern exposure.
Hang Stylish Shower Curtains on Decorative Rods
Since heavy vinyl shower curtains are designed to repel moisture, they are ideal for outdoor use. When trying to block the afternoon sun on a covered porch, consider adding sturdy cafe-style rods just beneath the overhang. Outfit the rods with heavy waterproof shower curtains. When you want to enjoy the benefits of natural light, use weatherproof hold-backs to keep the curtains open and securely in place. When direct rays of the sun become an issue, remove the hold-backs and close the curtains. You can keep them from blowing in the wind by attaching the bottom hems to porch posts or balusters using heavy-duty hook-and-loop fasteners. Solid-colored shower curtains will not look cheap or tacky. When they are used on one side of a covered porch, no one will realize that your sun-blocking drapes were originally designed for a bathroom.
Plant Tall Ornamental Grass
If a natural solution is more your style, block afternoon sun with a tall variety of ornamental grass. Plant it directly in the ground for something semi-permanent, or add a row of large planters for a mobile solution. Pots can be moved as desired. When you want a southern view, simply move the pots over. When you want to block the sun, position the planters accordingly. The tall thick blades of grass will effectively provide plenty of natural shade, and without creating a permanent and unnatural obstruction.