Window Treatments for Outdoor Living Spaces

Kim Rush
Written by Kim Rush
Updated December 27, 2021
Hunter Douglas outdoor screen shades
These outdoor designer screen shades by Hunter Douglas let in some light while blocking harmful UV rays on your covered porch. (Photo courtesy of Decorview)

Outdoor window treatments that are perfect for your pergola, porch or patio.

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With spring in full swing and summer hot on our heels, it’s time to get your porch, deck or pergola ready for the changing season. As important extensions of the home, outdoor living spaces are the perfect place to chill and spend time with family. But just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you should have to give up the comforts of indoor living.

Outdoor window treatments not only add visual beauty, they also provide UV protection, heat control and privacy, so you can comfortably lounge outside without the risk of sunburn or prying eyes.

Not sure what window treatment style would work well for your outdoor space? Check out our guide below.

Designer screen shades

Add drama or a layer of light control to any covered space, like a porch or pergola, with screen shades designed for outdoor spaces. Depending on your desired level of opaqueness, screen shades will help shield you and your furnishings from the harmful effects of the sun by offering a minimum of 75-percent protection from UV rays.

When shopping for outdoor shades, it’s important to choose fabric styles designed to withstand the elements. Excessive summer heat, moisture and UV rays can wreak havoc on your window treatments, including internal operating components.

With most outdoor spaces varying considerably in design, finding a ready-made shade is unlikely. Choosing a custom solution from a manufacturer like Hunter Douglas guarantees your shades will fit your unique outdoor space perfectly. Plus, the Lifetime Limited Warranty will ensure your window coverings are protected for the life of the product.

drapery curtain on wooden pergola
A drapery shade keeps this pergola cool and protected. (Photo by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company)

Outdoor drapery

Get the luxurious, resort-like atmosphere of your favorite getaway by installing drapery outside. Sheer panels are a great way to protect your outdoor space from unwelcome creatures, while a more sturdy fabric choice will offer light control and privacy for a comfortable lounging experience.

Keep outdoor panels looking clean and fresh by choosing a fabric designed for outdoor use and make sure the panel length just kisses the ground; any longer and dirt, leaves and other debris will collect. It’s also important to let panels dry out completely if they become wet, before pinning them back. 

If you're still unsure what window treatment style will be best for your home and lifestyle, consider signing up for a free design consultation with a window treatment expert.

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