Inexpensive gazebo privacy curtains / sunshades

This year we need new privacy curtains for our 10 x 12 gazebo to block the strong sun. Purchasing curtains are out of the question. The ones that match our set come packaged with a new top and totals $400. Not an option.

Walmart carries flat panel privacy curtains for 10 x 10 gazebos’. They are about $55 a panel. That could work for the two ten 10 foot sides but it leaves the 12 foot openings without a sun shade. Also, they don’t retract. I want curtains I can pull across to close when the sun is bright or leave open in the evening.

Thanks to Terry Spiers’ brilliant idea, I found a large cotton canvas drop cloth at Home Depot for $24.99. Each drop cloth makes one curtain. Keep reading for directions on this GREAT money-saving option.

You’ll need: A sewing machine, thread, iron, curtain rings and a 8 x 12 canvas drop cloth.


1. First cut the canvas down to 7 x 12 and hem the raw edge (adjust if your needed height is more than 7 feet). Then use the extra 1 foot x 12 foot length to make four long tie backs.

After sewing the tie backs turn them right-side out and press them smooth with the iron.

2. Stitch the tie backs onto the canvas curtain on either end.

3. Clip the curtain clips along the top edge of the curtain and then hook the rings over the existing hooks on the gazebo frame. (If your gazebo uses a pocket rod you can eliminate the need for clips and sew a pocket for the rod to slip through.)

I am very pleased with the results. The curtains slide easily and when not in use they tie onto the post. These pictures show one of the four curtains needed.

The perfect sun shade at a price I can afford!

2 thoughts on “Inexpensive gazebo privacy curtains / sunshades

  1. Georgette Cosenza says:

    Hi, I would like to thank you for posting this homemade gazebo sunshade. I can’t wait to make one for my 12 x 12 Hardtop gazebo. The good thing is that I only need to make one for the west side of mine. I have a question for you about the clips that are attached to your gazebo. Do you happen to know where I could buy them? Thanks for posting the directions again and for your time. I look forward to hear from you soon.


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