Author: Print My Fence
Shade cloth is strong, very durable, extremely versatile and, best of all, reasonably priced. It can be purchased in rolls that make it an easy item to store at home and use as needed. Below we list 8 DIY hacks using shade cloth around the house.
Make your own sail shade
Ok, it’s the most common way to use shade cloth, and for good reason. Shade cloth has a 70% – 90% UV blockout, making it a perfect option for creating a shaded space in your garden. When installed propertly, a shade sail can add value to your house and help create a more usable space in your backyard. Try Do it Yourself’s handy step-by-step guide to making your own shade sail.
For a child, having your very own sandpit is one of life’s simple pleasures. Unfortunately that pleasure can also be enjoyed by cats who take the liberty of using a sandpit as their own giant kitty litter box. This can be a right pain in the backside for owners and also cause tensions between neighbours. This handy little guide will give you all the info you need to build your own cover and end the stress of finding unwanted presents in your sandpit.
Make a cat hammock
Any cat owner knows how much a cat loves to lounge in obscure places. If you have any spare off-cuts of shade cloth lying around then why not use them to make a cute little hammock for your cat. By creating their own dedicated lounging space, they’ll be ever so grateful and may even stop using other, more expensive, furniture items. This simple tutorial will show you how to do it.
A retractable pergola
When it comes to sun and shade perhaps you want to have your cake and to eat it too? Well this handy DIY retractable pergola project will give you just that. The best of both worlds, you’ll have shade when you want it and sun when you need it.
Pot plant liner
Keep your plants well watered and ensure the water is being distributed evenly with this little hack. Trace the bottom of your pot on an off-cut of shade cloth, cut it out and place in the bottom of your pot before filling with soil.
Fix that broken fly screen
If you have a damaged fly screen on window or door, then using shade cloth could be an alternative. Shade cloth offers more privacy as it’s harder to see through and it has a finer weave so pesky bugs and mosquitos stay outside.
Shade canopy for your vegetable patch
If you live in a hot and dry climate then growing your own vegetables can be difficult without a little protection from the sun. Building a shade canopy for your veggie patch will reduce the intensity of direct sunlight without blocking out natural light, ensuring you’ll get a nice little harvest next summer.
UV blocker for your car
Keep a piece of shade cloth, a bit longer than the length of your windscreen, in the boot of your car. On sunny and hot days, place the shade cloth across the inside of your windscreen and secure at each end inside your car doors. Presto, a handy UV blocker that might just save your fingers next summer.
Author bio: This article was written by the team at Print My Fence, specialists in printed shade cloth and banner mesh.