The previous homeowners of our current house had a shed built right before they put the house on the market. It’s wonderful having the extra storage but it’s not the prettiest feature of our backyard. I have tried a few things over the years to make it a little “cuter” but nothing has really worked. I put a flower bed beside it, but we are having trouble getting the hydrangeas I planted to grow large enough to make any kind of a difference. (I’ll be reworking that area this summer and moving some plants around!) Last year I added the little “fence” to try and hide some of the junk I have along the side and it’s made it a little better. The small fence is removable so it’s easy to take down for the winter.
I wanted to add some color but I can’t paint the shed and stay within our homeowner’s association rules…so the solution I came up with was to add an awning. This version is inexpensive, customizable and can be removed easily.
Supplies: outdoor fabric, Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive, iron, two plant hanging brackets, adjustable curtain rod (or shower curtain rod), scrap piece of wood the width of the fabric, 2-3″ outdoor wood screws, drill, staple gun, tape measure.
Start by making a pocket at one end of the fabric. I used the Heat’n Bond and it was quick and easy. Use a tape measure to ensure that the pocket is even. See the photo below for how it should look.
Measure how long you need the overhang of the awning to be, then add the width of the scrap wood. My awning needed to be 23″ so I laid the wood at 23″ then marked the fabric at a little over 24″. This measurement is going away from the pocket. Cut a straight line down the fabric at your mark.
Once your fabric is trimmed, stapled it face up onto the scrap of wood. You want to try to get the fabric as straight as possible when you are stapling, so your finished product is not uneven.
To hang the “awning,” measure and use a level to figure out the top placement. Then screw the stapled board into the shed like the picture below. Flipping the wood over will keep the fabric secure and will give you a more finished look.
Add the rod to the pocket you made on the end and attach it to one of the plant hanging brackets to figure out the placement. The bracket will need to be upside down. See the photo below. You want the fabric to be taunt. Mark where the bracket needs to go and secure with screws. Repeat this step on the second bracket.
And you’re done!!
This was a very easy project and took about an hour to complete. I did this by myself, but having a second set of hands to hang it would have made it easier.
This was a very inexpensive project and completely changed the look of our shed. I think the wood around the doors might get a coat of white paint, now! 😉
The fabric I used is Premier Prints Outdoor Vertical Deep Blue and I think it’s on sale right now!
So what do you think of my DIY shed awning?