This is our backyard deck. It is hard working with a large 12′ x 14′ waterproof surface up top and a 10′ x 14′ storage area below. It has about 4’6″ clearance, not enough to walk around under, but tall enough to store a lot of stuff. To keep things nice and tidy I made curtains from drop cloths to hang below and cover all the junk.
This was a very simple project, in fact, this is the second time I have done this. The first set lasted about 5 years and worked great, they just started to disintegrate so it was time for a fresh pair. After measuring my deck, I determined that I needed two canvas drop cloths with the following dimensions. I prefered the ones from Lowe’s because of their color and texture. I purchased a grommet set from Harbor Freight for $3.99 It was a super deal, BUT you get what you pay for with these (don’t use these grommets where you are going to see them, they are very cheap and don’t set smooth and even). I also did NOT use their “cutting” tool that came with the set. Instead snip the drop cloth with scissors or the grommet will pull out.
I started by sewing a hem of about 3 inches across the bottom of the drop cloth, just to add a little extra weight to help weigh it down. Then I added the grommets about every 10 inches, I didn’t bother measuring, I just put them where the folds were from when it was in the package. Then I held the curtain so it almost touched the ground (knowing that it will stretch out over time) and placed a nail in the grommet and pounded it into the back side of the deck beam. I stretched it all the way across the front of the deck and then used a separate one along the side making sure they over lapped a bit.
Here is my packed storage. On the left hand shelves is where my Christmas decor usually goes, but it is upstairs in a holding pattern waiting to be put up. All of our outdoor toys, tools, and deck furniture fit snug underneath.
The snow blower waits patiently on the edge in an easy to reach spot for when it is needed.
And the after…I love that all this stuff is out here, staying dry, out of sight and best of all, NOT clogging up my precious garage space.
So there you have it. Simple, quick, easy curtains to hide all that necessary junk we all have…please tell me I’m not the only one with too much stuff.