How Dress Up a Patio Window

Updated July 20, 2017

Whether your patio has one window or ten, dressing them up is essential. Patios increase the value of your property, while adding extra living space. Patios should be as comfortable and stylish as the rest of the home. Dressing up your windows is one of the best ways to add style and beauty to your patio.

Measure your windows, often windows that look the same vary in size. Measure once more, and write down your measurements on paper.

Purchase or make curtains for your windows. Curtains can be made by sewing the top hem of sheets. For damp areas use outdoor decor fabric, these fabrics resist mould and mildew damage. Purchase enough fabric to double or triple the width of the window measurements.

Purchase curtain rods that coordinate with your decor. Depending on the style of rod you purchased, hang your curtains using hooks, rings or slide rod through fabric pocket.

Measure your windows. There are two styles to consider when purchasing blinds, outside-mount and inside-mount. Outside-mount blinds hang outside all mouldings and trims and inside-mount blinds hang inside the window trims. When measuring for outside-mount blinds, measure outside all trims and mouldings. If there is enough space to allow for inside-mount blinds measure inside all mouldings. Check measurements twice before heading to the store.

Purchase your new blinds. There are several textures and styles of blinds to consider. Roll up shades and Roman's come in dozens of different colours. Bamboo blinds are great for privacy and fit almost any decor.

Hang your blinds using enclosed hardware and instructions from the manufacturer.

Measure your window. Add 4- to 6- inches onto measurement to create a balanced look. Small window boxes look ill proportionate next to large windows.

Purchase window boxes at a garden store or online. Create a easy old world look with iron window boxes or cottage charm with wooden ones.

Install window boxes according to manufacturers instructions. Fill with flowers or vegetables.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rods
  • Blinds
  • Window boxes
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Lisa Schwalbe has been writing since 2007. She is a freelance writer and librarian with articles about green living, gardening and food appearing on various websites. She is involved in local horticulture clubs and environmental awareness groups for children. Schwalbe took classes on sustainability and policy at Southern Oregon University and attended a Oregon State master gardener workshop.