Cheap Pergola Shade

Who couldn’t use some extra cheap shade every now and then!?
We made-over our backyard last year and you can see more of that here and here.
What I wanted to show you was our super cheap pergola shade solution!

When my husband built the pergola, he didn’t take into account the way the direction of the sun so the wider boards are going width wise instead of lengthwise which would have produced more shade. After the expensive renovation I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on shade.

I went to Menard’s to pick up some rags and saw these drop cloths!

These particular ones have a plastic membrane like backside. So I bought a few of these and trucked them home.
Next, I convinced my hubby to climb on top of the pergola in 110 degrees and put these bad boys up with the plastic up. The pergola is 16′ long so he started at the first beam. He added to strips of them. And it worked perfect!
They have been up through a full summer and winter and are still good to go!

Pergola Shade Runners

The best part is that these were really inexpensive and already hemmed. So, when the weather finally does get to them we will just rip them up and put new ones down!
Here is a peek of the whole transformation!

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