Sunrooms are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors without going outside. Sitting outside in muggy 90-degree weather and getting your legs eaten up by mosquitoes isn’t fun.
With a sunroom (sometimes also referred to as a sun porch), you can enjoy warm, natural light indoors. What can be better than that? Whether it was a part of your home already or added on later as an addition, knowing how to decorate a sunroom with sheer curtains has its benefits. Sheer curtains are lightweight, transparent curtains that are very popular among homeowners. Best of all, these sheer curtains serve multiple purposes in a sunroom.
First, they add much-needed daytime privacy that can help keep you and your family protected from onlookers. Second, they can help protect the furniture in the sunroom from harmful, long-term UV ray exposure that could cause fading over time. This is especially true for couches, chairs, or other decorative items that are bold and colorful; too much sun exposure over time will cause these bright colors to fade. Sun exposure can also damage wood and even lead to permanent discoloration.
In addition to these benefits, sheer curtains ultimately give you the versatility to enjoy natural sunlight on your terms. If it’s too bright, all you have to do is pull them closed. Sheer curtains for sunrooms are an excellent and affordable way to add style, personality, and privacy to your home.
Types of Sheer Curtains
There are several different types of sheer curtains available online and in stores that can offer you all the benefits listed above (and then some):
While all sheer curtains are made from transparent material, you may be surprised to learn that they come in various patterns and colors. Sheer curtains come in three types: solid, semi-sheer, and patterned.
Solid Sheer Curtains
Solid sheer curtains are exactly what they sound like - they’re sheer curtains that come in solid colors. While most people probably think of sheer curtains as white and flowy, solid sheer curtains come in various beautiful hues that add a spark of personality to your sunroom. Sheer curtains are available in green, lilac, pink, blue, light yellow, and even black.
Colored curtain panels are easy to match your couch, wallpaper, or incorporate your favorite color in your design theme while allowing bright, natural light to flow through. One of the most significant benefits of solid sheer curtains, especially in a lighter color like pale yellow or beige, is that they make your sunroom look bigger.
Semi-sheer curtains offer more privacy than traditional sheer curtains because they’re usually textured. While they will still allow natural light to shine, these curtains are great for reducing sun glare and a common problem homeowners face while enjoying their sunroom.
These curtains are usually made of faux silk, polyester, or other synthetic material. They even come in a soft material to add a luscious, more luxurious look to your sunroom. Like solid sheer curtains, semi-sheer curtains come in various colors, not limited to white, light blue, navy, or burgundy.
Patterned Sheer Curtains
Add some patterned sheer curtains to your sunroom if you want to wow your guests. These curtains still allow natural light into your sunroom. However, the unique patterns help them look more like traditional, sun-blocking curtains.
These popular sheer curtain designs come in various patterns, including floral, stripes, lace, and checkered print. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, you’d be surprised by just how many options you have to choose from.
Keep in mind that if you’re choosing a patterned sheer curtain, it may make your sunroom look smaller than it is. To combat this, try to avoid horizontal or darkly colored patterns, as these can make your sunroom feel more cramped. Curtarra offers a slew of custom, patterned sheer curtains in white, so you can still add your personality without sacrificing the illusion of space.
How to Decorate Your Sunroom with Sheer Curtains
Sprucing up a sun porch is not only easy, but it’s also a lot of fun because there are so many unique ways you can do it. Here are a few of our favorite ways to decorate a sunroom with sheer curtains:
1.Layering Them Up for More Privacy
Though sheer curtains provide a level of privacy in the daytime, they can be completely transparent at nighttime, making many homeowners feel exposed once the sun goes down. Fortunately, getting more privacy is a little tricky without buying light-blocking curtains.
The trick is to layer up your sheer curtains. You can do this by installing blinds that lay underneath the curtains. Or, you can use a mix of textures and patterns.
As mentioned above, sheer curtains come in textured designs and linen, adding greater depth to your windows. Or, if you want to create an even greater dimension, try using different colored panels. For example, add a sheer white panel, then a pale yellow one, and keep going until you create a multi-colored, woven effect. Colored panels will add a little more privacy, so adding them to plain white sheers is a great way to achieve that while also doing something unique.
2.Hang Them Over a Doorway/Entranceway
Maybe you’re not concerned with covering up your windows for more privacy but prefer to use sheer curtains as an accent. If covering up the windows isn’t your style, you can drape them across a doorway.
Draping curtains over a doorway is not only a style choice. It also reduces noise that comes from the rest of the house. It can also block drafts, so your sunroom stays warmer, regardless of the season.
3.Add String Lights
String lights are a growing trend among teens and young adults, but who says you can’t enjoy a touch of whimsy at any age? String lights are an easy way to not only add dimension to your sheer curtains but to get more light even after the sun goes down.
Twinkle lights add flair and personality, creating a warm and cozy space perfect for diving into a book with a cup of tea at night.
These are just a few simple ways to use curtains to decorate your sunroom.
How to Hang Sheer Curtains
Hanging curtains up yourself can be challenging. But don’t worry - we’re here to walk you through the process so you know what you need (and how long it’ll take).
First, let’s discuss the tools and equipment you’ll need. To hang sheer curtains in your sunroom, you’ll need the following:
-Curtain rod and associated hardware such as brackets
-Drill and drill bits
Most curtain rods come with the hardware you need, like brackets and screws. But if they don’t, you can find these things at your local hardware store.
Now that you have all your equipment, here’s how to easily hang sheer curtains in your sunroom:
1. Figure Out Placement and Take Measurements
The first thing you need to do is determine where you want your sheer curtains to be hung. In a sunroom, the most common place is, of course, over the windows, but you could also add them over your doorframe.
Once you’ve confirmed the spot, take measurements to know you’re buying the right kind of curtain rods. To do this, take a tape measure to calculate the width of your window and add about 8-12 inches to it. Most curtain rods will be hung about five inches above the window to leave enough room at the bottom.
To get precise measurements, you can use our free measurement tool . This tool allows you to get exact measurements based on the type of curtain rod you selected, the height and width of your walls and windows, as well as rod recommendations based on the type of curtain you purchased.
In terms of sheer curtains, rod pockets are usually recommended because they work well in layers. Based on our online measuring tool, let’s say you have a rod pocket already installed that’s 28” wide. Most curtain rods are extendable, like this one that comes in 28-48”. Let's say that the length of the top of your rod to the floor is 84” and you prefer to hang sheer curtain panels on either side of the window to make it easier to close them when you need a little privacy. With this information, our measuring tool will recommend 2x fullness, which means adding two layers of sheer curtains on either side of the window for greater dimension.
Finally, this measuring tool will recommend (based on these calculations) that your sheer curtains be hung a ½ off the ground because they’ll look cleaner and be easier to open and close. Once you’re done adding all this information, the measuring tool will spit out results that look like this:
-Style of rod: rod pocket
-Size per panel: 28” W x 85” L
-Quantity: 2 panels
-A link to shop our available inventory
This is, of course, just an example, so feel free to play around and see what kinds of results you get for every window in your house! Buying sheer curtains for your sunroom has never been easier.
2. Install the Brackets, Rods, and Curtains
Next, mark the areas you want to drill your brackets into. As mentioned above, these spots should be about five inches from your window frame.
Then, grab your level to make sure everything is even. The last thing you want is for your window treatments to be crooked. If you don’t want holes drilled directly into your walls, then go ahead and hang up your wall anchors. If you don’t care about drilling holes in the wall, you can skip this step and install the rod and the curtains.
When you go to hang up your new sheer curtains, it’s a good idea to iron them first. Because they’re packaged, they may have a few wrinkles when you take them out. Steaming them removes wrinkles and keeps your sheer curtains looking beautiful.
After ironing your curtains, place your rod into the brackets and drill some screws into them to ensure they stay in place. Then, hang up your new sheer curtains and enjoy the versatility they offer your beautiful sunroom.
How Long Does it Take to Hang Up Sheer Curtains?
All in all, this process should take about 20 minutes per window. So, if you’re hanging up sheer curtains on six windows, expect to spend about two hours on the project from start to finish. Of course, if hanging them up isn’t feasible, you can always hire a handyperson to do it at an additional cost.
Tips for Hanging Sheer Curtains Up in Your Sunroom
Here are some helpful tips for hanging sheer curtains and using them appropriately in your home’s sunroom:
Choose a print and color that won’t go out of style:
Remember, trends go in and out of style faster than you can blink, so if you’re interested in using your sheer curtains for the long haul, it’s best to choose a print and color that won’t quickly go out of style. This mistake can quickly make your sunroom look outdated.
Order fabric swatches first:
Buying sheer curtains for your home is a big investment, but it can also be a big expense. The last thing you want is to order something you love online but hate in person. Fortunately, companies like Curtarra offer free swatches ahead of time, so you can have peace of mind before ordering. Like painting a wall, getting a small sample of what to expect can help you make smarter buying decisions.
Think about where you live:
Is it much cooler where you live? If so, you may want to opt for a heavier curtain material like velvet or linen to offer better protection against drafts. If the temperature is warmer where you are, going with a heavier material will cause the temperatures inside your sunroom to rise and make you uncomfortable.
Hang your curtains high to create an illusion of length:
The higher you hang your curtains, the longer your walls will look. Overall, this trick of the eye will help make your sunroom look much more spacious.
Use hardware that compliments your room:
It’s not just sheer curtains that provide style; it’s the hardware you use, too. Things like your rod and brackets should match your aesthetic, as well as the style of the room. Far too often, homeowners opt for those traditional plastic rods, but your sheer curtains deserve to have matching hardware that is just as stylish as they are.
Find the Perfect Sheer Curtains to Match Your Style at Curtarra
Sheer curtains add a level of depth and sophistication to your sunroom. With the ability to layer them and decorate them to your heart’s content, sheer curtains offer so much versatility to your sunroom with minimal effort. Whether you want to add more personality or privacy, Curtarra offers the perfect sheer curtain options to meet your needs and your budget.
We welcome you to browse our current inventory to see what catches your eye (we guarantee you’ll find something you love!) Start a Livechat with us or email us at email@example.com to learn more. If you want to see our sheer curtains up close before you order, we happily provide free swatches that will arrive at your doorstep in as little as five days. Or, if you’re ready to order but need help confirming the length of your curtains, check out our free Measurement Tool.
At Curtarra, our mission is to make your family warmer and full of vitality. We’re excited to help you create your dream home and sunroom.