I'm finally back with our DIY pergola cover tutorial! Before I get started, let me show you an "after" picture...
We're so happy with how it turned out!
Now that I've shown you something pretty, let me refresh your memory with what our old cover looked like...
We purchased our pergola about 6-7 years ago at Target. It came with a cover that lasted less than a year. We paid $100 at least twice to replace it again and again since then. We purchased the replacement covers directly from the manufacturer. The covers never lasted more than one season with our extreme heat and humidity.
So when this last one bit the dust, we decided to try a little diy and make a cover with a canvas drop cloth. I've seen numerous bloggers use drop cloths (purchased at local home improvement stores in the paint section) for outdoor curtains, etc. so that's the route we took. Our pergola is roughly 9'x9' so one drop cloth would fit over the top perfectly.
Here are the supplies we used.
And we bought this rope at Home Depot for $4. This package contains enough rope to replace the cover multiple times, if necessary. Since we can use this rope for several covers, I didn't include it in the total cost.
We already had the grommet kit, but this is the one we used...
And just so you know what I'm talking about, I made this cute key, explaining what the parts of the kit are called...
So, basically we folded over each corner of the drop cloth a couple of times, punched a hole in it, and installed a grommet. It's not necessary to fold the corners over, but we thought it might make the grommets a little stronger and keep it from tearing in the wind as it might do with a single layer of material.
Here's how we folded the corners over...
Next, we used this tool that comes in the grommet kit to punch a hole in the cloth. First place the cloth over a piece of scrap wood. Then just place the hole punch where you want the hole and hammer in.
Then we put the base under the grommet...
Cover with the flaring tool and hammer in. Make sure everything is still on a piece of scrap wood before hammering in.
And now you have a grommet installed!
We installed a grommet on all four corners, then draped it over the pergola, ran a piece of rope through the grommet and tied it to each corner. The entire process only took about 15 minutes.
We weaved the cover in and out through the bars on top of the pergola. You can see in the pic below how we went over one bar, then under the next.
Here's how we tied it to the corners of the pergola.
Definitely nothing fancy, but it works for us.
It provides much needed shade during our hot summers.
We've had it up for almost a month now and so far, so good. It's not a solid cover, so the rain filters through, but doesn't collect in it, so that's good. Our old cover wasn't solid either, but would always collect rain water in the grooves, which contributed to the mold and mildew. We're a lot happier with this version, not to mention the price. For only $18, we can make about 5 of these for the price of one from the manufacturer. I'll keep you posted on how long this one lasts.
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