TTFS’ shade cloth range is constructed from 100% monofilament thread. This provides users with an incredibly high level of durability and even and accurate shade protection. We all know that shade cloth is a highly versatile product which can have multiple uses throughout your home and backyard. Below we list our top 8 DIY shade cloth hacks!
1. Make a Sail Shade for Your Backyard
This is may be an obvious use, but nothing is better at blocking out UV rays than shade cloth. When done right, erecting a shade sail in your backyard can block up to 90% of UV rays. A shade sail will add value to your home and helps creates a highly useable space in your backyard. For a clever guide on how to make your own, check out this guide!
2. Cover Your Sand Pit
Having your very own sandpit as a child is the absolute bomb, but not so much if you have neighbours with cats. Finding the buried treasure of a different kind can be a real problem and one you may not want to have to address with your neighbours for fear of creating conflict. Try this clever guide to build your own sandpit cover.
3. Make a Hammock for Your Cat
Cat’s love to lounge in weird places, all cat owners knows this. Usually, it’s on that expensive new piece of furniture that you’ve just purchased – it somehow automatically becomes theirs. Why don’t you create a personal hammock for your cat using a shade cloth? This simple tutorial will show you how to do it and your cat just might thank you by NOT sleeping on your fancy furniture.
4. A Retractable Pergola
Sun – too much or too little can be an issue. You want balance; sun when you want it and shade when you need it. So how about building this clever DIY retractable pergola? You can have your cake and eat it too!
5. Line Your Pot Plants
Water draining too quickly can be a major issue for potted plants, optimal water retention is important to keep them well hydrated. Try this hand hack – trace the bottom of your pot on an off-cut of shade cloth, cut it out and place in the bottom of your pot before filling it with soil and planting.
6. Fix Your Broken Fly Screen
If the fly screen on your security door is damaged you can try fixing it yourself with shade cloth. Using shade cloth has its benefits – it’s more difficult to see through so it offers more privacy and it is also made of a fine weaver which will keep annoying bugs out.
7. Create Some Shade for Your Veggie Patch
Some hotter and drier climates can be too intense for vegetable growing. If you live in one of these climates, try building your own shade canopy to protect your crop from the intensity of direct sunlight without blocking out natural light.
8. UV Blocker for Your Car
Shade cloth can also be used as a handy UV blocker for your car windscreen. Practice keeping a piece cloth in your boot – a bit longer than your windscreen. When needed, simply place it on the inside of your car windscreen and secure tightly in each of the side front doors. No more burns on the steering wheel!