Porch or Patio Protection
attractive roller blind is perfect for an apartment porch or patio. Fitted with
a simple pulley system, and anchored to the balustrade coping, it provides protection
from both wind and sun.
Whilst dimensions are given for the blind pictured here, your material lengths
will, of course, depend on the height of both your ceiling and balustrade. No
plans are necessary
structure of this type.
1 x 10 ft (3m) x
2 inches (50mm) x 1"52 inch
Curtain rod: 1 x 10 ft (3m),
(40mm) nails or staples
4 x 4 inch (100mm)
x "-32 inch
(8mm) Rawl bolts
2 x brass eyes
3 x brass
3 x pulleys
brass blind hook with screws and Rawl plugs
anchor brackets with screws
2 x 1"52 inch
(38mm) x No 6 ("-14 inch
(3,5mm)) brass screws Sash window cord x 53 ft (16m)
6"8 ft (2m)
x 10 ft (3m)
by rolling one end of the shade cloth over the 10 ft (3m)
x 2 inches (50mm) x 1"52 inch
(38mm) length of timber, securing
with 1"6 inch
(40mm) nails or staples.
Screw a 1"52 inch
(38mm) screw into either end
of the curtain rod. Then roll the other end of the shade cloth around the curtain
rod and secure in the same way.
Assemble the blind before fitting, screwing
hooks and eyes in place as illustrated (illustration 1). Attach a length of cord
to each of the outer eyes.
through the flat timber and the ceiling at four equidistant points and then bolt
in place. Screw the anchor brackets to either end of the balustrade wall and screw
the blind hook in position as illustrated (illustration 2).
pulleys from the three brass hooks and string the cord under the curtain rod and
through the pulleys as illustrated (illustration 1).