If you have gone out to price an awning lately then changes are you decided to just put up with the sun instead because of the hefty price. You really don’t need to do without though, if you decide to put one of they DIY awnings projects to good use.

Patio doors are one area where a lot of us could use some protection with an awning. patiodoorawning

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I couldn’t find the instructions for this but you should be to at least get some ideas of how you could construct something similar that would fit your needs. Just get hubby to take a look and come up with some ideas.


For your windows one of your challenges is going to be making the frame.. but it is not as hard as you may think

frame for window awningimage source:ehow

Things You’ll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Canvas awning cover
  • PVC pipe cutters
  • 1/2-inch PVC
  • 1/2-inch PVC corner fittings (2)
  • 1/2-inch PVC tee connectors (2
  • PVC snap clamps
  • 1/2-inch conduit clamps (2)
  • 2-inch wood screws

Please visit ehow for complete how to instructions

 The following is a great video for making a lose frame awning…

If you are looking for something different then you may like this one

untradtional awningimage source:vtwonen

Click on the image source for easy to follow images for construction


If you want to get really creative then how about a diy retractable awning


On a lighter note, maybe you would just be happy with a smaller version of an awning that just goes over your sitting area, and if so then here is a neat idea…

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Lets really step it up a notch and build a screened in patio area. Not only do you have protection from the sun, but you are going to keep the bugs out too. Now this is a big project and a little pricey but wow not nearly as costly if you had somebody else do it.

screened in awningimage source:family handyman

However much you love your patio, there may be just too many days when it’s not fit to live on. Our enclosure turns a patio—or a deck—into a space as comfortable as another room of your house.

Of course, it won’t keep out the cold, but the roll-down shades will block out most of the rain. And, thanks to the screens and the awning soffit (Photo 16), you can forget about mosquito attacks.

Our 14 x 16-ft. enclosure is a big project. Although it’s fairly simple structurally, it requires careful work with a lot of large-dimension lumber. The trickiest part is getting all these components square and plumb, which probably calls for more than a beginner’s skills. And you’ll spend a lot of time building—two or three weeks going at it full time, or much of a summer in your spare time.

We built our roof high enough to preserve a pleasant view through the sliding doors. In summer, the awning top shades the bright sun, yet allows plenty of light to pass into the house. And here’s the biggest selling point for this project: You can easily remove the awning in winter and let the sunshine in. The structure is designed to look good even without the awning top. Of course, you could leave the awning on all year in many parts of the country, but it won’t support a heavy snow load.

The awning is attached as shown in Fig. E and Photos 15 and 16. A slide-in channel at the peak and turnbuckle clips along the edges make for a quick, no-hassle on-and-off in spring and fall. The approximately 16 x 16-ft., one-piece, vinylized canvas weighs only about 10 lbs., so it’s easy to handle…. please visit the home handyman for the instructions for this fantastic diy project

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