An exterior curved awning gives an entryway an elegant look. Its design reminds a viewer of a quaint bistro or café experience. The curve breaks up the lines and angles of a house, which makes the curves more unexpected and appealing. Making this type of awning as a do-it-yourself project allows you to customize the size and materials. Once the frame is made, it can be covered with your choice of fabric in whatever colors desired.
Things You’ll Need
- Tape measure
- 1/2-by-2-inch wooden boards
- Electric screwdriver
- Heavy-duty rubber pieces
- Carpenter’s level
Measure the doorway or window width with a tape measure. Add 12 inches to the measurement to give 6 inches of overlap on either side of the door. Cut four pieces of 1/2-by-2 inch boards with a saw the same length as the adjusted measurements. Cut eight board pieces 24 inches long and two pieces 36 inches long.
Hold a long board at right angles to a shorter piece. Screw the ends together with an electric screwdriver. Do this on the other edge of the long board. Repeat this three times, so you end up with four pieces looking like three-fourths of a rectangle.
Place the wooden frame pieces together and nail a piece of heavy-duty rubber to the free ends of the frame. The rubber pieces let the frame be moved into a curved-shape.
Stretch the top and bottom frame pieces so they are at a right angle from each other. Screw the 36-inch board into the top and bottom frames pieces. Spread the two inside frame pieces so they are evenly spaced and secure them to the 36-inch boards with screws. Trim any extra board length away.
Mount the curved awning frame to the wall with screws. Hold one of the outside frame pieces against the wall so the rest of the frame is curved upward. Use a carpenter’s level to keep the frame straight while attaching to the house.
Use waterproof cloth to cover the awning frame. Make a paper pattern using large sheets of butcher paper. Cut the cloth an inch larger to allow for seam allowances.
Make sure the rubber pieces used are flexible. The frame must stretch to form the curved shape and a stiff piece of rubber will not allow the frame to keep its shape.