A canvas or fabric awning is a big decor plus for an entry, patio or the first floor windows along one side of the house. For a basic shade awning, the fabric cover is simply attached to the building over the window or doorway, and the draped or taut material is laced to a horizontal pole suspended parallel to the wall by two angled side supports. Replacing or installing the awning involves weaving heavy cord or thin polyester rope through grommets along the front edge of the awning and around the parallel pole.
1. Measure the front of the awning from edge to edge and multiply the length by 3. Cut a piece of thin rope or poly cord to this measurement.
2. Pull the awning fabric over the parallel pole so it hangs down over the front of the pole. Secure the fabric to the pole with large spring clips to hold it in place while you work.
3. Stand under the awning, facing the parallel pole and the overlapping front end of the fabric. You will be lacing the awning to the pole using a stitched-on panel punctuated by grommets, visible on the underside of the awning. Some awnings may not have a front overhang and will just end in a reinforced hem with a line of grommets across it.
4. Starting at one side, tie the lacing cord to the first grommet with a secure knot. Then drop the long end of the cord behind the pole; bring it around the pole, up in front and through the front of the same grommet to make a loop.
5. Pull the raw end of the cord between the pole and the cord on the underside of the pole, and tighten it to lock the cord in place and the corner of the awning to the pole.
6. Push the raw end of the cord through the next grommet, front to back, bring it down, under and up around the pole, and then continue lacing the cord through the grommets along the pole to the opposite end of the awning. Keep the cord tight enough to snug the awning fabric to the pole, but avoid bunching the fabric between grommets.
7. Reverse the locking procedure you used at the start of the restringing. At the last grommet, feed the raw end of the cord through the hole, front to back. Bring the end of the cord from behind the pole, under, up and over the pole, through the grommet again and behind the pole.
8. Remove the spring clips, and adjust the cord tension so the awning lays flat along the parallel pole before you complete the restringing.
9. Poke the end of the cord between the pole and the cord wrapped around the pole. Bring it up and tie it off at the grommet in a secure knot. Trim any excess cord.
Things You Will Need
- Awning fabric with grommets
- Support structure for awning
- Tape measure
- Thin rope or cord
- Scissors or heavy shears
- 2 or more large spring clips
- Ladder (optional)
- To secure a broad awning, double-loop the cord through the grommet at the midpoint. Poke the cord front to back through the grommet; bring it around, under and up the front of the pole, catching the cord between the section of cord already lying along the awning and the pole. Restring the cord through the grommet, front to back, once more, and continue lacing to the end of the awning.