There is something a bit counterintuitive about securing the base of your curtain. At first, you might think the best way to secure the bottom is to pull it straight down and perhaps tie it down or weight it, however the key to securing the base is horizontal tension. Weights do not work for outdoor curtains because they aren't heavy enough and weights drive the base of the curtain into the floor wearing it faster. Instead, use Marine Snaps to secure the base and Elastic Cord described below.
Imagine for a moment, we laid a 20ft belt from the Jolly Green Giant on the side walk. If you step on one end, and Mr. Jolly Green stands on the other end, it would be hard to lift the middle of the belt. The little bit of horizontal tension would be enough to keep the belt down. Marine snaps every 6 - 12ft help to maintain horizontal tension along the base especially in the corners. Generally, this is the spacing of support columns where marine snaps can be placed into the base of the column.
Commonly Used for Tracking AttachmentCurtains with tracking attachment typically take a path on the inside of your columns often with configurations where panels straddle a corner. You will still need a little more support in the corners using elastic cord. Elastic cord can be thought of as a large bungee cord clipped vertically between 2 D-rings. Elastic cord is not attached to the curtain at all. It acts as a false column giving the curtain a corner rib to brace the curtain in the breeze and help to maintain horizontal tension. These vertical elastic cord ribs can actually be placed anywhere to add support to the curtain in breezy conditions. The best location is in front of columns to act as a giant rubber band to "pinch" the curtain to the column.
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