Spending time outside in the summer is a great way to relax and unwind, but it can become hot and uncomfortable if you don’t have access to shade. Here are some of the easiest ways to shade your outdoor living spaces to get a little relief and enjoy the weather without the sunburn.
Add a Pop-Up Canopy to Shade Outdoor Living Spaces
If you host backyard barbecues, lawn games, or pool parties, a pop-up canopy offers a shade that’s simple to use and easy to pack up and store. Pop-up canopies are available in various sizes so your whole family can relax in the shade.
Use Patio Umbrellas
Patio umbrellas are perfect for an affordable, versatile, and temporary solution to shade your outdoor living spaces. They are available in many different colors and sizes. You can anchor an umbrella into a patio table or purchase a stand for a freestanding shade. Unfortunately, patio umbrellas do not cover a large space. They will provide the shelter you need if you are relaxing in the hammock or enjoying dinner at the table.
Build a Balcony or Deck to Shade Outdoor Living Spaces
Build a deck or balcony over the patio for a permanent shade solution that adds value and functionality to your home. Adding a deck or balcony gives you more outdoor living space to enjoy on the property.
Create a Pergola
Pergolas are classic hardscaping structures that add beauty to any home. They range in size from small pergolas that provide limited shade to expansive pergolas that cover entire courtyards, including garden beds and picnic tables.
The open design of a pergola provides partial shade but doesn’t block sunlight completely. For more coverage, attach weather-resistant fabric to the structure or grow vining plants on it.
Shade Sails Offer Sun Protection
Another solution to block the sun is an easy-to-install shade sail. Shade sails are large pieces of waterproof fabric that you anchor to posts, poles, or other parts of the patio or deck. The material comes in different transparencies and weights to get total sun protection. Shade sails are very affordable and easy to install.