Spending leisure time on outdoor is surely something we all sought for during the summer. However, the weather can be so warm as well that a shade will be required to ensure the comfort. If you are looking for possible alternatives to add shade on your patio, these ideas will delight you:
You will need wooden post for this option, but it is totally worth the effort. The posts will support the roof. This roof is commonly thatched roof and it serves you just well during hot and rainy day.
While it looks very tropical, it also makes the nicest addition to your patio as it offers holiday look all the year. You can build it yourself following online instruction, but you can also hire a pro for this.
While other awning and shades are wonderful, planting vines for patio shade is also a brilliant idea. It is particularly inexpensive. You can plant them on hung containers, but you can also make sure they grow on your patio roof and columns.
It may not protect you completely from the rain, but it will if you complete it with roofing on your patio. It gives fresh air all day long while it actually improves the look of your patio.
Now this is an option that you want to explore more. It has been around for decades, and it is proven to be a great alternative. Plus, you have many choices for this shade alone.
There are at least three designs for this, including retractable fabric awning, stationary fabric awning, and solid metal awnings which make the best choice for permanent shade.
4. Cabana Style
Cabana is often found near the pool or facing the water on the beach. It commonly consists of a small hut with at least three sides of it is covered with curtain. Cabana is often completed with simple roofing as well to protect you from heat.
You can adopt this style by adding curtain roofing on your small hut patio. If you want to, you can also add curtain on the three sides of the cabana and create a little drama on your patio.
5. Rolling Shades
If your patio already has the roof and you look for the sides, rolling shade is another alternative you can consider. There are so many options depending on the configuration and shade material.
For a more casual and tropical look, you can opt for bamboo rolling shade. It is the very common one. You can also has other premium and stronger fabric, and even a heavy duty one which will serve you well too during the winter.
6. Shade Sail
This is another option that will bring multiple benefits. Shade sail is commonly available in triangular shape, but it doesn’t limit your option for squares as well. You only need to attach each tip on structure or post to use it.
You can achieve any look you want with it, from sleek and modern to a more casual and rustic style. It matches well with outdoor lighting and it improves your patio look in an instance.
7. Hanging Plants
This option is similar to using vines. The difference is that it can’t protect you from the sun fully. Hanging plants will make a great addition to your patio roof. While it looks really good and flattering, it adds shade on the sides of your patio.
For even more shade, you can opt for thicker plants and flowers. It covers more area, and long plants can hang below the containers too.
8. Tall Bushes and Plants
Similar to the previous option, this one also uses plants. Instead of hanging or growing plants from above to below, you can actually plants bushes and flowers that can grow tall.
Plan them on the border of your patio to make sure you can add some privacy for the area. You can also opt for planting them on wheeled container so you can move them following the sun light direction.
9. Wall of Fence
If you place the wooden slates over your head, this won’t give you enough protection from the sun. However with creative placement as seen in picture, it actually protects you from the sun light expanse while it adds accent on your patio. You can also add it on wheeled planters so you can roll it over as the sun moves.
Arbor is the combination of trellis and pergola. It offers you the same open structure for the roofing as you find in a pergola, but it also has structure on both sides as in trellis.
It allows you to hang and grow plants like vines, while you can also add transparent roofing on top at the same time.
If you want a kind of permanent shade for the patio, pergola will definitely make a nice option. As mentioned before, it has open structure for the roofing so you have parted shade.
To get a full coverage, people commonly add fabric cover on top of the pergola. The overall addition will improve your patio visual appeal while it actually serves well in all seasons.
12. Permanent Roofing
Yes, you need to hire a pro contractor to build this, and it is more expensive than most other options. However, it serves permanently in all seasons.
You can actually enhance your patio functions while adding the patio visual appeal and improving the house value at the same time.
This becomes the most favorite option to those who already have a pergola, pavilion, or top shade on their patio. Curtain helps in covering the sides, and you can always use almost any fabric to achieve Bohemian or casual look as well.
Installing permanent canopy is a great idea for full shade from the top. You can also opt for the pop-up one if you want to remove it after some events. It gives you enough shade especially if you build one that covers area larger than your patio.
There is an actual patio umbrella. While many are on the same sizes as the pool side umbrella, there are larger sizes as well. There are lighter fabric, and there are also thicker and stronger ones that will stands just right for other seasons too.