3 Tips for Creating Shade On Your Patio Paradise

There’s nothing quite like summer on the patio.  Cool drinks, hot sun and a warm breeze create a paradise just beyond your patio door.FIM Market Umbrella C

But you’ll want to limit your exposure to the sun somewhat and relax in a shady spot.  You can nap, read, snack or just daydream out of the sunshine while still enjoying the fresh air.

What are the best designs for creating shade on the patio?  It depends on your needs and the space available.

1) Personal Space or Room for a Crowd

Start by considering how much shady space you want to create.  Will this be a private retreat out of the sun?  Covered porch swings offer solitude and shade together, although there may be room for two.  But if you’ll be entertaining on the patio, an awning or roofed porch might be a better idea and provides lots of shade for your party guests.

2) Forever Fixed or Portable and Handy

Overhead features like pergolas and roofs are permanent fixtures on your patio.  They provide protection from stormy weather and are durable for years.  But if you’re looking for something a little more portable, patio umbrellas are perfect.

Dress up your outdoor living space with an umbrella that boasts a colorful design or interesting shape.  And if you redecorate in a few years, changing this shade structure won’t break the bank.  Outdora carries a vast selection of umbrellas to suit your patio – from hand painted and stunning designs to contemporary styles and classic market umbrellas.

3) Small Spaces Can Be Shady Too

If you have limited space in the backyard and still need a shady retreat, think about space saving products.  Shade sails can be installed between two or three posts and are often custom made to fit your space.  Roll up awnings provide shade when you need it and let the sunshine in when you don’t.  And half canopy umbrellas (Outdora carries both a 7 1/2 foot and 9 foot model) can be tucked into a tight spot for a cool look and feel.

Incorporating shade into your patio is important for your health and the flexibility of your backyard.  Keep in mind your unique needs and tastes and consider all of the options.  The perfect shady spot beckons.


Diana Dart was born into the patio design business.  Working in her family contracting business for years, she’s now part owner and loves spending her time helping homeowners create an oasis in their backyards.  She’s also published countless articles about gardening, curb appeal and landscaping online and in various print publications.

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