Q. We’re half way through summer and we have a big problem with our back patio. We need to get some kind of shade. My husband wants to get an umbrella but I think I want something else. What else can I do to make my back yard shaded? My kids desperately need some shade in our backyard. We have a big space and don’t want to get something that wont work. – Gillian P.
A. I’m not sure where you’re located, but when you have direct sunlight shining down on you it doesn’t matter. It’s just plain hot and it makes even the nicest back yard intolerable. Umbrella’s are a perfectly nice way to shade your guests. Perhaps you are thinking of some boring old umbrella and this is why you are so resistant. There are a ridiculous amount of umbrella’s out there that you would be happy to put up. Still you should know what your options are for outdoor shade, and then you can choose your favorite.
Umbrellas are still the cheapest and most common way of providing shade for your outdoor use. You can buy something that is both pretty and provides the shade you need. This Aqua Umbrella from CB2 is a pretty good example of this. Just be sure you get something that can be used for your table, or has a base strong enough to withstand strong winds. Also, remember it will only provide a small amount of shade at a time.
You can find canopies that are portable, look gorgeous, and area easy to put up as well as take down. As you can see from this example from Vlesso, it is only going to make your outdoor area more gorgeous.
Awnings are commonly attached to the edge of your roof, and extend the distance of your deck or patio. A company titled Corradi makes amazing modern awnings of a wide variety. Is this an expensive option? Yes, it can be. But it may be exactly what you’re looking for.
Fabric Strips or Panels
With stretched fabric strips or triangular sails, you can have shade installed wherever you wish. You just need to be sure you have something to attach it to. Shade Sails has options for the refined and elegant, or the fun and whimsical. The material is sturdy and their options are just plain fun.
Perhaps you just want something to extend along the end of a porch, or to block out the sun in a more casual manner. You can always make your own or buy new. Whatever you do, just make sure you look for a highly durable fabric that will withstand the weather conditions.
The DIY Network has a step by step tutorial on how to make your own pergola. If you own your home, and you have the space for it, a pergola could be one of the finest elements of your home’s backyard.
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