15 Easy Ways to Create Shade for Your Deck or Patio

Find some simple ways — like awnings, canopies, umbrellas, sailcloths — to cover your outdoor living space without spending a lot of money.

Warwick P Hunt

Vibrant Modern Patio

Bright, turquoise, outdoor art stands out against the light wood patio floors and neutral furniture. An oversized orange umbrella takes the place of a pergola or traditional roof over the patio.

Backyard Meditation Pavilion

This raised backyard pavilion offers a quiet respite from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Sheer fabrics wrap the space in flowing color to provide privacy and sun control.
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A Trampoline for Lounging

A trampoline isn’t just for kids in this backyard. A cushioned bumper and collection of throw pillows create a great space for lounging.
Steve Exum , Sunbrella 

Old World-Style Courtyard

A retractable awning helps turn this sunny patio into intimate courtyard perfect for alfresco dining.

Tiki Umbrella

This deluxe tropical bar comes complete with a glass-chip countertop, grill, tall tropical trees all topped off with a palm-frond umbrella.

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