10 sunshade ideas to protect you from the elements in style

These cover shade ideas will take your garden to the next level. If you live somewhere with strong midday sun (or unexpected midday rain), you need a sturdy shade to use your patio on summer afternoons. Fortunately, there are many options, from inexpensive fabric patio shades to permanent structures, that will help zone your yard and provide you with shade.

Take your patio ideas even further by installing a sunshade idea – you won’t regret the initial investment.

1. Start with a shade sail

A shade sail used on a covered patio

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If you are unsure of where to start when adding patio shading, or you cannot have a permanent shading structure, an awning should always be your first option. Shade sails are cheap, very easy to install and come in a variety of fabric types, shapes and sizes. Pay attention to those that offer you UV protection.

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