Being outside and connecting with nature can do wonders for both our mental and physical health. However, due to work obligations, we often don’t have time to escape the city hustle and bustle and spend a lot of time outdoors.
That is why you should try to create a little oasis of peace in your own backyard. To be able to truly relax despite the often scorching sun, here are a few tips on how you can bring some shade to your outdoor space.
Get shade by planting trees
In case you already have trees in your backyard, you should try to create your relaxation zone around them. On the other hand, if your outdoor space has no trees, you should start planning for the future and plant some.
While you will not have instant coverage, selecting a variety that will provide shade in a few years is a great decision. Plus, you can have lower bills and help the environment by planting trees.
Look for patio umbrellas
While waiting for your trees to grow, you have to look into other options for staying in the shade. One of them is a patio umbrella.
This is the easiest solution as the setting up takes no time, moving it around is a piece of cake and it practically requires no maintenance.
Plus, patio umbrellas come in many different varieties and are quite affordable – but don’t go for the cheapest option as then you may have to replace it before you know it. Also, keep in mind that they cover a limited area and if you’re planning something bigger, research other options.
Install an awning
Another quite simple option is installing an awning. You can attach it to a wall and it typically doesn’t require posts. If you wish to make it a permanent roof, you can use posts but keeping it retractable might be a better idea.
That means that you can choose when you want to be protected from the sun as well as rain and when you want to enjoy some sunbathing. Solid metal awnings are the sturdiest option but if you are looking for something to match your aesthetics, you can get a customized fabric awning.
Turn to shade sails
Choosing a shade sail to cover your yard or patio can give your outdoor space quite a unique and attractive look. You can go for quality canopy shade sails which are attached to posts or combine a few pieces of fabric and stretch them between trees, poles and your home. A great thing about shade sails is that they are easily installed and taken down if you want a change.
Add a pergola
If you’re looking for a structure that is permanent but offers broken shade, you might want to think about a pergola.
You can find many plans and kits for building one online, which makes this an affordable option. After you have the structure, you can provide more shade by adding a cover on top or on the sides, such as fabric or even plants.
Depending on the size you choose, you can use it for some light reading or for summer dinner parties.
Build a permanent roof
The most expensive option on this list is constructing a permanent roof. If you have a patio without a cover, adding a roof will be a great way to improve the look and function of the space.
Having a roof means that you will be able to host parties outside regardless of the weather, have meals with your family or just spend a lazy afternoon by yourself on a daybed.
Keep in mind that this takes some time to build and usually requires permits and contractors. So, if you have the budget and need for this kind of structure, go for this elegant way of creating shade.
These six are just some of the approaches you can take. You can also think about adding a gazebo or a cabana by the pool. It’s vital that you understand the function of this new space, as that will make your decision much easier. Enjoy!