Best Outdoor Shade Solution for 2019

As much as we all love to spend time soaking up the sun in our outdoor space, we do also need to have a shaded area where we can relax away from the rays of the sun if need be. In this article, we will provide you with a few options for your best outdoor shade solutions for 2019:

Sail shades

Sail shades are available to buy but they can be easily made. All you need to do is buy a piece of fabric, which needs to be cut into a triangular shape. The corners need to have eyelets so that you can use rope or strong twine to attach the sail shade to any trees, poles or the side of your house. Not only do sails provide shade, they can also make your outdoor space look a bit more interesting. When it comes to picking the colour of your shade, don’t choose something that is too bright, as the colour will fade under the sun’s rays. Make sure that your sail has high UV protection and is large enough to create a well shaded area. It is also worth getting a sail that is waterproof as well as windproof. Choose a colour that works well in your garden and if you’re not sure, then grey is always a good option.


If you have decking then you could look to create a relaxing outdoor space using a fabric canopy, which can be attached to your decking railings. When you choose the material of the canopy, choose something that is fade resistant so that your canopy stands the test of time. As well as fabric, you could also consider an aluminium canopy for a different look. 


It can be expensive to buy a retractable awning that is motorised. Therefore it is more economical to buy a screen that you can simply adjust yourself. Either way, this option makes it great for days when you want to enjoy the sun and have the option to move it in the heat of the afternoon. 


You can also consider a garden shed as they can double up for storage as well as shade. Flat pack sheds and steel garden sheds are relatively easy to install and can be put up as a DIY project yourself. It is also worth mentioning that garages can also provide shade in your outdoor area. As a project you could check the quality of your garage. If your garage is in poor condition, consider garage roller door repairs instead of replacing an entire garage door and DIY roof repair instead of replacing the entire roof. 


It’s the go-to shade creator and the outdoor umbrella is still a popular choice when it comes to creating shade in the garden. There are many variations available when it comes to a garden umbrella, just make sure that you choose an umbrella that overlaps your table around two feet. 


If budget is not an issue then louvres are the perfect choice for creating shade in your outdoor area. Louvres are often electronically controlled and can be bought so that they are free standing. Simply at the touch of a button, you will be able to create full shade, partial shade or full sunlight. Louvres also offer protection from the rain through their design and some louvres can event detect if it is going to rain and will automatically close. Louvres can be purchased in various colours and sizes. Aluminium louvres have become a popular choice as of late.


Pergolas are excellent for creating shade without blocking out the sun completely. As the wood on a pergola is thin, the rays from the sun can still come through the pergola but in a way where you won’t feel like you are completely exposed to them. If you don’t want a full pergola, you could create a partial pergola. Additionally, if you’re on a budget, you don’t need to buy outdoor curtains, which can be expensive. Instead, look to create some outdoor curtains using canvas. If you do choose a pergola then you could look at adding some Wisteria to it. Wisteria is fast growing and can be draped over the top of your pergola to create a remote looking area. 


If you’re looking for a solution that’s flexible then an awning would probably be ideal. Even if the weather takes a turn for the worst and you have plans in your backyard, you can use your awning to ensure that whatever you have planned can still go ahead. Awnings can either be used manually or you can purchase one that is motorised. There is the option to have an awning that can be protected inside a case when it’s not in use and this could also mean it can be neatly put away when not in use.

Lattice Canopy

If you want an attractive feature to create some shade in your feature then add a lattice canopy. Decorate this with vines and not only will you get the desired shade in your backyard, you will also have added a nice touch of greenery to your outdoor space. 


On your decking, you could look to install a pull-down roller blind. Choose a blind that is made of a light filtering fabric, as this will reduce any glare. A light filtering blind will also block out any direct sunlight but it won’t make the decking area dark. Remember to have tie downs so that the blind is secure when the weather is windy. 

Wire Shade

A wire shade can also be referred to as a slide wire shade. This shade slides against steel cables and works the same way that a Roman blind works. The blind can be opened at one end if preferred or the whole blind can be opened up too. 


If you want to go green then use plants to create shade. Not only is this a cost-effective option they can also create a stunning shaded area. Opt for Star Jasmine, which has a fragrant scent when it flowers in spring. This plant is a good climber but it won’t overtake your garden as it can be used in such a way that it works as an overhead cover. 

Using one or a combination of these shade solutions will help keep you cool in 2019 in style! 

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