Several of the Best Backyard Shade Ideas & Solutions
Looking for backyard shade ideas you can add to your outdoor space? Is your patio sitting empty for many of the hot summer months because there’s not enough shade? There are many types of structures you can add to cover your patio ranging from umbrellas to retractable awnings. But if you’re looking for a more permanent structure that can withstand extreme weather conditions and create an inviting space, consider adding a wood pergola.
Pergolas provide shade and can transform an exposed, sun drenched outdoor space into a cool, relaxing retreat. Where do you start? If you’ve decided a wood pergola will be your backyard shade cover, start by figuring out the best size for your space. Here’s how to create backyard shade with a wood pergola.
How to Create Your Backyard Shade with a Wood Pergola
Our wood pergolas come in over 90 standard sizes, so no matter what size backyard you have, we can build a pergola kit that will fit your space. Then we ship the kit to your location and it arrives pre-cut, pre-drilled with step by step instructions and ready for you to install. If you’re ready to create your shady spot, follow these easy steps:
- Plan your space. How much useable space would you like inside the posts, and how much overall “roof” coverage will you need?
- Compare pergola styles. Each of our full-size pine and cedar pergola kits offers a different amount of coverage. Compare pergola styles to decide how much or how little shade you’d like.
- Measure for your pergola. Once you have an idea of the location and amount of space you plan to use, take measurements. Then find the size that’ll work best whether you have a small, medium, or large backyard. Here’s how to measure for a pergola.
Backyard Shade Ideas in All Sizes
If you have a small patio that you’d like to enjoy more during sunny weather, a pergola can cover your space and expand your outdoor living area at the same time!
Create a shady spot next to your pool for a relaxing space to cool off. Make it large enough to fit your favorite outdoor furniture.
One of the most popular backyard shade ideas is to create an outdoor living room with a wood pergola. Shown here is a Big Kahuna 15×17 freestanding pergola kit. Our Big Kahuna pergola kits offer the most coverage.
An attached pergola will provide shade that you can enjoy right out your back door! Shown here is a custom 6 post attached Big Kahuna pergola kit. If your backyard project requires a special size patio cover, we also build custom size pergolas.
Whether you choose a standard or custom size, the amount of shade can be adjusted based on the pergola style you choose. For even more shade, you can add a retractable canopy to our pergola kits sized 12×12 – 20×20. If you’ve purchased (or are purchasing) a pergola from us and would like to add a canopy, you can order on our website and we will facilitate the order processing. Infinity Canopy will configure and ship your canopy directly to you.
If a wood pergola is one of the ideas you’re considering for creating backyard shade, feel free to contact us with questions. We can walk you through measuring, choosing your wood type, or deciding which pergola style is best for your space. Or you can get started by browsing our different pergola styles here. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing in the shade!