Super easy Shade Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
While it’s relaxing and it feels so good to spend time outdoors, you also want to have a shady place where you can cool down. And sometimes, it’s just too hot. Especially when you live in the South. You do need shade and a pool or something equivalent to jump in and cool off.
So, when planning an outdoor environment, include at least one source of shade in your designs.
Ideally in areas of activity, like a tub or a pool, the kids favorite hang out place or your reading/chilling spot. Add shade to be protected from direct sunlight.
Do you need some ideas on outdoor furniture?
Start reading my post about outdoor patio furniture ideas which will give you awesome inspiration on how to set up your outdoor space.
Whether you’re looking for temporary shade or a permanent fixture to stay protected from the sun, there are many ways you can add more shade to your outdoor space.
Of course there are a lot of different solutions you can implement, which range in cost.
Also some have to be installed and some are pretty easy to set up.
So explore different options which will fit the best for your outdoor space. Shade is important in order to spend quality and healthy time outside.
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The fastest and easiest way to have shade is to buy an umbrella. There are so many different types and sizes of umbrellas out there, I am sure you will find the right one for you.
Maybe this overview from Ikea will help you. You can get them pretty reasonably priced and in all kind of different forms and colors: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/outdoor/17887/
2.Sun Sail over Tubs
A sun sail is a better choice than an umbrella if you live in a windy area.
Normally you have three hooks to mount the sun sail on trees or posts in order to hang it tight at the right spot.
We use various sun sails to cover up a bigger space because we need a lot of shade in the Carolinas.
This sun sail is used to cover the Hot Tub in which we jump in during summer as a ‘Cool off Tub’. And I like it because it comes in different colors.
Do you like this “Cool Tub Idea” to relax from the heat? Here is an overview from Amazon of all different kinds of Hot Tubs.
This one was pretty reasonable, and the best thing is it is deflatable if you don’t want to use it anymore just put it back in the box and store it.
Gazebos are awesome when it is really hot but you can’t stand to be inside.
We attached Mosquito nets on all four sides for bug protection and it still allows air to come through.
A gazebo is also a good idea when you have little kids who want to play outside. They can play all kinds of stuff in this ‘house’ and stay sun and bug protected.
4.Shade with Curtains
If you want to close up your deck a little bit, just install some stainless steel cables and hang a curtain with sun protection on it.
You can close up a deck almost completely if you mount curtains all around your deck.
I hung up mosquito nets and sheer curtains, as I like the light and air to come through. But my deck is also pretty protected and only gets sun in the late afternoon.