Keeping Your Cool: 7 Backyard Shade Solutions for Decks

Backyard Shade Solutions

In today’s world of staying home, we want our backyards to not only be usable spaces but friendly and inviting too. Summer is for hanging out by the pool, having barbecues, and making memories around the fire pit.

While sometimes while in the pool, we like the sun, there’s lots of times shade is preferred. If you don’t have a backyard filled with big trees giving you shade, how can you create some to make your backyard more inviting?

Read on to learn about a few types of backyard shade solutions that will truly make your outdoor space more inviting, usable, and pleasing to the mind, body, and soul

1. Gazebo

A gazebo is one backyard shade solution bound to make a statement. Your gazebo can be connected to your outdoor living space. It could be a continuation, for example of your outdoor kitchen.

It could also be a destination in your backyard, perhaps on the far side of the yard.

The gazebo is the perfect spot for morning coffee, afternoon drinks or an alfresco meal.

2. Pergola

classic pergola adds some shade but not complete shade. It’s wood slats across the top create a pattern of light that peaks through creating the perfect gathering spot for you and your family for meals and game nights.

Pergolas can be built as stand-alone structures or as part of a deck or patio area.

3. Covered Porch

A covered porch is one way to create total shade so you really can escape out of the sun. The covered porch can become an extension of your home living spaces.

Many modern covered porches have built-in outdoor kitchens. Other features you can add to your porch include fireplaces, ceiling fans, and televisions for movie night.

4. Awnings

Awnings are another way to get more shade without having to build a whole outdoor room. You can get awnings that will cover your deck or patio area that attaches right to your home.

One nice feature of an awning is that they can be retractable. So, if you find yourself wanting some sunshine, you can roll them. You can even contact Sun Tint to add coordinating awnings over doorways and other windows on your home.

5. Add Curtains

In today’s world, there are fantastic outdoor fabric choices. They stand up well to weather and sun, so they don’t fade or get moldy.

Consider adding outdoor curtains to a side of your deck or patio where the sun comes at you directly. You can even build small stand-alone structures then add curtains to create an outdoor room vibe.

6. Outdoor Umbrellas

Outdoor umbrellas offer refuge from shade without covering an entire area. You can get umbrellas that cover just a table for outdoor eating. You can also get larger stand-alone umbrellas that create a large swath of shade for an outdoor seating area.

7. Shade Sails

Another idea that doesn’t require big construction is shade sails. These shade tarps can create shaded spaces by stretching them overhead. They come with hooks you can attach to the house and stretch to trees to create outdoor shade without big cost.

Shade Solutions for Your Backyard Paradise

Keeping Your Cool: 7 Backyard Shade Solutions for Decks


If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, you want to make sure it’s an inviting and usable space. Use these backyard shade solutions to create an outdoor oasis for you, your family, and friends to relax and enjoy.

If you are interested in shading, adding a pool or other outdoor living features, we can help you design a beautiful and welcoming space. Contact us today to start planning your outdoor living oasis.

No Limit Pools & Spas has incredible backyard shade solutions for decks for the areas of  Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding areas of Mesa, Chandler, GilbertGold Canyon. Tempe, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Glendale, Carefree, Cave Creek, and beyond.