Simple Shade Structures for Your Backyard

 In Design, House

Deciding what type of shade structure you would like for your backyard can be a difficult task as there are many different shade solutions available. It is important to consider your options and what you want out of the area including comfort, functionality, design and style.

There are many options for shade solutions which are simple and cost effective to suit your needs. Whether you want something permanent or portable, your list is endless. Below are a range of simple but effective designs and styles that will not only give you shade but enhance your area for you and your guests.


If you are looking for a chic and stylish look, drape some fabric over a simple timber frame. This is a very inexpensive way to create a shaded area that can be done yourself or by a contractor. This design allows your imagination to run wild as there are no limits to the style of fabrics and colors you use. If you decide to opt for this option, choose a material that is suitable for outdoor areas as it will allow your shaded area to be low maintenance. Fabric stores will have a large range of fabrics to choose from that will allow you to spend as much or little as you would like.

Shade Sails

Shade sails are a simple and effective way to create shade keeping a sense of openness in your backyard, which will simultaneously protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. With its quick and easy installation, the shade clothes can be removed at any time due to bad weather you may face, and placed back whenever you like. Most of the materials used for shade sails are water and fade resistant but always double check before making your purchase as some may not have these properties.  The shade cloths can be angled or twisted giving your space a contemporary look which can allow you to continue the modern look of your home. Sails are also a great option to shade your children’s sand pit and or play area to also protect them from the sun.


Umbrellas are a quick and easy way to get shade in your backyard. This is a very practical shade option as they can be moved to any area of your backyard depending on where shade is needed. There are countless styles, colors and materials that shade umbrellas are available allowing you to give your backyard character. Umbrellas look great around pool areas and are good for small spaces, which can be folded away when they are not in use. If you go for this option, ensure that you secure them down so no gust of wind can take them away. This is a very simple and inexpensive way to shade your backyard however prices will vary due to the quality, size and design you opt for.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are a great shade option. They not only protect you when you are outdoors but they also protect your adjoining area you have attached your awnings to from the heat. These can be retracted back when not in use manually or with a motor depending on your budget. Awnings are designed to take all sorts of weather conditions. If you opt for a motorised awning, many of them have a mechanism to close if the weather conditions are particularly bad. Compared to other simple shade options, retractable awnings can be a more expensive but they look stylish and chic in your backyard allowing you to extend your outdoor living area.


Looking for a natural way to create shade in your backyard? There is nothing better than planting trees to create a simple and natural way to produce shade. Compared to many other shade designs and styles, this is a cheap option that will also give you great privacy. Make sure you choose a tree with plenty of foliage providing your backyard the best amount of shade possible. Keep in mind, this option can create mess with the leaves falling in certain weather conditions.

You won’t believe the various ways you can create simple shade structures in your backyard. Each has different characteristics, design and style but they all possess the same thing – shade.

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