A deck is a glorious addition to your home, and one you want to enjoy as much as possible. But when searing direct sunlight makes it difficult to spend long hours on your deck, you need a shade solution. Here are some ideas for building a shade for your deck.
Before you can organize a shade project, you need to evaluate what architecture you are dealing with. Do you already have a structure that you can build off of, like a pergola? Do you need a shade solution that requires a free-standing structure? Do you have materials you can drill into that will support the weight of your shade fabric? Let your current surroundings guide you.
If you have a strong support structure in place already, you can purchase a pre-fabricated shade and attach it to your house. Spring is the best time to find great deals. Just make sure you have the proper hardware to secure it.
Adding a fabric sail to your pergola is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to add shade. For this project you will need rolled shade cloth that covers the area plus 25% more, a hammer, tape measure, box cutters, safety goggles, and nails (or large staples).
Roll out your shade cloth over your pergola, or your wooden support structure, and leave about 8 to 12 inches overflowing on each side. Attach the shade to the wood every 12 inches. Double your fabric into two layers for even more sunlight protection.
After your shade is attached, trim off the edges in nice, neat lines with your box cutters. You can use sharp scissors if that is all you have, but box cutters or an exacto-knife is easier.
Use any type of cloth in this project to add beauty and shade to your deck.