Summertime is our favorite time of the year because it gives us the opportunity to spend more time outside.
However, the sun rays during the day can be too strong so we have to think about ways to protect ourselves when we enjoy the nice weather in our backyard or at the patio.
Luckily, there are many ways to shade our sitting areas outdoors and thus reduce to the minimum the unfriendly UV-light- pergolas, curtains, screens, tents.
Along with that they will give a certain charm to the outdoor space and will make it more unique.
Since buying such shading features sometimes is quite expensive, we have made a research on which are the best and most cost-friendly ideas for DIY sun shades.
Thus everyone would be able to enjoy the forthcoming hot days without any worries.
1. Backyard Shade and Privacy Curtains
If you live in a crowded neighborhood, you must be looking for a way to make your patio a more private space.
This one-day project requires only posts, curtain rods and drop clothes to make a pergola-like privacy screen.
via Thrifty and Chic
2. Brilliant DIY Tent Frame from PVC
If you would like to make yourself a tent, the simplest structure is as from the photo above. Use PVC tubes and elbows to build the support.
The roof is made of tart which you can purchase at the desired size.
3. DIY Back Deck Pergola Design
Looking for a permanent shade feature that will last for years?
This stable pergola is one of the most robust ones as it uses quite thick lumber, anchors and screens.
4. DIY Breezy Outdoor Room
This privacy screen and canopy is a solution for those of you who can’t afford to build a solid fence to divide your outdoor space.
Make sure to read the instructions below as they are very exhaustive and will facilitate the process of building the same outdoor shelter.
via Bob Vila
5. Easily Adaptable Backyard Shade Curtains
Sometimes making your patio more shady and private requires only one simple addition – and that is curtains.
Fix pipes to the patio ceiling to serve as curtain rods and add fabric you like.
6. Easy DIY Canvas Shade Sails
If you need a more extended shade feature, then the sails are the perfect solution for you. They can cover as much outdoor space as you may like to.
Sails look great in the outdoor space because of their nautical origin and the coziness they create.
via House Tweaking
7. Easy Tent-Style Awning with Milk Can Anchors
Looking for a one-day pergola or tent?
This very quick DIY tent can be built in a couple of hours and will provide all you need on a sunny day – shade, privacy, coziness.
via Laura Trevey
8. Elegant DIY Pool-Side Cabana
Resting next to the pool is an unmeasurable pleasure. Enjoy the water blinks while protected by a DIY pergola.
Making it is easy and it looks very stylish as the textile design of the lounges matches the color of the shed.
via Southern Living
9. Fun and Funky Outdoor Seating Shade
The canopy must be the cheapest way to shade an outdoor area and is very easy to be maintained. Once the season ends, you just take it down.
While more massive and fixed structures will require more care throughout the whole year.
via Martha Stewart
10. Hanging Shade-Cloth and Outdoor Lighting Combo
If you already have a pergola installed at your patio but are looking for a way to renovate it and at the same time keep its shading properties, you can make yourself a sail-like layer of shed by weaving drop cloths through the slats of the pergola.
via Anything Pretty
11. Luxurious Hanging Shade Curtains
If you love bohemian style for decoration and furniture and you would like to incorporate it in the outdoor space of your backyard, this handmade sun shed is your thing.
It is detachable and movable so you can adjust it according to the sun position.
via Refinery 29
12. Moveable Backyard Sun Shade Hoops
This backyard sun shade is made of PVC conduit and canopy.
The conduit is the perfect material for this purpose as it is very flexible, doesn’t limit you in height or width and is strong enough to stretch a canopy.
13. Outdoor Living Space with Sheer Curtain Divider
Looking for a more romantic sun shade? Well, there is an idea for you, too.
Make yourself a multifunctional shade feature that will divide the space, protect you from the sun rays and even from mosquitos.
14. Overlapping Backyard Sun Sails
If you have sewing skills, you may try to make yourself two triangle canopy pieces.
They can be as big as you want to. All you need to do is attach each corner to a fixed point so that they are stretched enough.
15. Quick and Easy Retractable Awning
This type of shade is very appropriate for smaller backyards where installing a pergola would take up too much space.
Run cords from each end of the roof and attach canopy or drop cloths onto it the same way you are weaving a curtain on a rod.
16. Relaxing Pergola Sitting Space with Shade Curtains
These pergola curtains are aligned on the sides and will make the outdoor space more private.
An easy way to attach the curtains on the pergola posts is to fix hooks onto the inside face of each post.
via A Beautiful Mess
17. Roman-Style DIY Pergola Canopy
This canopy shade on the top of the pergola is very comfortable to be built as you don’t have to weave the cloths through each slat.
Instead, there are wires and a pulley system that ensure the movement of the fabric. The sail-like look and the fixing to the wires are done through hooks.
18. Rustic Draped Canopy from Natural Fibers
The designs of the textile are various and they can help you build a sunshade in the desired style.
If you are keen on the rustic style, you can use a similar curtain texture.
19. Simple Aluminum-Pipe Framed Backyard Canopy
You can quickly make a great sunshade canopy of the desired size by building a pipe structure.
The sail shape of the top layer is achieved by passing the canvas through the transverse pipes.
20. Simple Fabric Sun Shade
This is a simple fabric sun shade that can be done in few hours only.
With the help of suitable fabric, wood posts and fixing accessories, you can make the perfect customized shade for your patio.
21. Upcycled Sun Shade from an Old Sail
Upcycling a useless sail may do a great sun shade as its size is big and the fabric is hard-wearing.
Stretch the sail at all three sides and adjust the angle.
22. Wall-Anchored DIY Backyard Sun Shade Ideas
With the help of cup hooks anchored to the walls and S hooks to stretch the canopy, even the smallest patio can become a more pleasant and shady place.