A resource for finding patio cover plans and designs is Houzz, which features a search engine to help users find specific designs. Another website that users can visit for different patio cover plans is My Carpentry.
There are many designs for patio covers, including pergolas and shade sails. A patio cover is designed to attach to the house, and it typically does not need many supports, because it relies on the home's wall for support. Free-standing structures typically need additional supports, and the patio cover can be decorated further with surface and support elements, such as vines and light fixtures.