Building a freestanding structure, adding a shade screen to a patio, creating a sail shade, building floating screens and weaving wood veneer are good ideas to bring shade to a backyard. A cost-effective option for creating a shaded area is to attach wire to a pulley system and thread the wire through curtain grommets.
Creating a sail shade involves connecting triangular cloths to poles or trees by inserting a sturdy rope into holes in the corners of the cloths and tying the fabrics to the poles. Thin bamboo panels make stylish floating screens, while a shade structure consisting of thin wood slats and steel supports makes a cozy sheltered area.
Lattice panels appear lovely when light passes through the gaps. Plants crawling in the panels and hanging from above also enhance the beauty of lattice panels. Instead of building typical square pergolas, positioning them in the corners of a patio adds a touch of uniqueness to a backyard.
Homeowners may improve a partially covered deck by hanging fabrics between the parallel beams and arranging lights for illumination at night. Another interesting idea is to weave pieces of wood veneer, creating a basket-like canopy above a set of chairs and table. An easy backyard canopy structure requires tying thick fabric to four sturdy posts placed inside garden planters containing cement and topped with plants.