Examples of outdoor deck covers include striped awnings, intimate pavilions, strips of fabric and even scrap wood. Other ideas include dramatic painted pergolas and outdoor drapes. Adjustable and retractable outdoor deck covers offer unique advantages, as well.
Striped awnings allow homeowners to minimize their exposure to the sun while having numerous color options assorted to fit their furniture. A well-designed intimate pavilion may include outdoor drapes and an Italian-style chandelier. Strips of fabric function can similarly to striped awnings, but add a particular sense of elegance when doing so, especially when combined with concrete fixtures sunk into the ground. Scrap wood, laid in a dappled manner so as to let some light in makes a unique outdoor cover for decks and patios.
Additionally, some design elements can be mixed and matched for more unique results. For example, a pergola can be matched with draperies that allow the deck to provide shade without losing too much sunlight in the process.
Other outdoor deck cover ideas include adjustable roofs and retractable awnings. These differ from most other outdoor deck covers in that they can be moved, providing differing amounts of cover depending on their owner's wishes. A movable deck cover can be used for shade during hot summer days and then retracted for night time stargazing.