How to Shade Your Deck or Patio: Sun-blocking solutions that let you enjoy your deck or patio all day long. -Canopy awnings block sun and rain -Build your own shade structure -Retractable awnings let you choose sunshine or shade -Low-cost options for awnings -Retractable canopies offer maximum versatility
This is a cool idea for an outdoor patio, porch, or deck. You can roll them down for privacy or when the sun is shining right in. It would look great if they were all closed at night and there was seating and soft lighting.
Easy Canopy: Erect a "roof" by draping a canvas drop cloth between four bamboo poles anchored in heavy planters. Similar to shown: Super Heavy Canvas Drop Cloth, 9 by 12 feet, about $25; My Tarp. Natural Moso Poles, about $90 for four 3-inch-by-8-foot poles; Cali Bamboo