How to Shade Your Outdoor Space (& Maximize Its Privacy!)

Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

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Don't let sun beams and heat ruin your ability to enjoy your outdoor area! Providing shade for your outdoor area — no matter how big or small — is a vital component to being able to use it year round and all day. And creating privacy, especially for those who live snuggled up to neighbors, will increase intimacy and enjoyment. We've got your privacy and shade inspiration to consider when finishing out your outdoor area for use this summer.

Shade inspiration
From umbrellas you buy to overhead shade you DIY, there are lots of ways you can create more shade in your outdoor area, whether you have a small balcony or a big backyard. Here are some ideas:

Built Shade

Umbrella Shade

Hanging shade

Privacy

How have you shaded your outdoor area? How have you added extra privacy? Share your best ideas, product recommendations and DIY projects below to inspire others!

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(Image credits: Casey's Crisp & Contemporary DC Digs; Janel Laban)