DIY Patio Sun Shade

DIY Patio Sun Shade

Michelle Chin
May 6, 2011

It's been in the low 90s this week at my house and one side of the property is exposed to the harsh early day sun bouncing off the driveway. This project piqued my interest. It could be a really cute solution for home without awnings or trees to help protect it from the summer sun, or to create a festive oasis to enjoy a nice libation underneath. This could definitely make my love/hate relationship with summer a little less adversarial.

Imagine creating several of these along the sunniest side of your home. It could help with your cooling bills and potentially make it bearable if you don't have air conditioning. Not to mention adding some color or protecting your plants . You could modify our earlier tutorial on Modern Cement Planters to create cuter "feet" for the poles. You could even stain or paint the poles and concrete to match or contrast with your home.

Of course, just like patio umbrellas, you'll probably want to store these shades away if there's any kind of strong wind or rain. It would be a shame for all your hard work get damaged.

Kate at Design*Sponge created a full tutorial for the project. She used cloth she already had, spent $24 on additional supplies and invested 2 - 3 hours. Seems totally worth it to me!

(Images: Kate / Design*Sponge)

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