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15 Covered Patio Ideas

Whether you're looking for shade or protection from the rain, we've got patio covering ideas including simple umbrellas, shade sails, pergolas and elaborate pavilions.

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Photo: Brennan Gray. From: CLC Landscape Design.

Take It Outside

When activities with family and friends move outdoors, it's nice to have shelter from the sun or gentle rain. A covered patio serves the purpose, and cover options run the gamut from a simple umbrella over a cozy table for two to elaborate pavilions that can cover a crowd. Consider your space, your design style and your budget, and click through to check out a variety of ideas.

A pergola is the cover of choice for many patios, and defines the space for the cozy outdoor room above, which features a fireplace and comfortable seating.

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Photo: Mark Woolcott Photography; Mile High Landscaping. From: Elevate by Design.

Steel With Style

A custom steel pergola outfitted with eye-catching hexagonal chandeliers creates a welcoming outdoor dining room on this concrete patio. Douglas fir joists complement the wood dining table below, while an accent wall of potted bamboo pulls the whole space together.

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Photo: Shain Rievley

DIY a Pretty Pergola

If you're handy, a pergola can be a fairly simple DIY project. Hang plants from the posts and rafters, grow vines over the top for more shade, or string lights overhead to complete the look.

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Consider a Canopy

A canvas canopy shields this outdoor kitchen from the elements. The canopy's best feature: In the off-season or when full sun is preferred, the canvas can be rolled up or put away.

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