Outdoor canopy ideas

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Outdoor canopy ideas
Outdoor canopies shade outdoor living spaces. (gazebo in the park image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

The purpose of an outdoor canopy is to shade a particular area of your lawn so that you can enjoy that space despite a hot sun. You have many options for canopies that include a homemade version, a prefabricated design, and a natural cover.

Homemade Cloth Canopy

A homemade cloth canopy is simple to construct for any level of crafter. Some benefits of making your own canopy are that you can build it any size you want so it can fit the most unique of outdoor living spaces, and it is simple to install and take down. The basic materials you need for this project include a canvas dust sheet, strong cording, thin wooden poles, tent poles and tent pegs. These materials give you the freedom to construct a canopy that you can attach to a fence or wall, a tent canopy, or a four pole canopy.

Canopy Gazebo

A canopy gazebo works well for an outdoor canopy because you have the option of enclosing your outdoor living space. You can purchase a canopy gazebo that has four posts supporting the canopy and drapes gathered at each post that, when closed, enhance privacy and keep bugs out. Some canopy gazebos are large and can sit in your lawn through all seasons, but you have the option of choosing a small canopy gazebo that you put up and take down like a tent. Both options provide shade effectively, and small or large, canopy gazebos are available in a variety of colours and designs to suit your backyard decor

Canopy Trees

Planting canopy trees is a natural way to create a canopy over your lawn. To get an instant shaded section, you can buy a mature canopy tree and have it installed by the company or nursery where you purchased the tree. Consult with a nursery before purchasing to determine a type of tree that is suitable for your lawn and fits the local weather conditions. You will also need to mention the approximate distance from where you would like to plant the tree to the base of your home. Some tree roots, depending on the species, can grow to disrupt a home's foundation and piping.

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