3 Inexpensive Ways to Cover Your Patio.
A patio cover can be as simple as an umbrella to protect from sun and drizzle. The best part of a covering is it can help to define a space and set them apart.
Shade Sail or Cloth
A shade cloth is a stretched piece of fabric that hangs above a patio.
A shade sail is the same thing, except shaped like a sail rather than a square. This might sound like the retractable covers you’ve seen, but they are, in fact, completely different. They look more sophisticated and design-oriented.
This is the most basic and economic option to cover your patio. Get a patio umbrella that fits on your patio and is mobile so you can adjust it to block the sun as it moves, or shelter against light rain. An advantage of patio umbrellas is that you can include them as part of an outdoor furniture set to complete your patio decor.
Outdoor curtains create an elegant, flowing look. Because they move in the breeze, letting sunlight into the space, they create a dappled effect, but don’t provide as much continuous shade as the other types. When hung over a veranda or pergola entry, they can take on the appearance of an elegant, old-world portiere.