Garden Canopy Ideas: Garden Covered Seating

Gardens are a beautiful thing. You can design the space anything you want, such as with a dining table, and it’ll great for entertaining family and friends.

But what if it rains? Or what if the sun is simply unbearable?

Well, a stylish garden parasol soon swings to the rescue, allowing you to carry on enjoying your outdoor space. And in this post, we’ve collected some incredible garden canopy ideas to show you just how useful a canopy can be.

Let’s dive in.

1. Transparent porch

Great for lowering the sun intensity during the day but you can still stargaze at night.

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Porch with a glass wall
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2. Sail with lights

Sails are a modern but economical way of creating a shaded area in your garden. Add some lights so you can stay out into the evening.

Patio sail shade with lights
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3. Sail canopy cover

Protect yourself from the sun with an affordable and easy-to-install sail canopy.

Yellow sail canopy cover
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4. Triangular sail

If you’ve only got a small corner to shade, go for a triangular sail. This canopy also makes an excellent small garden design idea as well!

5. White veranda garden canopy

Keep it chic and simple with a white veranda to protect your garden furniture from both UV rays and bad weather. Beautiful and budget-friendly!

White veranda garden canopy
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6. Natural tinder canopy

If you’re looking for a more Mediterranean vibe, go with a wooden pergola and hanging fabric canopy to shade you from the sun. 

7. Retractable garden canopy

You can choose when to go from sun to shade or vice versa without having to switch seats with a retractable garden canopy. 

Retractable canopy in yellow stripes
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8. Solid wood pergola

Pergolas provide protection from the harsh glare of the sun by creating some shading for your seating area. You could add some climbing plants to give it some colour.

Solid wooden pergola
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9. Canopy over pool

Add a canopy over your hot tub so you can still enjoy it on rainy days, plus it will also keep the floor around it cool on hot days!

A backyard pool with canopy for shade
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10. White gazebo

A simple and classy choice for gaining shade in your backyard.

White gazebo
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11. Adjustable sun tracking canopy

As the sun travels across the sky throughout the day, adjust your canopy to keep yourself cool in the shade.  

12. Beach style house umbrella

For a less permanent structure, add a large umbrella over your seating area that can be taken down when you’d like to enjoy the sun. 

BillyOh 2.7m Crank and Tilt Parasol 8 Ribs with LED Lights
BillyOh 2.7m Crank and Tilt Parasol 8 Ribs with LED Lights

13. Wooden canopy with lights

Add some string lights to your wooden pergola to bring it to life in the evening. 

Wooden canopy with globe lights that emit warm colour
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14. Long shade sail

Gain shade and privacy with a long sail that covers your whole seating area.

Long patio shade sail
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15. Soft sail canopy

Choose a fabric canopy instead of permanent wooden beams so you can choose when to go for sun or shade.

16. Glass veranda

Glass verandas offer a unique extension to your home living space. You’ll still get sunlight but not at its full intensity. Perfect to sit out on warm,sunny days

White glass veranda
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17. Slide-on-wire canopy

You decide when you want some shade by just rolling the canopy left or right.

18. Small beach canopy

No need for a huge setting, just a couple of poles and a simple canopy in your backyard provide the perfect seat in the shade.

19. Wooden canopy corner

Not all canopies need to join onto your home – a free-standing pergola in the corner of your garden can provide the cosiest of seating areas. 

Wooden canopy corner
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20. Curtains

Another great idea for a temporary shade screen, curtains can be opened or closed at your leisure. 

Patio seating with sheer curtains for shade
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21. Tilted canopy

Tilt your sail canopy to get the best protection from the sun. 

22. Two canopies

Sometimes just one is not enough to give you the shade you need! Cover all angles with two triangular canopies.

23. Natural canopy

Use climbing plants on your pergola to create a more natural sun canopy.

Wooden pergola with Wisteria
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24. Simple wooden pergola

Create a more traditional wooden pergola with brick bases to create a classic shaded corner in your garden. 

25. Tent

Bring a bit of indoor luxury to outdoor gatherings with a classy marquee style canopy, plush cushions and homely touches.

Garden tent outdoor lounge
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26. Garden shelter

A refuge to relax on those sunny, hot afternoons.

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BillyOh Outpost Insulated Building

27. Retractable canopy

An easy mechanism, so you can fold your canopy away when you prefer to feel the sun on your face.

28. Oak gazebo

Relax any time in your cosy hideaway that will both protect you from the sun and shelter you from the rain. 

29. Grey classic tent

It will feel like you’ve added a whole new room to your house with a classy metal-framed gazebo, stylish curtains and some homely touches.

30. Modern simple pergola

With this contemporary design, you won’t want to leave the shade on those sunny afternoons.

31. Pergola on the roof terrace

This concept gives off a modern source of shading – thanks to the transparent roofing. This is perfect if you love hosting mini BBQ parties, having an al fresco dining, or relaxing on your patio with style and shade.

Rooftop terrace with modern pergola
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32. Wooden framing pergola with canopy

This design is often favoured because of its natural look. The wooden framing blends easily in with the outdoors or nature.

The charm of wood-framed pergolas can offer a naturally-rustic vibe to your patio.

33. Solid cherry wood pergola with transparent roof

This massive pergola is made of cherry wood, matching the wood used in the architectural exterior.

The roof design features clear corrugated polycarbonate sheets. This allows you to enjoy a bit of sunlight while keeping you dry from rain and snow.

34. Patio pergola with climbers

Using a pergola as a frame for crawling plants adds a magical touch to your outdoor seating area. The soft aesthetic that the climbing flowers bring in a great view for lounging.

White pergola with trellis and climbing plants
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35. Bahamas-inspired garden pergola

Relax in shade in this Bahamas-inspired pergola structure! The pergola is roofed in a Bahamas themed patio with a bamboo roofing.


Garden canopies make an ideal respite from intense sun or a quick shower, allowing you to maximise the time you spend in your outdoor space.

We hope this wide range of options we’ve provided you with will give you some ideas to add one to your home.

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