Pergola shade ideas: 10 ways to use a pergola for shade

Erin Browne

There are plenty of pergola shade ideas that will increase the usability of your backyard during the summertime. Ranging from simple fabric coverings through to more substantial solid roofs, they can suit every style of garden, too. 

Traditionally, a pergola is a frame, usually wooden, the consists of four posts and a roof. Typically, these roofs are an open slatted design, and while they’re aesthetically pleasing, they don’t offer much shade – something that is essential in the warmer parts of the country.

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