17 Decks Shaded by Cool Pergolas

Get design ideas for adding shade and structure to your backyard.

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Chess Anyone?

A lofty pergola frames the game and lounge area on this hilltop deck. 

Privacy Wall + Shade

Slated walls and a shade roof define the dining area on this floating deck. 

Sweet Multi-Level

Built into the deck, the hot tub is shielded by a decorative privacy wall and a matching pergola. 

Roof Lines

Large beams and a tall pergola define the different areas of this outdoor living space. 

Cover the Cook

A small roof shades the outdoor kitchen while additional canopies cover the lounge area. See more of this deck in the next slide. 

Table Trestle

The sunshade mirrors the shape of the dining table creating an eye-catching alfresco eating area. 

Lower Level Bar

First floor of a two-story deck makes the perfect spot for a breakfast bar. 

Curvy Deck + Pergola

The roof line of this shady pergola mimics the shape of the deck's floor line. 

Stylish Symmetry

Twin staircases lead down to two canvas-covered decks.

Poolside Dining

This dining area is shaded from the summer heat by a two-tone pergola.

Pergola Trio

This deluxe poolside deck is covered with three seperate pergolas; one for the bar and the other two for the dual lounge areas. 

Kitchen Cover

The hot tub is alfresco, but the outdoor kitchen is kept cool by the arched shade structure. 

Hot Tub Pergola

This massive wood pergola shades a patio swim spa and additional dry seating. See more of this outdoor space in the next slide.

Complete Coverage

This full-cover pergola has a domed skylight to provide protection from the elements while still allowing abundant sunlight.

Hexagon Pergola

This unique pergola with spider-web roping makes for a romantic dining area.

Garden Getaway

The mix of finishes on the pergola and lattice handsomely mimic the colors of the table and benches. 

L-Shaped Pergola

The right-angle pergola shields the back part of the deck from the sun. 

Fire + Water

Cut logs lead to a floating deck covered by a timber-frame pergola. A tin-tile privacy wall hangs off the pergola's back beam while a set of lanterns and a table are suspended from the front posts.

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Keep your wood deck looking beautiful by sealing it every one or two years.

Ideas for Covering a Deck

A little shelter and shade go a long way toward making your outdoor space even more livable.

Add Value With a Back Deck

Transforming an unused backyard into a relaxing outdoor living space increases your home's worth while giving you another place to spend time.

Tips for Cleaning and Repairing a Deck

A deck requires regular maintenance to remain in good shape season after season.

Accessories for a Backyard Deck

From canopies that simply just snap into place to gadgets that'll keep you cool in summer and warm in the fall, there are many accessories available to liven up a back deck.