Covered terrace ideas to enjoy your garden even in winter

These covered patio ideas will help you redesign your outdoor area for year-round use. Lockdown 2.0 has made many of us rethink the use of our gardens. It just doesn’t feel right to leave our outdoor areas until next spring. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sit outside after the pandemic, even if it’s cold and drizzling?

Of course, permanent patio canopy will instantly give your patio that coveted outdoor living room look, and we’ll discuss this option, but it’s not cheap. We’re also looking at some much cheaper designs for covered decks, from parasols to covered seating.

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1. Start with a pergola and build it up

covered terrace idea from Ikea

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Building a pergola is one of the most versatile ways to create a covered terrace. You can start by building a simple structure and then adding more cover with evergreen foliage (ivy always works well), seasonal climbing plants like wisteria and jasmine, and waterproof sheeting if necessary. Pergolas are also easily equipped with garden lighting – try garland lights in combination with hanging lanterns for a cozy look.

Nikki's elegant, light-filled extension required hard work, time, a lot of savings, and attention to detail in the design

(Photo credit: Malcolm Menzies)

2. Covered terrace idea with a small budget: a garden net

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(Image credit: Ikea)

If you’re looking for an occasional, lightweight cover, a garden net is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to create a covered patio atmosphere without having to do a lot of DIY or invest in expensive permanent options. Of course, a net won’t protect you from heavy rain, but on a nice, cool evening, paired with patio heating and some pretty fairy lights, it can help create an enchanting atmosphere. The Solig network costs just £ 15 from Ikea.

3. Get a garden sail for a patio corner

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Garden sails are all the rage right now, not least because their swaying shapes look great on Instagram photos. Sails are also an inexpensive way to create a covered deck, and they can be easily removed whenever you want. A great way to create a covered area in a corner patio above your corner sofa without investing in a permanent structure. The Argos sailing umbrella costs just £ 182.99.

4. Invest in a louvre roof

Renson Algarve Louvered Canopy

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Do you want something essential for a larger garden? A louvre roof, like the Algarve by Renson shown above, is a versatile structure that can be attached to a house almost like a mini extension or free-standing. The blades are adjustable depending on the desired cover. It’s not cheap (£ 9,200) but it’s cheaper than an extension and could help you build an outdoor space or kitchen. Or, create a simpler structure like the following at a much lower cost.

5. Create a targeted cover with an inclined umbrella

Ikea Samso parasol with base

Samso parasol with base, Ikea

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Parasols are the perfect solution for small patios and balconies – if the umbrella is large enough and tilted, you can easily get adequate coverage for a small area. They are also useful in all seasons and protect you from rain and wind in colder weather and from sun in summer.

Nevertheless, garden umbrellas are not necessarily only intended for small gardens. An extra large, sturdy umbrella can easily be converted into a semi-permanent covered patio attachment. For example, the Tribu Vitino Tilt Garden Parasol pendant (below) has two basic options – one for general use and one for heavy use, which makes it suitable for windy weather. It’s also huge – three meters in diameter, making it suitable for covering your entire patio furniture set.

Tribu Vitino pendulum tilting garden parasol

(Photo credit: Go Modern Furniture)

6. Choose smart garden seats with built-in covers

Unique garden bike bench

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If your patio is small and you are looking for an interesting looking alternative to an arbor or pergola, this unique garden wheel bench could be the answer. Granted, it’s not an option if you already have a lot of patio furniture, but if you’re moving and want a completely new look, this is a great idea. The interior is also waterproof and the polycarbonate roof keeps the heat like in a mini greenhouse.

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