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Nothing cuts a fun day in the sun short like a serious sunburn. Making the most of your patio and avoiding burnout from midday heat requires shade, and these smart options will help you enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.

1) Shade Sail

This shade sail canopy is an easy way to cover a large outdoor space. The sail comes in a range of sizes, from 8 by 10 feet to 16 by 16 feet. High quality breathable material protects you from the sun while allowing air to pass through, and stainless-steel D-rings in each corner make installation easy.

Shade&Beyond Sun Shade Sail Canopy UV Block for Patio Deck Yard and Outdoor available from Amazon

2) Privacy Panel

Turn your patio into shady backyard resort with this sun shade privacy panel. The screen can be installed on the sides of a pergola, and the breathable mesh blocks 85% of UV rays. If your neighbor’s yard looks directly into yours, this panel provides a private escape.

Alion Home Sun Shade Privacy Panel available from Amazon

3) Tilting Umbrella

Need an easy option for patio shade that requires zero installation? This 11-foot umbrella is the solution. The fade-resistant and easy to clean fabric provides 98% UV protection to tables with 6 to 8 chairs. The pole is also rust resistant and adjustable, and the umbrella easily cranks open and closed.

Abba Patio Offset Cantilever Umbrella 11-Feet available from Amazon