Here Are 5 Of the Easiest Ways to Add Shade to Your Pool Area


Jumping in the pool is a fantastic way to cool off on a sweltering day, but it doesn’t protect you from the often intense sun. It is easy to forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours when you’re caught up in the fun, that’s why it’s always a good idea to have a spot in your pool area that has shade. This allows swimmers to jump out and take a reprieve from the sun without having to dry off and head off out of the pool area altogether. There are many ways you can add shade to your pool area, here are 5 of the easiest ones.

Add an umbrella

Probably the most affordable and easiest option we are going to list is an umbrella. Umbrellas don’t have to be daggy eyesores either. If you have a quick look online, you’ll find thousands of designs, styles, and colours. One of the most popular options for around pools right now is a tassel umbrella. When paired with some comfortable loungers, you’ve got yourself an Instagram worthy pool setting. If you not into trends, worry not, there are many different ones to choose from. The great thing about umbrellas is that you can move them to provide optimal shade coverage, and you can pack them up when they are not in use to prevent them from getting damaged from the elements. They can also be moved to different parts of the backyard when the pool isn’t in use which makes them multipurpose. If you’re looking for something a bit longer-lasting and that doesn’t require setting up or packing down, a permanent umbrella may be an ideal solution. They offer superior shade protection and can be colour matched to suit the design of your home.

Set up a pergola

A simple and cheap way you can create shade is by using a store-bought pergola variety. Do they look glamorous? No, but they are functional and do provide shade from the sun which is the aim. You can purchase them from camping stores, hardware stores, and some retail stores. They are a quick solution that takes a matter of minutes to erect. Like an umbrella, you can pack them up and utilise them in other areas of the backyard if need be. While they are a great economical option, most of them cannot withstand being outside permanently, and they commonly collect water and tear from being left out in the elements. They can also become a hazard if they are swept up in strong winds. Of course, there are numerous permanent structures you can have built in your pool area that are visually appealing; however, they are more expensive, and they will require council approval to build.


Plants in your pool area are great for several reasons. They can create texture and improve the overall aesthetics of the space, plus they can provide shade. Your plant choice matters, when placing greenery around your pool, choosing the wrong plants will see you either spending a lot of extra time cleaning the pool than you’d probably like, or they may struggle to grow. Worst case scenario, it’s both. You should check what kind of root system the plants have before choosing them. Invasive tree roots are notorious for damaging paving, pool fencing and the pool itself. If you want an instant effect, you’ll have to choose large mature plants. If you’re happy to wait for them to grow, choosing smaller juvenile plants can save you a considerable amount of money. Plants with large leathery leaves are typically well suited to place around a swimming pool. Select your plants well from the get-go, and you’ll have a beautiful permanent shady spot that doesn’t shed constantly into your pool.

Invest in a cabana

Cabanas come in all different shapes and sizes and can add a touch of luxe to any poolside. Whether you have one built-in or buy one premade from a store, they are a perfect solution for adding shade to your pool area. They come in various seating capacities, so it’s best to choose one that can accommodate those that live at your home at the minimum to ensure no one is without a seat. The seating should be comfortable, and the cushions need to be weather resistant to ensure they don’t fade from the sun or get mould on them from exposure to moisture. You can even buy shaded pool float cabanas for when you are in the pool. If you are on a budget, collapsible cabanas are a good choice or if you have deep pockets and don’t mind spending a bit of money on home improvement, a customised built-in pool cabana may be more up your alley. Whichever you choose, you can never have too many cushions, and a side table nearby is recommended. It makes the perfect spot for placing cold drinks.

Shade sails

Shade sails come in an array of colours, sizes and styles, and they are not only a popular source of shade for carports or entertainment areas but can be equally as effective in a pool area. They can be overlapped and placed at various heights to create a visually appealing design feature in your pool area. While shade sails are priced at the higher end of our list, they don’t take much effort to install, and they are still generally cheaper than other options such as custom-made pergolas and cabanas. You can purchase shade sails from your local hardware store if you want to tackle installing them yourself, or you can get a professional to install them for you. Shade sails are made with a superior strength material that is resistant to weather conditions such as hail, UV damage and wind. They are a long-lasting product that generally comes with a 10 year plus warranty, so spending a little extra is worth it for a lasting product.

We hope this post has given you a little inspiration when choosing a shade solution for your swimming pool. If you have any questions or you are considering a pool for your place, get in contact with our highly skilled team here at Factory Pools Perth. We can tailor a pool to suit your lifestyle and backyard perfectly.

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