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9 different canopies

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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They can be made of glass, fabric, reed or wood, fixed or movable, and some can even utilise a remote control; that’s right, today’s topic is canopies.  

We all love our patio in the summer, but just in the transitions of the seasons, we are often surprised by rapidly changing weather conditions, and are grateful when we can take a bit of shelter there, or on the balcony, for example, when it’s raining. And even during the scorching midday heat, we always welcome a shady terrace. The only question is: Which canopy is right for my needs? At homify We have very different canopy types on offer, from big to small, through a variety of materials and range of prices..

Romantic terrace awning

This pergola variant is a covered with standard roofing timber and intertwined with climbing plants .
This one can be built quickly and easily, since part is attached directly to the house and its stability is replaced by the wooden pier structure on the opposite side.

Fast-growing climbing plants, such as clematis, virginia creeper or Knotweed, give the roof terrace a quaint and romantic look. Caution: When planting, always make sure that this does not damage too much of your masonry; remember, they look good but they can get into the walls quite easily!

Textiles on the roof

 Terrace by Au dehors Studio. Architettura del Paesaggio
Au dehors Studio. Architettura del Paesaggio

Dettagli di una casa di campagna

Au dehors Studio. Architettura del Paesaggio

An extremely flexible variant on a roof terrace is this one: if you want to treat yourself to a full dose of sun, one simply removes the textile part. However, if rain attempts to seep through the impregnated textile canopy, it will fail and you can sit in peace there all day round. 

Out of season you can simply remove the fabric pieces, wash and tighten again for next year and give the timber a new coat of stainer -perfecto

Reed canopy

 Terrace by MFA Architects
MFA Architects

House for Holidays, 2009

MFA Architects

Or how about this filigree design for the patio roof ?—Although you’ll stop no rain, it’s still a good sunscreen.Who’s looking for a solution?

Glass patio roof

A canopy made of glass could be the right choice. The fixed version is a little more expensive, this one is of a good quality and will last for a few years yet—you only have to find someone who’ll occasionally cleans the windows. 


A solar sail is a light and summery roof variant, the safety is also given to greater areas compared to a parasol. An additional advantage of a sail is its flexible suspension: depending on your needs, you can use it again and again in different places. 

More awnings




A covered terrace, when you want it: for all who want it. An awning that can be extend it if you need protection from sun or rain and perfect weather you can just leave them retracted and make yourself completely without a awning on the Terrace.

Curtained terrace

This terrace impresses with an extremely versatile concept: the relatively simple wooden structure is not only a beautiful canopy solution, but, at the same time, it can protect us from a cool wind and prying eyes. In addition, a hybrid variant of transparent and opaque components was chosen for the roofing: so you have no sun directly above the table. 

Hi-tech canopy

 Garden  by Saxun

This high-tech canopy is something for connoisseurs! Using an electronic controller, which is controlled by a remote control, you can order, at your fingertips, shade or full sun.

Sliding elements for the terrace

This consists of individually movable elements, and is ideal for anyone who has a terrace with changing wind directions but needs a little protection from the sun. The items can be variably rotate in any direction and thus always provide the desired corner for wind.

What more exterior ideas? Have a look at our comparison ideabook sun sales, parasols and awnings or check out some great picnic ideas

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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