Pergola Design Ideas: Create the Shade You Want in Your Backyard

Think beyond the basic four posts with crossing rafters and customize a shade structure that compliments your home and displays your fantastic taste.

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Chicago suburb pergola design ideas by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Love your yard but looking for relief from the hot summer sun?  Pergolas are a great option for creating shade! At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we think beyond the basic four posts with crossing rafters and help you customize a shade structure that compliments your home and displays your fantastic taste.

Spruce up the classic pergola by customizing your end pieces.

White cedar pergola in Lake Forest Illinois by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Add lathing to create heavier shade.

Cedar pergola in Naperville Illinois built by Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Maximize the shade and protection from the sun (and even a light drizzle!) by installing a canopy system on your pergola.

Wood pergola with rectractable canopies by Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Attach a lattice or privacy wall to your pergola to create a more private environment in your backyard

Cedar pergola with lattice privacy wall in Elgin Illinois by Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Mosquito curtains provide great bug protection while adding a bit of elegant flair.

Pergola with canopy and mosquito curtains in Palatine by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Installing screens above the pergola or an outdoor fan for air movement also aid in bug protection.

Pergola with screens by Chicago area pergola builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

Looking for a little more flair?  Try something with a unique design, such as a multi-level or curved pergola.

Multi-level vinyl pergola in Northbrook by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Curved pergola over deck by La Grange pergola builder Archadeck of Chicagoland

 

If you’re looking for more pergola design ideas, check out these articles and the photo gallery on our website.

Designing a Pergola:  What You Need to Know

Shade Solutions:  Pergolas, Canopies, and Mosquito Curtains

Are you in the Chicagoland area and considering an outdoor project?  Sign up for a free design consultation or give us a call at (847) 749-2373.  We would love to hear from you!

Author: Archadeck of Chicagoland

As the owner of Archadeck of Chicagoland, I am dedicated to helping our Chicagoland homeowners create and enjoy the outdoor living space of their dreams. We believe the great outdoors is a place for families and friends to come together for fun and laughter.

One thought on “Pergola Design Ideas: Create the Shade You Want in Your Backyard”

  1. I really like the look of the pergola that has larger beams and more of a rustic look. That’s the kind that I would love to have put up in my backyard. It would be a great way to complete our patio.

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