Covered outdoor seating ideas in time for spring

With spring just around the corner, it is time to start looking forward to extra sunlight and warmer evenings. It is these kinds of nights that make for the perfect opportunity to relax outside in the garden. If you start planning ahead, you could potentially make a few changes to your outside space to make it ideal for making the most of spring and summer.

Remember that even with the finest weather the UK has to offer, you’re still going to want a little shade from the sun. And when you do get the odd springtime shower, it’s great to have an area of the garden from where you can still enjoy the outdoors.
There’s a good reason that covered outside spaces have become extremely popular in recent years. In this blog, we take a look at some of the best ideas for covered outdoor seating ideas that you can have installed in time for the spring.


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There’s no doubt that one of the most attractive and versatile ways to cover an outdoor space is to opt for a louvered pergola. Available in styles that suit modern or classic styling, aluminium louvered pergolas can make for a fantastic choice.

They look great paired with a feature wall or on top of decking (remember to check your foundations if installing onto a raised platform). Pergolas can also be installed with weatherproof screens to give maximum protection against the elements, or in the case of a sudden downpour. These double-layered, robust Textilene screens have a stop-tension system that zip-locks into place at the base of the pergola leg to keep them secure for extra shelter or retract seamlessly into their cassette when the suns comes out again. 

If you choose to position your pergola against bifold doors for a seamless indoor/outdoor feel, choose a louvered pergola tall enough to clear ground floor doors and windows. This is a great way of providing shade against the glass during summer when bifold extensions can become surprisingly hot. 


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If you’re looking for an option that provides portability and flexibility – investing in a high-quality parasol can be a great idea for a covered seating area. Parasols can be moved from patio areas to the lawn – making the most of the position of the sun and allowing you to find a spot that suits you. 
Ideal for dining alfresco, having fun with friends, or simply somewhere to sit and read in the open air, parasols are a fantastic addition to any garden.


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If you’re just looking for an area where you can chillout and relax in the garden, it could be worth investing in a covered daybed. These can be moved to anywhere in the garden and can keep you protected from both the sun and the rain.


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Another alternative for luxury garden shade and convenience is the electric retractable pergola. Giving the option to have a completely covered and shaded seating area, or one that allows the sun in – retractable pergolas can be the perfect addition to any garden.

A typically more expensive option, but one that brings luxury and flexibility to your garden. As with all pergolas, it can be supplemented with additional features including side screens and lighting, meaning you can use it into th​​e evening. 

At Suns Lifestyle, we have extensive experience providing stunning outdoor seating areas for customers across the UK. We offer a wide range of luxurious pergolas as well as garden furniture and accessories.

If you are interested in having an outdoor covered seating area installed for the spring, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our experienced team today.

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Your pergola should always suit you and your lifestyle. There are numerous ways you can create one that provides you with the perfect long-term investment, in turn, adding value to your home and reflecting your personal interests (and the sunlight).

If you’re looking for more inspiration or would like expert advice, why not book your showroom appointment or video call with our team or to browse our full range download the Suns Lifestyle brochure or request a copy to be sent to you via post?