How to Create Shade for Your Hot Tub

Basking in the sun’s rays while soaking in your spa is a great idea. But there’s bound to be times when that sun gets uncomfortably hot. And chances are your hot tub is nowhere near a shady tree. So what do you do when you want some protection from the rays?

From umbrellas to tented structures, the options are endless when trying to find the perfect shade. Feel free to get creative and find your own unique solutions as well. Read on for some tips on how to create shade for your hot tub, and never be bothered by the sun again!

Side Umbrella

These umbrellas are relatively inexpensive and will ensure your hot tub experience is an enjoyable one.  Purchase a model that is wider-than-average. And make sure it comes with a swivel rod as well. This will allow you to tilt the umbrella to your desired angle, depending on where the sun’s at during certain points of the day.

Umbrellas come in a variety of colours and textures. So choose one made of high-quality materials that blends in well with your overall decor.


Building a gazebo around your hot tub is one of the best ways to create shade. But it’s also one of the most expensive. The other downside to a gazebo is that the roof cannot be taken down on days where you wouldn’t mind some sun. But if these small disadvantages are not an issue, a gazebo can make for a beautiful addition. And it’s a fantastic investment that will add overall real estate value to your home as well.

Tent Canopy

A tented structure that hangs over your hot tub is a nice alternative to the gazebo. With a bit of planning, tents can easily be dismantled so you can get the best of both worlds. Consider a structure that has an enclosed roof, but open sides. You can then decorate the open sides with rich drapes for a bit of added luxury.


If you have not yet installed your hot tub, consider a location that is near a shady backyard tree. Although many people opt for a location closer to the patio/deck, consider placing your hot tub in the further corners of your yard to maximize natural shade. Some of the best hot tubs are tucked away in botanical settings with lush foliage all around.

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