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21 DIY Patio Cover Plans-Learn How to Build a Patio Cover

These DIY patio cover plans will show you how to cover an existing patio so you can enjoy the outdoor space more during the summer. Construct a covering so the area will be shaded and provide you with an increased outdoor living space for you and your family.

Building a patio cover will improve the appearance of your home, increase the value of your home, and increase the amount of time you can use the outdoor space every year.

One of these 21 DIY patio cover plans will be just right to meet your roofing needs so check them out today.

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1- DIY Patio Cover With Skylights

A patio is meant to be bright and open, and sometimes putting a cover over it can make the space dark and feel closed in. Constructing a DIY covered patio with two skylights will solve that problem and kept the outdoor space bright.

The two overhead skylights in this patio cover will allow the sun to shine through while providing shade and protection from the elements. Attractive and sturdy construction, use these covered patio plans and start construction this weekend.

DIY Patio Cover With Skylights

2- Metal Roof Patio Cover Plans

Corrugated metal roofing is lightweight and affordable, and these free plans with show you how to build a patio cover with the roofing material.

These patio cover plans will show you how to tie in the roof with the existing house roof line to create a seamless look. Use the plans to customize the size and shape of the DIY patio cover that you need.

Metal Roof Patio Cover Plans

3- Private Patio Cover

These free DIY patio cover plans will show you how to construct a private, free-standing structure in the corner of your backyard.

City and suburban backyards are often small and open to the neighbor’s view but this idea will provide you with an attractive, covered outdoor space. Two sides of this patio are walled and two sides are open, making it an ideal design to build in the corner of your backyard.

Add a wood heater and seating and this DIY covered patio plans can be used year-around. You will be sheltered from the weather and the eyes of next-door neighbors while you enjoy an outdoor living space in this sturdy covered patio.

Private Patio Cover Plans

4- Shingled Roof Patio Cover Plans

Free patio roof plans for shingled roofs that will show you how to tie the roof lines together flawlessly. The DIY patio cover will look as though it was built at the same time as the home, not added on at a later date.

Simple construction design makes the patio cover easy to construct and to customize to any size you need. The sturdy construction material will also keep the patio cover lasting for years and add value to your home.

Shingled Roof Patio Cover Plans
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5- DIY Patio Cover with Pergola

Get the best of both outdoor worlds with these patio cover plans that show you how to build a roof that is half-closed and half-open.

One end of this DIY patio cover uses a metal roof and the other end is semi-open with a pergola cover. Great for enjoying the sun on clear days and enjoying the outdoors on rainy days too.

Make your outdoor patio space usable year-around with this dual roof style design. The pergola will also allow plenty of sun to shine through for potted plants to thrive if you want to grow a container garden on your patio.

DIY Patio Cover with Pergola
image via: myoutdoorplans.com

6- DIY Patio Cover with A-Line Roof

Most patio cover plans are for a flat roof but these free plans are for an A-line roof over the patio. Great for climates that receive a lot of rain or snowfall, the A-line roof promotes drainage and makes snow easier to remove if needed.

These detailed patio cover plans also show you how to build a wooden deck over an existing concrete slab. The tall, A-line roof allows for maximum sunlight to shine on the patio while keeping the weather elements out.

DIY Patio Cover with A-Line Roof

7- Wooden Patio Cover

Here’s a YouTube video that will provide you with detailed visual instructions on how to build a patio cover.

These plans use an existing concrete slab, then construct a wooden frame to the house that extends past the concrete slab perimeter. This extra outdoor space would be great to use for a raised bed garden area.

This DIY patio cover increases the usable outdoor space while offering protection from the elements. The appearance of the back of the home is enhanced and the value of the property is increased with the addition of this easy to build wooden patio cover.

8- Lattice Panel Patio Cover Plans

This detail video and written tutorial will show you how to build a a patio cover with a lattice panel roof.

The lattice panels allow enough sunlight to shine through for light and for growing plants, while keeping out some of of the harmful UV rays of the sun. Attractive and affordable, this patio cover will increase the time you and your family spends outdoors, plus the DIY building project will add value to your home.

Lattice panels are lightweight and easy to work with. Leftover pieces of lattice will be easy to transform into DIY decorative projects for your outdoor living space. Use lattice as a trellis for a climbing vine or to create a semi-private wall for your patio.

Lattice Panel Patio Cover Plans

9- Insulated Patio Cover

This YouTube video is easy to follow and will show you how to take down an old patio cover and replace it with a new insulated one.

This is a quick build that can be accomplished in less than one day and will provide you with years of outdoor enjoyment. The insulated patio cover will help keep the outdoor living space cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so you can enjoy being outdoors more months out of the year.

Relax, grill, entertain, let the kids play, or do other fun activities under your insulated patio cover more months out of the year.

10- Clear Panel Patio Cover Plans

By using clear panels, like the ones in these patio cover plans, you can enjoy the view of the sky without getting wet from the rain or burned by the sun.

The clear panels are slightly tinted to block the harmful UV rays from the sun but are clear enough to allow the sunlight to light up the outdoor living space.

Easy to follow YouTube instructional video will show you how to build this DIY patio cover. The clear roofing panels will allow you to watch the rain falling without getting wet. The sound of the rain falling on the panels will be soothing and may promote a better night of sleep.

11- Flat Patio Cover

Use these covered patio plans to add a flat patio cover that will provide shade from the sun and protection from the rain.

The flat roof is attached on one side to the house, so that speeds up the building process while providing a stable anchor point for the new patio roof. This YouTube video is easy to follow for this DIY project and lets you know all the building material you will need to complete this DIY project.

This flat patio roof can be built in just one day to cover a small outdoor space. Use these plans and you can complete this DIY building project and have a BBQ in the same weekend under your new covered patio.

12- Polycarbonate Covered Patio Plans

Lightweight, easy to work with, and inexpensive, polycarbonate makes a great roofing material for a sunny patio.

The polycarbonate allows the sun to shine through while providing some protection from the direct rays of the sun. Follow this YouTube video and learn how to build a patio on the back of your home.

This DIY project creates a large patio that could be used as a carport and outdoor living space. This project can double your usable outdoor space and increase property value. The polycarbonate roofing material allows enough sunlight to shine through so vegetable and flower plants can be grown on the patio. You can grow a container garden and enjoy fresh food and flowers under your covered patio.

Polycarbonate Patio Cover Plans

13- Odd-Shaped Covered Patio Plans

House shapes are not always flat and/or square and that can make home additions challenging. This YouTube video will show you how to build a patio cover successfully on the back of a house that has some odd angles.

Learn how to measure, cut, and build around corners and other angles with this instructional video. The existing concrete slab creates the angled floor of the patio and the roof line is built to match it and the odd lines of the house.

One side of the patio roof line will match the angles of the house, while the other side of the roof line is straight. The roof addition will look like it was built at the same time as the house was built and not like a later addition.

Odd-Shaped Patio Cover Plans

14- Budget Friendly Patio Cover 

Creating a DIY patio roof will enable you and your family to get more enjoyment from the patio. By building a patio roof you will be able to use the outdoor space when it’s raining, snowing, or when the sun is shining brightly.  

Having an overhead patio cover also provides a location for hanging lights so the outdoor space can be used after dark. Hanging planters can also be suspended from the DIY patio cover so you can grow some fresh food and colorful flowers. 

This free YouTube video will show you how you can build a budget friendly patio cover that will give you lasting enjoyment for years. 

15- Shingle Roof Patio Cover

This is a great instructional YouTube video to watch if you want to build a patio cover that will look like it was built at the same time as the house.  

More concrete had to be poured to enlarge the back patio before the solid wood construction for the DIY patio cover began. These covered patio plans take you through the entire building process from the concrete flooring up through the shingled roof. 

Increase the value of your home plus create an enjoyable outdoor space for the whole family with a covered patio like this one in your backyard. 

16- Pool Side Patio 

If you have a backyard pool and need a shady spot for lounging after a swim, consider building a DIY covered patio onto the back of your home.  

A covered patio will provide much needed shade from the summer sun and a place to hang out at the pool side. An ideal spot for an outdoor kitchen area so the family can have fun swimming and BBQing without getting the inside of the house wet or dirty. 

The patio will look as though it was built at the same time as the house when you use the same roofing materials. Increase outdoor fun and increase property value by following the detailed building instructions on this YouTube video for building a covered patio. 

17- Corner Covered Patio 

This L-shaped covered patio will make a great addition to a workshop, garage, house, or any other structure where a little shade is needed. 

These free detailed plans will show you how to build a patio cover that will provide shade and additional living or work space. the L-shape is attached to the existing structure and can almost double the amount of usable space. 

If more covered space is needed so you can have protection from direct sun, rain, and snow, check out these amazing plans for a corner covered patio. 


Corner Covered Patio
Image via: myoutdoorplans.com

18- Unique Covered Patio Idea 

If you want something unique to add value to your home and increase your outdoor living space, check out this DIY patio cover idea. 

This large, 30-foot DIY patio cover will add plenty of outdoor living space to your home. You can have room for lounge chairs, tables, storage, and an outdoor cooking area. The attractive space will have you and your family spending more time outdoors than inside of the house. 

These free plans include video instructions, pictorial directions, as well as a written building plan. You can’t mess up the DIY project when you have that much information. 

Check this unique covered patio idea out and get busy increasing the living space at your house this weekend. 


Unique Covered Patio Idea

19- Dream Patio Cover Kit 

If building a DIY patio cover is more than you want to undertake, then get a little help with the project by using a kit. 

Select your dream patio cover from one of the many kits that is offered and you’ll be well on your way to having a shady area for outdoor living. There are many options to choose from, like free-standing or attached, that will help you select a kit that is perfect for your patio. 

The kit also has options for accessories and you can choose to have it wired for electricity so you can install a ceiling fan and lighting. Even though this is a kit, many of the design elements, including color, are still left up to you.  

All the measuring and cutting is done for you so it will take the guesswork out of the building process. the kit will even instruct you on the right tools to purchase for the project. 


Dream Patio Cover Kit

20- Privacy Patio Cover Plans 

How does some outdoor privacy from your next door neighbors sound? If you live in a crowded subdivision and are surrounded by two-story houses, it’s hard to find any privacy when you’re outside. Even a privacy fence can’t screen you from the watchful eyes of a neighbor looking out of their second floor window but a DIY patio cover can. 

Watch this YouTube video to learn how to build a patio cover that will shield you from the rays of the sun and the eyes of next door neighbors. Enjoy relaxing outside and cooking on the grill in privacy when your patio is covered with a roof. A covered patio will also add value to your home when it’s time to sell it. 

21- Beat The Heat 

DIY patio cover will make the interior of your home cooler so you will use less energy on air conditioning. Save money on the cooling bill by shading one side of your home with a DIY patio cover. 

The money you spend on building materials will quickly return to you in the form of savings on the electricity bill during the summer. If you live in a hot climate a cover over the patio is a must to keep the home cooler and provide a shady outdoor living space. 

The large, shady outdoor space is ideal for birthday parties, cook-outs, and other get-togethers where you want to keep cool and stay out of the sun. 

Watch this YouTube video for step by step instructions on how to build a patio cover that adds value to your home and keeps your home cooler. 

DIY patio cover 

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