Design Sleuth: Shade Sails by

Issue 22 · Indoor/Outdoor · June 4, 2014

Design Sleuth: Shade Sails

Issue 22 · Indoor/Outdoor · June 4, 2014

When temperatures rise, awnings are an essential weapon in the cooling arsenal—blocking direct sun and creating zones of shade. The best development we've seen in a while is the tensioned shade sail, a triangle or rectangular of UV-blocking fabric.  

Sail Shade | Remodelista

Above: A shade sail outside a house in France. Photograph by Verne via OWI.


Above: Whittier, CA-based Shade Sails offers an extensive range of sail shades in different configurations; prices range from $159.95 for a 12-foot triangle to $394 for an 18-foot square. Shade Sails from Backyard City.

Coolaroo Triangle Shade Cover | Remodelista

Above: The 16-foot Coolaroo Shade Sail is made from a commercial-grade fabric that resists mold and mildew and blocks up to 90 percent of UV rays. Available in Desert Sand (shown), Brunswick Green, and Ocean Blue, it's $105.49 from Amazon.

Coolaroo Square Shade Sail Canopy | Remodelista

Above: Coolaroo's Square Shade Sail comes in several dimensions, the 11-by-10-foot size is $147 from Amazon.

More shade? Have a look at our recent 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Umbrellas. And for more umbrella ideas, see Gardenista's Shade Umbrella picks.

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