How to Create the Perfect Shade Sail Design

How to Create the Perfect Shade Sail Design

If you’re looking to purchase a shade sail, you’ll find that you have two options on hand – custom shade sails and DIY shade sails. DIY shade sails are available in pre-fabricated shapes and sizes, and they may not always be suitable for your requirements. On the other hand, custom shade sails are designed to meet your exact, specific needs.

If you’re looking for custom shade sails, you will first have to come up with the perfect shade sail design.

As the owner of Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds, a company that specialises in shade sail designs and installation in Sydney, I know a thing or two about shade sails. And while it is our job to create the perfect shade sail designs for our customers, some like to take matters into their own hands. So today, I will offer you some tips that will help you design the perfect shade sails for your needs. Once you come up with your shade sail designs, you’ll be ready to place an order.

Consider sun orientation

Before you start with your shade sail designs, you must first consider the orientation of sunlight in your designated space. Spend an entire day observing how sunlight falls in the area you want to shade. This will also help you determine how high to fix your shade sail.

As a general rule of thumb, the lower the height of a shade sail, the more shade hours it will provide. However, putting up a shade sail too low can cause it to wear and tear against objects, plus you need to consider clearance levels for people so they can easily move around under the sail without touching the sail. So, consider your space carefully and decide the ideal minimum height for the shade sail.

Measure the space

The next step in designing a shade sail is to measure your space. Bring out your tape and roughly measure the area that you want to be shaded. Here, you’ll also get an idea of what shape your shade sail should be. Depending on your space, you may want to go with a triangular shade sail, a rectangular shade sail or a shade sail in a completely different shape.

Consider attachment points

Check your space carefully to see if there are any pre-existing attachment points for the shade sail. Shade sails can be attached to trees, landscaping elements and even to the structural walls of your home. Ideally, you don’t want to create a flat sail. Shade Sails perform better in wind events when a hypar shape is created. This has opposite highs and opposite lows in the connection points.

If you find no suitable attachment points, you’ll have to erect masts or posts to fix your shade sail.

Consider overlapping installations

If you’d like to get creative with your shade sail design, consider overlapping installations. As the name suggests, these installations make use of two or more shade sails which are overlapped to create a more architectural look. Overlapping installations can also help you cover more area with shade.

Get help from experts

Let’s face it – there is some amount of work required in coming up with the perfect shade sail design and most importantly it’s structural integrity to ensure trouble-free performance in wind events. If you are unsure about anything, it is best to leave this to the experts. For this, look no further than Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. We are Sydney’s leading shade sail company, and we have over 10 years’ experience in designing and installing shade sails.

Our expert designers will be more than happy to assist you in designing the perfect shade sail for your needs.


There are certain things you should do to create the perfect shade sail design. First of all, consider the sun orientation in your space. Next, measure the area you want to be shaded. Check to see if you need additional posts to attach your shade sail and consider if you want to go with overlapping installations.

Or, you can take the easy way out by relying on our shade experts at Ashadya Shade Sails & Blinds. Our team will help you design the perfect shade sail for your space. Call 1300 570 901 to discuss your shade sail design requirements today.