Shade Sail Blinds Conservatory – Customer Review

| Published On: October 6th, 2017

“Can I say that it has been a pleasure dealing with you all from my initial inquiry, to completion.

The blinds have made a big difference to the glare and have added character to our conservatory”

Mr. KW

Shade Sail Blinds Guidance & Benefits

| Published On: September 12th, 2017

In our website, we regularly advise customers on how and when shade sails can be used and when they should not. In many instances, customers are unaware of the possibilities, versatility as well as certain restrictions which shade sails present. We have therefore put together this brief guide to help customers make the right decision when it comes to the use of indoor and outdoor shade sails.









Shade sails can add instant designer impact whilst at the same time providing practical cover from harsh sunlight or the occasional torrent of rain (liquid sunshine as we like to call it). But to truly benefit from the use of a shade sail you must understand its practicalities and usage limitations. Shade Sails are an engineered structure made from specialist fabrics which have been designed to perform a certain task.

Protection from Sun, Rain or Both? – Nearly everyone we speak to wants an outdoor or indoor shade sail to offer it all. They want it to protect them from the sun, provide usable outdoor space when it’s raining and have the ability to leave it up all year round. Whilst this is all possible, unfortunately, we have to tell you that compromises will have to be made.


  1. Shade sails are highly susceptible to wind. Depending upon the geographical location of where the sail is to be installed, wind loadings can place up to a tonne of pressure per square meter of fabric. Remember it’s a sail, the same thing that’s used to push 20 ton plus sailing boats around the world. This can put tremendous loadings on the sail and fixing points causing them to fail. This limits the maximum size of the sail being installed. To reduce the wind loadings and increase its size a porous shade fabric that filters UV rays can be used. Additionally, the shape and installation angle of the sail also contributes to its ability to withstand wind loadings. 
  2. To have a waterproof shade sail you have 2 main options: A ‘water resistant’ canvas or a waterproof PVC membrane fabric. Either way, they need to be properly engineered with tensile calculations to work out the optimum shape and size which can be installed at within your location. Without such calculations, you are effectively putting yourself and others, plus your property at risk.
  3. Ideally, shade sails should be independent structures that are supported via their own posts. Although in some instances they can be attached to the side of a building, the size and protrusion will need to be confirmed with the assistance of engineering calculations. At have seen the side of a pub being pulled down after inappropriate shade sails were attached to the buildings outer wall.
  4. Commercial shade sails have to comply with European Tensile Structure Guidelines. They also have to adhere to the British Standard Codes for wind and snow loading (BS 6399 parts 2 & 3). This requires that each structure undergoes a myriad of engineering calculations and data analysis to prove the constructions safety loadings. These calculations and engineering analyses are then correlated against the geographical data of where the structure is to be installed.









ALL Fabrics and Shade Sails are not the same – The shade sail market is flooded with standard shaped imported sails. Whilst these can appear to offer exceptional value, the production and fabrics need to be looked at more closely. For a shade sail to be effective and offer a good lifespan it has to have had UV testing; not only to confirm its color stability during prolonged sun exposure but also to verify its ability to block harmful UV rays. Such fabrics also need to be tested for their tensile strength, durability and to ensure they comply with EU health and safety guidelines. Shade sails can not be made from just any old fabric, but unfortunately, we have seen Companies supplying imported shade sails made from some very cheap and unsuitable fabrics.  

Indoor Shade Sails  Indoor shade sails are rapidly becoming the must have for interior designers. They offer unparalleled versatility in shape, size, color and even use. Indoor sails are now being used to act as privacy canopies above hotel and office reception areas. They are being used as promotional signage and acoustic dampeners in shopping centers. As ceiling design features in commercial spaces and exhibition centers. More commonly, shade sails are being used as a practical and stylish alternative to conservatory, orangery or garden room shading system.

Things to think about:

  1. Where shade sails are being installed to act as a privacy screen or canopy in a commercial environment, they still need to have wind loading engineerings. This is because air conditioning units, open windows, and doors can cause significant uplifts which increase air pressure and circulation around the sails. Sails installed by a firm at Heathrow airport several years back did not have Engineering’s carried out. As a result, a number of the sails broke away from their anchor’s points and caused thousands of £Pounds worth of damage to the surrounding facilities and shops.
  2. Indoor shade sails have to be designed to fit the space. You cannot install sails on a best-fit scenario as this will lead to sagging and flapping which will damage the connection and anchor points.
  3. Even though your shade sails may be installed indoors, they still need to have at least a 5% curve built into the straight edges. This specifically correlates with the above points and helps reduce an impact of updrafts.
  4. Always make sure your shade sails can be easily removed, cleaned and reinstalled with the minimum of effort.

We hope the above provides you with practical advice whilst helping you understand how shade sails can and should be manufactured and installed. However, if you would like to know more or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Tel: 0844 8111382

Shade Sail Blinds Conservatory Review

| Published On: June 19th, 2017

“We absolutely love our sail blinds – they look amazing in our conservatory and fit with our contemporary decor throughout our home. Frankly, they make all of our friends’ traditional blinds appear rather dreary! 

The whole process of ordering the blinds was so easy and they were super simple to fix to our conservatory roof when they arrived. We are a very happy customer. 

Thank you so much! 

Kinds regards, A. W. ” 

Shade Sail Blinds Conservatory Review

| Published On: June 15th, 2017


Dear Sirs,

“Just to say, we are absolutely delighted with our new Sail Blinds for our conservatory, they look really smart and certainly make a difference in keeping the conservatory cool. We have already had numerous compliments from friends and family and would certainly recommend the product and the service to any potential new customer.

Thank you so much! ”

Kind regards,  Mr. Burrell                                                                                            


Evolution of the Conservatory Industry

| Published On: February 3rd, 2017


Evolution of the Conservatory Industry

 The conservatory and Garden Room shade blind industry have started to initiate significant change within the conservatory sector, as customers demand more from the space.  These changes “mentioned below” have forced an Evolution of the Conservatory Industry sector itself. As such, conservatory Companies are having to implement a completely different construction design and marketing approach to maintaining growth in the market.

For a while, the demand for conservatories was far greater than industry expectations.  The marketplace ‘boomed’ as conservatories became common alternatives to traditional extensions due to reduced costs and the promise of an ‘outdoor indoor’ living space. 

Unfortunately, conservatories have a few disadvantages, including the temperature extremes that are experienced in the height of summer and depth of winter being the most difficult to live with on daily basis.  In essence, traditional glazed conservatories are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to use as an everyday room. This has, once again, driven change within the conservatory industry as these temperature extremes have encouraged conservatory owners to seek out and find solutions which enable them to use the space all year round. 


What’s happened to the conservatory dream?

Traditionally conservatories were built with thin wall polycarbonate sheeting or single glazed glass panels.  Theses allowed sunlight in while keeping construction costs down, whilst also providing relatively decent thermal properties. 

The main aim of most conservatories was to increase the internal living space with an environment to aid relaxation.  Due to the low-quality polycarbonate and glazing materials being used for the roof of conservatories heat would be trapped within the conservatory space on hot days creating an uncomfortable environment to spend time in.  In winter, with lower temperatures, they offer little thermal insulation letting heat escape at a high rate, creating very cold internal environments that need excessive heating solutions.  To try and combat these issues the industry brought out improved “thicker” polycarbonate sheeting and double glazed panels. A focus was then put on the glazing panels by the sales and marketing, stating and demonstrating the increased light and outdoor appeal; also because the glazed roof approach increased profits. The problem is glazing allows too much UV radiation in and increases the heat build up. Also, it isn’t good at keeping heat in during the winter months.  

A such, homeowners that invested in conservatories are now looking for cost-effective ways of reclaiming conservatory areas for all year round use. 


Is it possible to have a pleasant, usable conservatory all year round?

The simple answer is Yes!  It is possible but is incredibly expensive. Garden Rooms are now becoming more popular that tradition glazed conservatories and a new market have sprung up offering Conservatory to Garden Room Makeovers. Problem is that to remove a glazed or polycarbonate roof and then replace it with a more traditional roofing solution isn’t cheap.  Many conservatory owners are simply not willing to spend another £15,000+ on top of the £20,000+ they initially spent on the conservatory structure.  However, the benefit is that a stable temperature and living environment can be created and the living space will feel more like a traditional internal room it they do.  Additionally, this is also at a cost of losing the light and airy feel the conservatory originally offered. 

The alternative, cost-effective, solution is our bespoke Shade Sail Blinds.  Our Shade Sails are constructed from a UV-protected stretch fabric which does not block natural daylight unlike other forms of blinds that act as ‘blackout screens.’  This makes our Shade Sail Blinds ideal for providing soft shading or privacy screen solutions without destroying the light and airy ‘outside inside’ feel.

Additionally, Shade Sails offer extra insulation solutions thus help control heat build up in the summer months and heat loss during the winter months, whilst at the same time create that ‘wow’ factor feature. 


Conservatory roof replacement


CONSERVATORY ROOF INSULATION will make your conservatory feel like a proper room with a consistent temperature throughout the year.  The conservatory roof will look the same from the outside but with super-efficient insulation fitted and a newly plastered ceiling inside.


SHADE SAILS BLINDS can help you to reclaim your conservatory offering great benefits in all aspects.  Made in Britain to the highest specifications, the fabrics have superior quality and Shade Sail Blinds are 100% machine washable.  Using 95% recycled plastic bottles our fabric is one of the most environmentally responsible materials available today.

Clients can create their own designs in the color of their choice.  They are able to mix and match colors and shapes to enhance their existing décor and create contemporary designer features.

In addition, our Shade Sails are simple to fit offering our clients the option to save on installation costs.  We also offer a ‘no-drill’ fixing option – perfect for ensuring the conservatory warranty is preserved – or you can opt for stylish chrome fittings if you prefer.

Shade Sails are becoming one of the most eagerly adopted ways of filtering harsh sunlight while also introducing a new aesthetic to conservatories, atriums, outdoor cafes, retail outlets and offices, reducing the harmful UVB/UVA rays.


To create an inspiration design, or to discuss project ideas, please contact us at or call us on +44 (0)1249 848649

We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your discussion and look forward to hearing from you.

Improving the Restaurant outdoor area appearance

| Published On: November 23rd, 2016

Improving the Restaurant outdoor area appearance

Often, when we’re looking for a place to eat, the first thing that draws attention is the visual, what makes a huge difference. It’s undeniable that a well laid out facility that comes across as being cozy and beautiful designed fills our eyes and makes us feel good. Follow this with a quality of the service and food and customers will keep coming back.


The Design tendency for this sector is versatile in various fields and aspects. No matter the area outdoor or indoor, the fact is that designers are always incorporating in this sector products that bringing influences observed in society, both in terms of behavior and style.


This is exactly why Shade Sail Blinds has a mission to offer. We are constantly interacting with and developing the new influences in terms of appearance, what options they bring to our clients and exactly what currently are the most modern and efficient solutions for that sector.


Our goal is to provide highly styled shading solutions, developing each project

according to in terms of our customer’s needs whilst optimizing all the ideas they bring to us and developing ways to best deliver a solution.


Shade Sails Blinds are unquestionably the ideal cost-effective solution when it comes to offering dynamic shapes and impact. As a matter of fact, they are highly rated by designers because of the benefits they bring; they are also suitable for all kinds of Commercial outdoor areas that need to be protected from the sun or rain whilst improving the overall visual impact and appearance.


Finally, Shade sails can change that simple outdoor setting into a dynamic area. Bringing a more modern and stylish appearance that complements a variety of architectural approaches. So, if you are planning to change the outside appearance of your Commercial building, restaurant or Pub we can help you with ideas and suggestions by defining your project in accordance to your needs. Please give us a call or visit our Blog page at the website to have more information, design or just to discuss the project ideas: or call us on +44 (0)1249 848649

Below are some design ideas which you may find useful: 


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Shade Sail Blinds – Testimonial

| Published On: November 18th, 2016

“So pleased with the blinds, they are great and look lovely”  Mrs. Smith 



Commercial Shade Sail Blinds & Canopies

| Published On: September 22nd, 2016

At Shade Sail Blinds we’ve been working with commercial shade sails & canopies for many years, providing tailored solutions to meet your commercial needs, regardless of the requirement.
Our Solutions include:
• Privacy
• Shading and Anti-glare
• Protection from the elements
• Acoustic treatment
• Aesthetic architectural interest
• Heat reduction



Commercial canopies and sails are both decorative and functional. The flexibility of hang and installing these sails in any which way you wish means they can be arranged in artistically, giving you the most modern and stylish f options.
Our team has extensive experience in the designing, engineering, fabrication and installation of bespoke commercial stretch sails, canopies which we do for a huge range of clients. Here’re some regular customers:
• Retail premises
• Commercial offices
• Local government
• Schools/Colleges
• Architects
• Shopping Centres
• Bars and Restaurants
• Swimming Pools
• Hotels

Our Process


Step 1:
The first step to getting shade sail blinds or Canopy is to gather information. This may include a site survey and reviewing all site plans and construction data available.
Step 2:
When we’re satisfied that we understand your business requirements and the intended use of the blinds we’ll begin the concept design process. This is an opportunity for you to see what they will look like, allowing you to tweak and agree on the ascetics before they’re manufactured.
Step 3:
Before any of our products are released they go through a compressive Quality Control check, ensuring they meet our exacting standards and comply with all our engineering requirements.
Step 4:
Once released from our quality control check the products are handed over to our in-house installation team whom will provide all necessary Health & Safety and works process documentation prior to arriving on site to complete the installation as per the agreed design.
Step 5:
The last step is very important to us and that is that we have a Happy Customer. Upon project completion, we will send out quick feedback request asking you to outline any areas which you feel could be improved and how you would rate our service. After all, we want you to recommend and use us again!

Shade Sails are unquestionably the ideal cost effective solution with the dynamic shape which can transform your indoor or outdoor environment by enhancing the existing décor. As a matter of fact, they are highly rated by designers because of the benefits that they bring. Installation of shade sails or canopies can change that simple outdoor setting into an eye-catching and dynamic area. They have a modern and stylish appearance that complements a variety of architectural approaches.
To create an inspiration design, or to discuss the project ideas, please contact us at

or call us on +44 (0)1249 848649

We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your discussion and look forward to hearing from you.

Summer Conservatory Shade Sail Blinds

| Published On: July 14th, 2016

Conservatory Shade Sail Blinds Summer

If your conservatory actually is a non-functional and useless place in your home or have been using as a Storage, the summer season is a perfect time to looking for options to make the most of this place in your home!

Reducing excess of heat and glare with stylish and modern 3D bespoke design, our Shade Sail Blinds are the solution and also the fantastic alternative to traditional blinds, not just for the summer season, but for all year.

When you decide to shade your conservatory is crucial realize how important is to have a bespoke product, not only to ensure the product is fit for purpose but also ensures it’s created based on your needs and requirements, giving you exactly the design and style what you were looking for.


Mrs Beverly Jordan

Here’s some benefits shade sail blinds can provide making this product totally PERFECT for your conservatory: 

  • 100% machine washable
  • Made in Britain to the highest specifications
  • created to your own measurements and in the color of your choice, so you can mix and match colors and shapes to enhance your existing décor
  • fabric created using 95% recycled plastic bottles to become one of the most environmentally responsible materials available today.
  • can be easily cleaned in a domestic washing machine to keep them looking as good as new for many years to come.
  • simple to fit with a ‘No Drill’ mounting system – perfect for ensuring your conservatory warranty is preserved – or you can opt for stylish chrome fittings if you prefer.
  • sun shade sails are becoming one of the most eagerly adopted ways of filtering harsh light introducing a new aesthetic to conservatories, atriums, outdoor cafes, retail outlets and offices.
  • Stylish and Contemporary Shades
  • reduce the harmful UVB/UVA rays which damage your skin and fade furnishings ‘by up to 64%’.

We are currently working on a number of jobs at this season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are pleased to offer you a Free Quotation.

Give us a call +44(0) 8448111382, send us an email or visit our website Shade Sail Blinds team are more than happy to hear from you!

The Restaurant Game and how to improve the design of cafes, bars and restaurants.

| Published On: June 6th, 2016

The restaurant game is a fierce and cut throat business, with bars and eateries desperately vying for the customer’s attention, trying to create that one dish, look and defining ambience that will entice the diner into their establishment. At Shade Sail Blinds we have created a product that will put your business’s name far above the rest.

During the four years that we have been trading, our interior design department has invested time in educating designers and budding restaurateurs in the benefits of these sails. Not only are the sails functionally beneficially – the sails can be made of acoustic fabric which absorbs a considerably significant amount of sound – but they also can be used to incredible stylistic effect.

Shade Sail Designers

Our Shade Sail designers have worked with numerous top London architects to devise breath taking restaurant installations, using leader wire installation to create the illusion that the sails are floating elegantly above the diner’s heads. These romantic and polished installations create a clever and dignified dining environment. In addition, using shade sails to cover bulbs and diffuse light can create an ambient setting as well as a contemporary lighting fixture. We have experience with incorporating LED’s into the shade sail designs to create a unique design feature and art installation.

Interior Shade Sail Design Department

Our design department boasts an interior designer who spent over five years heading up the design team of one of London’s top pub groups. During this time the change from shabby chic to slick eco-friendly architecture was notable and shade sails are the perfect tool to accompany this new direction in both interior and exterior design. Combined with a top concept designer with six years’ experience of bringing visions to life, Shade Sails are unquestionably the ideal cost effective solution to keeping up with this new trend.

The dynamic shape and fluidity of the sails reflect the modernist nature of the new design movement. With a generation focused living and eating clean, it was obvious that clean lines and a simplistic design ethos should follow.

Exterior Shade Sails

The exterior use of Shade Sails also combines style with function, and their elegant shape can be seen hovering above many hotel, bar, cafe and pub gardens throughout England. Their unmistakable design adding further usable space by protecting the customers against the elements.

Install Service and bespoke design service

Because the designs are bespoke, the sails are able to be tailored to any project, no matter how grand or modest. We also boast a rapid turnaround time and install service, so urgent and challenging installs are a task Shade Sail Blinds will zealously take on.

To create an inspiration design, or to discuss and evolve an idea to fruition, please contact James directly at, or Philly on We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your discussion and look forward to hearing from you.