ISSUE 30  |  Summer in the City

A Shady Solution: Sails as Awnings

July 26, 2012 4:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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.

Whittier, CA-based Shade Sails offers an extensive range of sail shades in different configurations; prices range from $59.95 for an eight–foot triangle to $239.55 for a 15-foot square. Off-the-Rack Shades by Gale Pacific are available at Stacks and Stacks.


Above: Simple lean-to shading via a canvas awning at Kasbah Bab Ourika in Morocco.


Above: Photo via OWI.


Above: Shade Sails from Backyard City.


Above: This is an update of a post originally published April 14, 2009. (N.B.: Looking for more backyard solutions? For 35 images of Terraces, see our Gallery of rooms and spaces.)


Above: A Square Shade Sail by Gale Pacific is 11 feet, ten inches square; it’s $159 from Stacks and Stacks.