Shade Sails

Complete your summer garden set-up with OnBuy's range of handy shade sails in all shapes, sizes and colours. Offering a respite from the summer heat, they keep you and the family cool as cucumbers in the shade - without having to go inside! Read more about Shade Sails >

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About Shade Sails

Sail into a cool, dark oasis of shade with OnBuy’s amazing collection of shade sails. Made by top outdoor furniture brands like Vida XL, these simple yet effective fabric shapes can keep you safe from UV rays while looking amazing in your garden. Read on to find out all you need to know about shade sails and you’ll carve out a safe shady space in your garden in no time.

Why should I buy shade sails?

There are lots of ways to keep the sun away from your skin in summer, like parasols and garden awnings, so why should you go with a shade sail instead of these two reliable shade creators. The simple answer is that a shade sail is a midway point between a parasol and an awning. While a parasol is quick and easy to open when you need to, it will only cover a fairly limited amount of space. Awnings create more shade, but they are a permanent fixture in your garden. A shade sail is the perfect compromise: they can cover as much space as an awning while being only slightly more difficult to set up than a parasol.

A shade sail is a large piece of fabric that stitches over your head, creating a canopy of shade for you to relax in. Some shade sails are stretched across a metal or fibreglass frame, but more common are shades with eyelets machined into the corner. These eyelets let you suspend the shade sail above your garden with the help of some rope. They’re simple to use and cost effective - the real question should be why wouldn’t you buy shade sails!

Which shade sails are best for me?

Although shade sails are a simple garden fixture, there’s a few decisions to make when finding the best shade sail for your needs. One of the big questions you need to answer before shopping for shade sails is whether you only want your sail to protect you from the sun or from rain as well.

Non-waterproof shade sails are made from fabric with tiny holes. They’re very effective at blocking out UV rays and sun glare while still allowing air to circulate. This means that they’re more wind resistant but they obviously aren’t waterproof. On the flip side, shade sails made from waterproof materials like canvas will keep any summer showers at bay, but they might be more prone to tearing in the wind and are often more expensive.

Regardless of which one you pick, to fully enjoy your new shade sail you’ll need a comfy piece of outdoors furniture - OnBuy has just the ticket! Check out our amazing collections of garden benches and garden swing chairs to find stylish, comfortable and hard-wearing garden furniture!
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