Updated: May 22, 2018

Bunnings is typically the home of most DIY stuff in Australia but the first thing to note is that Bunnings don’t really specialise in shade sails.

So I thought we’d look at the “pros and cons” of DIY and Bunnings shade sails.

Bunnings tend to stock a very small range of square and triangle DIY Shade Sails.  They are around 5 metres x 5 metres in size and are typically the Coolaroo, Sunhaven and Lotus Collection brands, coming in a small range of fabrics and colours and really only suitable for domestic installations.

While it’s possible to source pre-made or DIY shade sails from places like Bunnings, we don’t recommend this approach.

Some of the reasons not to go down the “pre-made” path include that they typically:

  • tend not to fit properly
  • are not waterproof
  • are not always well-designed
  • are manufactured outside Australia, often without quality-control
  • often have inadequate tension and load capacity
  • can flap in the wind
  • have no warranty on installation
  • may be more likely to cause accidents
  • often don’t the Australian Cancer Council’s UV protection criteria

For these and many more reasons, we strongly recommend getting a custom shade sail designed and installed by a professional.  Our experienced staff at 1800 Shade U can provide you with the right advice and provide a tailored quote onsite as well.  Proper shade sail solutions will often involve a number of anchor points and poles.

Custom Shade Sails have the following advantages:

  • they are custom made for individual requirements
  • the designs are better-suited for all weather conditions
  • there is a warranty on installation
  • they’re UV rated for maximum sun protection

There is a real art to getting shade sails right, so make sure you talk to us first.