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Sail Shades



Outdoor living whatever the weather exclusively by kookaburra®

Sail shades are fabric structures designed to keep you dry in the rain and cool in the bright sunshine. They're hung from anchor points on walls, poles, fences or trees to create an area of shade so you can enjoy your garden whatever the weather. Available in hundreds of shapes, styles, sizes and colours, they can be mounted in almost any position to provide soothing shade even in difficult-to-reach areas.

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Sail shades are fabric structures designed to keep you dry in the rain and cool in the bright sunshine. They're hung from anchor points on walls, poles, fences or trees to create an area of shade so you can enjoy your garden whatever the weather. Available in hundreds of shapes, styles, sizes and colours, they can be mounted in almost any position to provide soothing shade even in difficult-to-reach areas.

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Kookaburra shade sails are exclusive to Primrose, and come with a variety of benefits over other similar products. They are made from a tighter-weave material that ensures the sail shade protects you from the elements all year round, whether rain or shine.

They're also rot-proof, easy to clean and maintain, and durable. All our sail shades come with a warranty as standard.

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Why choose Kookaburra Sail Shades?

✓   Keep dry, cool and comfortable all year round

✓   Over 400,000 sail shades sold

✓   Crowned IndyBest Buy in The Independent

✓   Established for 16 years


Premium Kookaburra Sail Shades as featured on ITV Love Your Garden

Featured on ITV’s Love Your Garden and named the ‘Best Sail Shade’ by The Independent, watch our video to find out what makes Kookaburra sail shades better than the rest.

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Top 5 Best Sail Shades

With over 500 to choose from, we’ve got a sail shade fit for every garden. Find out our top 5 best sail shades in our useful guide.

How to install a Sail Shade

Sail shade installation doesn’t need to be complex! To get the best set up, follow our practical guide on how to install a sail shade.

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I ordered a sail, received good communication in relation to the order and the item arrived in good time. I have installed the sail and it seems to be good quality (time will tell) and looks great.


Have ordered from Primrose before and was just as happy with my purchase this time. Very pleased with my sail shades and delivery.
Will definitely use Primrose again and have already recommended it to friends.

Sail Shade FAQs

  • What is a sail shade?

    Sail Shades are fabric structures like a ship’s sail, hung from anchor points to create an area of shade outdoors. They offer unparalleled flexibility when it comes to creating a stylish custom shade solution for the garden. Available in many shapes and sizes, these semi-permanent structures can be mounted in almost any position, at any angle and against most surfaces to provide soothing shade for even the most difficult to reach areas.

  • Do sail shades really work?

    With scientific research highlighting the dangers of prolonged sun exposure, a safe shaded area in the garden is a fantastic idea for protecting friends and family from harmful UV rays. A garden sail shade offers invaluable sun protection - with minimum 90% UV ray protection on all Kookaburra models - whilst making a stylish and colourful addition to the garden.

  • Do  shade sails last?

  • Are sail shades permanent?

  • How easy is it to install sail shades?

  • Can shade sails be used in schools?

  • Why choose a Kookaburra sail shade?

  • What's the right size of sail shade for me?

    The right size of sail shade can be found by measuring the distance between the fixing points you intend to hang the sail shade from. 

    It’s important to get these measurements right so that there’s sufficient tension along the edges of the sail shade to keep it suspended, but there is a small margin either side. 

    For example, if your measurements are close to 5m x 4m, then a 5m x 4m sail shade will likely be the perfect fit for your garden.

  • What kind of sail shades are available?

    Once you have the right size, the next most important factor to consider is the colour of your sail shade. The right colour for you will be down to personal preference, but we recommend looking for a colour that will complement the style of your garden and house.

    We offer a wide range of coloured sail shades from neutrals that blend into the background to bright, bold colours that will transform your sail shade into a statement garden feature. 

  • What kind of shape is a sail shade?

    Sail shades typically come in three main shapes – triangle, rectangle and square. Triangle sail shades provide less shade than a square, but their main advantage is that they can be more flexible. Square and rectangle sail shades provide greater coverage and mimic the performance of an awning. 

    The key point to remember with a square or rectangle sail shade is that they are not perfectly square. The sides are bowed (known as parabolic curved edges) to allow for that all important tension in the sail.

  • Should I get a triangle, rectangle or a square sail shade?

    If you’re wanting maximum coverage, we recommend choosing a rectangle or square sail shade. However, a triangle sail shade is typically more flexible and is often popular for smaller spaces or areas that don’t have as many obvious fixing points. Browse our full range of sail shades here at Primrose.
  • How do I install my garden sail shade?

    Successfully installing a sail shade in your garden comes down to two things – having the right measurements, and the right fittings. While it’s down to you to provide accurate measurements, we can help with the fittings. Our sail shade kits are designed to include all the small parts you’ll need to fix your garden sail shade.
  • What’s included in a sail shade kit?

    There are three key parts you’ll need to fit a sail shade – pad eyes, turnbuckles and snaphooks. To save you from individually buying these parts, our sail shade kits include the correct number of each fitting you’ll need for a successful installation.
  • How do you anchor a shade sail?

    Shade sails are anchored by connecting the corners to solid points such as exterior walls and structures. You attach them to the walls using a number of fittings including pad eyes, turnbuckles and snaphooks. 

    Our shade sail kits are designed to include everything you need to anchor and provide the right tension for your shade sail. Discover even more essential shade sail fittings in our full range here at Primrose.

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Primrose Sail Shades

Not sure which sail shade is right for you? Check out our comparison page to find your perfect sail shade between breathable and waterproof styles, then read our installation guide to fit it in a flash!

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