Cornwall LivingIssue #123

Shelter by sail

With a nod to the nautical, Sail Shades Direct provide a stunning option for anybody hoping to bring their garden vision to life.

In an increasingly busy and stressful world, having an outside space in which to relax and re-engage with nature can provide much-needed respite from an otherwise hectic lifestyle. This is the ethos behind Sail Shades Direct.

The business was founded by Jamie Watts, who explains: “Back in 2012, when working as a sailmaker in the marine industry, I realised how quiet we became during the summer and wanted to do something to fill the time during the warmer months.” His creative mind eventually settled on the idea of using the same hardy materials that he was used to working with during his main occupation, only this time to create beautiful, bespoke shelters.

As well as creating stunning outdoor shelters with designs and shapes that are perfectly suited to those awkward Cornish gardens, Jamie and his team can manufacture blinds for the inside of your house, as well as complete conservatories and garden buildings. “We have access to an excellent range of quality structural materials and retractable systems, with lots of technical fabrics sourced from specialist suppliers all around the world. These include woven polyester fabrics from the USA, PVC fabrics from France and mesh products from Australia. What’s more, we deliberately avoid cheaper products as they tend not to last.

“Our shades and pergolas cover lots of different applications,” he continues. “From small sails to provide shade in a garden, to large waterproof sails over pub and beer gardens; we can even do feature sails for indoor locations and pergolas with fabric roofs. Manufacturing here in Cornwall means we have so many potential applications.” 

So, what could this mean for you? If you’re among the many who have decided to rethink the way in which you use your garden, then there’s almost certainly a Sail Shade to suit your vision. Be it for a small family dining space or a full-blown outdoor kitchen, Jamie explains that their square or rectangular pergolas are perfect for such areas, providing shelter from the changeable Cornish elements and made from materials that celebrate the heritage of the county in which we love to live.


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