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CUSTOM MADE SHADE SAILS

HOW TO MEASURE UP FOR A  SQUARE/RECTANGLE/4 SIDED SHADE SAIL

Custom Made 4 Point Shade Sail

This Page is Designed to Help You Measure a 4 Sided Shade Sail of Any Shape.

Custom made 4 sided (or 4 connection point) shade sails are popular and are suitable for shade sails of up to certain sizes. But 4 connection point shade sails ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST SOLUTION! Adding a 5th fixing point can help close the gap between the sail and the structure.

The team at Custom Made Shade Sails are available to help you design your shade sail. Check our resources section, or use the contact page.

5 point shade sail
Custom made 5 point shade sail on roof
Blue Custom made 5 point shade sail closing the gap with the 5th connection point.

SHADE SAILS THAT ARE ANCHORED TO YOUR HOUSE OR STRUCTURE

If there is an opportunity to add a 5th fixing point, on the house side, you should take it! Most 4 point shade sails would have more structural stability as a 5 point shade sail. If you can anchor in 3 positions it’s almost always best to do so. The larger the spans between each connection point, the more the sail will move up and down in strong winds, so reducing the spans on a shade sail is a wise way to improve the design and strength of a shade sail.

4 point shade sail 2 points off house 2 posts

FREE STANDING SHADE SAIL STRUCTURES

If there is no suitable structure to connect your shade sail, sometimes a 4 post shade sail is the only option. If you are doing a 4 post shade sail, heights are a major factor to ensure a good shape and long lasting shade sail. Simply viewing our ‘gallery’ is a good way to start. Spans will also matter, if you are wanting to create a shade more than 3m out of ground, or more than 7mx7m in total size, you should get in touch so we can help in the design process.

4 Post Free Standing Shade Sail

MOVING ONTO MEASURING A 4 POINT SHADE SAIL

Measuring Up for a 4 Point Shade Sail is Easy!

1. ON A PIECE OF A4 PAPER (OR OUR ORDER FORM) PUT 4 POINTS INDICATED BY DOTS OR SQUARES. 

2. LABEL YOUR DOTS A,B,C AND D

Measuring up a 4 sided shade sail

3. ADD YOUR HEIGHTS BY LISTING A,B,C AND D DOWN THE PAGE.  LIST ‘A’ AS YOUR LOWEST POINT – AND ADD THE APPROX HEIGHT VARIATIONS FOR THE OTHER CONNECTION POINTS – EVEN ON SLOPED LAND, WE JUST NEED THE APPROX HEIGHT DIFFERENCES.

4 sided shade sail drawing with heights

4. TAKE 6 MEASUREMENTS TO THE NEAREST MM

A-B-C-D and A-C plus B-D (6 measurements in total)

5. CHECK YOUR DRAWING AGAINST OUR EXAMPLE DRAWING TO ENSURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED TO MAKE THE SHADE SAIL

Example 4 sided custom made shade sail measure up

IF YOU ARE USING SAIL TRACK IN YOUR DESIGN YOUR DRAWING SHOULD LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS

Please measure the length of the track and the connection point to point measurements, so we can make the sail track edge (keder) spot on!

Examples Measure up 4 sided shade sail with sail track
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