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An installed black shade sail over a kindergarten sandpit

Overview

The heat of summer makes shade sails an important part of any backyard, protecting the entire family from unnecessary sun exposure and overheating. Make sure you can take full advantage of your outdoor space by installing your own shade sail. This D.I.Y. project requires a little pre-planning and a few helping hands, but should only take a day or two, allowing you to enjoy your shaded area all summer long.

Steps

1Measure and mark

Measure the length of the sail and mark out the position for the posts using brightly-coloured spray paint. To figure out where your posts should go, add 10 percent to the overall length of your shade sail.

A Bunnings team member using a tape measure and spray paint to mark out positions of holes to dig

2Dig holes

Using a shovel, dig footing holes of 400mm square and 800mm deep at the marked points.

A hole being dug in the ground for an upright by a Bunnings team member

3Lay gravel

Put on your safety glasses, gloves and dust mask before pouring 100mm of gravel into each hole, making up the base of the footings.

Gravel being used to partially fill holes for supports

4Place posts

Place a post in one of the holes at a five-degree angle.

Upright posts being positioned in holes to which to secure a shade sail

5Use a level

Use a level to make sure the post is at the correct angle.

6Support the post

Support the post using timber and clamps until it sets.

7Mix concrete

Now it’s time to mix the concrete. Pour the mix into a wheelbarrow.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Wear the appropriate safety equipment (gloves, glasses and mask) and follow the product’s instructions.
Concrete being mixed in a wheelbarrow with a shovel

8Gradually add water

Add water to the concrete little by little, while continuing to mix, until you have the right consistency. Pour the concrete in the hole.

Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each post.

9Measure and mark

Once the concrete has set, it’s time to install the shade sail. Decide how far down the post you want to hang the sail and measure this equally on each post using a tape measure. Mark your spot in the middle of each post with a permanent marker. Pre-drill through all the marked posts before attaching your anchors. 

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Wear the appropriate safety equipment (gloves, glasses and ear muffs) and follow the equipment’s instructions.
A post being measured and marked by a Bunnings team member

10Attach the hooks

Attach the anchor fitting through the holes of one post and then tighten using a spanner.  

Anchor fittings being secured to a post

11Attach anchor fittings

Now that the eyelets are in, attach the turnbuckle onto the eyelet. Hook the shade sail on and tighten. 

A hook and turnbuckle being added to an anchor fitting for a shade sail

12Add colour to your posts

Once your sail is up, add some colour to your posts with a coat of paint. 

A shade sail post being painted white with a paint roller

13Ready to get started?

Explore our range of shade sails.

An installed black shade sail over a kindergarten sandpit

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.