How to Use Shade Sails for Indoor Decoration

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How to Use Shade Sails for Indoor Decoration
Shade sails mimic the shape of boat sails and come in a variety of sizes and colours. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Shade sails are large pieces of fabric with minuscule holes in them designed to let the air flow through them while blocking the sunlight. Because of these holes, shade sails are ideal for interior use, since they won't block heat or air conditioning from functioning but do provide a visual break in the space. Install shade sails indoors with eye hooks and rope. This is a DIY-friendly project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shade sails
  • Eye hooks
  • Rope
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Divide a shared bedroom in half with shade sails. Set the room up the way you want and install the shade sail in between twin beds so each child has his own private space.

  2. 2

    Attach a shade sail to the wall behind the bed for a custom headboard. This headboard works well in nautical, beach or lighthouse themed room decors.

  3. 3

    Turn a large unfinished basement into usable space with shade sails. Cover the duct work and raw ceiling with a large shade sail. Make specific areas for sleeping, playing and crafting by creating walls with smaller shade sails.

Tips and warnings

  • Install the shade sails by screwing eye hooks into the walls, floor or ceiling and tie the sails to the eye hooks with thin rope.
  • Shade sails are not meant to be weight bearing so don't hang them in a location where kids can climb on them.

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