Asked on Apr 10, 2019

How do I make poles for Sun Shade Sail?

Jenny Barger
by Jenny Barger

I bought Sun Shade Sails for my son. He lives in an apartment thats brick. We need easy way to put up n install poles. Thank you.

  5 answers
  • William William on Apr 10, 2019

    Is he at ground level? Does he have a patio? Railing? Does he have permission from the landlord? IN WRITING? A photo would help.

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Apr 10, 2019

    You need the landlord's permission to attach anything to the building. And once attached the sail could become the landlord's property. Here is a link with info on attaching to a building as well as installing poles to hold the sail.

    Poles should be 12-foot pressure treated wood. You can use 4x4s or round posts of similar size. Ideally the poles should be set a minimum of 4' deep in concrete. Set two poles 6" deeper so rain runs off rather than pooling in the middle of the tarp if it's made of canvas. There are other shade sails made of shade cloth that give protection from sun but allow rain through. The tarp should not hang lower than 7' from the ground.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Apr 11, 2019

    A decorative bucket with cement in it set a tube inside to fit poles

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 13, 2019

    Hello, here's one idea,

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 13, 2019

    Just an fyi, unless you take them down when not using them they can become sails and fly off. It's amazing how even 20 mph winds will pick up tents and awnings. You are liable if blow off and drag poles with it and hits cars, breaks windows, etc.