Shade Structures

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When planning for an outdoor event, Shade Structures are one of the most popular and eye-catching ways to elevate your event design. Whether you’re creating a colorful structure for a major music festival or a classy shaded area for your next corporate gathering, we’ve got you covered! Our Shade Structures are for temporary events and remain vibrant for up to 2 months of UV exposure.

As an experienced manufacturer of Shade Structures, we are prepared to support you with everything from conceptual design to installation. Wherever you are in the creative process, we have the tools and capabilities to ensure your product is as structurally sound as it is aesthetically pleasing.

A red and white Shade Structure for Coors Light

Design

Whether you have a specific design in mind, are interested in customizing one of the pre-designed structures, or just want to come up with something new altogether, Stretch Shapes is ready to help you.

  • Customization available on all pre-designed Shade Structures
  • Create your own custom, one-of-a-kind design
  • Guided support from design to installation and strike
  • Designs ranging from modern to intricate and everything in-between
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A vibrant shade structure for HP at Coachella

Specification

All fabric structures are built to specification with 3D renders to review.

  • High-quality renders for customized Shade Structures
  • In-house Creative Design team ensuring structural integrity and stunning aesthetics
  • Thorough review of all necessary details
  • Fair and accurate quotes
A Digital 3D Mock-Up Next To A Picture Of The Finished Real World Product

Stretch Fabric

Pre-designed Shade Structures come with standard 20’ x 20’ Shade Sails, made from the Outdoor Stretch Fabric. Custom Shade Structures can be made with standard Shade Sails or Flat Panel Sails made from IFR Stretch Fabric.

Benefits of Outdoor Stretch Fabric:

  • Enhanced durability, to withstand approximately 6 months of continual UV exposure
  • Available in bright white and 6 additional colors
  • Passes NFPA 701 flame certifications
  • Less sagging, billowing, or dipping
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A colorful Shade Structure is reflected in a man's sunglasses

Event Installation

Our world-class installation team is available to handle all the install details, so you can stay focused on the main event.

  • Decades of experience installing major events around the globe
  • First-class team ensures nothing is overlooked, forgotten, or improperly installed
  • Most installations can be done in 1-2 days
Stretch Shapes' install crew sets up a Shade Structure

Easy Ordering and Quick Lead Times

Your quote will be in-hand quickly for your team to review.

200 triangular Flat Panel Sails form an octagonal Shade Structure in shades of blue, green, and pink

Additional Info


When planning for an outdoor event, Shade Structures are one of the most popular and eye-catching ways to elevate your event design. Whether you’re creating a colorful structure for a major music festival or a classy shaded area for your next corporate gathering, we’ve got you covered! Our Shade Structures are for temporary events and remain vibrant for up to 2 months of UV exposure.

As an experienced manufacturer of Shade Structures, we are prepared to support you with everything from conceptual design to installation. Wherever you are in the creative process, we have the tools and capabilities to ensure your product is as structurally sound as it is aesthetically pleasing.

The ability to scale your Shade Structure allows you to easily change the square footage you need covered. Planning to grow in the future but not quite there yet? Shade sails are similar to our Flat Panel Sails, and the modular design makes it possible for you to choose a size that fits currently, and add to it in the future when you’re ready to grow.

The Outdoor Stretch Fabric used in our Shade Structures comes with many of the same benefits as our other stretch fabrics. Unlike our other Poly-Spandex fabric blends, the Outdoor fabric is made from 100% Polyester and has enhanced UV resistance that is ideal for repeat special event use in the sun. The lighter-weight fabric also has a slightly reduced stretch, ensuring a clean, professional look without any sagging, dipping, or billowing.

Create a cohesive, on-brand Shade Structure by adding printed Truss Covers with high-resolution logos and artwork using our dye sublimation printing. Projection mapping can also be applied after setup to add branded signage to the overall design. When day turns to night, colorful lighting and projection will transform your Shade Structure into a vibrant nighttime destination.

The Shade Structures below can serve as ready-to-order options or as inspiration for your custom design. All Shade Structures can be customized to your needs, and our Relationship Managers are ready to help you create the best option for you and your event.

Lighting and Projection

Standing out at any event is valuable, especially in large venues or locations where the visual competition is fierce. Color washes, gobos, and organic projections can further enhance your Shade Structure with the use of dynamic and continually changing lighting effects.

All Stretch Shapes’ stretch fabric works well as a canvas for lighting and projection, though the Bright White is ideal.

Shade Sails

The sails used in Shade Structures are made from our Outdoor Stretch Fabric. Optimized for outdoor use, this fabric is the ideal textile for Shade Structures and comes with an array of benefits, including:

  • 100% Polyester fabric that has enhanced UV resistance, which is ideal for repeat special event use in the sun
  • No sagging, billowing, or dipping. The slightly reduced stretch provides a stationary, professional, and deliberate appearance
  • Available in bright white and 6 additional standard colors, with a gloss finish
  • A flame retardant coating that far exceeds those of the past; domestically made with minimal residue, it is completely unnoticeable and sturdy enough to withstand weather and cleaning
  • Easy to clean. Throw it in the washer for cleaning and dry at high heat, without breaking down the integrity of the fabric or the flame retardant coating

Product Rigging

Our Shade Structures utilize two different rigging options, depending on the shape of the sail you’re using and the desired method of installation.

Truss grids utilize a standard truss system, which the shade sails are rigged to. Most commonly used for square sails, these grids create box-like structures, with straight lines and 90-degree corners. Truss grids are a straightforward option that require minimal install experience.

Truss tower systems connect the shade sails using wire cables, industrial-strength rigging materials, and custom truss top plates. More common with triangle sails and unique shapes, the tower systems create a more radial structure with a central truss tower and additional towers surrounding it. Although these systems have a larger footprint and more industrial rigging, truss towers can minimize the amount of truss required and can be used in conjunction with other existing structures.

Sizes, Shapes, and Colors

The Shade Structures below are created with standard 20’ x 20’ shade sails, in either square or equilateral triangle shapes. The size of your shade structure can be scaled up or down using the standard shade sails, or you can incorporate different shapes and sizes in your custom design.

The Outdoor Stretch Fabric comes in 7 different colors, including our most versatile Bright White.

Custom Designs

The Shade Structures below can be purchased as-is, or can serve as inspiration to create your own custom design. Check out the portfolios from the Hard Summer Music Festival and the Coors Light tent at the Carolina Country Music Festival to see their custom Shade Structure designs.

If you’re interested in additional customization or in creating your own unique design, please Contact Us and our Relationship Managers will be in touch.

Installation

When event time arrives, we have a world-class installation crew with decades of knowledge, ready to support you. Experienced in setting up for massive events around the globe, and well-versed in coordinating with other vendors and teams, our crew can be there to ensure a smooth, successful set up. Most Shade Structures can be installed within 1-2 business days, and taken down in even less time. Please speak with your Relationship Manager or send us a request if you’d like our crew to handle set up for you!