Tensile Canopies

SD Sails – Tensile canopy manufacturer since 1992

SD Sails specialises in the design and fabrication of architectural shade sails and tensile canopies

With over 25 years of experience in the field, SD Sails are the premier supplier of shade sails and tensile canopies to the trade in the UK. Set up to exclusively service authorised trade partners. SD Sails manufacturers for hundreds of companies throughout the UK and Europe, who in turn have completed thousands of projects worldwide.

Our goal is to combine our specialist trade knowledge with your company’s construction experience to help you create stunning fabric-based structures for your clients.


Custom Canopy Manufacture

The Freeform concept from SD Sails is a unique system specifically designed to take the complexity out of tensile canopies.

Bespoke Canopies

Bespoke Textile Fabrication

Wide range of shade & waterproof fabrics to transform your outdoor space.

Premium Tensile Fabrics

Shade & Waterproof Fabrics

We hold a huge stock of premium architectural fabrics ready to cut and fabricate to your order.

With a choice between our pre-engineered Freeform tensile canopy system or a totally bespoke concept designed around your vision. SD Sails is the perfect partner to take your company’s scope of work into a whole new sector.

Rigging products

SD Sails stocks a wide range of shade sail and tensile canopy rigging components, many of which are specially designed and unique to us, and all available at competitive trade prices.


SD Sails Hardware Elements Collection


Comprehensive Cable Swaging Service


Off-the-shelf Range of Steel Rigging Posts

Engineered to match the dynamic loads of the canopy with a minimum 1.5 safety factor, sourcing your canopy and hardware together at SD Sails has numerous advantages. Firstly, our rigging is guaranteed along with the canopy to the designed wind and snow loads. Secondly, we know the precise dimensions of each component, so we can ensure a perfect fit. And thirdly, you save time and money on the project.

tensile canopy structure with cables
freeform tensile canopy structure with cables

For more information, please see the specific rigging sub-sections
or contact us today to speak to one of our technical advisors