Free form CANOPIES

bespoke canopy manufacturing

With our unique Free Form concept, you can order custom canopies that fit your needs perfectly, from colours to size and fabric. Learn more about our bespoke canopy manufacturing and installation.

The Free Form Canopies concept from SD Sails is a unique system specifically designed to take the complexity out of tensile fabric structures and custom canopies.

Having drawn on over 25 years of experience in designing and manufacturing custom sails and bespoke canopies, the difference is in our unique universal-angle corner fittings, that allow you to order a totally bespoke canopy, up to 40m perimeter with 3 to 8 corners, quickly and easily using our online system.

Available in a wide range of shade and waterproof fabrics and featuring a huge spectrum of colours and styles, the Free Form Canopies concept puts beautifully engineered tensile canopies within easy reach of anybody working in landscaping and construction industries.

Apply to become a trade partner today to access our online quote and ordering system and download more specific information about our Free Form Canopies system for custom canopies.

free form custom canopies

We’ve put together a collection of the best shade and waterproof fabrics from around the world and stocked them in our warehouse ready to go. We have 4 standard shade fabrics and 3 standard waterproof fabrics, all offering different levels of performance and protection. Below is an overview, but please see our fabrics page for full details on making custom canopies.

Gale Pacific Commercial 95 340Economical HDPE shade fabric in a range of bright colours, ideal for commercial and residential projects alike.

Gale Pacific Commercial FR 300HDPE shade fabric basically the same as Commercial 95, but with a Fire Retardant certification.

Pro-Knit Monotec 370 SeriesPremium grade heavy duty HDPE shade fabric offering the ultimate in stability and life-span with designer colours.

Ferrari Soltis Horizon 86A unique fabric in our range, being a porous shade fabric, but constructed using a PVC coating, more akin to our waterproof fabrics.

Ferrari Flexlight Lodge 6002Textured PVC waterproof fabric that looks like a canvas, making it ideal for residential and organic commercial projects.

Ferrari Soltis Proof 502 – Premium grade PVC waterproof fabric with a satin finish and 40 designer colours, ideal for a wide variety of commercial applications.

Ferrari Flexlight Perform 832Heavy duty PVC waterproof fabric, ideal for large-scale commercial projects.

custom canopies

Gallery of some of our Custom Canopies with Free Form technology

SD Sails outdoor freeform project
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SD Sails freeform bar project
SD Sails freeform project in green
SD Sails freeform project in the back yard
SD Sails garden freeform project
SD Sails outdoor freeform project in yellow - custom canopies
SD Sails freeform project in black and blue
SD Sails freeform project in yellow

Become a Trade Partner

SD Sails works exclusively with trade partners worldwide to support their end-user services with our expertise in tensile canopy design and fabrication. Apply to become a trade partner to benefit from our online quote, plus access downloadable information designed to support your business. 


What is a Free Form Canopy?

A Free Form Canopy is a custom-made canopy specially designed to fit your space, but in order to comply with our pre-engineered data, it must fit within certain predetermined parameters. As such, we are able to make a wide variety of shapes and sizes using our off-the-shelf corner systems and rigging hardware with a fast turn-around and economical price.

What are the Free Form parameters?

There are 5 parameters that your canopy must fit into to be a Free Form.

  1. Fabric – we have 8 high quality fabrics to choose from in over 100 different colours.
  2. Form – this is the basic shape option, with a choice between Flat, Hypar and Conic.
  3. Load Case – this is the wind speed the canopy is guaranteed to, either 30mph or 60mph.
  4. Number of Corners – minimum of 3 up to a maximum of 8.
  5. Perimeter – depending on the fabric type, the maximum total perimeter is 48m.

Does a Free Form Canopy have a warranty?

Yes, all Free Form Canopies come with a 3-year warranty that ensures the product is free of any material defects, is designed correctly to fit the area perfectly, and is safe to use up to the specified wind speed and snow depth selected in the load case.  In addition, many of our Free Form materials hold longer warranties with the material manufacturers, and this cover is passed directly to the manufacturers in the unlikely event of a defect.


How much does a Free Form Canopy cost?

You can get a free no obligation quote for custom canopies  by using our online quote calculator here  You can save as many quotes as you like, and we won’t contact you until you’re ready to contact us.

How can I order a Free Form Canopy?

If you are keen to proceed, either give us a call or email us with the quote you like along with images and info about your site, and we will help finalise everything you need to get your project underway.  We are happy to advise the best way to install your fixing points and measure up or quote to do this work for you.