Outdoor Blinds

An attractive way of providing privacy and protection from the elements, outdoor blinds are a popular choice. They can turn open external space into usable protected outdoor living area. A very popular choice with restaurants and cafes to extend their seating capacity in areas exposed to the wind, rain or sun.

Outdoor Blind Options

They are available as a straight drop, fully retractable or awning style and manual or motorised versions are available:

  • Straight Drop - this option provides great cover to verandahs, patios, decks and pergolas. Operated as a spring-loaded blind they provide great coverage to your outdoor entertaining area or against a window. Very well suited for sun protection whilst still providing air flow. A simple mechanism with stainless steel clips used to lock the base rail to the floor or to posts.

  • Wire guides - typically used with spring operation and used for window coverings. Provides privacy and allows ventilation. We use marine grade stainless steel cables making them perfect for use in coastal areas.

  • Ziptrak® blinds - has the advantage of creating a closed off space ensuring privacy and providing insect control, sun protection and superior insulation. See our Ziptrak® blinds photo gallery to view projects we have installed. Also have a read of our case study where we installed shade mesh Ziptrak® outdoor blinds at a cafe in Wollombi

  • Choose the finishing touches to suit your situation. We offer the following headbox options: 
    -  Closed Headbox: Provides the maximum protection from the elements to the fabric to help keep it clean
    -  Open Headbox: Increases air circulation around the blind and reduces the temperature, which can reduce the stickiness of clear PVC blinds.
    -  Open roller - a modern look and less componentry means the cost is reduced.

  • Material choices - Choose from a large range of colours and fabric types including clear PVC and shade mesh. See our information in relation to the pros and cons of each option below. Check out our Outdoor Blinds photo gallery to see examples of our work and find the solution that is right for you.

Choices of operation

  • Motorised - full control of your blind with the touch of a button. Stop the blind at any point.

  • Non-motorised - options here include an automatic spring operation which allows you to manually adjust the heght of the blind whilst using hold down clips to the ground or post. 

    The other alternative here is for a fully manual wind up crank mechanism. The geared crank ensures its easy to wind up with minimal effort.

Outdoor Blinds Application

Outdoor blinds are a very popular option for extending outdoor living areas or providing protection against the elements in both doemstic and commercial settings. 

Domestic Applicaton

We have installed many outdoor blinds in domestic situations that have changed the way people use their outdoor living areas. We have also installed blinds to provide window covering or privacy. 

Window covering Once sunlight hits a window, the heating problem is a more difficult one to solve - outdoor blinds prevent the sun from hitting the glass and transferring heat inside. Cool your home by up to 15 degrees, reduce your carbon footprint and save on air conditioning bills.  

Extend your outdoor living area Enclose a pergola or outdoor area to protect against insects, sun, wind and rain.

Commercial Applications

Commercial applications are varied and numerous. A very popular choice for cafes to make their outdoor eating areas more comfortable for patrons.  Restaraunts extend outdoor seating seasons using clear PVC or shade mesh blinds.  See our case study of shade mesh outdoor blind installation at a cafe in Wollombi.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use shade mesh or clear PVC for my outdoor blinds?

We often find ourselves running through the pros and cons of shade mesh and clear PVC as alterative materials for outdoor blinds

Over many years of installation experience we have observed what works well in what situations what considerations there are to work through to make sure you get the result you are after. Here are some thoughts and comments:

Clear PVC
  • Is obviously fully transparent so there may be reason to select this as the optimum choice
  • Provides wind and rain protection
  • Does not provide sun protection
  • Is 100 % waterproof as a material
  • It does degenerate over time and will fade to a cloudy colour
  • Shows creases and crease marks may stay as white marks on the material
  • Can get very warm inside the clear PVC 
  • Is not breathable and does not allow for air movement through the material
  • Maximum roll width for clear PVC is 1350mm therefore there tends to be more seams with this material choice than with shade mesh
  • PVC blinds tend to shrink and grow - they show distinct changes in characteristics depending on hot or cold weather
Shade mesh 
  • Provides an element of privacy
  • Gives sun, wind and rain protection
  • Comes in a variety of colour options
  • Shade mesh is still transparent - can be seen out of but not into.
  • Allows air to circulate and maintain a more regulated environment
  • Although not 100% rain proof, shade mesh will provide an element of protection against the rain. Rain tends to hit the shade mesh and fall to the ground on the outside of the blind, the small proportion of water in a heavier rain fall that would make its way inside the perforations of the mesh don't travel very far.
  • Blinds can generally be made in one single sheet of material minimising seams within the blind.
  • Very stable fabric, doesn't shrink or expand.

Outdoor Blind Range

To see our full range of Outdoor Blind styles and options, view the Photo Gallery and Ziptrak Photo Gallery or download the product brochures -

Conservatory Awning VZ520 (232 KB)

Outdoor Blinds SC670 (233 KB)

Pivot Arm Outdoor Blind FR600 (294 KB)

Straight Drop Blind FR300 (251 KB)

Ziptrak Brochure (372 KB)

Ziptrak Outdoor Flyer (513 KB)

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"Awning solves our problem with direct sunlight and difficulty with putting up any other kind of shade. Service was extremely good. Very prompt response, helpful advice and friendly approach. It was refreshing to deal with a supplier who responded straight away to our request and kept us regularly updated on progress."

Alice & Mark 

Folding Arm Awning

"After a number of alternative providers failed to attend scheduled quotation appointments we contact Tim at 4.00pm. Tim was immediately proactive and set an appointment at our house at 8.30 the next day. In the meantime, Tim mailed photographs to give us an indication of his work. True to his word, Tim attended and provided us a quote on the spot. Later that day we accepted and agreed on an installation date. The product was delivered and installed on the agreed date. We are very happy with Tim's service and advice, the product itself and the final result. We would recommend East Coast Shade Design, Thanks."

Craig F


Installed Skyspan Retractable Umbrella: "Is an attractive addition to our home entertaining area - neighbours comment favourably. Service: Especially good from order to installation and subsequently, obvious interest in our satisfaction levels was most gratifying. It is a pleasure to do business with East Coast Shade Design."

Dianne V


"Excellent - very happy with quality of sails and strength of posts and fittings. Patience and input into design was very much appreciated - end result was perfect. Delivered more than was promised in service, timeliness and effect. Amazing turnaround times - completed significantly earlier than promised."

Emma & Angus H


"Very Good Service. Prompt to quote and install. Awning looks great and was exactly what we wanted."

Harol 230 Folding Arm Awning

"Very impressed with the quality of materials used and very cost competitive compared with my other quotes. First Class Service - very timely service. I very much enjoyed having Tim do the work - very professional and reliable and shows great enthusiasm in his work."

James Harrison


"Great creative insight into design - withstands the weather and supports our need for shade. Regular Communication meant work proceeded efficiently and friendly manner. It looks great, kids happy, we're happy."

Karrawong Kindy

Shade Sails:  "Excellent and prompt. Clean and neat (& cheerful) work. Tim Davies was very helpful and patient."

Max & Lorraine Lowery

Mt Errington Early Learning Centre

"We love our new awning. It is easy to use and looks great. Service: Excellent. Friendly. Good Follow-up. Informative. Didn't push me to spend more - recommended what was necessary. We are very happy with end result and it blends with our house as if it was meant to be there all along."

Melinda C


Outdoor blind installation: "Very helpful, kept informed at all times - installed blind very quickly without disruption. Happy to have done business - would use again."

Neil Hunter

Campus Central, Ourimbah

"Thanks to Tim an and the team for a very professional installation of our new motorised awning. We were very impressed with the product, and with the detailed investigation and resolution of the mounting details and installation process ."


New Lambton

"The sail that we had installed is excellent in both workmanship and quality. It is better than we imagined and provides us with our desired requirement of privacy and shade. The service provided by Tim is exceptional. His expertise and attention to detail was invaluable enabling us to work together to achieve the desired result even though the area to be covered was unusual and complicated in design. Tim understood the importance of getting our sail exactly right and we are delighted with the result. We would have no hesitation in recommending East Coast Shade Design to anyone considering installing a shade sail. Tim kept us informed from beginning to end of the project."

Paul and Jill


"Heavy sail material, powder-coated posts, stainless fittings all look like a quality product. Excellent communications and Tim is there when he says he will be."

Terry W

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We supply and install throughout the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast.

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  • Rathmines, NSW 2283
  • Call. 1300 668 187