19 Feb

Made to Size!

Not everyone realises, but every single one of our shade umbrellas is hand-made here in Seaford, Victoria. In the final weeks of the warmer weather we thought we would share a couple of stories from our clients who enjoyed their Made in the Shade umbrella in the privacy of their own backyard this past summer.untitled1

Courtyard Comfort

We were approached by this customer with a specific request — to provide the most shade available, whilst clearing the dining table and trees next to the wall. The Size 12 (3.6 metre) octagonal shade umbrella with an antique linen canvas fitted perfectly, allowing our client to raise and lower the umbrella with minimal effort, yet casting a large area of shade. This allows them to enjoy the outdoor dining area without getting burnt by the blasting summer sun.

The Perfect Pool

With a picturesque pool and spa setting next to their home, our clients came to us wanting an area of shade that allows them to supervise their kids when they’re in the pool, as well as providing shade for the spa. Again, sizing constraints meant finding the maximum amount of shade without hitting the 1.2 metre high pool fence or the house. In this case, the Size 9 (2.7 metre) octagonal shade umbrella with a beige canvas provided the perfect compromise, complementing the outdoor area perfectly.


02 Jun

Umbrellas go on a winter holiday!



Winter is well and truly upon us here in Australia, which means we’re starting to see umbrellas arrive into the Made in the Shade factory for refurbishing. This service is offered to all Made in the Shade customers, no matter how many years (or decades!) ago the umbrella was originally purchased.

The whole process has been designed to be as quick and painless as possible for our customers. It’s as easy as dropping us a line, after which you’ll receive a return kit that has everything included. All that’s left for you to do is to slide the plastic bag over the umbrella, stick on pre-written label, and call the phone number for the courier company to schedule a pick-up at your convenience.

Refurbishing includes replacing and repairing any worn or broken components, but we can also retrofit accessories that may not have originally been fitted to your beloved umbrella. You might even want to update the colour of the canvas. The cost of refurbishing is only a fraction of the cost of a new umbrella, yet this simple service will extend its life by many years.

Visit our page on refurbishing by clicking here, email us by clicking here, or simply call us on 03 9785 1236 to have your umbrella refurbished before the warmer weather returns!