Retractable Awnings

Quality materials sourced from a respectable brands globally and manufactured in the UK

At Shades Awnings we manufacture a wide range of awnings in the UK in order to suit the outdoor space and your individual budget. We offer the largest selection of colours, fabrics and patterns, and we respond to any of your special requests. You can also choose between motorised awnings and manually operated ones. On top of this, you can choose from many colours of finishes and pick the one that will go well with the unique look of your outdoor space.

We use only high quality materials to ensure the best possible functionality. All the metal extrusions are made of high grade steel which provides additional durability. All barrels and arms are made-to-measure in order to perfectly fit the available space. You can sleep peacefully because our awnings will withstand even the unpredictable British weather conditions. We guarantee that our awnings are waterproof, UV-resistant, and resistant to stains. We also realize that your needs may change every day according to the weather. But there is no need to worry! With our retractable awnings, operated electrically or manually, you can expand them fully or to the point that you find appropriate. The choice is yours!

A well-designed awning will not only be a shelter, but also a perfect place to sit, relax and have delicious lunch throughout the year. Shop awnings are a perfect solution for business owners because it will create additional space for your store or restaurant and it will look inviting to pedestrians which will certainly be beneficial.

Open cassette awning

Open cassette  

Technical details

Frame:Aluminium frame and components in white as standard
Arms:Aluminium arms with double springs and twin coated cables
Front bar:Designed with water gutter and elegant end caps
Aluminium hood:Aluminium cover with side caps, in white finish as standard
Fabric:100’s of colour fabrics from top European suppliers
Operation:Strong reliable motor with emergency manual override and remote control or manually operated
Light and wind Sensors:Automatically protect your awning when wind detected or the sun’s intensity increases
Sizes Range:Projection: arms available in 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 &3.5 metre projection. Width: smallest awning size 2.5 metres and up to 6 metres in one piece. (We do assemble 7m awning on special request)

Full cassette awning

Full cassette  

Technical details

Frame:White aluminium frame components
Arms:Aluminium, double springs, twin coated cables with LED lights
Fabric:Very broad selection of colours, provided by leading European companies
Operation:Durable, effective motor with remote control
Light and wind Sensors:Detect wind and sun intensity and autonomously adjust to conditions
Sizes Range:Projection: arms come in a selection of 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 &3.5 metre projection. Width: From 3 to 6-metre awning units.

Traditional victorian awning

Traditional victorian  

Technical details

Case:Hardwood
Arms:Aluminium, double springs, twin coated cables with LED lights
Front bar:Hardwood with water drainage grooving
Fabric:Large selection of colours from reputable European brands
Operation:Pull down operation using a custom hook set on an ash wood pole
Sizes Range:Custom made projection: from 1m to 3.5m Width: from 1m to 6m per unit




Windproof and waterproof awnings

The infamous random fluctuations of weather we have here have ensured that awnings have been a staple of British architecture for hundreds of years. Now, these windproof and waterproof retractable awnings make it easier than ever to protect yourself and your loved ones from the weather while enjoying a nice evening in your veranda, garden or patio without any inconveniences.

Retractable awnings are easy to operate (some of our models can be operated with a touch of a button), reliable, and they don’t require any maintenance: with the wind sensor we provide, they’ll automatically fold if there is any risk of them breaking. All this shows maintaining the awnings won’t even cross your mind when you don’t need to use them, and with the little space they take up while unused, you can rest assured that they won’t influence the aesthetics of your house. Although, if you like how awnings look, you’ll be pleased to find that we offer high-quality fabrics and a multitude of colors and shapes that will ensure we can make a retractable awning that will complement your house’s design and architecture.

At Shades Awning & Canopies, just give us a call and we’ll walk you through the various options and plethora of customisations, so you can decide on a special awning that is just right for you and your needs, and, once you make your decision, we will manufacture the awning in-house in the UK, using top-notch materials from all over Europe. In the span of two weeks, we’ll be at your doorstep and ready to install your very own custom-made awning.

Customised just for You

Shades Awning & Canopies’ mission is to deliver highly reliable bespoke products that use cuttingedge techniques for style and quality, and that includes delivering some of the most highly reliable and customisable retractable awnings the UK has to offer:

  • 2.2 meters wide to 6 meters wide
  • A maximum of 3.5 meters projection
  • Custom frame colours
  • 100’s of colours for the high-quality fabric

Enjoy the Outdoors in Any Weather

Whether you are sitting on your patio and catching up with your family, want to have a relaxing time while you gaze out of your balcony, want to add something stylish, unique, and practical to your restaurant or cafe front, or you simply want to revamp your house aesthetically, awnings are a good option to consider. With an average of 150 days of rain per year in London, you’d be hard pressed to throw a party or enjoy a barbecue without the rain ruining it, and with global warming and increasingly stronger sunlight, you’d be sweating under the heat, not to mention the harmful UV rays. Awnings are the ultimate solution to all weather conditions:

  • In the summer, our high-quality fabric will protect you from 90 to 95 percent of the harmful rays and keep your garden shaded and up to 20 degrees cooler underneath, so you can enjoy your house party without the fear of sweating or getting sunburnt.
  • In the rainy season, our waterproof retractable awning will act as a barrier that will keep you dry and protect you from the wind as you enjoy your barbecue.
  • When the weather is just perfect and you want to relax outside and bathe in the sunlight, it’s exceedingly easy to fold our retractable awnings and enjoy your patio as if it’s not even there.

You can rest assured that whether you decide on an open cassette awning, a full cassette awning, or a traditional Victorian awning, you’ll have a vast array of options and designs, which means that the retractable awning you’ve chosen will perfectly fit the style of your house, cafe, or restaurant. Because we take style seriously, we have a dedicated team of designers that will sit down with you and create a highly detailed mock-up of your vision with the latest technologies. You’ll be able to see what it will look like on your patio or veranda because we digitally impose the design on your property. This ensures that you’ll be perfectly happy with the awning, and it will prevent costly mistakes that arise from misunderstandings. If you have a cafe or restaurant and want your brand to stand out among the crowd, awnings are a great way to do that. As they are right above your door, it’ll be the first thing your customers see and remember, so we have a highly skilled team of artists and use various technologies to put logos, names, telephone numbers, and even photographs on your awning. A unique logo on a stylish awning will be a catalyst for your customers to remember you and your brand.




Here are the types of awnings we make



How to set up Awnings Wind Sensor - Turorial

How to set up Awning Remote Control - Tutorial


Awnings Questions & Answers

Why should I purchase an awning?

Awnings can help you extend your living/dining area without costly reconstruction of the building and you will be able to enjoy your outdoors without worrying about the bright sun or unexpected rainfall. It will also create area of comfort for restaurants and coffee shops. Awnings also offer UV protection and the difference between the temperature under the awning and the one in full sun can be up to 20 degrees.

Why Should I purchase a wind sensor?

Wind sensor will protect your awning when you are not around. It will sense powerful winds and automatically retract your awning so it will not bend or break.

In what sizes retractable awnings are available?

The minimum size of an awning is 2.4 meters and the maximum size is 6meters. If you need an awning wider than 6 meters, please give us a call and we will discuss an individual solution.

The maximum projection of our awnings can be up to 3.5 meters, but this is governed by various factors. For example, you cannot have the awning of projecting to 3.5 meters when its width is 2.2 meters because the folding arms will not be able to close.

Does the awning need to be of a particular height?

Always ensure there is sufficient headroom and that all doors and windows can be opened when the awning is fully extended. We also recommend you to have 20cm clearance above door frames. The recommended installation height is between 2.7m – 3.5m.

What if I have obstacles in the way of where I want the awning to go?

Special brackets can be provided, please contact us to discuss further.

Can I change the colour of the frame?

In the standard version our awnings framework is white, for a premium, the framework can be powder coated to various colours in order to match the fabric, walls etc. The list of available colours is being specified at the point of purchase.

Should we have a manual or motorised awning?

It depends on your preference. For the manual awning, you use a winder handle to bring the awning in and out, whilst you have a remote control with the motorised option. It also depends on your budget, tastes, and automation comfort level.

What power supply is needed?

The motors use 5 amp plugs and a standard mains supply will be sufficient.

What is the expected lifespan of the awning?

With proper use and care you can expect your awning to last a very long time. Woven acrylic fabrics should not fade for five years with 1% to 2% fading per year thereafter. Replacement fabric can be provided at any time.

Find out where you can use our products:


Quick quote

Type of awning:Type of operation:Pictures of the building:

I hereby agree to the processing of my personal data by AWNING DEPOT LTD trading as Shades Awnings with the head office at Unit 27 The Oaks Invicta Way, Manston Business Park, Ramsgate, Kent, CT12 5FD for the purposes of receiving a reply. I have the right to access and edit my personal data.