Large dark green awning covering a patio

Awnings buying guide

by Yvonne Keal

Product Management specialist

Published: 12/02/2021

Updated: 17/07/2024

Give your garden a glow up with our range of stylish awnings

From parties to playdates, family gatherings to home working, an awning is a great way to transform your garden into the perfect outdoor living space. Our buying guide talks you through the options available to help you enjoy fuss-free outdoor entertaining all-year round.

Why choose an awning?

Awnings are the go-to choice for garden living. They extend outwards to provide shade over your patio space, creating a comfortable area for outdoor dining, relaxing or playing. 

Every one of our awnings is made to your exact specification, in any width from 2m up to 5.5m, with a projection from 1.5m to 3.5m. Your advisor will make sure your awning is the right size and positioned in the right place to give you the best amount of shade. They'll also talk you through all your customisation options – keep reading to find out more.

Make it your own

We've got accessories and features to help you get the most out of your outdoor space all year round. Take a look:

Frame colour
The arms and brackets of our awnings are available in a choice of white or anthracite grey. We also offer custom colour options for cassettes, so you can match it to your windows and doors.

Valance shapes
We offer four shapes of valance, each with a standard drop of 20cm. You can choose from a straight hem for a contemporary tailored look or go for a scalloped hem for a more traditional street café feel. 

Heating and lighting
Awnings provide excellent shade from midday sun, and if the temperature drops at night integrated lighting and heating options help keep you comfortable.

Smart technology
All our awnings are motorised as standard, making them really easy to open and close using a remote control. Add a Somfy hub and you'll be able to control your awning via an app on your phone or even voice command through an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device.

Mo Hussen - Hillarys customer and popular interior design enthusiast. Follow Mo on Instagram @mo.and.the.jungle.shelf
With our new awning, outside feels like more than just a patio. It gives that pub garden feel so as well as a garden I’ve got that entertaining space. I’m already thinking about the parties I'm going to be hosting.
Mo Hussen - Hillarys customer and popular interior design enthusiast. Follow Mo on Instagram @mo.and.the.jungle.shelf

Consider matching with indoor furniture

Lots of people now see their garden as an extension of their home and choose furniture, planting schemes and hard landscaping that complements the style of their interior décor.

Our awnings are available in a range of plain and striped fabrics to suit all styles and tastes. You can even select the shape of your hem.

Choose a straight hem for a contemporary tailored look or opt for a scalloped hem for a more traditional street cafe feel. 

Suzie Tipple - Hillarys customer and interior designer. Follow Suzie on Instagram @housewithblueshutters
Our awning does it all. It protects us from the sun which means we can eat, work and exercise comfortably, and in the evenings the heaters keep this space wonderfully cosy.
Suzie Tipple - Hillarys customer and interior designer. Follow Suzie on Instagram @housewithblueshutters
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Invest in intelligent technology

Our awnings are sturdy and build to last with premium materials. The UV resistant fabrics we use undergo rigorous testing and are specially treated to maintain their colour and vibrancy for longer.

Our standard awnings also come with safe and secure vibration sensors.

These sensors react to changes in weather, so your awning will begin to retract automatically in adverse conditions. You can also add a solar sensor, which will roll out your awning when the sun shines to provide shade on bright sunny days.

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