Creating poolside shade is easier than you think!

April 5th, 2017 · Published to Outdoor Umbrellas by Steve Lewis

As Aussies, we have a reputation of being sun loving people who enjoy the outdoors. One evidence of this lies in the large number of domestic swimming pools we have. However, I’ve noticed that many people overlook the importance of creating poolside shade when installing a swimming pool.

Poolside shade is an absolute must because outdoor swimming pools increase the risk of overexposure to the sun’s UV rays. There is an excessive amount of indirect UV radiation around a pool. Moreover, people tend to wear less clothing around a pool, making them more susceptible to overexposure.

If you own a swimming pool or you’re planning to get one installed, you should consider creating poolside shade. But how do you go about doing so? Don’t worry – I’m here to help. Today, I will explain just how easy it is to create poolside shade and what options you have on hand.

1. Plant trees

One great way to create poolside shade is by planting trees around your pool. While providing shade, trees also create greenery and make your poolside look more natural.

Do keep in mind however that you can’t just plant any tree around your pool. Trees which shed leaves, such as deciduous trees, gum trees and evergreen trees should be avoided around a pool. On the other hand, tall palm trees work a treat around a pool. They induce a tropical feel, don’t shed leaves and offer good shade.

If you’re considering planting trees around your pool, you’ll need to invest in garden maintenance. Regularly pruning and maintaining your trees will prevent leaves and debris from clogging up your pool. 

2. Install a shade structure

At Global Shade, many of our customers choose to install shade structures around their pool. Indeed, shade structures offer a wonderful solution for creating poolside shade. Moreover, shade structures can be custom designed to suit your exact requirements.

Examples of shade structures you can use for creating poolside shade include awnings, shade sails, pergolas, canopies and tension membranes. Do note that these are permanent (or semi-permanent) shade structures and you won’t be able to move them after installation.

Such shade structures make use of a shade fabric to provide shade. You must always choose shade fabrics of the highest grade of quality, such as those we offer at Global Shade. Our superior grade shade fabrics offer excellent UVR protection, are easy to maintain and are designed to last many years.

3. Use outdoor umbrellas

I understand that installing a shade structure can be a problem for some, especially those renting. If you’re one such person, then don’t worry – you can always use outdoor umbrellas to create poolside shade. The biggest advantage with outdoor umbrellas is that they’re portable and you can easily move them around.

It’s incredibly easy to install outdoor umbrellas and they are also cost-effective. Outdoor umbrellas come in a variety of styles and designs and they can also be custom made to suit your needs.

If you’ve decided on outdoor umbrellas, make sure to invest in high quality ones, such as ours at Global Shade. Our outdoor umbrellas are available in a range of sizes and shapes and can be customised to include accessories. Our umbrellas are designed in accordance to Australian standards and are built to last.


Creating poolside shade is incredibly easy! You can choose to plant trees around your pool, install shade structures or invest in outdoor umbrellas. Of these three options, installing outdoor umbrellas is the easiest and most cost-effective way of creating poolside shade.

For superior grade, yet affordable outdoor umbrellas, look no further than Global Shade. Call us at 1800 724 407 to discuss your outdoor umbrella requirements today!

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