Shelter from the midday sun or from a sudden rain shower. Enjoy al fresco dining under your bespoke awning or curl up on your garden furniture with a good book and read into the evening.

Whether you’re entertaining family & friends or enjoying a moment of solitude, your awning is the ideal companion for making the most of the outdoor space on your property.

Benefits of made to measure awnings during the summer months

An escape from the sun

Everybody loves to sit outside on a warm summer’s day, but the direct rays of the sun can be harmful to our health – not to mention a little uncomfortable when there’s no shade to be had.

A made to measure awning is a great way to protect yourself and your family from the sun, while still enjoying your garden to the max. Protect yourself from sunburns and other negative effects of UV rays, all at the touch of a button.

Improves your home’s energy efficiency

The days are extra long during the summer months. All that sunshine pouring into your rooms can heat your home throughout the day, making it unbearably hot.

Retractable awnings on the outside of your home provide you with a quick and easy way to shade your rooms from excess heat. You won’t have to close your curtains or blinds – so you’ll still get to enjoy the lovely sunny weather from indoors. This in turn reduces the need to run fans or air conditioning, helping you conserve energy.

Protects your furniture

Made to measure awnings don’t just protect you from the sun – they protect your furniture too. Bespoke awnings can protect your indoor and outdoor furniture, carpets, and even your curtains from fading and sun bleaching.

Benefits of bespoke awnings during autumn and spring months

Enjoy the outdoors for longer

During shoulder seasons like spring and autumn, an awning can help you make the most of your outdoor spaces. By providing shelter from the elements, it extends the amount of time you can spend outside during the year.

A respite from the rain

Weather in the UK is famously unpredictable, but investing in a made to measure awning means you won’t have to change your plans.

An awning can prevent you from having to call off your barbecue or take your birthday party indoors, letting you continue enjoying your time in the garden even if there is a sudden change in the weather.

Choose sturdy made to measure awnings with water-resistant fabric to protect you from those unexpected showers.

A place to rest while working in the garden

The spring months of March and April are an ideal time to get some gardening done, but here in the UK those months can still be quite chilly, with frequent rain showers.

A bespoke awning provides you with a sheltered area to use as a resting point while you work outdoors in your garden. It means you can sit down and take a breather without having to go all the way indoors – in cold weather, it might be difficult to come back outside again!

Benefits of made to measure awnings during winter months

While the winter months may not be the first that come to mind when you think about using your awning, there’s no reason you can’t use it at this time of year.

Just as you would use your awning to protect you from the sun in summer, you can use it to protect you from the cold in the winter. It blocks wind and light rain showers, allowing you to snuggle up outside on your garden furniture with a hot drink in hand.

We recommend storing your bespoke awning away in its frame when you are not using it during the winter, to protect it from being damaged by extreme weather.

We love the combination of an awning and a fire pit or a heater in the winter for those immaculately cosy vibes!

Year-round benefits of having a bespoke awning

You’ll use your awnings for different purposes as the seasons change, but there are some advantages to awnings that apply no matter what time of year it is.


Bespoke awnings protect your garden from prying eyes, creating a welcome little refuge while you enjoy your outdoor space. Add drop-down balances to the front or sides of your bespoke awnings for even more privacy.

Easy to use

Awnings can be manually retractable. In other words, you’ll use a pull-down strap or hand-crank mechanism to extend or retract your awning as needed. However, for ultimate convenience we recommend opting for a motorised option so you can extend or retract your awning with just the push of a button.

Easy to maintain

Your bespoke awning requires very little maintenance. As long as you take basic precautionary measures like putting your awning away in extreme weather, a quality made to measure awning will last you for years. You can keep it looking brand new by cleaning with gentle soap and water. We recommend cleaning twice a year – once at the beginning of summer, and once at the end of summer.

Curb appeal

Awnings add plenty of character to your exterior walls. They can complement or contrast with your home exterior, depending on what sort of look you want to go for. You could even choose an unusual shape for your made to measure awning that will catch the eye of anybody walking past. Because all of our awnings are made to measure, you can rest assured that they will fit perfectly into the space you have available.

Bespoke awnings add value to your home by providing more usable outdoor space. Choosing a durable and high-quality awning means your home will benefit from its increased appeal for many years to come.

Modify your home without planning permission

Awnings present a great way to extend your living space without having to go through the hassle of obtaining planning permission. You can install a bespoke awning at your home for a fraction of the cost and far less time than it would take to build an extension or a conservatory. It’s a quick and easy way to provide another living space for your home; one that is perfect for entertaining.

Ready to make the most of your garden all year round?

With high-quality made to measure awnings from Luxaflex and Markilux, Littlehampton Blinds can help you expand your living space. Contact us today or visit our showroom for more information.