Shade House

Shade Houses Manufacturer In Sydney For Over 50 Years

Quality DIY Nursery & Garden Shade House Kits Ship Australian Wide (Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne & Canberra......)

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Growing vegetables and flowers or trees during the summer months in Australia has always been difficult. This is due to high temperatures, high water needs of the plants, weeds, insects, diseases and sometimes long periods of rain.

Shade house - The ultimate solution

With a quality shade house in place, regardless it is small or large, there are so many benefits associated with it (See below). It is a valuable asset to have when it comes to growing plants and protecting them properly.

Normally a propogated plant would be moved out from a igloo or glass house production area to an area with 70 or 80% shade, then after a period of time it would be moved to an area with 30% shade and thereafter into the full sun.

Big_Shade_house_with_benchesWhat is a shade house?

A shade house is for maximum growing of indoor, shade loving plants (as opposed to full sun in a greenhouse/Glasshouse/Hot House) as well as for raising seedlings.

A shade house is a structure which usually consists of a metal frame that supports shade cloth - a type of screen that provides some passive environmental control e.g. shading the plants from excessive sunlight and wind.

In warmer climates shade houses are useful for growing a range of plants that grow well in cool to temperate regions but do not cope with the amount of hot direct sun. In a cold snap, more elaborate shade houses can be heated to prevent frost damage to the plants.

Which plants need to be grown in a shade house?

Research has proven that optimal shading conditions effect significantly the growth aspect for many species of plants.

Shade houses are ideal for growing:

  1. Customer-Shade-House-3Fruits and vegetables: eg. tomatoes
  2. Tree seedlings
  3. Hydroponic produce
  4. Shade loving (cut) flowers: ferns, azaleas and orchids
  5. Rainforest plants: gingers, monstera, philodendrons and cunjevois
  6. Frost/Heat sensitive plants: fuchsias, impatiens and begonias
  7. Other nursery plants that need to harden off

Why use a shade house?

A shade house is important in plant production for gaining maximum growth, allowing plants time to acclimatize to outdoor conditions and "harden off". There are a number of benefits in using a shade house:


  • Protect plants from wind, hail and pests
  • Protect plants from extreme hot weather
  • Protect plants which are cold or frost sensitive over winter

Improve growth

  • Propagate new plants
  • Grow tropical plants in cooler climates
  • Shade-House-feetIncrease yields and quality. The result of a healthier root system
  • Improve space: Using multi-tier/layer shelves in a shade house
  • Grow vegetables, cut flowers or berry fruits out of season, faster than might be achieved outside.

Save in costs

  • Considerable savings in operation costs (energy, irrigation, spraying, misting etc.)
  • Labor cost: Better work environment increases work efficiency

Increase safety

  • Plant disease suppression
  • Avoid workers exposed to severe weather conditions

Why use C-Mac Shade House?

Shade-Cloth-CoverHigh Quality

  • Australian manufactured over the last 50 years (proven performance).
  • Strong and sturdy construction.
  • No sharp edges or protrusions to damage valuable shade covers.
  • Frame is spaced off ground for extended life.
  • Made from heavy duty galvanized steel tubular frames (galvanized internally and externally).


  • Supplied in D.I.Y. kit form 
  • Precision made patented joints which simply socket together.
  • Easy to assemble with 3D instructions – no bolts or clamps.
  • Shade-house-zipperShade House Kits available in gable roof, flat roof and Lean-to.
  • Large range of Bench Kits available for shade house benching - using the same materials and construction methods.
  • Component sizes are designed to fit on 2400 x 1200 standard pallet to save on transport costs for deliveries throughout Australia
  • Spring Shade Houses can be easily manufactured specially to suit or adopt to sloping ground in back yards - save escavating
  • Very large range of Spring Shade House sizes are available that suit most site sizes ( 90% of customers select a standard size )

Spare Parts Availability

  • All your purchasing details are saved in our MRP computer system
  • We can provide you with spare parts for easy & prompt part replacement
  • Replacement parts are still available for product over 50 years old

Great Support

  • C-Mac offers phone call support if any issues during assembly
  • C-Mac provides quotes for government and council grants
  • “Urgent” quotes can be provided on request


Shade-house-frame-cloth-tubeTube Frame

  • Heavy duty galvanized steel tubular frames - 25.4mm diameter x 1.6mm (Galvanized internally and externally)
  • Galvanised steel tube has a long life – not ultra violet light affected like plastics
  • Galvanised steel tube is impervious to white ant attack

Shade Cloth

  • 50% Green Shade Cloth
  • Extra strong knitted shade cloth
  • U.V. stabilised horticultural shade cloth fabric
  • Top quality knitted shade cloth covers with individual removable panels
  • Shade cloth covers simply tie to frame using plastic cable ties through eyelets providing a smooth, tear free, clean finish.

Shade cloth coverings are of a very high quality – extra heavy duty fabric 

  • Shade-cloth-with-EyeletsEyelets are used to attach shade cloth to structure using cable ties
  • Eyelets have triple reinforced stitched folds for extra strength
  • Sewn edges and wear strips around loops

Separate sections provide for easy replacement if shade cloth should be damaged at any time, without the expense of having to replace the complete shade house cloth cover.

Cable-TiesShade house coverings are made in 3.2m wide sections (not a single piece cover) for easy assembly and replacement.

When it comes to replace or update “shadecloth” on your existing shade houses, shade cloth can be purchased from C-Mac. The replacement shade cloth will be tailored to your sepcific dimensions.


  • Shade-house-doorStandard lockable hinged door located centrally on end wall
  • High door openings: 2.1 metre
  • Easy access: Quality doors swing in or out


  • 450mm long extension legs for concreting into uneven ground

Replacement parts

  • Correct Fit: Customers can re-fit themselves (No tradesman required)
  • Identifiable: Part easily identifiable by the assembly drawings
  • Cost Efficiency: Shipment cost and replacement parts are cost efficient


C-Mac Shade House Gallery

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How easy is it to assemble C-Mac's Shade house?     

The video was originally produced by our customer Charlotte Webb from Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens in Bowral. The BIG Shade house construction is done by their volunteers.  

Why choose C-Mac’s “Spring” Shade House?

Finished-Shade-house"I cannot speak highly enough of Suzi, Aaron and the team at C-Mac Industries. They pulled out all the stops to fill our order for a shade house and benching at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. They readily understood our special needs as a garden still in the early stages of development.

The products are of the highest quality and were supplied in kit form with easy-to-understand instructions. Our team of volunteers soon proved that the shade house and benches were indeed easy to install. C-Mac Industries ticked all the boxes"

----- Charlotte Webb from Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens in Bowral NSW 2576


Spring Shade House with proud owner"My C-Mac shade house has made looking after the many different orchids in my collection much easier. The benches are a good width and height and the various parts of the shade house fitted together well and the completed structure feels solid."

----- Barbara Simcock (Orchid Hobbyist at Kurrajong)

(Barbara is the proud owner of a newly assembled CMAC “Spring Shade House” with 3 Tier “Spring Benching” in her back yard)

*Please Note: 

Spring Benches are free standing in shade house (not attached) and are designed to fit into a Spring Shade House.

Setup-shade-house-with-extrasExtras that you can put in your shade house to make it work better for your plants (eg. orchids) - see image on the right

  • Misters
  • Hanging basket rails
  • Mesh walls for hanging orchids.
  • Benches


Would you like to get more information on the specific shade houses we manufacture in Sydney, please visit our Shop.

Alternatively, you can Download the Shade house Printed Brochure by clicking here

What Customer says about C-Mac's Shade house lately?

"Hi Suzi, Thanks very much for organising delivery of the shadehouse. It arrived on 2 October 2018 as requested and I now have it up with the help of my wife and in use. I am impressed with the "quality and finish" of the components and how good the completed house looks. I am very pleased with my choice. I should also add that I found the amateur video linked to your website very helpful."  ---- Bill

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Other nursery equipment such as Shade house benching, and Trailers,  which also reduce risk of getting injury and increase work efficiency are also available.

C-Mac's Spring Shade houses are extremely popular Australian wide, so we are looking for some regional Shade houses resellers to partner up. Click here to see the contact details

My C-Mac shade house has made looking after the many different orchids in my collection much easier.   The benches are a good width and height and the various parts of the shade house fitted together well and the completed structure feels solid.